Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, and Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Health agencies and hospitals are using different formulas to allocate the coronavirus shots, exacerbating disparities in vaccine access.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #providence-healthservices, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #defense-department, #environmental-protection-agency, #foreign-service-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #justice-department, #national-security-agency, #national-security-council, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans-affairs-department, #voice-of-america

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For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’

Commutations in high-profile Medicare fraud cases have elicited anger among those who spent years pursuing complex prosecutions.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnson-alice-marie, #justice-department, #kardashian-kim, #medicare, #melgen-salomon-e, #negron-judith, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Frustrations Boil at Pace of Vaccinations at Long-Term Care Facilities

The Trump administration raised hopes of a speedy process for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Patience is wearing thin.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #health-and-human-services-department, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walgreen-co

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Last-Minute Rule Seeks Term Limits on Top Career Health Officials

The Trump administration wants to mandate job reviews for top government scientists and managers every five years, which could lead to reassignment.

#food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #law-and-legislation, #term-limits-political-office, #trump-donald-j

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An 11th-Hour Approval for Major Changes to Medicaid in Tennessee

The Trump administration’s move, which Biden could eventually reverse, would loosen program rules and cap the state’s funding as part of a block grant.

#health-and-human-services-department, #medicaid, #tennessee, #verma-seema

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Coronavirus Vaccine Demand Has Health Officials Turning to Eventbrite

Public health officials are using Eventbrite’s online ticketing platform to schedule shots. But appointments are still hard to find, and not everyone knows how to use the website.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eventbrite, #florida, #health-and-human-services-department, #privacy, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Covid, Covid, Covid’: In Trump’s Final Chapter, a Failure to Rise to the Moment

As the U.S. confronted a new wave of infection and death through the summer and fall, the president’s approach to the pandemic came down to a single question: What would it mean for him?

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U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

The government’s new nutritional recommendations arrive amid a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on American health.

#agriculture-department, #alcoholic-beverages, #breastfeeding, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #health-and-human-services-department, #men-and-boys, #obesity, #oils-and-fats, #omega-3-fatty-acids, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #science-and-technology, #united-states, #weight, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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Why Covid Antibody Drugs Go Unused as Need Soars

While such treatments are promising, their use has been slowed by testing lags, overwhelmed hospitals and a perception the therapies are only for well-connected people.

#antibodies, #azar-alex-m-ii, #carson-benjamin-s, #christie-christopher-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #trump-donald-j, #your-feed-healthcare

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‘Like a Hand Grasping’: Trump Appointees Describe the Crushing of the C.D.C.

Kyle McGowan, a former chief of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, go public on the Trump administration’s manipulation of the agency.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campbell-amanda-c, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #mcgowan-kyle, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration Plans a Rushed Effort to Encourage Americans to Be Vaccinated

A large-scale public education campaign, delayed by false starts and investigations, will get off the ground just as the coronavirus vaccine becomes available to high-risk Americans.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #caputo-michael-r, #celebrities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #health-and-human-services-department, #online-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #weber-mark

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Covid Meds Are Scarce, but Not for Trump Cronies

Rudy Giuliani got monoclonal antibodies. You probably can’t.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #trump-donald-j

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Xavier Becerra’s Move to the Biden Administration

Wednesday: A closer look at the attorney general’s ascension. Also: “Best Of” lists in 2020.

#becerra-xavier, #california, #health-and-human-services-department

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Xavier Becerra, Surprise Pick to Run H.H.S., Is ‘the Latino Joe Biden’

Mr. Becerra was the first in his family to go to college. As attorney general of California, he took on the Trump administration on nearly every front. But can he take on the pandemic?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-transition-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Biden Opportunity and How to Blow It

The president-elect won promising conciliation. His choice of Xavier Becerra to run Health and Human Services promises culture war.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #health-and-human-services-department, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services

The selection of Mr. Becerra, the California attorney general, is a surprise. If confirmed, he will face a daunting challenge in leading the department at a critical moment in the pandemic.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #health-and-human-services-department, #hispanic-americans, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Santa Claus and Covid-19: Christmas Will Be Different This Year

After a brush with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, professional Santa Clauses are just trying to get through this holiday season safely.

#advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices, #caputo-michael-r, #health-and-human-services-department, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus

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Trump Gave W.H.O. a List of Demands. Hours Later, He Walked Away.

When President Trump quit the health organization, he left a list of seven demands on the table. Here they are.

#andrew-bremberg, #azar-alex-m-ii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #geneva-switzerland, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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In Hunt for Coronavirus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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Celebrity Vetting and ‘Helping the President’ to Defeat Coronavirus Despair

In a letter to Alex M. Azar II, the health secretary, House Democrats detailed how a $265 million public relations campaign tried to bolster President Trump.

#caputo-michael-r, #celebrities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Promised Seniors Drug Discount Cards. They May Be Illegal.

A proposal announced by President Trump last month was to send older Americans $200 discount cards to offset prescription costs. It’s not going to happen before the election, and maybe not ever.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hatch-act-1939, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicare, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verma-seema

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How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President

After months of caving to pressures from the White House, Commissioner Stephen Hahn and a band of agency scientists have eked out a few victories.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hahn-stephen-m-1960, #health-and-human-services-department, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Nevada Revokes Halt on Rapid Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

The reversal came just hours after the federal government threatened the state, calling the prohibition on the tests “illegal.”

#becton-dickinsonco, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #food-and-drug-administration, #giroir-brett-p, #health-and-human-services-department, #nevada, #nursing-homes, #quidel-corporation, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

The order would have mandated that both passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses and subways and in airports, stations and depots.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #redfield-robert-r, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Covid Treatments Were Tested in Cells Derived From Fetal Tissue

The “cell lines” used to develop monoclonal antibodies, as well as remdesivir and vaccines, began with fetal tissue decades ago.

#abortion, #antibodies, #astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fetal-tissue, #health-and-human-services-department, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Whistle-Blowing Scientist Quits Government With Final Broadside

Dr. Rick Bright, who said he was demoted at the health department for blowing the whistle on a politicized coronavirus response, remains concerned about White House interference.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #bright-rick-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #national-institutes-of-health, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings

Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #birx-deborah-l, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #health-and-human-services-department, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #pediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-pims, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redfield-robert-r, #substance-abuse-and-mental-health-services-administration, #troye-olivia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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N.I.H. Official Departs After Anonymous Posts Attacking Public Health Leaders

A managing editor of the right-wing website RedState appeared to attack Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and spread misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic while working for Dr. Fauci’s agency.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crews-william-b, #fauci-anthony-s, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #national-institutes-of-health, #redstate-blog, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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C.D.C. Reverses Testing Guidelines for People Without Covid-19 Symptoms

The agency now says anyone exposed to an infected person for more than 15 minutes needs a test. An earlier guideline saying it might not be necessary had shocked public health experts.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #giroir-brett-p, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #redfield-robert-r, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

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Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science

Emails from a former top Trump health official and his science adviser show how the two refused to accept Centers for Disease Control and Prevention science and sought to silence the agency.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redfield-robert-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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CDC Virus Testing Guidance Was Posted Against Scientists’ Objections

A controversial guideline saying people without Covid-19 symptoms didn’t need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.’s scientific review process.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

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Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data

A public scolding of the C.D.C. chief was only the latest but perhaps the starkest instance when the president has rejected not just the policy advice of his public health officials but the facts and information that they provided.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #guterres-antonio, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redfield-robert-r, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Health Official to Take Leave of Absence After He Attacked Federal Scientists

Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary of health for public affairs, and his science adviser will be leaving the Department of Health and Human Services after both criticized the C.D.C.

#caputo-michael-r, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redfield-robert-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Health Official Apologizes for Facebook Outburst

Michael R. Caputo, the head of communications at the Department of Health and Human Services, apologized to the health secretary and his staff and is considering a medical leave.

#alexander-paul-e, #anxiety-and-stress, #caputo-michael-r, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Perverse Campaign Strategy

If the president’s allies are talking about the moment “shooting will begin” and “martial law,” it’s not by accident.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #health-and-human-services-department, #jones-alex-1974, #polls-and-public-opinion, #portland-ore, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #stone-roger-j-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Health Aide Pushes Bizarre Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt

Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

#caputo-michael-r, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Top Trump Health Aide Attacks Scientists and Warns of Armed Revolt

Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of health for public affairs, told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection, and he accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Issues Expansive Order Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices

The order expands on a presidential promise by trying to reduce the prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs, but experts said it was unclear whether the White House could carry out the directive.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Pressed for a Plasma Treatment. Officials Worry, Is a Vaccine Next?

New details of how the president has demanded faster action from health agencies help explain the intensifying concern that he could demand pre-Election Day approval of a vaccine.

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Investigation of Medicare Chief Exposes Underside of Washington

A yearlong investigation into Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, showed the cozy relations that fuel the nation’s capital at taxpayer expense.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #consultants, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #news-and-news-media, #porter-novelli-international, #public-relations-and-publicity, #republican-party, #stevens-pam, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verma-seema, #washington-dc

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Daily Coronavirus Testing at Home? Many Experts Are Skeptical

The buzzy idea is impractical, critics said. And there isn’t yet real-world data to show it will work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harvard-university, #health-and-human-services-department, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #shortages, #tests-medical, #united-states

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Backed by Federal Funds, New Virus Tests Are Hitting the Market

Six months into the pandemic and with no coherent national testing strategy, the Trump administration is encouraging private development of an array of faster and cheaper techniques.

#abbott-laboratories, #budgets-and-budgeting, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fluidigm, #food-and-drug-administration, #giroir-brett-p, #health-and-human-services-department, #national-institutes-of-health, #quidel-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Emily Miller and Another P.R. Expert Ousted At F.D.A. After Blood Plasma Fiasco

The agency’s chief spokeswoman, Emily Miller, was removed from her position just 11 days into the job. And the contract was terminated of a consultant who had advised the F.D.A. chief to correct misleading claims about plasma’s benefits.

#apco-worldwide, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #azar-alex-m-ii, #blood, #convalescent-plasma, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #hahn-stephen-m-1960, #health-and-human-services-department, #miller-emily-j, #pines-wayne-l, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Top U.S. Officials Told C.D.C. to Soften Coronavirus Testing Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly changed its recommendations, saying people without Covid-19 symptoms should not get tested.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #giroir-brett-p, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Where We Stand on the Pandemic

As summer draws to a close, four new developments in the treatment and understanding of the coronavirus have arisen in the United States and abroad.

#antibodies, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #russia, #united-states

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Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor

The Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals in April that reporting to the vendor, TeleTracking Technologies, was a “prerequisite to payment.”

#azar-alex-m-ii, #birx-deborah-l, #budgets-and-budgeting, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #disease-rates, #electronic-health-records, #h-h-s-protect, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #teletracking-technologies-inc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Measures Aim to Boost Vaccine Rates for Flu and Children’s Shots

Pharmacists may now vaccinate young children under a new federal emergency rule aimed at helping families who missed well-child visits during the pandemic.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #elderly, #health-and-human-services-department, #influenza, #massachusetts, #medicine-and-health, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Trump Ethics Panel Urges Rejection of Fetal Tissue Research

A new advisory board, appointed by the Trump administration, recommended that the health secretary reject funding for virtually every fetal tissue research project it considered.

#abortion, #azar-alex-m-ii, #conservatism-us-politics, #fetal-tissue, #health-and-human-services-department, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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