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The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities - and two months later, grants were awarded to every state health department - but a year later, little of the money has been used. Read more»

Community health clinics and organizations are taking the case for vaccinations to sidewalks, supermarkets and anywhere else people gather.

Hispanics who have yet to receive a COVID shot are about twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites or Blacks to say they’d like to get vaccinated as soon as possible, according to a survey released Thursday, "but they just have either not been able to fit it into their schedule, or they have some concerns or questions or they haven’t been able to access it." Read more»

One of the big things missing in the U.S. has been a consistent look at the disease situation.

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»

The Oklahoma Army National Guard, like many National Guard units throughout the U.S., have helped states with contact tracing.

Arizona has failed to conduct robust contact tracing, which was considered a vital tool to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and proved effective in other parts of the world, public health experts say. Read more»

Abraham Axicinean, 5 months old, sleeps on the bed in Eriana Alce’s home in Bateye San Isidro. At just 17 years old, his mother died giving birth to him at Hospital Materno-Infantil San Lorenzo de Los Mina in Santo Domingo.

In the Dominican Republic, the lifetime risk of maternal death is one in 320, according to UNICEF. That’s almost seven times higher than in the United States. Read more»