Isaac Stanley-Becker
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Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout

Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout

Mobile clinics serving a rural expanse north of Columbus, Ohio. A program sending paramedics to vaccinate homebound seniors in Chicago. And sites promising immunization at 34 public colleges and universities throughout New York.Thousands of people can no longer rely on these initiatives, all casualties of Tuesday’s decision by federal health officials to in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. The pause was initiated so experts could review data involving a found among six of the more than 7 million people who have received the vaccine in the United States, and so the federal government...

April 14, 2021
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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...

April 9, 2021
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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...

April 4, 2021
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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...

April 3, 2021
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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...

March 30, 2021
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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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March 29, 2021
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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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March 28, 2021
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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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March 28, 2021
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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...

March 25, 2021
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U.S. sees significant drop in vaccinations over past week

U.S. sees significant drop in vaccinations over past week

Daily vaccinations have slowed significantly for the first time since February, a sign that demand is slipping even though every American adult is now eligible for the shots.About 3 million Americans are getting vaccinated daily, an 11 percent decrease in the seven-day average of daily shots administered over the past week. The unprecedented drop is rivaled only by a brief falloff that occurred in February, when forced the closure of vaccination sites and delayed shipments nationwide.The downturn hits as half of all eligible Americans have received at least one vaccine dose. And it...

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April 21, 2021
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