Infectious disease

With Trump’s vaccine rollout in chaos, Biden unveils five-point plan

Enlarge / US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Wilmington, Delaware on January 15, 2021. Getty | Angela Weiss President-elect Joe Biden on Friday unveiled a five-point plan to try to rescue the country’s beleaguered COVID-19 vaccination campaign and achieve his stated goal of reaching 100 million shots …

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CDC experts voted: Here’s who should get the first COVID-19 vaccine doses

Enlarge / Vials with COVID-19 Vaccine labels showing logos of pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company d BioNTech. Getty | Photonews The very first doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccine should go to both front-line healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities, a committee of expert advisors for the Centers for Disease Control …

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CDC celebrates Biden transition, expects “rebuilding,” more press briefings

Enlarge / The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters stands in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Getty | Bloomberg After being muted, sidelined, and disparaged by the Trump administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly reveling in the transition to the Biden administration and eyeing a major comeback …

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AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows success: Here’s how it stacks up to others

Enlarge / Vials in front of the AstraZeneca British biopharmaceutical company logo are seen in this creative photo taken on 18 November 2020. Getty| NurPhoto AstraZeneca announced in a press release on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine showed positive results in an interim analysis of clinical trial data. The announcement marks the third vaccine to show …

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CDC Thanksgiving guidance: No traveling, no outside-household members

Enlarge / Good luck not getting COVID! GraphicaArtis/Getty Images In a rare press briefing Thursday, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or gather with people outside of their “households”—defined as only the people actively living together in the 14 days prior to a gathering. …

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Caribbean cruise COVID outbreak expands; Cruise line cancels voyages

Enlarge / A SeaDream cruise liner sailing into the sunset. Courtesy of SeaDream Yacht Club Plans for luxury cruises have quickly—and perhaps predictably—run aground in the Caribbean. Cruise ship-operator SeaDream Yacht Club this week canceled all voyages for the rest of the year after one of its ships—the first to resume sailing in the region …

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US healthcare on brink as COVID-19 hospitalizations hit all-time high

Enlarge / Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Getty | Go Nakamura More people in the United States are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before in the pandemic, and hospitals …

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Coronavirus outbreak at White House grows as US tops 10 million cases

Enlarge / US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 27, 2020, in Washington, DC. Getty | Nicholas Kamm The United States surpassed 10 million coronavirus cases Monday as yet another cluster within the White House grew to …

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Redfield urged to leave CDC in blaze of glory—or forever be Trump’s toady

Enlarge / CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. Getty | Alex Edelman Renowned public health expert and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention William Foege penned a private letter to current director Robert Redfield last month. It included a desperate plea: break free of the Trump administration’s political meddling, right the CDC’s …

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Celebs back away from Trump admin.’s $300M COVID-19 ad campaign

Enlarge / Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson / Getty Images The Trump administration’s more-than-$300-million “public advertising and awareness campaign” on the COVID-19 pandemic is floundering as A-list celebrities back away …

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