April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

vaccines

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Updated Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 8:35 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The federal government is expanding COVID-19 vaccine access to all federally qualified community health centers.

White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt announced the development Wednesday, which expands opportunities for underserved communities to find vaccines in their communities.

There are roughly than 1,400 of the health centers nationwide, which serve communities both hardest hit by the coronavirus and the most difficult to reach for vaccination.

The White House says the health center program is essential to ensuring equity in vaccine distribution. A majority

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ROME — Giulio Macciò tested negative for the coronavirus and spent weeks receiving treatment for emphysema in a sealed-off hospital under the care of doctors and lung specialists — and a nurse who had refused to be vaccinated. On March 11, he unexpectedly died. A post-mortem swab found that he had contracted the virus, as had 14 other patients and the unvaccinated nurse who spent her shifts in his midst.

“It makes no sense that a person whose job is to heal the sick gives them Covid and kills them,” said Mr. Macciò’s son, Massimiliano Macciò, who filed a complaint

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On Tuesday, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Six months ago, I would’ve said having a safe, effective vaccine in my arm by April would be near impossible — even miraculous. Most of us thought so.

But here we are, all beneficiaries of a modern medical miracle. It took only 12 months from the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen being identified to a vaccine being approved, the fastest vaccine ever developed. The brilliant researchers, extensive resources and modern technology are all homages to the wonders of science.

Even so, I think there’s more. A year ago this week, I

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson says it’s agreed to provide up to 400 million doses of its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine to African countries, starting this summer.

The drugmaker said under its agreement with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, the company will provide up to 220 million vaccine doses for the African Union’s 55 member countries, with delivery beginning in the July-to-September quarter. The trust will be able to order 180 million additional doses from J&J, for a total of up to 400 million shots through 2022.

The company’s vaccine still must receive authorization from regulators in the African

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More states are lifting eligibility requirements for Americans to receive coveted coronavirus vaccines.

Indiana, Texas, Georgia and Louisiana are among the latest to join the majority of states in allowing all adults to receive coronavirus vaccines late this week or next week. Utah opened all eligibility Wednesday.

However, with the lifting of eligibility requirements comes a removal of business and masking restrictions. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to end the statewide mask mandate and remaining COVID-19 business restrictions in two weeks. And many other states have already ceased mitigation measures.

It all comes as experts warn of a fourth

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While Los Angeles County still has a long way to go to establish herd immunity, the region is starting to see evidence that the increasing COVID-19 vaccinations are beginning to help curb transmission, the county’s health director said Monday.

Since the beginning of 2021, the number of new infections has fallen each week following the unprecedented winter surge. At the same time, more and more people were being vaccinated across the county.

At nursing homes and hospitals — the first settings where people became eligible for doses— there have been major declines in the number of people becoming infected, L.A.

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