Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: U.S. vaccines trashed while millions across the globe desperately seek first dose

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: U.S. vaccines trashed while millions across the globe desperately seek first dose

For the last few months, news sources across the country have increasingly been reporting alarming evidence that, since the beginning of U.S. vaccine distribution in December, vast numbers of vaccine doses have gone to waste, with numbers still increasing in some states to this day. thousands of vaccine doses wasted daily The New York Times […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: F.D.A. gives full approval to Pfizer vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: F.D.A. gives full approval to Pfizer vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine today, according to a press release. “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine,” the release said. “The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the boosters: Biden administration puts in vaccine mandates for some and plans boosters

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the boosters: Biden administration puts in vaccine mandates for some and plans boosters

“The Biden administration moved on several fronts Wednesday to fight back against the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus, strongly recommending booster shots for most vaccinated Americans and using federal leverage to force nursing homes to vaccinate their staffs,” Sharon LaFraniere and Apoorva Mandavilli wrote for The New York Times. “In remarks from the East […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

Eight months after the first Covid vaccine was rolled out in the United States, debate is raging over how to push hesitant Americans to get the shot to help rein in the pandemic that has cost the country trillions of dollars and over a million lives directly and indirectly. ClearHealthCosts zoomed in on the potential health and financial costs of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: You might be hit with expensive medical bills, employer mandates

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: You might be hit with expensive medical bills, employer mandates

“People who choose not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus face greater odds of getting seriously ill and hospitalized –- a decision that could risk not just their health, but their finances as employers mandate vaccination and insurance companies look at ways to pass on the costs of treatment,” Ken Alltucker writes over at USA Today. “More […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Can the shot cause menstrual cycle changes?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Can the shot cause menstrual cycle changes?

“Sore arms. Headaches. Low-grade fevers. These are some of the expected side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine —- a sign that the body’s mounting an immune response and learning how to fend off the coronavirus,” Geoff Brumfiel reports over at NPR. “But thousands of people in the U.S. think they may have had other side […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: New York City and state give goodies for those getting vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: New York City and state give goodies for those getting vaccinated

New York City has started to offer $100 to unvaccinated people to encourage them to take the Covid vaccine. The New York City offer is good only at New York City sites, not at CVS or a local urgent care center.  A vaccinated person has to register, and then gets the incentive after getting fully […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who is lying, and about what, and why?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who is lying, and about what, and why?

Perhaps it’s not surprising that we’re hearing of people who are lying — again, or still, or more and more — about the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. We’ve heard about people lying about age, about occupation, about place of residence. We’ve heard people lying about whether they were vaccinated or not. What goes into that — […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: An ethicist talks about lying

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: An ethicist talks about lying

We’ve been hearing a lot about lying related to the coronavirus pandemic. Wanting to hear from an ethicist, I reached out to Dr. Charles E. Binkley, a cancer surgeon who is director of bioethics at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution in Silicon Valley. (See our post about lying […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

A number of people who received the Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine (or Astra Zeneca outside of the United States) are seeking a second shot of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in the belief that the Johnson and Johnson and other vaccines may be safer with  a booster. We heard about this from an acquaintance, […]