public health

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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Head of FDA on chopping block as Trump rages over vaccine authorization

Enlarge / Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. Getty | Bloomberg The US Food and Drug Administration may finalize authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine later today, Friday, which would accelerate an already breakneck regulatory pace in the wake of intense pressure and threats from the Trump Administration. According to multiple …

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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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What we can learn from contact tracing an entire province

Enlarge / Students have their temperature measured at Daowu middle school in China’s Hunan Province, part of the measures adopted to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Xinhua News Agency Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a lot of big questions about the basic properties of SARS-CoV-2: how quickly did it spread, could …

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We don’t have a COVID vaccine yet, but distribution is already messy

Enlarge / A sign on the entrance to a pharmacy reads “Covid-19 Vaccine Not Yet Available,” November 23, 2020 in Burbank, California. Getty | Robyn Beck Individual states will ultimately decide who will get the first 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed based on each state’s population rather than the levels …

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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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Nearly 18,000 airport workers sealed in for testing after 7 cases detected

Enlarge / This photo taken on November 22, 2020, shows health workers in protective suits waiting to conduct COVID-19 coronavirus tests on staff at Pudong Airport in Shanghai. Getty | STR Nearly 18,000 workers were sealed into Shanghai’s main airport Sunday and tested for COVID-19 in one night after authorities detected seven cases linked to …

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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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