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Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may pose fewer distribution challenges

That would be an advantage particularly for getting a COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries.
An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes, with the logo of the University of Oxford and its partner British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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The cost of sleep deprivation

Nov 23, 2020
A RAND study found that lack of sleep costs the U.S. about $411 billion a year in lost productivity.
Right now, more than a third of Americans are feeling anxious and losing sleep as a result, according to the most recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.
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To survive the pandemic, live theater turns to streaming. Unions are on board.

Nov 20, 2020
Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA resolve their dispute, with Actors' Equity representing the virtual broadcasts. The agreement includes restrictions.
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California adopts emergency workplace safety rules for COVID-19

Nov 20, 2020
OSHA has declined to create national rules during the pandemic.
A security guard checks a customer's temperature outside a retail store. Efforts to prevent virus transmission in the workplace are gaining steam.
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What's next for Main Street, Wall Street as Fed lending programs are set to expire

Nov 20, 2020
Fed programs and policy have helped ease economic pain during the pandemic. In its dwindling days, the Trump administration will end some of those emergency programs Dec. 31.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin greet each other after testifying before Congress in June.
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With COVID-19 hitting hospitals hard, home births are on the rise

Nov 20, 2020
One reason some mothers choose at-home birth is they don’t feel they will be heard or taken care of in a hospital setting.
Home births were the norm at the turn of the previous century, and so were midwives, said historian and nurse midwife Michelle Drew.
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Mnuchin moves to cut off Fed pandemic emergency lending program

Economist Karen Petrou says the Fed programs have fallen short, but that the Fed needs some facilities in the face of inaction from Congress.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testify during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2020 in Washington.
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Trans workers face bias, barriers that affect income as pandemic lingers

Nov 20, 2020
Before the pandemic, Black trans workers faced the most economic challenges of any group in the U.S.
For those who do land jobs, 77% of trans individuals say they’ve taken active steps to avoid mistreatment at work.
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Pfizer to ask today for emergency vaccine authorization

Emergency authorization means the FDA facilitates availability of the vaccine during a declared state of emergency.
An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on Nov. 17, 2020.
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Mnuchin rejects renewal of some Fed emergency loan programs

Nov 19, 2020
Mnuchin said that he is requesting that the Fed return to Treasury the unused funds appropriated by Congress for operation of the programs.
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