News Headlines 2/8/21

COVID MAY LINGER INTO SUMMER OF ’21: The U.S. population is not likely to reach that coveted “herd immunity” stage of the coronavirus pandemic before the end of the summer of 2021, President Joe Biden told CBS News yesterday in a pre-Super Bowl interview. Herd immunity means that contagion is unlikely because most people are immune. Delays in manufacturing and distributing enough vaccines are the main problems. The president said, however, that schools should be able to reopen soon with appropriate health measures to protect students and teachers. He said the Centers for Disease Control will release guidance, probably this week.

SNOW AND MORE SNOW: Temperatures across the Midwest and the Northern Plains fell below zero yesterday, while the East Coast got a second big helping of snow. Parts of New Jersey and Connecticut got up to nine inches of snow and up to eight inches fell in New York City.

LIZ CHENEY STANDS FIRM ON TRUMP VOTE: House Republican Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming told Fox News yesterday that she has no intention of resigning her position. The Wyoming Republican Party formally censured her on Saturday for voting in favor of the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. “The extent to which the president, President Trump, for months leading up to January 6th spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie,” she told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “And people need to understand that.”

GEORGE SCHULTZ DIES AT AGE 100: George Schultz, a statesman and economist who served the U.S. government from the Eisenhower years through the Obama administration, has died at the age of 100. “Schultz was a key player, alongside President Reagan, in changing the direction of history by using the tools of diplomacy to bring the Cold War to an end,” the announcement of his death from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University said.