What happens once federal funding to fight COVID ends?

Aug 31, 2022
FDA approved updated boosters Wednesday. The feds have helped cover costs of vaccination and testing as well as public awareness drives.
As funding for COVID dwindles, some communities have reduced outreach and closed some testing and vaccination sites.
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The Biden administration is extending the public health emergency. Here's what that means.

May 17, 2022
The original declaration of January 2020 changed the health care landscape.
COVID tests and vaccines are free of charge as a result of the public health emergency declaration in 2020.
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COVID testing's rocky start led to long lines, limited access today

Dec 22, 2021
Economists say testing is key to fighting the pandemic and restoring the economy.
Manufacturers of COVID test kits have been uncertain about their market, and production has been erratic.
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Why addressing economic inequality could help build pandemic resiliency

Nov 1, 2021
“Our health is all interconnected and inextricable from the conditions in which we live,” says epidemiologist Dr. Sandro Galea.
 “Most of “health” is about where we live, where we work, where we play,” says public health expert Dr. Sandro Galea. Above, a doctor puts on a mask before speaking to people without homes in San Francisco in 2020.
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Why public health and the economy are inextricably linked

Aug 12, 2021
Read an excerpt from a new book by emergency room physician and former Baltimore Health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.
“Public health is housing. It’s food. It’s clean air. It’s education,” writes former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen in her new book. “It’s the social supports that give everyone their best chance to survive.”
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To encourage vaccinations, Georgia county calls on moms

Jul 7, 2021
A large, diverse county is betting local mothers can help it reduce hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine and boost inoculation rates.
A film crew monitors a shot of Normica Provitt discussing her decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19. She’s one of the moms featured in a county ad campaign.
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Mexico requires warning labels on some processed foods

Dec 4, 2020
The "junk food" labeling warns that some foods are high in sodium, or have excessive sugars.
Esteban Pérez works in the family business: a store in Mexico City that his grandfather started decades ago. He shows a soda can with the new warning labeling in Mexico.
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How workplaces could help distribute the vaccine

Dec 2, 2020
Employer-sponsored programs make vaccinations convenient and help to normalize the idea of getting one.
A sign reflects the widespread interest in being protected from the coronavirus. Workplace vaccinations could bring protection to more people.
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Fauci: U.S. could reach 100,000 new cases a day

Jun 30, 2020
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert made the remark at a Senate hearing on reopening schools and workplaces.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases testifies before a Senate committee in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2020.
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States are trying to build armies of coronavirus contact tracers

Apr 23, 2020
But public health departments have been chronically underfunded.
Contact tracers try to find everyone a person who tested positive for COVID-19 has come into contact with.
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