Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
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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

Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant
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Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two easier-to-spread variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa. Those variants are causing global concern. They carry multiple mutations but share one... Read More

Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start
Health
Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start

New York’s governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back... Read More

US Expected to Miss Goal of Vaccinating 20 Million Against COVID-19 by Year End
Health
US Expected to Miss Goal of Vaccinating 20 Million Against COVID-19 by Year End

The U.S. goal of getting initial COVID-19 vaccine doses to 20 million Americans by year’s end was looking like a long shot Tuesday. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed initially promised to unleash a vast stockpile of 300 million vaccine... Read More

Biden Faults Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout, Pledges Faster Pace
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Biden Faults Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout, Pledges Faster Pace

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden slammed the slow rollout of the coronavirus vaccine by President Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday, saying the plan was falling “far behind” where it needs to be. “As I long feared and warned, the effort to... Read More

Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-29 21:00:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Two staffers in the office of every House and Senate member on Capitol Hill are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, the Office of the Attending Physician announced Monday night. In addition, attending physician Brian Monahan said... Read More

Why Isn't More COVID-19 Vaccine Available Immediately?
Health
Why Isn't More COVID-19 Vaccine Available Immediately?

To truly control the pandemic, most people around the world need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That's a tall order involving billions of shots. By the end of this year, only about 70 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from... Read More

NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots
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NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech COVID Vaccine Wins European Backing
Health
Pfizer, BioNTech COVID Vaccine Wins European Backing

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine won the backing of the European medicines regulator, clearing the way for inoculations to start before the end of the year as the continent struggles with rising death rates and tighter lockdowns. The... Read More

Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next for Vaccines
Health
Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next for Vaccines

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel recommended Sunday that people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers should be next in line for COVID-19 shots, while a second vaccine began rolling out... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement
Health
2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation for the... Read More

Vaccines' Rollout and Pent-Up Consumer Demand Brighten US Economic Outlook
Economy
Vaccines' Rollout and Pent-Up Consumer Demand Brighten US Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON — If the new COVID-19 vaccines prove effective and are widely accepted, the result could be a welcome surge in the nation's economy as well as an end to the pandemic nightmare. That's because millions of Americans, especially those... Read More

Moderna Vaccine Found Safe, Effective Ahead of Key FDA Review
Health
Moderna Vaccine Found Safe, Effective Ahead of Key FDA Review

Moderna Inc.’s vaccine is safe and effective for preventing COVID-19, U.S. regulators said, clearing the way for a second shot to quickly gain emergency authorization and add to the country’s sprawling immunization effort. The Food and Drug Administration’s staff said... Read More

Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines
Health
Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines

PORTAGE, Mich. — Three semi-trucks loaded with the nation's first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine rolled out of the parking lot of the Pfizer manufacturing plant early Sunday morning, met with cheering crowds of local residents who said they were... Read More

FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Pfizer Vaccine, Others Sure to Follow
Health
FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Pfizer Vaccine, Others Sure to Follow
2020-12-11 21:19:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Under intense pressure from the White House, the Food and Drug Administration dramatically moved up its timeline, issuing an emergency authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. The agency had initially planned to finalize its authorization on Saturday,... Read More

FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
Health
FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
2020-12-11 00:13:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A federal panel of outside experts on Thursday endorsed a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, recommending that the Food and Drug Administration move forward with emergency authorization. President-elect Joe Biden responded with a statement saying, “Today’s approval... Read More

Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says
Health
Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will not automatically authorize emergency use of coronavirus vaccines before completing a rigorous independent review, despite heightened expectations that two vaccine candidates will be available to Americans this month, Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner, told McClatchy in... Read More

Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines
Health
Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents at long-term care centers should be first in line for COVID-19 vaccines, key government advisers urged Tuesday, citing the high risk for infection within the two groups and the positive effects on hospital care.... Read More

US Vaccine Train Won't be Derailed, Warp Speed Leader Says
Health
US Vaccine Train Won't be Derailed, Warp Speed Leader Says

Efforts to speedily develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. won't be derailed by a change in administration, said the head of Operation Warp Speed, the federal government's program aimed at accelerating a COVID-19 jab. "All decisions are made, the... Read More

Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot
State News
Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot

NEW YORK — A COVID-19 vaccine may be months from reaching millions of Americans. Getting all those shots into arms will be a monumental task. Shreveport, Louisiana, is getting ready now. The city recently completed a test run, one of about a... Read More

Pfizer Plans Filing as Its COVID-19 Vaccine Proves 95% Effective
Health
Pfizer Plans Filing as Its COVID-19 Vaccine Proves 95% Effective

Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical trial data showed its COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective, paving the way for the company to apply this week for the first U.S. regulatory authorization for a coronavirus shot. The U.S. drugmaker and partner BioNTech SE said their vaccine... Read More

Moderna Vaccine Found Highly Effective at Preventing COVID
Health
Moderna Vaccine Found Highly Effective at Preventing COVID

Moderna Inc. said its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5% effective in a preliminary analysis of a large late-stage clinical trial, another sign that a fast-paced hunt by scientists and pharmaceutical companies is paying off with potent new tools that could help control... Read More

Amid Hope for Pfizer Vaccine, States Grapple with Distribution
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Amid Hope for Pfizer Vaccine, States Grapple with Distribution

A COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. may be on the horizon, but the cost of distributing vaccines across all 50 states and who will pay for that operation remains a huge stumbling block. What is clear is that much of the financial... Read More

Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine
Health
Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine

The White House and many Americans have pinned their hopes for defeating the COVID-19 pandemic on a vaccine being developed at "warp speed." But some scientific experts warn they're all expecting too much, too soon. "Everyone thinks COVID-19 will go away with... Read More

FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance
Health
FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration issued long-awaited guidance Tuesday on the data it expects from drug companies seeking emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting White House pressure for lower standards intended to push out vaccines quickly. The 18-page... Read More

Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
Health
Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
2020-09-30 20:40:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee sought assurances from medical experts Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccines pharmaceutical companies plan to distribute soon will protect the public from the disease. Lawmakers were concerned that political pressure would force the companies to sacrifice... Read More

These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners
Health
These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners

Most Americans have never heard of Dr. Richard Whitley, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Yet as the coronavirus pandemic drags on and the public eagerly awaits a vaccine, he may well be among the... Read More

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