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In top news this week, researchers in California are learning that a coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in the state doesn't just spread more readily than its predecessors, it also evades antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines or prior infection, and is associated with severe illness and death.

Rob Lawrence also explains how the COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team is helping policymakers, agencies of government, researchers, students and laypersons parse through data to make better pandemic-related decisions for themselves and their communities.

The Gov1 Team
California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous
New evidence suggests that the California variant can evade antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines or prior infection
Fla. county rejects vaccine mandate for first responders, offers monetary incentives
Report: 8% increase in US domestic violence incidents after stay-at-home orders
Illinois city council endorses law enforcement, NAACP shared principles on policing
Mayor unveils proposal to split PD into 2 groups: armed and unarmed
NYC to begin sending FDNY EMTs without police to some mental health calls in spring
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‘Stay informed. Read less. Do more.’ Tools to evaluate research
By Rob Lawrence 
The COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team offers the daily truth to help policymakers, agencies of government, researchers, students and laypersons parse through data
How to really fix COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling
By Tinglong Dai 
In some states, getting a COIVD-19 vaccination appointment has felt like winning the lottery, but it doesn't have to be this way
Why using fear to promote COVID-19 vaccination and mask wearing could backfire
By Amy Lauren Fairchild and Ronald Bayer 
There is compelling evidence that fear can change behavior, but that was before today's social and political context
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The fire service role in local emergency management
By Robert Rielage 
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Despite security concerns, online voting advances
By Matt Vasilogambros and Lindsey Van Ness 
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