Hahn Leaves F.D.A.; Woodcock Named Acting Commissioner

Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, who became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic began, resigned on Wednesday as the administration of President Biden began. Dr. Janet Woodcock, the longtime head of the F.D.A.’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Review, will serve as acting commissioner, according to an agency official. Beginning in May, Dr. Woodcock […]

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WHO chief lambasts COVID-19 vaccine profits, demands elderly go first – The Denver Post

GENEVA — The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries and charging that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where “profits are highest.” Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off the […]

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Colorado orders hospitals to use second doses of COVID-19 vaccine now

About 40,000 older Coloradans will get their first COVID-19 shot a few weeks earlier than initially planned after the state on Monday ordered providers to stop holding back second doses. In a letter sent to vaccine providers, Gov. Jared Polis directed hospitals and others to stop holding back doses for current patients’ second shots. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines […]

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Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

The day after New Year’s, John Reichert of Boulder, Colo., had a heated argument with his 14-year-old son, James. “I’ve failed you as a father,” he told the boy despairingly. During the long months of lockdowns and shuttered schools, Mr. Reichert, like many parents, overlooked the vastly increasing time that his son was spending on video games and social media. […]

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COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado: Power outage at Kaiser Permanente’s Lakewood facility ruins 165 doses

Kaiser Permanente Lakewood Medical Offices threw out 165 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday after they were ruined following a power outage at the facility. The power outage, which Kaiser said was brief and caused by high winds, caused a refrigerator storing doses of Moderna’s vaccine to stop working, resulting in the vaccines exceeding the required storage temperature. Staff at […]

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Colorado COVID-19 vaccine: Weekly COVID-19 vaccine supply could increase

Colorado’s weekly allocation of coronavirus vaccine could increase significantly — maybe even double for a time — under the Trump administration’s plans to make more supply immediately available by no longer withholding doses to ensure people get their second shots, Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday. But the specifics of when and how states will receive those additional doses still are […]

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Colorado confirms fifth case of new, more contagious COVID-19 strain

A Boulder resident has tested positive for the new, highly contagious variant of the coronavirus, bringing Colorado’s total to five confirmed cases. The new variant — called B.1.1.7 — was discovered in Colorado for the first time two weeks ago. The fifth case was confirmed in a person in their 20s, the state Department of Public Health and Environment announced […]

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Johnson & Johnson Expects Vaccine Results Soon but Lags in Production

Johnson & Johnson expects to release critical results from its Covid-19 vaccine trial in as little as two weeks — a potential boon in the effort to protect Americans from the coronavirus — but most likely won’t be able to provide as many doses this spring as it promised the federal government because of unanticipated manufacturing delays. If the vaccine […]

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Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People

Just weeks into the country’s coronavirus vaccination effort, states have begun broadening access to the shots faster than planned, amid tremendous public demand and intense criticism about the pace of the rollout. Some public health officials worry that doing so could bring even more chaos to the complex operation and increase the likelihood that some of the highest-risk Americans will […]

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6 Months After Leaving the Hospital, Covid Survivors Still Face Lingering Health Issues

For millions of coronavirus survivors, it’s an increasingly important question: How common, how serious and how long-lasting are the physical and mental aftereffects of Covid-19? A new study — believed to be the largest so far in which doctors evaluated patients six months after they became ill — suggests that many people will experience lingering problems like fatigue, insomnia, depression, […]

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