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UHS Computer Systems, Employees Left In The Lurch After Cyberattack

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The health giant’s network remained shut down as of Tuesday. Health workers say the outage has made communicating difficult and that they are using paper records and hand-labeling medications. The Wall Street Journal said some ambulances have been re-routed and elective surgeries canceled.

Regeneron Says Experimental Therapy Shows Benefits For People With Moderate COVID Symptoms

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The drugmaker says that its two-antibody cocktail, dubbed REGN-COV, lowered viral loads and improved symptoms for non-hospitalized patients in a small clinical trial. The therapy is also being tested in hospitalized patients with more severe symptoms. Regeneron says it is in early discussions with the FDA about possibly applying for emergency use authorization.

Operation Warp Speed Contracts Shielded From Public View, Oversight

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NPR reports on the secretive deals the government’s vaccine development program struck with pharmaceutical companies, details of which may not be available to the public for years. Other Trump administration news reports on an internal dispute over passenger cruises and a controversial HHS public relations campaign.

Key Day In Stimulus Talks As Democrats Await GOP Proposal

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Today’s negotiations and actions could determine if there is any hope of a coronavirus relief bill passing before Election Day. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer makes a rare move to pressure Republicans on preexisting conditions protections and pharmaceutical executives are scheduled to testify before a House panel.

Trump Getting ‘False’ Information From Atlas, Redfield Overheard Saying

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Referring to Dr. Scott Atlas — the member of the coronavirus task force who is currently believed to have President Donald Trump’s ear — CDC Director Robert Redfield said during a phone call made on a commercial flight heard by NBC News that, “everything he says is false.” Dr. Anthony Fauci also voiced concerns about the advice Atlas is delivering to the president.

States To Get 100M Rapid COVID Tests, Trump Announces

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While governors will decide what to do with the additional tests, the White House is urging that they be used to help reopen schools. Meanwhile, documents reveal efforts from CDC senior officials to downplay the risks of kids returning to in-person classes, The New York Times reports.

HHS Reallocates $300M From CDC For Ad Campaign; Celebs Defend Involvement

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According to a report from Politico, the videos featuring administration officials and celebrities aim to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus pandemic. Two of the people taped, actor Dennis Quaid and gospel singer CeCe Winans, say their involvement is not political.

Fall Surge Picks Up: Positivity Rates, Hospitalizations Rise In Many States

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Positive test rates of 5% can be a sign of undetected coronavirus cases in a community — North and South Dakota both have rates above 25%. Meanwhile, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon and Utah report record numbers of new cases and New York state, a onetime hot spot, shows signs of another spike.

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.