covid pandemic

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Vax-a-Million: Is it worth it?

BY: - May 26, 2021

Last weekend, the Ohio Capital Journal reported that a state representative is considering introducing legislation to halt the “Vax-a-Million” campaign, a public outreach campaign that is famously giving $1 million to five Ohioans who have been vaccinated and registered for the program. The Journal has also covered the consternation with the program among legislators, with […]

Congressional Republicans urge State Department to declassify documents related to the origins of the coronavirus

BY: - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee are pushing for Secretary of State Antony Blinken to declassify documents from a research facility in China relating to the origins of the coronavirus. Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, the top Republican on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, along with other GOP lawmakers wrote […]

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Masks off: The nuance behind the CDC’s controversial decision

BY: - May 21, 2021

In other times, a “masks off” announcement might have been celebrated. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped straight into controversy. The confusion was palpable. Debates immediately spun out over whether the CDC’s decision to remove masks was backed by science. Some experts quickly condemned the decision. The largest nurses’ union came out strongly against the new […]

Not one usable vaccine so far out of Baltimore plant with multi-million-dollar federal contract

BY: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Angry U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday had one key question as they grilled executives of a Maryland biotech manufacturer forced to dump 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine: Has there been one usable vaccine dose produced as a result of the $271 million paid to date by the U.S. government? […]

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What the Vax-a-Million says about us

BY: - May 20, 2021

There is a saying in public health that you need to “meet people where they are.” The problem is that realizing where people are can sometimes be depressing.  This is this hard truth that Gov. Mike DeWine alone was willing to face in turning to a lottery — the so-called Vax-a-Million — to convince more […]

COVID-19 upended Americans’ sense of individualism and invited us to embrace interconnectedness – an idea from Greek philosopher Epicurus

BY: - May 19, 2021

By Kristin Girten, University of Nebraska Omaha The ability to lift oneself up by their own bootstraps has long been celebrated in the United States. This admiration of self-reliance derives from the 17th-century English philosopher John Locke, who argued that individuals are fully accountable for themselves because they alone own their bodies — a kind […]

CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel is expected to be affirmed swiftly by […]

States offer gift cards, clinics at baseball games, worksite shots in push to increase vaccinations

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Maine officials are enticing residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine by offering free fishing or hunting licenses and L.L. Bean gift cards. Ohio has the National Guard taking shots to the lobbies of senior housing facilities, so those residents only need to come downstairs. And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says that if […]

FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

BY: - May 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states including Ohio, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots […]

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Union retirees need Medicare Advantage

BY: - May 4, 2021

By Dorsey Hager Electricians, insulators, plumbers, and pipefitters — all building trades members spend their careers working to make lives across Ohio easier and more enjoyable. And after years of hard work, it is only right that these American workers receive high quality, affordable health care. Medicare Advantage has been a valuable tool for retired […]

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

BY: - April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Standing in the same U.S. House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress […]