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Attention Focused On Distribution Of COVID Vaccines

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As drugmakers race to develop a vaccine, exactly how those vaccines will be manufactured and delivered to Americans is also being planned. In other vaccine news: Johnson & Johnson moves to human trials of its vaccine. And a Moderna board member resigns.

Pharma Flexes Its Political Power

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Big Pharma executives ignore the president’s invitation to meet at the White House. Cerevel plans to go public. Meanwhile, medical charities are forced to cut back on galas and other charity events they use to raise money.

Missouri Medicaid Expansion Fight Heats Up Ahead Of Vote

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Whether Missouri should expand its Medicaid program will be put to voters next Tuesday. In other Medicaid news: Texas extends pandemic flexibility; telehealth users want permanent change; and many doctors support benefits for unemployed.

Recovered From COVID? Donate Blood For Plasma Treatment, Trump Urges

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During a roundtable at the Red Cross headquarters, President Donald Trump and other public health officials called on coronavirus survivors to donate. “You’ve gotten through it, and I guess that means you have something very special there,” Trump said.

Mask Mandates Expanded In Maryland

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Maryland’s governor toughens his mask mandate, even though Dr. Anthony Fauci says they are difficult to enforce.

Pence Met With Doctors Featured In Discredited Viral Video

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A group called America’s Frontline Doctors captured national attention for their unproven claims in an online video seen by millions–despite being banned from some social media platforms for misinformation–about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and masks. Vice President Mike Pence met with several of the doctors on Tuesday.

HHS Contract Awarding COVID Data Collection Raises Questions

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An NPR investigation finds irregularities in the TeleTracking Technologies contract for a database previously managed by the CDC. In other Trump administration news, Modern Healthcare obtains partial text of White House drug pricing executive orders.

Hospital Industry Encouraged To Forgive Debts

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A rural hospital chain goes bust while a big urban one reports higher profits. In other hospital industry news, the government won’t penalize hospitals that donate or sell unpaid bills to charities that pay off the debts.

School Reopening Plans Still A Jumble

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It’s a crazy quilt of plans and rules as school districts try to get teaching back on track. The Trump administration is still pushing full in-person instruction. “The COVID-19 pandemic has stumped the brightest minds at universities,” says the Wall Street Journal.

Senate Relief Bill Measures Face Revolt By Some Republicans

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Despite the imminent expiration of current aid, a quick path to another round of coronavirus stimulus gets tougher as a number of Republican senators object to several of the provisions in their party’s proposal.