Isaac Stanley-Becker
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How Wisconsin turned around its lagging vaccination program — and buoyed a Biden health pick

How Wisconsin turned around its lagging vaccination program — and buoyed a Biden health pick

When President Biden announced in January that he would make Wisconsin’s top health official his No. 2 at the Department of Health and Human Services, the state seemed like a poor model for the nation’s most crucial public health priority: fighting the pandemic.Wisconsin had just come through a than New York City’s, and it ranked near the bottom of states in bringing a first dose of vaccine to its residents. Only about a third of doses sent to the state had been administered. The grim numbers galvanized Republicans in Wisconsin to take aim at a familiar target, state health...

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Inside a stealth ‘persuasion machine’ promising Republican victories in 2022

Inside a stealth ‘persuasion machine’ promising Republican victories in 2022

ADA Facebook page shows a child scampering down a school corridor, alerting Ohio families to a scholarship program.Chatter fills the same page with news ranging from a state anti-corruption bill to the vibrant local real estate market. “It’s a great time to be selling a home in Columbus,” one post celebrates.Titled Arise Ohio, the Facebook page is the creation of the American Culture Project — a nonprofit whose website says its mission is to “empower Americans with the tools and information necessary to make their voices heard in their local communities, statehouses and beyond.”Undisclosed...

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Michigan’s Whitmer asks White House to surge vaccines to virus hot spots as cases climb

Michigan’s Whitmer asks White House to surge vaccines to virus hot spots as cases climb

ADMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), battling a in her state, appealed on Tuesday to White House officials to shift away from a strict population-based formula for vaccine allocation and instead rush more doses to hard-hit parts of the country.“I know that some national public health experts have suggested this as an effective mitigation tool,” she said during the White House coronavirus response team’s weekly call with governors, according to a recording of the conversation obtained by The Washington Post. “And I know we’d certainly welcome this approach in our state.”The inquiry reflects...

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Biden, health officials sound alarm as signs of covid surge proliferate

Biden, health officials sound alarm as signs of covid surge proliferate

ADPresident Biden and top health officials on Monday urged an impatient public to remain vigilant against the , as daily case counts continued to rise, younger people replaced seniors in some U.S. hospitals, and the United States moved beyond the milestone of 30 million cases since the outbreak began.Even as the nation’s immunization program continued to and , Biden said states should suspend reopening plans and governors who had should reinstate them.“Please, this is not politics,” Biden said. “Reinstate the mandate if you let it down, and businesses should require masks as well. A failure...

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Biden, companies working to develop 'vaccine passports.' It won't be easy

Biden, companies working to develop 'vaccine passports.' It won't be easy

Copyright © 2021, The San Diego Union-Tribune | |AdvertisementIt took San Diego firefighters about an hour and a half to get the upper hand on the fireThe crash happened about 12:40 p.m. Sunday at an intersectionThe San Diego landmark has become a temporary facility to hold unaccompanied migrant children in custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.The controversial encampment near Oceanside Boulevard and Interstate 5 has grown in recent weeksCalifornia Highway Patrol officers spotted shooting while searching for a wrong-way driverThe...

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‘Vaccine passports’ are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy

‘Vaccine passports’ are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy

ADThe Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as “vaccine passports” — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen.The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will start to regain this summer and with a growing number of companies — from cruise lines to sports teams — saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again.The administration’s initiative has been driven largely...

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Biden commits $10 billion to close racial and other gaps in vaccine coverage

Biden commits $10 billion to close racial and other gaps in vaccine coverage

ADThe Biden administration is committing nearly $10 billion to address a problem that has bedeviled health officials overseeing the coronavirus immunization effort: inequities in vaccine coverage based on race, income and geography.Deploying funding largely from the pandemic aid plan that cleared Congress this month, the administration will invest more than $6 billion in community health centers and make front-line essential workers and all people 16 and older with high-risk medical conditions eligible for vaccination at such sites. More than 65 percent of doses allocated by the federal...

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U.S. on pace to clear Biden’s new goal of 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days

U.S. on pace to clear Biden’s new goal of 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days

ADPresident Biden’s first vaccine promise — 100 million shots in his first 100 days — was met 42 days early. So on Thursday he doubled it, saying 200 million doses will have been administered under his presidency by April 30.The nation is already poised to meet the revised target, as the seven-day average of daily vaccinations surpasses 2.5 million. Vaccine supply is also expected to expand in April, prompting numerous states to to everyone 16 and older.The new goal, then, is similar to the original. It sounds ambitious, but is premised on the United States just keeping pace with its...

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HIV doctor to lead vaccine equity efforts at CDC

HIV doctor to lead vaccine equity efforts at CDC

ADA top HIV/AIDS doctor and gay activist has been named to a new position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overseeing vaccine equity efforts, according to a person familiar with the move and an internal memo, underscoring the agency’s efforts to address threatening the .Demetre Daskalakis, who had been director of the CDC’s division on HIV/AIDS prevention, will become Senior Vaccine Equity Lead, according to the memo. Before joining the CDC last year, he was incident commander for covid-19 at New York City’s health department. In his new position, he will report directly to...

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States have been slow to order allotted vaccine doses, spurring calls for new approach

States have been slow to order allotted vaccine doses, spurring calls for new approach

States have delayed ordering hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses available to them even as outbreaks escalate — a sign the nation is moving past its supply pinch and now faces more acute challenges related to demand, staffing and inoculation of hard-to-reach populations.The question that defined the early weeks of the vaccine rollout was why states were to administer the doses they got from the federal government. Four months into the effort, what’s most mystifying is the number of states waiting to order all the doses they’ve been allotted, based on their adult populations and the...

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