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  • The U.S. changes course on its opposition to lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines. A federal judge rules the CDC’s moratorium on evictions overstepped legal bounds, so what does this mean for Maryland renters? The state shores up efforts to get nursing home patients and staff vaccinated. And a hate crime murder in Towson will be remembered at the scene of the crime, more than a century-and-a-half later.
  • As the U.S. tries to reach herd immunity, and reach the vaccine-hesitant, there’s a shift in strategy, from federal health officials on down to local leaders in Maryland. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is about to get emergency authorization for use in 12-to-15-year-olds. We’ll hear from an expert on the pros and cons, and what it means for the upcoming school year. And Baltimore City council members propose a shift in oversight of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.
  • Gov. Larry Hogan announces new efforts to boost vaccination rates at Maryland nursing homes.
  • Advocates for Baltimore’s homeless help clear an encampment under a city overpass and find temporary housing for those who lived there. Mayor Scott responds to WYPR about getting delinquent homeowners off the upcoming tax sale list before they face foreclosure. And Baltimore’s former health commissioner says the Biden administration blew a big opportunity last week to tout the benefits of getting vaccinated.
  • Baltimore City’s outdoor mask mandate will be relaxed in line with state guidelines. The Maryland Health Department will restart distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week. Housing advocates have a plea to Mayor Brandon Scott: Stop this year’s tax sale! And state transportation officials look to ease traffic congestion on the Bay Bridge, but the plan is drawing criticism from lawmakers on the shore and beyond.
  • Baltimore County focuses on getting vaccinations to its homebound residents. Governor Hogan’s easing of public health restrictions is being met with mixed approval. Baltimore’s Health Commissioner says there’s still work to do to bring down the city’s positivity rate. And Baltimore steps into the spotlight with a visit from Vice President Kamala Harris.
  • The state launches yet another effort to get more residents vaccinated. City Council members propose a plan to curb illegal dumping in Baltimore. A psychotherapist offers advice on navigating the return to in-person work. Plus: Will Johnny Olszewski run for reelection as Baltimore County Executive, or make a run for governor...and how will his decision affect those who want his job?
  • Maryland is pausing use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the advice of the CDC and FDA, after six recipients developed extremely rare blood clots.
  • All Maryland adults are now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. With infection numbers up in Baltimore, city officials urge residents to stay cautious over the holiday weekend. And advocates for Baltimore renters say a bill being considered by the City Council will only help landlords.
  • Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to add six state-run mass vaccination sites, spread across the state.