• CDC Asks States to Prepare to Distribute Potential COVID Vaccine by Nov. 1

    CDC Asks States to Prepare to Distribute Potential COVID Vaccine by Nov. 1

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked states to be ready to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine by November 1, according to new reports. In a letter to state governors and health officials last week, CDC director Robert Redfield said that Texas- based McKesson Corporation would soon be requesting permits to build distribution …
  • Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin. from Rolling Back Transgender Healthcare Protection

    Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin. from Rolling Back Transgender Healthcare Protection

    A federal judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a new rule that would have rolled back Obama-era sex discrimination protections for transgender people in health care. The rule, finalized in mid-June, was set to go into effect on Tuesday. The United States District Court in Brooklyn issued an injunction temporarily blocking the …
  • Cancellation of Elective Procedures Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences, Experts Say

    Cancellation of Elective Procedures Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences, Experts Say

    When Representative Chip Roy (R., Texas) was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma nine years ago, he was “blessed” to receive treatment before his cancer had a chance to progress to stage 4. Would he be so lucky if faced with the same situation today, amid the coronavirus pandemic? That’s the question Roy posed on …
  • N.Y. Health Commissioner Refuses to Divulge Estimate of Uncounted COVID Nursing Home Deaths

    N.Y. Health Commissioner Refuses to Divulge Estimate of Uncounted COVID Nursing Home Deaths

    New York health commissioner Howard Zucker has refused to give state lawmakers an estimate of the number of nursing home residents who died of coronavirus but who were not counted in the state’s official tally of coronavirus deaths at nursing homes. Out of at least 163,000 deaths from coronavirus nationally, 68,200 have been among residents …
  • California’s Public Health Director Resigns amid Coronavirus Test Data Controversy

    California’s Public Health Director Resigns amid Coronavirus Test Data Controversy

    The director of California’s Department of Public Health abruptly resigned on Sunday amid news that a computer system failure resulted in the undercounting of COVID-19 cases in the state. Dr. Sonia Angell, who was appointed to her role by Democratic governor Gavin Newsom in 2019, announced her resignation in an email sent to department staff …
  • Birx Warns ‘Extraordinarily Widespread’ Pandemic Has Entered ‘New Phase’ in U.S.

    Birx Warns ‘Extraordinarily Widespread’ Pandemic Has Entered ‘New Phase’ in U.S.

    Dr. Deborah Birx, the Trump administration’s coronavirus response coordinator warned Sunday that the coronavirus epidemic has entered a “new phase” in the U.S., saying that the pathogen is present in many more areas across the country than it was during the spring months. “What we are seeing today is different from March and April — …
  • Fauci Recommends Wearing Goggles or Eye Shields to Protect against Coronavirus

    Fauci Recommends Wearing Goggles or Eye Shields to Protect against Coronavirus

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, suggested Wednesday that Americans consider wearing goggles or an eye shield in addition to face masks to ensure more complete protection against the coronavirus. “If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” he said in an interview with ABC News on Instagram …
  • Moderna coronavirus vaccine enters final stage of clinical testing

    Moderna coronavirus vaccine enters final stage of clinical testing

    Drug maker Moderna started the final round of clinical testing for its coronavirus vaccine on Monday, making it the first candidate to enter a crucial stage of research in the US and sending it shares up 10 percent. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s Phase 3 trial will test its experimental inoculation in about 30,000 people at …
  • COVID-19 surge overwhelms labs causing slowdown in return of test results

    COVID-19 surge overwhelms labs causing slowdown in return of test results

    Sick Americans are facing long waits for coronavirus test results with labs overwhelmed by the massive surge in infections across the country, medical testing executives say. Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, two of the nation’s biggest clinical lab operators, say they can’t add testing capacity fast enough to keep up with the breakneck pace at which …
  • Business Leaders Urge Inclusion of Healthcare Price Transparency in the Next COVID-19 Stimulus

    Business Leaders Urge Inclusion of Healthcare Price Transparency in the Next COVID-19 Stimulus

    A group of economists and business leaders urged Congress on Monday to include healthcare price transparency in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. In a letter sent to President Trump and other GOP leadership, signatories — including former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Forbes Media chairman and CEO Steve Forbes, former state treasurer of Ohio Ken Blackwell …