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Trump Describes ‘Good’ Relationship With Fauci While Calling Out ‘Mistakes’

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“He’s a little bit of an alarmist — that’s OK,” President Donald Trump said of his top infectious disease expert. Despite recent criticisms from a few fellow administration officials, Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to urge Americans to take more precautions to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Minorities In US Face More Discrimination Due To COVID, Study Finds

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New research finds evidence that racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. have experienced increased incidents of discrimination during the pandemic. Other examples of race-based disparities in the health system are also reported.

Shoddy Surgical Masks Bear ‘Meaningless’ FDA Certificate

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An NPR analysis finds that many surgical masks, most imported, tout FDA certificates that don’t have any regulatory meaning. Often the products don’t meet safety standards for health care workers. Meanwhile, more big chains in the U.S. announce mask requirements.

An Enormous Vaccine Contract Is Scrutinized

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The latest science and research news includes: A $1.6 billion government contract to a vaccine developer explained (Bill Gates figures in the tale); and a new approach to give people temporary immunity from COVID.

Medicare Officials Tighten Rein On Group That Accredits Hospitals

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services granted the Joint Commission approval to accredit for only two years, rather than the maximum of six, citing concerns about surveyor performance and comparability of the Joint Commission’s survey process to what CMS uses.

New CDC Guidance Expected: COVID Patients Don’t Need To Be Retested

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With the U.S. coronavirus system again under strain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release guidelines saying that coronavirus patients don’t need to be tested again — after symptoms clear — in order to prove they are no longer contagious.

CDC’s Hospital Data Disappears, Reappears And Vexes Many

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A Trump administration plan to have hospitals bypass the normal repository of its data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has left hospitals confused, governors pushing back and the public without crucial information about the COVID epidemic.

Russian Hackers Targeting COVID Vaccine Research

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Intelligence agencies in the U.S., Britain and Canada say they see evidence that Russian hackers are attempting to obtain coronavirus vaccine research. The Russian unit supposedly goes by the name “Cozy Bear.”

Studies Debunk Idea That Blood Type Influences Recovery

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Initially, medical experts thought Type A blood was a risk factor while Type O was less so. Other public health news on COVID-19 is on a public disconnect, children’s health, employees, vacations, mental health, induced comas, staying safe and partying, as well.

Fixing COVID Testing System Could Cost $75M

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A Rockefeller Foundation report suggests “America faces an impending disaster” if the testing system for the virus is not solved. Evidence of its failure abounds.

As Virus Cases Soar, Hospitals Worry About Too Few Beds

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Some patients have been stranded in emergency rooms while others have to be transferred between hospitals as doctors frantically search for open beds. Meanwhile, a new report finds that before this latest surge, many hospitals were able to restore their operations to nearly pre-COVID levels.

Critics Say New COVID Reporting System Could Overwhelm Hospitals, Lead To Drug Shortages

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The Trump administration announced this week that hospitals should now report data about coronavirus patients, supplies and bed capacity directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other health industry news, Georgia revised its request for changes to the insurance marketplace, and doctors and employers team up to offer a new health care payment model.

A COVID Vaccine Progress Report

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As researchers move quickly to develop a vaccine, other researchers raise questions about its delivery method and its safe use with pregnant women.

And Democrats Respond

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Former President Barack Obama criticizes the government response to the epidemic, while House Democrats push to probe federal government largess to companies with ties to the Trump administration.