Health Force is gaining traction among leading health care organizations. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association supports the Health Force Bill, as do a growing chorus of national groups and experts, from a former FEMA administrator to professors at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Denise Smith of the National Association for Community Health Workers — who is helping lead a new ‘Community-Based Workforce Alliance,’ said this week, “The Health Force Bill promotes the kind of community-based workforce needed to increase access to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing and to coordinate social and mental health supports, making our communities healthier now and more resilient for the future.” … [Read more...] about Expanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously
Vaccinations save lives
An EUA can be revoked, like in the case of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. These drugs had already been approved to treat and prevent malaria, and showed promise against the novel coronavirus in laboratory studies. Small early trials in Covid-19 patients added to the optimism, and the medication was touted by President Trump. But larger studies found the medications to be ineffective in treating patients with Covid-19. Additionally, one of the side effects could also potentially be dangerous in people who had pre-existing heart conditions. After about two and a half months with EUA, the emergency authorization was revoked. … [Read more...] about What is an EUA, and what does it have to do with how quickly we get a coronavirus vaccine?
"It's not going to be turning a switch off and turning the switch on," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "It's going to be gradual and I think it's going to take several months before we get to the point where we can really feel something that approximates how it was normally before Covid-19." … [Read more...] about Pfizer proposes expanding Covid-19 vaccine trial to include more diversity as race for a vaccine continues
Getting a flu shot is a safe, inexpensive way to stay healthy. But in a typical year, less than half of Americans get the vaccination (just 45% last year). Rates in the United Kingdom are comparable, where just 44.9% of registered patients ages 6 months to 64 years old got a flu vaccination from 2018 to 2019. In the European Union, which committed in 2009 to vaccinate at least 75% of residents ages 65 and older, only 45% of people in that group received vaccines in 2018. … [Read more...] about This might be your most important flu shot ever
The effort to shake confidence in a vaccine began months ago, when President Trump ramped up Operation Warp Speed, which, according to the HHS website, “aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics…” … [Read more...] about Liz Peek: Rattled Democrats attack Trump’s vaccine optimism