Corona Vaccine

Clover Health’s losses climb 71% in Q1 following SEC review

New Medicare Advantage members pushed Clover Health’s revenue up 21% during the first quarter of 2021. The Nashville-based insurtech company reported $200.3 million in revenue during the first quarter ended March 31, up from $165.3 million the year prior. Much of the revenue growth came from new Medicare Advantage membership, which grew 18% year-over-year to 66,300 enrollees. …

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Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks as domestic demand for shots drops and global disparities in distribution have grown more evident. The doses will come from existing production of Pfizer, Moderna or …

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Retailers, states grapple with shifting COVID-19 mask mandates

Major retailers across the country, including Target, Starbucks, and Walmart, are changing their in-store mask requirements following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) announcement last week that fully vaccinated Americans are now safe to resume almost all activities without wearing a mask. Starbucks, Walmart, Costco, and Trader Joe’s have all said they will …

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HIMSS to require COVID-19 vaccination for annual conference

Attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in August will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, the trade association announced Monday. The move comes after HIMSS canceled the 2020 conference because of the pandemic. This year conference goers will have to provide proof of vaccination, and the group said …

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Vaccine inequity triggers ‘huge disconnect’ between countries

“The pandemic is a long way from over, and it will not be over anywhere until it’s over everywhere”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists once more, at the regular press briefing in Geneva.  Still under threat  Tedros pointed to “dramatic increases” in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, in places …

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Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’

The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. “COVID-19 has shone a bright light on our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a graduation …

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Why the push for vaccine patent waivers worries drugmakers

Talk of temporarily lifting intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines raises questions about the future of patent protections for lifesaving drugs, devices and medical supplies. To help increase access to vaccines in poor countries, the Biden administration recently said the U.S. would participate in World Trade Organization negotiations over waiving intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical …

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CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday defended the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, stressing that increasing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift in guidelines. “I’m delivering the science as the science is delivered to the medical journals. And it evolved,” CDC …

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Some aren’t ready to give up masks despite new CDC guidance

Like more than 120 million other Americans, Jan Massie is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can pretty much give up wearing a mask under the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But she’s still covering her face, even as the temperature rises in her native Alabama, because of benefits she says …

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