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Sanders single-payer bill poses dilemma for 2020 Dem hopefuls

Sanders single-payer bill poses dilemma for 2020 Dem hopefuls

Follow Us   © 1996-2018 News Communication Sen. ’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for all plan has become a key test for Democrats with 2020 presidential ambitions.Sanders, who energized liberals with his improbable run at the White House last year, is poised to introduce a long-awaited single-payer bill when Congress returns to Washington this month. The liberal icon insists it's not a litmus test for the Democrats, but he’s actively seeking endorsements. Outside liberal groups are watching closely, with some hinging their own endorsements on a candidate’s support for the Sanders health-care model.Sen....

September 12, 2017
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Experts warn US risks delaying 'normal' summer

Experts warn US risks delaying 'normal' summer

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication 's announcement that there will be enough vaccines for all adults by May is raising hopes for a return to normal soon.But the next few months in the pandemic are critical. Concern is growing over moves by some states to lift restrictions already, while new variants of the virus are on the rise in the U.S. Experts warn that actions taken now risk delaying getting back to some semblance of normal.Health officials are urging restrictions to remain in place for the final stretch, saying that it will not be much longer before the situation markedly...

March 4, 2021
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CDC head: Vaccinating teachers 'not a prerequisite' for safe school reopening

CDC head: Vaccinating teachers 'not a prerequisite' for safe school reopening

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director emphasized Wednesday that vaccinating teachers is not required for safely reopening schools, citing data from her agency to say it is possible to return to in-person classes as long as other precautions are taken.“Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools,” Walensky said during a press briefing.She added that while a CDC advisory committee has put teachers in the “1B” category for getting vaccines — the second priority group for vaccination — “I also want to...

February 3, 2021
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Pfizer vaccine 85 percent effective after first dose, Israeli study finds

Pfizer vaccine 85 percent effective after first dose, Israeli study finds

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication © Getty ImagesThe Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 85 percent effective 15-28 days after just one dose, according to a new Israeli study, helping bolster the case for possibly delaying the second dose of vaccine to cover more people.The study of health care workers at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, the journal The Lancet, found the vaccine was 85 percent effective in preventing symptomatic cases of COVID-19. When asymptomatic cases were included too, the figure was 75 percent.Those are promising results for just one dose of the vaccine. The Pfizer...

February 19, 2021
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CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions

CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday released long-awaited guidance on safely reopening schools, emphasizing the importance of having schools open as long as proper coronavirus safety precautions are followed. it is "critical for schools to open as safely and as soon as possible," given the benefits of in-person learning.The top recommendations for doing so safely are universal wearing of masks by students, staff and teachers as well as distancing so that people are six feet apart.COVID-19 vaccination of teachers should be...

February 12, 2021
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Lancet report faults Trump for 'avoidable' coronavirus deaths

Lancet report faults Trump for 'avoidable' coronavirus deaths

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication A report in the British medical journal The Lancet blames former for an error-filled response to the coronavirus pandemic that it says contributed to 40 percent more deaths compared to other wealthy countries.The report from the Lancet Commission on Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era points to the more than 450,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus and says about 40 percent of them “could have been averted” if the U.S. death rate matched that from Group of Seven members Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.The...

February 11, 2021
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Biden visits Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan

Biden visits Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication © Getty Imageson Friday toured a Pfizer manufacturing plant in Michigan, seeking to highlight efforts to mass produce a coronavirus vaccine as his administration looks for ways to increase supply and streamline distribution.Biden visited a factory in Kalamazoo, where he met with lab workers and learned about the process behind creating one of the two COVID-19 vaccines that is being widely used across the country to inoculate Americans. It marked just the second time Biden had traveled outside the Washington, D.C., area since taking office.“I came...

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February 19, 2021
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Trump official pushed for herd immunity, calling for low-risk Americans to be infected, emails show

Trump official pushed for herd immunity, calling for low-risk Americans to be infected, emails show

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication A Trump administration official pushed for a herd immunity strategy to respond to coronavirus, writing that it is good for lower-risk people to be infected with the virus, according to emails obtained by Congress.Paul Alexander, at the time a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official, referred to younger people and lower-risk people in an email and wrote, “we want them infected.”“Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk….so we use them to develop herd…we want them...

December 16, 2020
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Bipartisan fix for 'surprise' medical bills hits roadblock with powerful chairman

Bipartisan fix for 'surprise' medical bills hits roadblock with powerful chairman

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication RisingChanging AmericaRisingChanging AmericaSponsoredDon't miss a brief.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 faxThe contents of this site are ©2020 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

December 8, 2020
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Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents

Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents

Follow Us   © 1996-2021 News Communication © Greg NashSen. (I-Vt.) and nine Democratic senators are calling on to support a waiver of COVID-19 vaccine patents at the World Trade Organization, a move they say is needed to ensure access to vaccines in lower-income countries. “Your Administration has the opportunity to reverse the damage done by the Trump Administration to our nation’s global reputation and restore America’s public health leadership on the world stage,” the senators wrote in a letter to Biden dated Thursday.“To bring the pandemic to its quickest end and save the lives of...

April 16, 2021
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