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Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

States are urged to expand the sites being used for vaccinations, and will see their allocation of doses change. The number of vaccine doses sent to states each week will no longer be based on population, but rather on the pace of vaccine administration and the number of residents 65 and older.... Read more»

Biden expected to distribute all available COVID vaccine doses to states

The Trump administration, through its Operation Warp Speed working group, has held back the second dose of the two-shot vaccine regimens, saying the approach is to ensure that the follow-up dose will be available for each person who receives the initial shot. ... Read more»

In fine print, HHS appears to ban surprise billing during CV-19 pandemic

Federal officials offering emergency funding to hospitals, clinics and doctors’ practices have included this stipulation: They cannot foist surprise medical bills on COVID-19 patients.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s attack on the WHO

Trump made his announcement on funding at the White House coronavirus task force daily briefing on April 14, accusing the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” There is no evidence that the WHO has covered up the spread of the novel coronavirus. There has, however, been evidence that China was slow to report the outbreak. ... Read more»

'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»

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Government watchdog warns hospitals face severe supply shortages

As the U.S. entered “peak death week” in the coronavirus outbreak, an internal government watchdog reported Monday that hospitals are in dangerously short supply of not only protective gear and testing kits, but basic materials like thermometers, toilet paper and disinfectants, putting health care workers at risk. ... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

As suicide rates climb, 'Arizona model' leads nation in crisis care

Other states are starting to emulate what has become known as the “Arizona model” for crisis care, in which suicide hotlines, mobile crisis units and crisis facilities are electronically linked, creating a comprehensive system of services to address the first 24 hours of a person’s psychiatric emergency. ... Read more»

Arizona to get $20 million of $1.8 billion federal fund to fight opioids

Arizona will get more than $20 million in State Opioid Response grant funds from the federal government, part of $1.8 billion in grants the Trump administration said it was releasing to states Wednesday.... Read more»

Deadly U.S. shootings rise in 2015-16 after steady declines

A two-year Centers for Disease Control study found gun deaths by suicide and homicide surpassed 71,000, an increase reversing a decades-long trend.... Read more»

Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... Read more»

6-year-old heard on border facility audiotape still separated from her mother

Jimena Madrid riveted people around the world when her voice was captured on an audiotape after she was separated from her mother inside a Border Patrol detention facility. Three weeks later, reunification remains uncertain. “She says over and over, ‘Mommy, I want to be with you.’”... Read more»