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EU Deal Allows AstraZeneca Partial Immunity Over Vaccine Side-Effects

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The deal was struck in August and its liability clauses have not previously been reported, according to Reuters and CNBC. Other vaccine news is on the trials being run by Novavax and Sanofi, and more. And also: New York’s decision to review vaccines.

Chicago Nurses, Union Reach Deal After Ending Strike

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The contract guarantees the hiring of 160 more nurses, more protective gear and COVID hazard pay. In other news: California updates its “No Pharmacist Left Alone” law; Mayo Clinic Health System President Bobbie Gostout is retiring; Albertsons hires a former Amazon exec as its new senior VP of pharmacy and health; and more.

House Democrats Knock $1T Off Stimulus Proposal To Jump-Start Talks

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After stalling for months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says coronavirus stimulus negotiations would resume as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells key House committee chairs to craft a new proposal that backs down on a previous $3.4-trillion ask. The new plan under discussion would cost closer to $2.4 trillion — which Republicans say is still too high.

Number Of Patients, Surgeries Slow To Return To Normal, Report Finds

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The slow rebound is causing financial concerns for hospitals. Also in the news: liability claims against home care nurses; medical deferrals for immigrants; COVID grants; Northwell Health; Teladoc; Amwell; and Community Health Systems.

Kids Will Likely Be At The Back Of The Vaccine Line

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With no clinical trials underway, a COVID-19 vaccine for children is unlikely before the fall of 2021. Other news stories report the latest on vaccine development by Sanofi, Merck and AstraZeneca.

Fauci Chides Paul For Distorting Facts On Herd Immunity

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“I challenge that. You were not listening to what the director of the CDC said, that in New York, it’s about 22 percent. If you believe 22 percent is herd immunity, I believe you’re alone in that.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during the Senate hearing. The two men have clashed before, but Wednesday’s exchange was particularly pointed.

Study: N95 Face Masks Can Be Sterilized Simply

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As shortages of N95 face masks persist, a study finds used ones can be sterilized with ultraviolet-C light. Another study finds 70% of Chinese-made N95s fail.

FDA Proposes Harder-To-Clear Guidelines For Emergency Vaccine Approval

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Draft guidelines submitted by the FDA to the White House propose standards for authorizing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine that match ones set for regular vaccine approval, The Washington Post reported. The agency’s move aims to reassure the public about vaccine safety and lowers the chances that one might be cleared before the Nov. 3 election.

Another CDC Reversal: Agency Takes Back Info On How COVID Spreads In Air

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On Friday, the CDC website was updated to say that 6 feet of distance may not be enough to avoid airborne transmission of COVID-19. That guidance was removed on Monday. CDC officials say draft language was posted in error, but the misstep comes at a time when public confidence in the agency is taking a hit due to confusing messaging.

NIH Staffer Unmasked As Online Peddler Of COVID Misinformation; Will Retire

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William Crews, a public affairs specialist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will leave the agency led by Dr. Anthony Fauci after the Daily Beast revealed that Crews is the managing editor of a conservative website where he authored many posts slamming Fauci, masks and other government COVID guidance.