FDA Relaxes Vaccine Storage Rules to Speed Up Rollout
Health
FDA Relaxes Vaccine Storage Rules to Speed Up Rollout
2021-02-26 21:31:46
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed the rules around storage and transportation for some coronavirus vaccines in order to speed up the vaccine rollout. Frozen vials of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to be kept at... Read More

New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine
Opinion Polls
New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine
2021-02-19 19:45:41
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK -- A groundbreaking “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey for the first time finds that only half of Americans say that they will receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available for them to receive it. Driving this lack of enthusiasm,... Read More

Historical Inequities Have COVID Hitting Indian Country Hard
Health
Historical Inequities Have COVID Hitting Indian Country Hard
2021-02-16 15:57:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Since the earliest days of the pandemic, the CDC has said COVID appeared to have a disproportionate impact on those negatively affected by social determinants of health. These conditions in the environments in which people are born, live,... Read More

Families Seek Exemptions to U.S., Canada Land Border Closure
Foreign Affairs
Families Seek Exemptions to U.S., Canada Land Border Closure
2021-02-10 15:53:07
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — When it comes to COVID restrictions along America’s northern border, the United States and Canada are treating travelers rather differently. While this may not be as concerning for most general discretionary travel, bi-national families are increasingly frustrated with... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Report Suggests Recommendations on Urgent Health Issues
Think Tanks
Bipartisan Policy Report Suggests Recommendations on Urgent Health Issues
2021-02-01 16:27:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While the nation continues to grapple with challenges from the pandemic, a bipartisan group of former policymakers and analysts have come together at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, to suggest urgent federal actions to accelerate... 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

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

Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
Health
Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
2020-12-21 17:05:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee is pressuring the Centers for Disease Control to deliver more information on the role of cruise ships in spreading coronavirus. Cruise operators like Carnival Corp. are accused of marketing their tourist ships as being safe... Read More

Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight
Political News
Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first round of selections for his health team clarified how the incoming administration will approach the COVID-19 pandemic and other health care issues, which were major themes of his campaign. Biden introduced the team to the public at... Read More

Experts Lend Advice on COVID Relief Policy for Biden Administration, New Congress
Economy
Experts Lend Advice on COVID Relief Policy for Biden Administration, New Congress
2020-12-04 17:02:30
by Reece Nations

In a virtual roundtable event co-hosted Tuesday by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, economists discussed what economic policies should be prioritized by the in-coming Biden Administration and Congress.  The panelists... Read More

CDC Declares Masks Also Protect Wearers from COVID-19
Health
CDC Declares Masks Also Protect Wearers from COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says masks, even cloth ones, protect wearers from catching, as well as spreading, the coronavirus. Yes, this is the same national health agency that initially said masks do not safeguard the general... Read More

US Discord Deepens Over Vaccines, Immunity as Coronavirus Rebounds
Health
US Discord Deepens Over Vaccines, Immunity as Coronavirus Rebounds

Public skepticism about coronavirus vaccines and enthusiasm on the right for so-called herd immunity are colliding as the U.S. outbreak is worsening, developments that could dash hopes for containing COVID-19 in the months ahead. Herd immunity aims instead to expose more people... Read More

Supreme Court Refuses to Halt By-Mail Abortion Pills
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Halt By-Mail Abortion Pills

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court let women, for now, keep obtaining abortion-inducing pills by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, deferring action on a Trump administration request to reinstate a requirement that patients visit a medical facility. In an unsigned,... Read More

Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
Health
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
2020-08-31 16:03:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of... Read More

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Says He's Resigning for Health Reasons
Foreign Affairs
Japan PM Shinzo Abe Says He's Resigning for Health Reasons

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said Friday he is stepping down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave many of his goals unfinished. Abe has had... Read More

Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
Opinion Polls
Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
2020-08-26 15:10:33
by Reece Nations

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the health care sector and seniors – for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. By comparison, 31% of respondents indicated... Read More

In Sprawling Capitol, Leaders Struggle to Keep Virus at Bay
Congress
In Sprawling Capitol, Leaders Struggle to Keep Virus at Bay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are under increasing pressure from lawmakers to boost testing for the coronavirus in the Capitol, an idea they have so far rejected because of concerns about the... Read More

Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package
Political News
Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and the Trump administration expect to unveil their COVID-19 relief plan Thursday after reaching agreement on key pieces late Wednesday. That package will no longer be one bill but a series of bills addressing the ongoing... Read More

Trump, Congress Square Off Over Virus Aid as Crisis Worsens
Political News
Trump, Congress Square Off Over Virus Aid as Crisis Worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged a “big flareup” of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package with the U.S. crisis worsening and emergency... Read More

What is Contact Tracing, and How Does it Work with COVID-19?
Health
What is Contact Tracing, and How Does it Work with COVID-19?

What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19? The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others. Health experts... Read More

Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say
Education
Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local... Read More

Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore
Health
Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that's making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that... Read More

New Coronavirus Spike Alarms Republicans, But Not Trump
Health
New Coronavirus Spike Alarms Republicans, But Not Trump

WASHINGTON — The final Thursday in June saw jobless claims top 1 million for a 14th straight week and a frightening spike in coronavirus infections across the Sun Belt, compelling a growing number of Republican governors and members of Congress... Read More

Surging US Virus Cases Raise Fear That Progress is Slipping
Health
Surging US Virus Cases Raise Fear That Progress is Slipping

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alarming surges in coronavirus cases across the U.S. South and West raised fears Monday that the outbreak is spiraling out of control and that hard-won progress against the scourge is slipping away because of resistance... Read More

Commuters Flock to Bike Shares in Cities Despite Concerns Over Health Risk
Cities
Commuters Flock to Bike Shares in Cities Despite Concerns Over Health Risk
2020-06-19 19:00:44
by Jacob Pederson

With public transportation offline in some areas and alternatives like Uber being a little too close for comfort due to the coronavirus outbreak, a growing number of city residents are looking at municipal bike share programs to get around. However,... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools
Education
Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools

WASHINGTON — The Senate health committee on Wednesday considered the steps schools should take to reopen later this year as officials seek to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19 while compensating for learning gaps students experienced this year. The... Read More

Tester, IAVA Detail Economic and Emotional Toll Coronavirus Taking On U.S. Veterans
Veterans
Tester, IAVA Detail Economic and Emotional Toll Coronavirus Taking On U.S. Veterans
2020-06-04 21:14:05
by Gaspard Le Dem

As the U.S. struggles to fight off a lingering coronavirus pandemic, the full impact of the crisis on the lives of Americans is just starting to come into view. But for the veteran community -- as for many other groups... Read More

Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic
Senior Citizens
Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — At greater risk from COVID-19, some seniors now face added anxiety due to delays obtaining Medicare coverage. Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare's “Part B” coverage for outpatient care. It... Read More

Stressed-Out Americans Are More Worried About Money Than Health
Opinion Polls
Stressed-Out Americans Are More Worried About Money Than Health

The coronavirus pandemic is causing Americans to worry more about their finances than health, according to a study by MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer. Money was the top concern for 52% of full-time U.S. workers, compared with 44%... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
2020-04-23 15:08:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House prepares to vote on a $483 billion coronavirus aid package, a majority of Americans say they'd like Congress to return to Washington immediately to try to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a new poll... Read More

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