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Ask KHN-PolitiFact: How can COVID vaccines be safe when they were developed so fast?

The development of the first COVID vaccines may have seemed to occur at a dizzying pace. After all, scientists identified a new virus and created vaccines to protect against its most severe effects within a year. But the research underpinning these vaccines isn’t that new at all, vaccine experts say. Some of it is decades old. This foundation, combined with technical expertise, urgency and financial resources, enabled scientists to pull off the medical marvel.... Read more»

One year in: how COVID’s toll compares with other causes of death

Now that the coronavirus has been in the United States for roughly a year, new numbers are revealing the scale of covid-19’s impact on American health: COVID has become the country’s third-leading cause of death, and could be on its way to outpacing cancer. ... Read more»

Study: Arizona’s COVID outbreak began in late February 2020

A study of the genomes of a number of people who became infected with COVID-19 in Arizona has led researchers at the American Society for Microbiology to believe that Arizona’s outbreak of COVID-19 likely began in late February 2020.... Read more»

More than 1,000 COVID deaths in Arizona in one week

Between Jan. 3 and 9, 1,080 Arizonans died from the virus, the most in a single week, according to data from John Hopkins University. The previous record was in December, when 614 Arizonans lost their lives from Dec. 13-19.... Read more»

A year after COVID, WHO says virus likely to become endemic

Experts with the United Nations’ health agency said the novel coronavirus likely will become endemic even with the advent of vaccines. They also said humanity needs to prepare for the possibility of an even worse future pandemic.... Read more»

CDC: COVID-19 reponsible for 300,000K excess deaths in U.S. this year

Nearly 300,000 more Americans have died so far in 2020 than in a typical year, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection said Tuesday, which includes the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 plus deaths indirectly tied to the pandemic.... Read more»

NIH 'very concerned' about serious side effect in coronavirus vaccine trial

The FDA is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage, even as the National Institutes of Health has launched an investigation of the case.... Read more»

Arizona leads U.S. in growth of new COVID cases

Arizona led the U.S. in the growth of confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, and if states were viewed as their own countries, the Grand Canyon State would lead the world, according to an alarming analysis by The New York Times.... Read more»1

Ducey focused on hospital space, not stopping sharp COVID-19 increases

Ducey and Dr. Cara Christ, who leads the ADHS, focused extensively on the statewide hospital capacity during a Thursday press conference, but had little to say about how the state would address the sharp rise in confirmed cases.... Read more»