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As Omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

The national effort to vaccinate children against COVID-19 has stalled - two months after Pfizer’s vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11 - even as the Omicron variant upends schooling for millions of children amid staffing shortages, shutdowns and heated partisan battles.... Read more»0

Why you can’t find cheap at-home COVID tests

American consumers have few options for cheap tests that quickly screen for the COVID-19 infection, though they are widely available in Europe - and experts say the FDA’s approach to clearing rapid tests and manufacturing bottlenecks are to blame.... Read more»0

Public health experts 'flabbergasted' Biden still hasn’t picked an FDA chief

President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis.... Read more»0

To quarantine or not: The hard choices schools are leaving to parents and staff

Parents are eager to have children back in classrooms, but as the Delta variant surges, some school districts aren’t beefing up protocols to prevent infections - risking an even more rapid spread among children, the youngest of whom aren’t yet eligible for vaccination.... Read more»0

At urgent care, he got 5 stitches and a big surprise: a plastic surgeon’s bill for $1,040

Under a law Congress passed last year, many surprise medical bills will be banned starting in January, but urgent care clinics were not explicitly addressed in the No Surprises Act - and individuals could still get hit with large bills while trying to stay out of the emergency room. ... Read more»0

Unused Johnson & Johnson COVID doses are piling up as FDA waits to see if shelf life can be extended

The Biden administration is encouraging states to hold on to hundreds of thousands of soon-to-expire COVID vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson, given the possibility that additional data will show the shots are viable beyond their expiration date at month’s end.... Read more»0

After billions of dollars and dozens of wartime declarations, why are vaccines still in short supply?

Manufacturing constraints and raw material output are among the reason that, despite President Joe Biden remarks that the nation is “now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July,” Pfizer and Moderna will miss their targets of providing at least 100 million doses each by the end of March, let alone 200 million more doses each has promised by July.... Read more»0

'Red Dawn Breaking Bad': Officials warned about medical safety gear shortfall early on

A high-ranking federal official in late February warned that the U.S. needed to plan for not having enough personal protective equipment for medical workers battling coronavirus, internal emails show.... Read more»0

CDC coronavirus testing decision likely to haunt nation for months to come

Distributed coronavirus tests are creating uneven health care results as rural and central U.S. health officials are better able to get a handle on the illnesses' spread than larger coastal cities.... Read more»0