Day: December 12, 2020

HEALTH
As coronavirus vaccine begins to roll out, FDA seeks to reassure the public on safety

At a news conference, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said he would “absolutely” get the vaccine as soon as he is eligible.

Hahn denied, as he did Friday, that the White House had threatened his job if the agency didn’t move quickly on the vaccine. The Washington Post reported Friday that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called Hahn on Friday morning to warn him to be ready to submit his resignation if the agency didn’t clear the shots by the end of the day, according to multiple people knowledgeable about the situation and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they but did not have permission to speak publicly.

“Science and data guided the FDA’s decision,” Hahn told reporters, adding the agency had maintained “the integrity of the scientific process” while moving as quickly as possible given the urgent situation.

Discussing the possibility of rare severe allergic reactions,

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MEDITATION
My first foray into meditation is a council-funded mindfulness session under a tree in central Hamilton

The first rays of summer, birds chirping and me, on the verge of my first foray into meditation.

Four women, two men and two (adorable) dogs are under a tree overlooking the Waikato River in Hamilton city, just off the main street.

We introduce ourselves and, complete strangers no more, we’re instructed to lie down on our yoga mats.

Nick Joy takes a class on mindfulness meditation at Victoria on the River off Hamilton’s main street.

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Nick Joy takes a class on mindfulness meditation at Victoria on the River off Hamilton’s main street.

Silence spreads across the group as we prepare to settle our Western minds.

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Eyes closed with arms at our sides, mindfulness and meditation teacher Nick Joy guides us. We’re to focus on the air we breathe, the sounds we hear and bodily sensations.

It’s an opportunity

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HEALTH
US Covid-19 cases surpass 16 million as CDC committee votes to recommend Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The number of Covid-19 cases reported in the United States reached more than 16 million Saturday after the country added 1 million cases in just four days, according to Johns Hopkins University data.



a person sitting in a plastic bag: Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)


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Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

It took the nation more than 8-and-a-half months to reach 8 million cases but less than two months to double that, as the number of new cases continues to soar.

The milestone comes as an advisory committee for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Saturday to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for patients 16 and older, a day after the US once again saw a record number of new cases,

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PREGNANCY
FDA Gives Guidance on Allergy, Pregnancy Concerns for COVID Vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified its guidance on administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, stating that it is safe for people with any history of allergies, but not for those who might have a known history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine.

The warning is included in the FDA’s information sheet for health care providers, but questions are arising as to whether the vaccine — which was authorized for emergency use by the FDA on Friday — should not be given to anyone with a history of allergies.

Sara Oliver, MD, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported at a December 11 meeting of the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that two UK health care workers with a history of significant allergic reactions had a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine. A third health

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HEALTH
FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine; Trump tweets

CLOSE

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, people are wondering if they will be required to take it to go back to work. History provides some clues.

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Ten months and 20 days after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency authorization to a vaccine that data shows is highly effective at preventing a disease that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. 

The vaccine, from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, was developed at a historically swift pace, besting early estimates that projected it would be a year or more before a COVID-19 vaccine would be authorized.

Cutting-edge science and extraordinary funding helped compress that timeline, leading to a vaccine believed to be more than 90% effective in blocking the symptoms of COVID-19 and that has shown no major, unexpected safety problems.

“This is a light at the

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HEALTH
US reaches record daily toll of 3,309 deaths

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The U.S. has reached a record 3,309 daily coronavirus deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The deaths reported Friday exceeded by 6% the previous high of 3,124 deaths reported Wednesday.

The U.S. also reached a record daily confirmed infections at 231,775, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. That’s nearly 4,000 more than the previous high on Dec. 4.

The increases come as millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer start rolling into hospitals on Monday. The first vaccines will go to hospital staff and other health care professionals.


The U.S. leads the world in confirmed cases at 15.9 million and deaths at more than 296,000. The coronavirus has caused more than 1.6 million global deaths.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

U.S. officials say the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning. Trucks will roll out Sunday

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HEALTH
Paid leave provisions are expiring, bipartisan proposals are missing the point

Early in the pandemic, the daughter of immigrants who worked at Smithfield meat packing plant in South Dakota sent a message to a local reporter on Facebook, relaying that at least one case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in a worker. It quickly became clear that many more unconfirmed cases had been spreading uncontrolled throughout the plant. This woman’s parents, like most other employees at the plant, could not afford to stay home. They had no choice but to report to work, a foot away from their co-workers on either side. As they did their jobs, the number of confirmed cases among Smithfield employees rose around them, from 80 to 190 to 238.

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DOCTOR
Doctor Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More

After providing diagnoses, doctors treat patients who are suffering from diseases and injuries. Doctors are also called physicians and they can be either medical doctors (M.D.) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.).

Both types of physicians use traditional treatment methods such as drugs and surgery, but D.O.s emphasize the body’s musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic patient care. Doctors can be primary care physicians or they may specialize in a particular area of medicine such as internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, endocrinology, ophthalmology, or anesthesiology.

Doctor Duties & Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities vary by specialty, but all doctors need to be able to perform the following duties:

  • Assess symptoms
  • Diagnose conditions
  • Prescribe and administer treatment
  • Provide follow-up care of patients, refer them to other providers, and interpret their laboratory results
  • Collaborate with physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and
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HEALTH
Hospitals await coronavirus vaccine shipments and wonder who gets the first shots

“You have heard me refer to today as D-Day,” said Gen. Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership speeding the development of vaccines and therapeutics. “Some people assumed that I meant the day of distribution. In fact, D-Day, in military, designates the day the mission begins. D-Day was a pivotal turning point in World War II. It was the beginning of the end. D-Day was the beginning of the end, and that’s where we are today.”

The initial distribution to hospitals, which are battling climbing case counts and mounting deaths, marks the beginning of one of the most complicated logistical missions in U.S. history. Nearly 3 million doses of the vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, are being sent by plane and guarded truck. The shots must be stored at ultracold temperatures.

Perna said boxes were being packed and loaded with vaccine following Friday’s

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HEALTH
CDC panel recommends moving forward with Pfizer vaccine

A panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted Saturday to recommend that the coronavirus vaccine created by Pfizer and BioNTech be administered to people age 16 and up, moving one step closer to getting the shot into the arms of millions of Americans.



a close up of a bottle: CDC panel recommends moving forward with Pfizer vaccine


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CDC panel recommends moving forward with Pfizer vaccine

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices cast its vote during an emergency session on Saturday. The vaccine cannot be administered until CDC Director Robert Redfield approves the recommendation, though that is anticipated to occur later this weekend.

The vote comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer vaccine candidate for emergency use in the U.S.

The panel made a series of recommendations to health care providers, including monitoring people with allergies for 30 minutes after an injection.

The CDC vaccine panel recommended that health

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