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Biden Not Planning On Helping Mexico With Vaccines

KHN Morning Briefing

Meanwhile, some public health officials say that decision could be dangerous along the border for the U.S. Other news reports are from England, Iraq, Slovakia and other countries, as well.

Biden Administration Ups Funding For ACA Navigators

KHN Morning Briefing

An additional $2.3 million will be allocated to community groups that help people to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans. The role of subsidies on people’s finances and taxes is also in the news.

As First J&J Shots Reach Arms, Biden To Announce Production Help From Merck

KHN Morning Briefing

The Washington Post reports that President Joe Biden will announce that Merck & Co. will help boost the Johnson & Johnson supply — a rare partnership between pharmaceutical rivals. Meanwhile, the first doses of the newly approved vaccine will be administered today.

CDC Urged To Improve Its Guidance On Workplace Aerosol Covid Transmission

KHN Morning Briefing

A group of House Democratic leaders wrote a four-page letter asking the Biden administration to be more specific about how to keep people safe, especially in the workplace. They say the CDC’s official guidelines downplay the risk of the aerosol spread of covid-19.

CDC Chief Warns States Not To Roll Back Restrictions As Cases Plateau

KHN Morning Briefing

“Please hear me clearly—at this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

Teens Seek More Mental Health Care As Pandemic Persists

KHN Morning Briefing

Ongoing lockdowns and restrictions throw a spotlight on young people’s fraying mental health. Meanwhile readers in our Letters to the Editor section give advice for our pandemic times.