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The draft plan for starting to deliver a coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours of any federal approval was unveiled by the CDC. The agency says it will need $6 billion from Congress to execute the ambitious proposal.
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Other places in the news include Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Illinois, the District of Columbia, Texas, Oklahoma and the Navajo Nation.
Since New York passed its law, two other states – Delaware and Minnesota – enacted similar measures, and other states are considering the approach, Stat reports.
The Journal Of General Internal Medicine reports less than 10% of tests cost insurers more than $306, but some bills were as high as $14,750. News is on fast turnarounds for employers, rapid antigen tests, the UK’s shortage of tests during a second wave and more.
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said, “The virus favors gatherings.” Other COVID news is on loneliness, herd immunity, flu season and more.
In the proposal, Medicare would pay the lowest price offered in countries with comparable economies. Modern Healthcare reports on the implications to move would have on the buy-and-bill system.
Despite the pledge from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, there are no other signs of progress in stalemated negotiations between Democratic leaders and the White House over the next stimulus package.
The latest Census Bureau report finds the trend of decreased numbers of Americans with health insurance continued for a third year under President Donald Trump’s presidency.
Politico reports that HHS Secretary Alex Azar revoked the FDA’s ability to check the quality of COVID-19 tests developed by individual labs for their own use, over objections from FDA chief Stephen Hahn. The growing reports of turmoil at HHS prompted Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to call for Azar’s immediate resignation.
Reports emerge of the closed-door apologies HHS spokesman Michael Caputo made to his boss, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and other agency colleagues following controversial and unfounded remarks he made on Facebook. Caputo was not fired but could take medical leave.
Just like adults, an underlying health condition can leave young people more vulnerable to a severe case of COVID-19, according to a CDC report looking into 121 fatal coronavirus cases in people below the age of 21. Racial disparities were found as well, with two-thirds of the cases among Black and Hispanic youth.
Babies of these moms are twice as likely to be born prematurely. Also, the mothers die more often than white mothers. More public health news is on the HPV vaccine, mask wearing and HIV, as well.
Customs seized a shipment of N95 masks from China that failed a safety test. More mask news is on questions parents have about covering the faces of children, ads in Michigan to encourage use and more.
Washington was hit by a strain from China, while a strain from Europe infected parts of New York and Connecticut. A different report looks at how inadequate monitoring of travelers in January impacted U.S. spread. Other news is on testing in underserved communities and different types of testing and tracing, as well.
Public health news is also on the mental health of mothers, dental treatment for seniors, “systemic” head injuries at protests and more.
The health insurance company is not affiliated with Kaiser Health News (KHN) or KFF. Other health systems in the news include UnitedHealthcare, Lifespan, Care New England, Northwestern Medicine, Palos Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Atlantic Health and CentraState Healthcare.
The Pew Research Center conducted the poll in August. The proportion of Hispanics who knew someone (46%) more than doubled since the April/May survey. Other hospital news reports on music therapy, inequalities and on-site telehealth.
They’re calling for safer working conditions and better pay. The strike, which is scheduled to last seven days, was supposed to include about 1,300 nurses, but a Cook County judge ruled that 525 nurses couldn’t join because it would endanger patients’ safety.
News outlets examine the obstacles that could complicate efforts to inoculate the globe from COVID-19.