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A shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX global vaccination program arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Feb. 24, 2021. Nipah Dennis | AFP | Getty Images The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines delivered through the World Health Organization’s COVAX program arrived in Ghana on Wednesday, a hopeful turning point for developing
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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Source: NIAID-RML Even as global Covid-19 infections drop across the world, leading U.S. health officials are warning of a coming wave of infections
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Inspectors found “significant deficiencies” at California’s new coronavirus testing laboratory, problems that state officials on Monday partly blamed on the rapid ramp-up they required from the lab’s private operator under terms of a $1.4 billion contract. A fraction of 1% of the more than 1.5 million tests processed at the Valencia Branch Laboratory had problems,
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The Supreme Court said Monday it will take up challenges to controversial Trump administration policies affecting family-planning clinics and immigrants, even though the Biden administration has announced it is reviewing them. The justices agreed to hear appeals over the Trump policy that keeps taxpayer-funded clinics from referring women for abortions and the “public charge” rule
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Thousands of patients each year are transferred between UPMC’s hospitals for high-acuity, complex medical care. To ensure patients are fully informed before those transfers, the Pittsburgh health system is now piloting a new care process aided by a machine-learning tool. While it’s sometimes necessary to transfer patients for more specialized care, that transfer can come
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The double whammy of high COVID-19 and flu cases that many health experts warned about in the fall has not come to pass. Through Feb. 6, 2021, for flu-tracking purposes, the seasonal sickness is at historic lows, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are no definitive answers as to
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People wearing protective masks wait in line to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a large scale vaccination site in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Scientists and health officials told Congress Friday the federal government needs to ramp up its supply of
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When the pandemic hit nearly a year ago, healthcare organizations instituted rapid changes to respond. As a result, usual reporting systems and practices in place to ensure high-quality care were often disrupted. Experts are worried that patient safety has been negatively affected amid all this immense change. “The conditions and the common contributing factors that
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Shortly after his inauguration, President Joe Biden released a strategy to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. While the president’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness offers a sound approach to address the public health emergency, the vaccination plan misses an opportunity to leverage the resources and expertise that multispecialty group
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The second dose of Covid-19 vaccine is crucial in creating longer and complete immunity as well as preventing variants of the virus, according to Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We need to know that this is a two-dose vaccine, period,” Offit told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard
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Companies spent $2.5 billion to treat employees’ asthma, diabetes, hypertension, mental health and substance abuse and back disorders over the course of two years, according to a new study. UnitedHealthcare reviewed all claims issued by the Health Action Council’s 57 nationwide employer members—which are responsible for coverage of 281,000 individuals—to find that more than 60%
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