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Anti-vaccine ideology gains ground as lawmakers seek to erode rules for kids’ shots

They are among the more than 520 vaccine-related bills introduced in statehouses nationwide since Jan. 1 - with 66 specifically relate to childhood vaccine requirements in 25 states - as the anti-vaccine movement gained momentum amid the pandemic.... Read more»

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States.... Read more»

'Health shouldn’t have borders': Arizona and Sonora doctors team up to tackle infectious diseases

Chiricahua Community Health Clinics in Douglas started a binational infectious disease monitoring program - just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold - and coordinate with hospitals in Sonora to track and treat infectious diseases on both sides of the border. ... Read more»

Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security

President Joe Biden sent a new $5.8 trillion budget request to Congress on Monday that calls on lawmakers to institute a minimum tax on billionaires and boost spending on national security and public health. ... Read more»

Here’s what you will hear Biden talk about in his debut State of the Union

President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is set to focus significantly on the economy, with the former member of the U.S. Senate calling on Congress to pass much of the agenda stalled in the so-called Build Back Better bill. ... Read more»

From Alabama to Utah, efforts to vaccinate Medicaid enrollees against COVID run into obstacles

Medicaid enrollees continue to get vaccinated against COVID at far lower rates than the general population despite vigorous outreach efforts by government officials and private organizations to get low-income people inoculated, according to data from several states.... Read more»

Retirements cut ranks of scarce frontline workers

As a shortage of frontline workers has vexed states and cities throughout the pandemic, workers who have a lot of contact with the public—such as police officers, nurses, school bus drivers and retail store workers—retired and left the workforce in high numbers last year.... Read more»

Amid Omicron uncertainty, states resist new mandates

Despite the new COVID-19 variant that has quickly spread across the globe, there is little appetite in either red or blue states for reimposing lockdowns or mask mandates - a recognition of the public’s exhaustion after 21 months of the coronavirus pandemic.... Read more»

Todo lo que hay que saber sobre omicron y las otras variantes del coronavirus

Una nueva variante de coronavirus surgió durante el fin de semana de Acción de Gracias; por ahora, esto es lo que sabemos y no sabemos sobre Omicron y otras variantes de coronavirus.... Read more»

Omicron and other coronavirus variants: What you need to know

Americans, already weary of a pandemic nearly two years long, were dealt a new blow during the Thanksgiving weekend: a new coronavirus variant had emerged - for now, here’s what we know, and don’t know, about Omicron and other coronavirus variants.... Read more»

Is it time to change the definition of 'fully vaccinated'?

As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as Omicron, a new COVID variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot.... Read more»

State lawmakers' anti-vaccine efforts may prove mostly symbolic

Since September, at least 14 GOP-controlled legislatures have debated bills that would undermine vaccine mandates and passed at least 13 new laws - but many of the new anti-vaccine mandate laws are either symbolic or vulnerable to federal preemption, or in some cases both.... Read more»

Why Moderna won’t share rights to COVID-19 vaccine with the government that paid for its development

A quiet monthslong legal fight between the U.S. National Institutes of Health and drugmaker Moderna over COVID-19 vaccine patents recently burst into public view, pointing to serious problems in the ways U.S. companies bring drugs and vaccines to market. ... Read more»

Quarantine and tracing rules are all over the map for students

The number and complexity of school quarantine policies have left parents with the impression there is little rhyme or reason in quarantining - a frequent complaint when districts in the same county, under the purview of the same public health officials, are handling it differently.... Read more»

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 cleared by CDC panel; final OK near

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a decision that means those children could be receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. ... Read more»

Q&A: Navajo woman starts nonprofit to improve maternal health

A nurse with Indian Health Service, Nicolle Gonzales noticed gaps that left many Native American women with insufficient pregnancy and birthing care - prompting her to launch the nonprofit Changing Woman Initiative to address maternal health disparities in Indigenous women.... Read more»

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