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A fifth of nursing-home workers remain unvaccinated as deadlines loom

Federal deadlines to vaccinate all health-care workers against COVID-19 are just weeks away, but the most recent federal data show that roughly a fifth of nursing-home employees are not yet fully vaccinated.... Read more»0

States move to ban 'vaccine passports'

As Americans figure out what post-pandemic life will look like, some states are taking steps to ensure that proof of vaccination ― or so-called “vaccine passports” ― won’t be part of it, amid a wider Republican-led push to curtail public health authorities’ powers. ... Read more»0

Spreading vaccine fears - and cashing in

As health officials continue the campaign to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, influencers are making millions by dealing doubt about the coronavirus vaccines while selling books, dietary supplements, essential oils and other unproven treatments. ... Read more»0

Biden COVID data director on plugging deadly information gaps in a pandemic

Emergency physician Dr. Cyrus Shahpar is the White House’s COVID-19 data director and leads a team reporting to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients. In his first tweet on the new job, he announced that the Biden administration would release state pandemic reports that the previous administration refused to publish and that the Center for Public Integrity first uncovered and collected weekly to share with readers and local reporters. ... Read more»0

'We are in a very dangerous place': White House reports Arizona still in COVID 'red zone'

The White House Coronavirus Task Force warned governors in private reports this week that “the COVID risk to all Americans is at a historic high” and said virus-mitigation efforts in many states are still not strong enough.... Read more»0

Arizona still in COVID-19 'red zone' in White House report

A White House task force recommends small, household-only holiday celebrations, as Arizona remains among the 47 states in the "red zone" for spiking coronavirus cases, reported as "aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread." ... Read more»0

White House: Arizona back in coronavirus 'red zone'

All but 8 states are now in the red zone for COVID-19 cases, the White House coronavirus task force said in new reports sent to governors on Tuesday. Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey has signaled he won't impose any new restrictions.... Read more»0

Secretive new data system is shaping federal COVID-19 response

HHS Protect, at the center of clashes between the CDC and HHS over how to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, was created after the CDC’s long struggle to modernize. Basic data about the COVID-19 outbreak remains secret and obscured even from local public health officials, despite them being told to rely on it to make decisions.... Read more»0

Arizona in COVID-19 'red zone' with 17 other states, internal White House report says

More than a dozen states, including Arizona, should revert to more stringent protective measures, limiting gatherings to 10 people, closing bars and gyms and asking residents to wear masks at all times, according to a new White House report that was not publicized.... Read more»0