Waiving patents on COVID-19 vaccines no magic pill for shortage

May 6, 2021
Global vaccine distribution also depends on access to information and having enough production plants.
To ensure that lifting patent restrictions has an impact, vaccine companies need to share know-how with manufacturers around the world.
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White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations

Apr 21, 2021
“We’re calling on every employer, large and small, in every state: Give employees the time off they need with pay to get vaccinated,” Biden said.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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What the vaccine rollout is like for three community pharmacists

Apr 16, 2021
They've struggled with exhaustion, low staffing levels and no-shows for appointments.
Health care workers are feeling a lot of pressure to get the vaccine rollout right: making make sure all vaccines are stored correctly, that allergic reactions are prevented and that they’re answering everyone’s questions.
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Music, food and myth-busting bring vaccines to hesitant farmworkers

Apr 14, 2021
As much as 18% of the U.S. agricultural and farmworker population has tested positive for COVID-19 compared to 5% of the general population.
Rico Peralta holds up a bandana with messages in multiple languages spoken in the Central Valley. They’ve found that farmworkers prefer bandanas to face masks.
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COVID vaccines at Dollar General would boost access for low-income populations, study says

Apr 8, 2021
According to the company, 75% of Americans have a Dollar General within 5 miles of their home.
Dollar General has nearly doubled its store count in the last decade, filling in gaps in areas without big-box stores or grocery chains.
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Time for U.S. to share more COVID vaccines?

Mar 22, 2021
The U.S. has secured enough doses to immunize everyone in the country, while much of the world has little to no access to vaccines.
According to experts, refusing to distribute its COVID-19 vaccines globally makes the U.S. look ethically, economically, and scientifically unsound when it comes to recovery.
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People are itching to travel again, even for business

Mar 16, 2021
And many of their bosses are eager for them them to travel again, too.
Airlines are reporting increased bookings.
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Reopening schools raises complicated questions about health, education and inequity

Mar 10, 2021
A poll from the Pew Research Center found more than half of Americans think schools shouldn't reopen until teachers are vaccinated.
Education workers line up to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Some college buildings are vaccination sites, but most faculty, students aren't eligible yet

Feb 24, 2021
Distribution of vaccines on campuses has sparked debate about whether students and faculty should be getting the shots.
Taylor Davis, 61, teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She said college professors should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine once K-12 teachers are eligible. “I am more concerned about what an 18-year-old is going to do in their social time than I am a fifth grader,” she said.
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Vaccine supply chain bottlenecks eased, drugmakers tell Congress

Feb 23, 2021
Pfizer and others are collaborating to accelerate production. Johnson & Johnson and Novavax may receive FDA approval soon.
In vaccine making, one of the key bottlenecks is filling bottles quickly.
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