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Big uptick in vaccine supplies for states expected soon

BY: - February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Executives from five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers told Congress Tuesday that they expect to significantly boost the number of shots delivered to states in the coming weeks. Pfizer will increase weekly shipments to more than 13 million doses by mid-March, an increase from the 4 to 5 million doses shipped weekly in early February, […]

CDC: Serious reactions to first 14 million COVID-19 vaccines extremely rare

BY: - February 23, 2021

Of the first nearly 14 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, serious adverse reactions were extraordinarily rare, according to CDC research published Friday. The findings, reported in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, illustrate that the vaccine is a safe preventative for the overwhelming majority of its recipients. “The postauthorization safety profiles for both vaccines […]

Vaccinations speed up in Ohio as the coronavirus recedes

BY: - February 11, 2021

More than 1.1 million Ohioans have begun the two-shot vaccination process against COVID-19, just 11 months after the state health department first detected the new coronavirus in Ohio. An analysis of state data shows the seven-day moving average of the number of Ohioans starting the vaccination process has slowly and steadily risen between the first […]

Ohio House Speaker defends naming anti-vaccine rep as Health Chairman

BY: - February 5, 2021

The Speaker of the Ohio House on Wednesday defended his decision to re-appoint a representative with outspoken anti-vaccine views to the helm of the House Health Committee. Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, has pushed legislation to weaken Ohio’s vaccine laws; called in to video conferences hosted by anti-vaccine groups; made public statements about the need to […]

DeWine can’t say when most Ohioans can expect to be vaccinated

BY: - February 5, 2021

The pace of coronavirus vaccinations is accelerating in Ohio, but Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said it was still too early to say when non-priority Ohioans can expect to get a shot in the arm. There was good news on the vaccine front, DeWine said during one of his regular coronavirus press conferences. The state […]

Mutations, vaccines and patience: What the next six pandemic months look like

BY: - February 2, 2021

Patience and persistence. That’s what Amy Rohling McGee, president of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, is preaching about a vaccination process that’s as much a feat of scientific achievement as it is “extraordinarily slow.” The mass immunization process against COVID-19 was always going to feel like a hurry-up-and-wait affair, but watching officials mete out […]

COMMENTARY

There are good reasons Black people don’t trust health institutions, but I still got the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 28, 2020

“To make people trust, you need to become trustworthy….  I think if…communities were engaged in conversation… people would know: ‘You are hearing me, you are respecting my right to ask questions and get a legitimate answer. So now let me make up my own mind’…. If we approach it trying to convince other people, we […]

U.S. not using emergency powers to speed production of covid vaccine

BY: - December 19, 2020

It appears that the federal government is leaving it to drugmakers to figure out how to speed production of coronavirus vaccines.  U.S. Surgeon Jerome Adams on Saturday said that the federal government has invoked the Defense Production Act hundreds of times in the fight against coronavirus. But it is not using it to speed production […]

Ohio celebrates the start of covid vaccinations, but it could have had a lot more

BY: - December 15, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine called Monday “a great day” in the annals of the Buckeye State as the first doses of coronavirus vaccine were injected into the arms of medical workers deemed to be at high risk. He and his wife, Fran, were on the Ohio State campus Monday morning as the first staffers at Wexner […]

As COVID-19 vaccines near, Ohio’s distribution challenges loom

BY: - November 17, 2020

Regulators could allow two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use as early as December, but getting the vaccines from out-of-state manufacturers to 11.7 million Ohioans poses a web of logistical challenges. One leading vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech requires two doses taken 21 days apart. Doses must be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit. Some hospitals have […]

COMMENTARY

Big pharma’s safety pledge isn’t enough to build public confidence in COVID-19 vaccine – here’s what will

BY: - September 18, 2020

Americans are increasingly concerned that regulators and manufacturers will rush a vaccine to market without an adequate review. That prompted nine vaccine front-runners, including Pfizer and Merck, to promise to abide by clinical and ethical standards in an effort to increase the public’s confidence in any vaccine that ultimately comes to market. As a scholar […]