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Rocky Rollout of Covid Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness

Last week, after finishing inoculations of some front-line hospital staff, Jupiter Medical Center was left with 40 doses of precious covid vaccine. So, officials offered shots to the South Florida hospital’s board of directors and their spouses over age 65. But that decision sparked outrage among workers left unvaccinated, including those at one of the hospital’s urgent care clinics, or who...

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Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America

One tray of COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer contains 975 doses — way too many for a rural hospital in Arkansas. But with the logistical gymnastics required to safely get the Pfizer vaccine to rural health care workers, splitting the trays into smaller shipments has its own dangers. Once out of the freezer that keeps it at 94 degrees below zero, the vaccine lasts only five days...

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Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

If there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar. At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the first health care workers at the University of Virginia Health System to roll up his sleeve for a shot to ward off the coronavirus. “This is a long time coming,” said Bell, 37, who signed up via hospital email last week. “The...

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Pandemic puts all eyes on public health

Q&A — Epidemiologist Ross C. Brownson Covid-19 has exposed the weak spots of the US public health system — and that presents an opportunity, says an epidemiologist, for the nation to recognize the problems and act to fix them Public health — the science of protecting and improving the health of a population — includes everything from setting pollution limits to urging women to get...

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Healthcare Access: Tested during the COVID crisis, it faces challenges in the post-pandemic world

The University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School presented its ninth annual Business of Healthcare conference virtually on Friday, October 30. This program is produced annually by the Miami Herbert Business School Center for Health Management and Policy. The business school is renowned for its Health Executive MBA, the highest ranked (by U.S. News & World Report), longest...

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It’s not just the germs — it’s also the genes

At first glance, the cause of severe infectious disease seems obvious: The culprit is a bacterium, a virus or some other pathogen. Yet this can’t be the full story. After all, there are plenty of differences in a given pathogen’s effects from one person to the next, notes Jean-Laurent Casanova, a human geneticist of infectious disease at Rockefeller University. This clinical variability, he...

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