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CDC Real-World Study Confirms Protective Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

A new CDC study provides strong evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections in real-world conditions among health care personnel, first responders, and other essential workers. These groups are more likely than the general population to be exposed to the virus because of their occupations.

The study looked at the effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections among 3,950 study participants in six states over a 13-week period from December 14, 2020 to March 13, 2021.

Results showed that following the second dose of vaccine (the recommended number of doses), risk of infection was reduced by 90 percent two or more weeks after vaccination. Following a single dose of either vaccine, the participants’ risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 80 percent two or more weeks after vaccination. For more, visit CDC

View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.


Two airlines add new nonstop flights from Myrtle Beach to 7 cities, ranging from $39 to $69

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Two airlines have added nonstop flights to a combined seven cities from Myrtle Beach with special rates ranging from $39 to $69.

Southwest added service from Myrtle Beach with $69 nonstop flights to these six cities beginning in May, available for booking now:

Atlanta, Ga – $69
Baltimore/Washington, MD – $69
Chicago, IL – $79
Columbus, OH – $69
Indianapolis, IN – $69
Nashville, TN – $69
Pittsburgh, PA – $69

Frontier Airlines will now offer non-stop flights from Myrtle Beach to these three additional cities beginning in June:

Buffalo, N.Y.
Providence, R.I.
and Portland, Maine

Frontier will offer service between Buffalo and Myrtle Beach twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 11. Flights to Providence will begin June 10, and flights to Portland on June 12, the airline announced on Wednesday.

Fares will be offered as low as $39. Frontier’s base fares do not include a refund option, carry-on bag, checked luggage, or seat assignments. The promotional price is valid for travel through Sept. 2.

Plus, United Airlines recently announced new non-stop flights across the country, including service between three additional cities and Myrtle Beach International.
Customers should check each airline for specific itineraries on their desired day of travel, as some nonstop service does not operate every day of the week.

Myrtle Beach is accessible on Southwest Airlines this summer from 50+ cities through same-plane and connecting itineraries.

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