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HEALTH
Detroit family doctor ‘used his sperm to father hundreds of babies’

A Michigan family doctor fathered hundreds of children with his patients using his own sperm over several decades, sometimes without their knowdledge, according to news reports. 

A group of siblings found out they were genetically matched after doing an online DNA test and traced their birth to Detroit Dr. Philip Peven, who was their parents’ doctor, The Sun reported. 

When one of them confronted the doctor in 2019, he admitted to using his own sperm to father babies as a donor in his late 40s and in his medical practice as an OB-GYN. Some of the impregnated women were not aware the sperm had come from him, the report said.

“All of us were born in the same hospital, all of our birth certificates show Dr. Peven as our OBGYN, not our father,” Jaime Hall, one of the siblings, told the newspaper. 

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Farmworkers, Firefighters and Flight Attendants Jockey for Vaccine Priority

With front-line health workers and nursing home residents and staff expected to get the initial doses of Covid vaccines, the thornier question is figuring out who goes next.



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The answer will likely depend on where you live.

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While an influential federal advisory board is expected to make its recommendations later this month, state health departments and governors will make the call on who gets access to a limited number of vaccines this winter.

As a result, it’s been a free-for-all in recent weeks as manufacturers, grocers, bank tellers, dentists and drive-share companies all jostle to get a spot near the front of the line.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13 to 1 this month to give first vaccination priority to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities once the US Food and Drug Administration

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HEALTH
Yellow Zone declared for Utica, Rome after rise in COVID-19 cases

A portion of Oneida County was placed in a Yellow Zone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during a routine press briefing on the pandemic.

The zone encompasses the Utica and Rome areas, including New Hartford, Whitestown, Marcy and Westmoreland.

“There is a problem there and we have to be honest about it,” Cuomo said.

Here are the yellow zone restrictions:

  • Public and private schools must test 20% of a school over two weeks. If those results are lower than the zone’s current seven-day positivity rate, testing at that school is no longer required. 
  • Businesses can operate. 
  • Restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining, with a four-person maximum per table. 
  • Worship services are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Mass gatherings are limited to 25 people, either indoors or outdoors. The limit was reduced to 10 people in private residences after Cuomo imposed further restrictions statewide, effective Nov. 13.

Utica and Rome were

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HEALTH
London faces tightest restrictions; sees new virus variant

Britain’s health secretary says London and it surrounding areas will be placed under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions beginning Wednesday as infections rise rapidly in the capital

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government must take swift action after seeing “very sharp, exponential rises” in Greater London and nearby Kent and Essex. He said in some areas cases are doubling every seven days.

The surge of COVID-19 cases in southern England may be associated with a new variant of coronavirus,

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HEALTH
Taiwan sets 60% of population vaccination goal

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has set a goal to vaccinate 60% of its population with a COVID-19 vaccine, or 15 million people, a health official said Tuesday.

Taiwan has signed an agreement with COVAX to purchase a COVID-19 vaccine, but is also actively in talks with vaccine companies who have candidates in phase 3 trials for a potential bilateral agreement as well, said Jing-Hui Yang, a deputy director at the Central Epidemic Command Center. COVAX, a global plan to distribute vaccines equally, has not yet started sending out shipments of vaccines.

The island will prioritize frontline health workers and essential personnel to receive the vaccine first, Yang said. Later on, the immunization campaign will target the elderly as well as those who have existing chronic illnesses.

Officials expect the vaccines to arrive early next year. Still, an immunization campaign will take time, and will not be finished in just a

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HEALTH
Shia LaBeouf Allegedly Hid STD Symptoms With Makeup, Infected Ex FKA Twigs

KEY POINTS

  • FKA Twigs claimed Shia LeBeouf knowingly infected her with a sexually transmitted disease 
  • LaBeouf allegedly didn’t inform her about his condition despite being intimate with her for months
  • LaBeouf also allegedly transmitted the disease to at least one other woman

Shia LaBeouf allegedly didn’t inform his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs that he had sexually transmitted disease (STD) and knowingly infected her.

Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Barnett, sued the “Transformers” star for allegedly abusing her physically and emotionally when they were together. She also claimed that he knowingly infected her with STD by getting intimate with her despite knowing his condition and hiding the symptoms with makeup. Twigs confronted him after suffering “unusual and painful physical symptoms” in March 2019.

“LaBeouf admitted that he had never told Tahliah about his condition before, even though they had been sexually intimate for many months,” the court papers obtained by The

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Vaccine Transport Leans on Tight Network of Refrigerated-Truck Operators

The mass distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S. will rely in part on a small circle of trucking companies with the experience and equipment needed to deliver the fragile doses intact on critical legs of the rollout.

The trucks outfitted for refrigerated transport are part of a sprawling and complex logistics network aimed at delivering the vaccine developed by

Pfizer Inc.

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BioNTech SE

intact and as rapidly as possible to U.S. hospitals, public health departments, clinics and other sites where the shots are being administered.

The doses are stored in shipping boxes packed with dry ice and must be kept at ultracold temperatures as they move from Pfizer facilities to distribution hubs to inoculation sites. United Parcel Service Inc. and

FedEx Corp.

deliver the doses via

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‘Race against time’: First Americans vaccinated as U.S. death toll passes 300,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A New York City intensive care unit nurse on Monday became the first person in the United States to receive a coronavirus vaccine, saying she felt “healing is coming,” as the nation’s COVID-19 death toll crossed a staggering 300,000 lives lost.

Sandra Lindsay, who has treated some of the sickest COVID-19 patients for months, was inoculated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the New York City borough of Queens, an early epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, receiving applause on a livestream with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“It didn’t feel any different from taking any other vaccine,” Lindsay said. “I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.

“I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe,” she added.

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Moderna to distribute 6 million COVID-19 vaccines as soon as Friday upon FDA emergency approval

U.S. officials said on Monday they are planning to ship just under 6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine once it receives emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.



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Moderna to distribute 6 million COVID-19 vaccines as soon as Friday upon FDA emergency approval

CNBC reports that McKesson, a medical supply company, will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine for packaging and distributing to 3,285 sites, according to Gen. Gustave Perna who is in charge of logistics for Operation Warp Speed, the White House’s COVID-19 vaccine program. Perna said that UPS and FedEx have been tasked with getting the vaccine doses to their final locations.

CNBC reports that the vaccine could be approved as early as Friday, one week after Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine was granted emergency use authorization. Similar to Pfizer, Moderna’s vaccine is given in two doses spaced four weeks apart.

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The first vaccines reach all states as the US death toll tops 300,000

The first doses of an FDA-authorized Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, less than a year after the disease was first spotted in the US, officials said Monday.



Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)


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Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)

Operation Warp Speed, a public-private effort, developed the Pfizer vaccine in less than a year, an astonishing feat since most vaccines take years to develop. Delivery was speedy, too — shipping companies FedEx and UPS started transport on Sunday and completed all first-day vaccine deliveries.

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US Surgeon General Jerome Adams called the rollout of the vaccine “tremendous.”

“This is just tremendous and I’m smiling bigger than I’ve smiled in a

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