As U.S. COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist – The Denver Post

Jerry Ramos spent his final days in a California hospital, hooked to an oxygen machine with blood clots in his lungs from COVID-19, his 3-year-old daughter in his thoughts. “I have to be here to watch my princess grow up,” the Mexican American restaurant worker wrote on Facebook. “My heart feels broken into pieces.” Ramos didn’t live to see it. […]

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U.S. vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated. Mississippi, the least vaccinated state in the country, is transferring inventory to Maine, which has one of the highest rates of immunization. […]

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U.S. experts say Olympics unprepared for COVID-19, call for WHO help

Experts from the University of Minnesota, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of California, San Francisco say planners for the July Olympic Games in Tokyo and the subsequent Paralympic Games have not taken adequate steps to protect athletes, coaches, and support staff from COVID-19. They call for an urgent meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) […]

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Restrictions easing in U.S. and Europe amid COVID-19 disaster in India – The Denver Post

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Air travel in the U.S. hit its highest mark since COVID-19 took hold more than 13 months ago, while European Union officials are proposing to ease restrictions on visitors to the continent as the vaccine rollout sends new cases and deaths tumbling in more affluent countries. The improving picture in many places contrasts with the worsening disaster […]

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Rising antiparasitic drug cost in U.S. leads to higher patient costs, decreased quality of care

New study finds the skyrocketing cost of drugs in U.S. used to treat hookworm and other soil-transmitted parasites increases patient costs, suggests decreased quality of care A new study finds that the increasingly high prices in the United States of the drugs used to treat three soil-transmitted helminth infections—hookworm, roundworm (ascariasis), and whipworm (trichuriasis)—is not only the major driver for […]

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Fauci says U.S. will stay with two doses of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

The United States will stick with its plan to give millions of Americans two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. The nation’s top infectious diseases expert told the Washington Post that shifting to a single-dose strategy for those two vaccines could leave people less protected, allow more contagious variants to spread and make […]

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COVID vaccine: Biden says U.S. is securing 600 million doses by July – The Denver Post

BETHESDA, Md. — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the U.S. will have enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans. Biden made the announcement at the sprawling National Institutes of Health complex just outside Washington as he visited some of the nation’s leading scientists on the frontlines of the fight […]

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