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Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief
White House
Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking in coronavirus aid, though congressional Democrats are poised to move... Read More

Spanberger, McKinley Urge HHS to Focus on Community Pharmacies for COVID Vaccine Distribution
Health
Spanberger, McKinley Urge HHS to Focus on Community Pharmacies for COVID Vaccine Distribution
2021-01-29 20:18:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to place community pharmacists at the lead in the nation's COVID-19 vaccines distribution strategy. In a letter to HHS Acting Secretary... Read More

Johnson & Johnson 1-dose Shot Prevents COVID-19, But Less Than Some Others
Health
Johnson & Johnson 1-dose Shot Prevents COVID-19, But Less Than Some Others

Johnson & Johnson’s long-awaited vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot – not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. J&J said Friday that in the... Read More

Democrats to 'Act Big' on $1.9T Aid; GOP Wants Plan Split
Economy
Democrats to 'Act Big' on $1.9T Aid; GOP Wants Plan Split

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress and the White House have rejected a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks, with lawmakers appearing primed to muscle the sweeping economic and virus aid forward without... Read More

NIH Database to Track How COVID-19 Disrupts Neurology
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NIH Database to Track How COVID-19 Disrupts Neurology
2021-01-28 15:13:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A new database will track the neurological symptoms of the coronavirus in an attempt to figure out how it disrupts body systems and impacts neurology.  The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank will assist clinicians in trying to prevent, manage, and treat the... Read More

US Vaccine Agency Diverted Funds for Other Uses, Watchdog Says
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US Vaccine Agency Diverted Funds for Other Uses, Watchdog Says

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials responsible for preparing for a pandemic routinely raided funds for public health emergencies, diverting money from vaccine development to pay for other projects at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a federal watchdog said... Read More

Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
State News
Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
2021-01-27 21:46:19
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert announced Republicans’ rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed COVID-19 recovery plan.  The House Republicans’ plan would provide roughly $3.5 billion in federal and state funds for employers, families, schools and... Read More

Merck Halts Work on Vaccine, Moderna Delivers 30.4 Million Doses to Feds
Business
Merck Halts Work on Vaccine, Moderna Delivers 30.4 Million Doses to Feds
2021-01-27 21:42:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Merck has withdrawn from the sprint to produce coronavirus vaccines after its two candidates failed to achieve strong results in preliminary trials. The first phase of clinical studies showed that even though the vaccine candidates were "well tolerated" the immune... Read More

Biden Says He's ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings
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Biden Says He's ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly a year it was the Trump show. Now President Joe Biden is calling up the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic that has claimed more than 425,000... Read More

US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages
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US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages

Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of... Read More

New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
Education
New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
2021-01-26 21:06:41
by Sara Wilkerson

A new study published by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on underserved rural colleges and surrounding communities could endanger the stability of local economies, health care systems and social mobility for the... Read More

Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal
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Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the nation could soon be injecting 1.5 million shots on an average per day. Biden signaled... Read More

COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic
Health
COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the first week of December, Portugal’s prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings and travel due to COVID-19 would be lifted from Dec. 23-26 so they could spend the... Read More

White House Begins Talks with Lawmakers on COVID-19 Relief
Economy
White House Begins Talks with Lawmakers on COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing... Read More

Biden to Reinstate COVID Travel Rules, Add South Africa
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Biden to Reinstate COVID Travel Rules, Add South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials.... Read More

Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage
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Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. In truth, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the... Read More

Coronavirus Guidelines Now the Rule at White House
Health
Coronavirus Guidelines Now the Rule at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there's a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidlines. It’s a striking contrast... Read More

Biden Releases National Strategy for COVID-19 Response, Pandemic Preparedness
Health
Biden Releases National Strategy for COVID-19 Response, Pandemic Preparedness
2021-01-21 19:00:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — On the first full day of his term, President Joe Biden announced his plan to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, entitled “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.”  Biden’s strategy includes issuing 10 executive orders to... Read More

Indoor Dining to Resume in the District of Columbia at 25% Capacity
District of Columbia
Indoor Dining to Resume in the District of Columbia at 25% Capacity
2021-01-21 17:04:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Restaurants in the District of Columbia will be able to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning early Friday morning, the chief of staff for Mayor Muriel Bowser said. In a post to his Twitter account, John Falcicchio,... Read More

EXPLAINER: What's Next for WHO After US Takes Steps to Stay
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EXPLAINER: What's Next for WHO After US Takes Steps to Stay

GENEVA (AP) — The Biden administration has taken quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization and reinforce financial and staffing support for it — part of his ambition to launch a full-throttle effort to fight... Read More

Biden's US Revives Support for WHO, Reversing Trump Retreat
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Biden's US Revives Support for WHO, Reversing Trump Retreat

GENEVA (AP) — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for... Read More

New CDC Director Takes Over Beleaguered Agency Amid Crisis
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New CDC Director Takes Over Beleaguered Agency Amid Crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus swept across the globe last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sank into the shadows, undermined by some of its own mistakes and stifled by an administration bent on downplaying the... Read More

Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
State News
Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
2021-01-19 17:52:25
by Reece Nations

Interest groups are pleading their cases to state officials in a bid to expedite their constituents’ access to the novel coronavirus vaccine.  Individuals over the age of 70, frontline health care workers, nursing home residents and staff are the first... Read More

A New COVID-19 Challenge: Mutations Rise Along With Cases
Health
A New COVID-19 Challenge: Mutations Rise Along With Cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments... Read More

Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
State News
Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
2021-01-15 20:01:26
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., sent a bipartisan letter to Operation Warp Speed leadership urging them to consider the unique challenges of vaccine distribution to rural areas across Wisconsin and take steps... Read More

Expanded Vaccine Rollout in US Spawns a New Set of Problems
Health
Expanded Vaccine Rollout in US Spawns a New Set of Problems

The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. Mississippi's Health Department stopped taking new appointments the same... Read More

Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan
Political News
Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan
2021-01-15 15:04:12
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday night unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan intended to aid struggling Americans and businesses, bolster state and local governments, and dramatically ramp up the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine with a... Read More

EXPLAINER: What is WHO Team in Wuhan Looking For
Health
EXPLAINER: What is WHO Team in Wuhan Looking For

WUHAN, China (AP) — The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit has been shrouded in secrecy, with... Read More

Supreme Court Allows Government to Enforce Abortion Pill Rule
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Allows Government to Enforce Abortion Pill Rule
2021-01-13 16:39:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a nationwide injunction Tuesday that had prevented the federal government from enforcing a rule that required women to see a health care professional in person before she'd be given access to a so-called... Read More

Dingell, Brown Propose $1,000 Fine for Maskless Members of Congress
Congress
Dingell, Brown Propose $1,000 Fine for Maskless Members of Congress
2021-01-12 20:19:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Anthony Brown, D-Md., are tired of colleagues who refuse to wear a face mask to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now, they are urging the House to impose a $1,000 a day... Read More

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