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Incoming surgeon general says widespread coronavirus vaccination may not happen until ‘mid-summer, early fall,’ extending the timeline by months

Vivek Murthy, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for the US surgeon general role, suggested on Sunday that current timelines for coronavirus vaccine distribution are optimistic. Murthy said Americans should prepare for and expect widespread vaccination by “mid-summer, early fall.” But health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci have previously said widespread coronavirus […]
Incoming surgeon general says widespread coronavirus vaccination may not happen until ‘mid-summer, early fall,’ extending the timeline by months
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Mike Pence reportedly overruled the CDC on extending a cruise ship ban to 2021, the latest example of the White House sidelining expert advice in the pandemic

Vice President Mike Pence stopped the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from extending a ban on cruise-ship journeys until 2021, Axios reported. Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, told CDC Director Robert Redfield that extending the “no-sail order” to February 2021 was unfeasible, the […]
Mike Pence reportedly overruled the CDC on extending a cruise ship ban to 2021, the latest example of the White House sidelining expert advice in the pandemic
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CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities’ concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show

The Centres for Disease Control advised state and local health authorities to make decisions on their own or look to other states and academic studies on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported. Documents obtained by USA Today show CDC representatives and officials downplaying information about the virus […]
CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities’ concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show
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CDC director now says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test can get one following backlash over changes to testing guidelines that excluded asymptomatic people

Robert Redfield, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has responded to criticism over new coronavirus testing guidelines that excluded asymptomatic people. Redfield said people who need a test can get one, but said not everyone who wants to get tested for the virus truly needs to. Experts […]
CDC director now says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test can get one following backlash over changes to testing guidelines that excluded asymptomatic people
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CDC backtracks and now emphatically supports reopening schools after criticism from Trump

The CDC on Thursday issued new guidance on reopening schools that backtracked on prior, stricter recommendations after criticism from President Donald Trump. Trump descried the previous recommendations as “very tough and expensive.” The new CDC guidance offers full-throated support for reopening schools. “Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the […]
CDC backtracks and now emphatically supports reopening schools after criticism from Trump
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CDC, major vaccine manufacturers ramp up production of flu shots as the US braces for the potential simultaneous impact of the coronavirus and the seasonal flu

Major vaccine manufactures are planning to make millions more flu vaccine doses ahead of the fall amid mounting concern from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vaccine manufacturers are planning to boost production of flu shots by about 10%, making 189 million flu shots in comparison to 170 million last year, The […]
CDC, major vaccine manufacturers ramp up production of flu shots as the US braces for the potential simultaneous impact of the coronavirus and the seasonal flu
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Why the CDC’s coronavirus data is so bad

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has struggled to provide accurate data on the novel coronavirus. The CDC must wait for states to report infections and deaths, creating a built-in lag time. There is also a lack of standardization and political pressure to keep numbers low. “The CDC missed […]
Why the CDC’s coronavirus data is so bad
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Apple is reportedly rejecting all coronavirus-related apps unless they come from health organisations in an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation

Apple is rejecting all coronavirus-related apps except those from official health organisations and governments, CNBC reported on Thursday. Apple is one of several tech companies seeking to combat misinformation on their platforms as the outbreak continues to spread. App Store reviewers told developers that apps offering medical information must come […]
Apple is reportedly rejecting all coronavirus-related apps unless they come from health organisations in an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation
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A CDC lab is said to be under investigation after contamination fears, another sign the US botched its rollout of coronavirus testing kits

US health authorities are investigating a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention lab initially tasked with producing coronavirus test kits in the US, according to multiple outlets. A Food and Drug Administration official raised alarm last week about possible contamination in the lab, Axios reported. The agency confirmed a “manufacturing […]
A CDC lab is said to be under investigation after contamination fears, another sign the US botched its rollout of coronavirus testing kits
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The Trump administration reportedly wants 7 words and phrases banned at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was reportedly told not to use seven specific words and phrases in its federal budget-proposal documents. Materials with the words, “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” and “diversity” were returned to the agency for “correction,” according to a senior staffer at the CDC’s Office of Financial Services. […]
The Trump administration reportedly wants 7 words and phrases banned at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention