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Black Americans Hesitant To Get Vaccine In Sign Of Ongoing Mistrust Of Medical Community

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Only 25% of black Americans in a recent survey expressed willingness to get a potential vaccine for the coronavirus despite the fact that they are among the hardest-hit populations by COVID-19. But the medical community has a long history of exploiting black Americans, so there’s little trust in public health advice now. Meanwhile, the debate rages on about when a vaccine can be expected.

Mental Health Experts’ Warning: New Moms Seeing Increase In Anxieties, Postpartum Depressions

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While as many as 20% of women can suffer from pregnancy-related anxieties during normal times, health experts around the globe are reporting a higher incident now. More public health news is on new normal hurricane evacuations, the unexpected toll on high-end learners, the return of the village mentality, Zoom fatigue, domestic violence, social distancing with cancer, safe time under the sun, truck drivers’ stress, seniors facing despair, and cautiously re-approaching medical care, as well.

House Democrats Vote By Proxy In Unprecedented Move That GOP Blasts As ‘Dereliction Of Duty’

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The House returned to Washington, D.C. for an abbreviated two-day session, but not all lawmakers were traditionally “present.” Democrats say they are trying to strike a balance between keeping their colleagues safe and doing their duty. But Republicans are suing over the practice, deeming it unconstitutional. In other news from Capitol Hill: the White House wants a “surprise billing” fix in next relief bill; Democrats defend Planned Parenthood’s small-business loans; congressional leaders express alarm over the deportation of migrant children; and more.

Experts Worry About Dangerous Trend Of Trump Politicizing Scientific Results In Midst Of Pandemic

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President Donald Trump has criticized scientists and research results in recent days, dismissing their findings by claiming they’re political enemies. “If the president is politicizing science, if he’s discounting health experts, then the public is going to be fearful and confused,” said Larry Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor. In other news on Trump and his administration: scientists ask for a federal review as to why a coronavirus grant was canceled; Trump’s claims of success against the virus could haunt him; Trump to lower flags in honor of virus victims; and more.

Positive Trends In Vaccine Development Race Are Converting Skeptical Scientists

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Scientists across the globe are starting to be hopeful that there will be a vaccine next year, something that until now would have been unheard of in the history of vaccine development. But there are positive signs in the development race — including the fact that the virus doesn’t quickly mutate. In related news: a skeptical public, a look at President Donald Trump’s vaccine chief, a deep dive into a bizarre saga behind Moderna’s closed doors, the dangerous spread of misinformation and more.

Florida Health Department Worker Claims She Was Fired For Refusing To Manipulate COVID Data

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Developer Rebekah Jones, who created a dashboard for the state’s COVID-19 data, said she was fired because she was ordered to censor some information, but refused to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.” Meanwhile, Florida isn’t the only state in the hotseat over accusations of either deliberately changing data or bungling it enough to be dangerous.