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The COVID vaccine was developed in record time thanks to mRNA. Pfizer’s CEO says the technology should now be used on other viral diseases like the flu.

Covid-19 vaccine forwarded vaccine science years, Pfizer’s CEO said, and now it’s time to use advances for other viral diseases, such as the flu. “We’ll be able to provide medical solutions for other devastating diseases,” the CEO said. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine used a new method with messenger RNA to […]
The COVID vaccine was developed in record time thanks to mRNA. Pfizer’s CEO says the technology should now be used on other viral diseases like the flu.
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The Trump administration will recommend giving all Americans over 65 a COVID-19 shot as soon as possible, in new guidance reportedly arriving Tuesday

The Trump administration on Tuesday plans to recommend expanding vaccine eligibility to everyone over 65 years old, Axios reported, citing an unnamed senior administration official. Currently, the guidelines prioritise certain workers and people over 75. The vaccines available in the US require two doses. The new guidelines also prioritise more […]
The Trump administration will recommend giving all Americans over 65 a COVID-19 shot as soon as possible, in new guidance reportedly arriving Tuesday
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RBC lays out its top digital health stock picks

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Today in healthcare news: RBC’s top digital health picks for 2021, the 26 healthcare and biotech unicorns to keep […]
RBC lays out its top digital health stock picks
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A startup that’s taking on Big Pharma just raised $500 million

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Today in healthcare news: EQRx has raised another $US500 million, at least 50% of COVID-19 cases spread from people […]
A startup that’s taking on Big Pharma just raised $500 million
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Apps and web portals are streamlining vaccine rollout, but the digital strategies could leave vulnerable populations behind, experts warn

Health systems are starting to give Americans aged 65 and older vaccine access, and some are using smartphone apps and online programs to streamline the process. But some older people without smartphones or computers reportedly had difficulty making appointments online in Florida. Research indicates the elderly, low-income populations, and rural […]
Apps and web portals are streamlining vaccine rollout, but the digital strategies could leave vulnerable populations behind, experts warn
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I felt totally fine after my first COVID-19 shot, but the second dose was rough. Here’s a timeline of my side effects and why I still think you should get the shot.

Dr. Joy Henningsen is a diagnostic radiologist at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Centre and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 17 and the second dose on January 7 at the Birmingham VA […]
I felt totally fine after my first COVID-19 shot, but the second dose was rough. Here’s a timeline of my side effects and why I still think you should get the shot.
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Disparities are popping up in the vaccine push

Hello, Boy, what a week. As I sat down to write my first weekly recap of healthcare news this year, it took me a moment to remember that anything happened before Wednesday, when a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. With all that’s happening in D.C., it’s easy for […]
Disparities are popping up in the vaccine push
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The UK has two new ‘life-saving’ COVID-19 treatments that cut the death risk by 24% in critically unwell people. Experts say it’s not a miracle cure but is ‘clearly useful’

Two new “life-saving” treatments can now be used in UK hospitals, because they reduce the risk of death by 24% in people critically unwell with coronavirus – according to a preliminary study. Tocilizumab and sarilumab, anti-inflammatory drugs usually used for arthritis, can reduce the length of time in hospital by […]
The UK has two new ‘life-saving’ COVID-19 treatments that cut the death risk by 24% in critically unwell people. Experts say it’s not a miracle cure but is ‘clearly useful’
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Big Pharma is set to sell $40 billion worth of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021

The nascent COVID-19 vaccine market could bring drugmakers $US40 billion in sales in 2021, according to Bernstein analysts. Pfizer and Moderna, the two drugmakers to have their COVID-19 vaccines authorised by the FDA, will sell $US28 billion this year, in revenues that will likely decrease by next year. Pfizer, who […]
Big Pharma is set to sell $40 billion worth of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021
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The UK’s decision to delay 2nd vaccine doses could cause ‘greater risk’ from coronavirus variants, South Africa’s most senior vaccine expert suggests

The chair of the South African government’s vaccine advisory committee said Wednesday that “there is a greater risk” vulnerable people won’t be protected if they only get one dose of coronavirus vaccine. This is especially true for the two more contagious coronavirus variants first spotted in the UK and in […]
The UK’s decision to delay 2nd vaccine doses could cause ‘greater risk’ from coronavirus variants, South Africa’s most senior vaccine expert suggests
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What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines

Hello, With what happened Wednesday at the US Capitol, it’s hard to think about healthcare news. If you’re just catching up: a joint session of Congress worked into the early morning hours to certify president-elect Joe Biden’s victory, hours after a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. Meanwhile, today’s […]
What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines
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Wealthy donors reportedly received COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of staff and residents at an upscale assisted-living company in Florida

The CEO of a Florida healthcare provider personally invited wealthy donors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations that were intended for residents and staff of long-term-care facilities, according to a new Washington Post report. MorseLife Health System CEO Kevin Meyers offered the coronavirus vaccinations to board members and donors, as well as […]
Wealthy donors reportedly received COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of staff and residents at an upscale assisted-living company in Florida
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8 digital health unicorns to watch in 2021

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Two Democrats have won their Senate races in Georgia, giving the party control of the Senate. That means Democrats […]
8 digital health unicorns to watch in 2021
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New York’s largest health system is reportedly suing 2,500 patients over unpaid medical debt even though most hospitals suspended their claims during the coronavirus pandemic

Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system, sued 2,500 patients last year over unpaid medical debt, The New York Times reported. New York Attorney General Letitia James halted the state’s collection of medical debt through December 31, 2020. Richard Miller, Northwell’s chief business strategy officer, told the Times the health […]
New York’s largest health system is reportedly suing 2,500 patients over unpaid medical debt even though most hospitals suspended their claims during the coronavirus pandemic
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Haven, the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan health venture, is disbanding

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Well, we’re only one workday into 2021 and we’ve already seen a Slack outage, a national coronavirus lockdown in […]
Haven, the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan health venture, is disbanding
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COVID-19 vaccine makers are scrambling to fill 5,000 vacancies as more countries approve the shots. One is even offering $3,000 sign-on bonuses for night-shift workers.

Companies manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines for drugmakers including Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca are frantically recruiting research and production workers to meet exceptional demand. A Wall Street Journal analysis found more than 5,000 vacancies across the 10 largest companies with COVID-19 vaccine outsourcing contracts. One company is offering $US3,000 sign-on bonuses to […]
COVID-19 vaccine makers are scrambling to fill 5,000 vacancies as more countries approve the shots. One is even offering $3,000 sign-on bonuses for night-shift workers.
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35 healthcare startups that are set to take off, according to top VCs

After 2020, healthcare startups will never be the same. Amid a pandemic, venture funding for startups hit a record, billion-dollar deals were struck, and companies braved the public markets for the first time. With all eyes on the industry heading into 2021, Business Insider’s healthcare team interviewed 26 healthcare investors […]
35 healthcare startups that are set to take off, according to top VCs
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10 biotech predictions for 2021

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Happy New Year! Welcome back to Insider Healthcare, your daily dose of news from the Business Insider healthcare team. […]
10 biotech predictions for 2021
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AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use in India, along with a local drugmaker’s alternative shot

Health officials in India approved two COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, including one made by AstraZeneca, for emergency use. While announcing the emergency use, VG Somani, the country’s drug’s controller general said the vaccines were “110% safe,” according to The Times of India. “A decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited […]
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use in India, along with a local drugmaker’s alternative shot
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Already overworked and strained Los Angeles County ICU doctors brace themselves for another anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients

Doctors in Los Angeles County are bracing themselves for a likely rise in an already surging number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Physicians told Business Insider that their hospitals are running through multiple contingency plans to figure out how to best treat patients, maintain supplies, and keep healthcare workers safe. […]
Already overworked and strained Los Angeles County ICU doctors brace themselves for another anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients
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Here are Business Insider’s biggest healthcare stories of 2020

Hello, Dear readers, somehow, we’ve made it to the final day of 2020. How are you feeling? I’m awash with emotion reflecting on this roller coaster of a year. It’s a year that’s brought so much joy and sorrow — professionally and personally — for so many. As we head […]
Here are Business Insider’s biggest healthcare stories of 2020
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Stanford Medicine accidentally vaccinated non-frontline workers over the weekend

Some non-clinical Stanford Medicine faculty and researchers mistakenly got the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of schedule this weekend. Stanford Hospital offered walk-in vaccine appointments over the weekend and some affiliates thought they may be eligible to receive excess doses. There was not actually an excess supply of vaccines, but an unconfirmed […]
Stanford Medicine accidentally vaccinated non-frontline workers over the weekend
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The new coronavirus variant spreading in the US, the UK, and elsewhere does not cause more severe illness, a major study suggests

Researchers studying the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, believed to be more contagious, found it did not cause more severe disease in a sample of patients. The Public Health England study compared 1,769 people infected with the variant against 1,769 people infected with the “wild-type” virus. They found no significant differences […]
The new coronavirus variant spreading in the US, the UK, and elsewhere does not cause more severe illness, a major study suggests
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As COVID-19 cases surge in Los Angeles, hospitals are running out of oxygen

Some Los Angeles hospitals are struggling with shortages of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients, the Los Angeles Times reported. COVID patients typically require ten times as much oxygen as non-COVID patients, and demand has strained the pipes of ageing hospitals. Los Angeles has seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases […]
As COVID-19 cases surge in Los Angeles, hospitals are running out of oxygen
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A Boston physician said he had a severe allergic reaction to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the first reported case of its kind for the shot. Moderna is looking into it.

Boston physician Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh on Thursday said he had a severe allergic reaction to receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 shot. He told the New York Times that he felt dizzy and his heart began racing shortly after receiving the shot. He was taken to the emergency department and later discharged, and […]
A Boston physician said he had a severe allergic reaction to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the first reported case of its kind for the shot. Moderna is looking into it.
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Poor communities of colour that don’t have many pharmacies within walking distance worry they may be left behind when COVID-19 vaccines roll out to the general public next year

Low-income communities of colour are at risk of being left behind when it comes to access to the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available to the general public. The US Department of Health and Human Services announced that large pharmacy chains will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. However, some low-income communities are […]
Poor communities of colour that don’t have many pharmacies within walking distance worry they may be left behind when COVID-19 vaccines roll out to the general public next year
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8 coronavirus vaccine myths debunked, from microchipping to DNA changes

Coronavirus conspiracy theories could keep people from getting vaccinated if left unaddressed. It’s impossible for the vaccines to alter your DNA, make you infertile, or give you COVID-19. The vaccine won’t be forced on people who don’t want it, nor does it contain a location-tracking microchip. Finally, you won’t be […]
8 coronavirus vaccine myths debunked, from microchipping to DNA changes
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‘I’m absolutely terrified for Christmas’: Nurses say they’re bracing for record-shattering COVID-19 hospitalizations after the holidays

Nurses told Business Insider they expect COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to spike after Christmas, much like they did after Thanksgiving. More than 47,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since Thanksgiving. Smartphone data showed 13% of Americans travelled more than 31 miles from home to celebrate the holiday. Record COVID-19 hospitalizations […]
‘I’m absolutely terrified for Christmas’: Nurses say they’re bracing for record-shattering COVID-19 hospitalizations after the holidays
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Florida’s governor is not prioritising essential workers for vaccines, ignoring official advice. ‘I don’t think that’s the direction we want to go,’ he said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state will not prioritise essential workers in the next round of coronavirus vaccinations. Instead, those over 70 years old will be next in line to be immunized. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention advised Sunday that essential workers, such as firefighters and teachers, […]
Florida’s governor is not prioritising essential workers for vaccines, ignoring official advice. ‘I don’t think that’s the direction we want to go,’ he said.
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Healthcare VCs share their 2021 predictions

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Today in healthcare news: VCs share their 2021 predictions with us, Verily reshuffles its leadership team, and what we […]
Healthcare VCs share their 2021 predictions
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A new variant of coronavirus has sparked panic and travel bans — but experts say COVID-19 vaccines should still work against it. Here’s why.

A new coronavirus strain has been discovered with 23 mutations. Seventeen of these could be important – affecting the virus’ behaviour – but we don’t know for sure. UK officials are concerned about the mutated virus’ spread and have introduced lockdowns in certain areas. Other countries have imposed travel bans […]
A new variant of coronavirus has sparked panic and travel bans — but experts say COVID-19 vaccines should still work against it. Here’s why.
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How long it will take to vaccinate 20 million Americans

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorised Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, making it the second authorised shot in the […]
How long it will take to vaccinate 20 million Americans
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Stella Parton, whose sister Dolly donated $1 million to vaccine research, slammed ‘old moldy politicians’ for getting vaccinated before vulnerable Americans

Dolly Parton’s younger sister, Stella, admonished US politicians for not donating to vaccine research and getting inoculated before vulnerable Americans. Dolly Parton revealed in April that she had donated $US1 million to coronavirus vaccine research. That research culminated in the Moderna vaccine, which was authorised for emergency use in the […]
Stella Parton, whose sister Dolly donated $1 million to vaccine research, slammed ‘old moldy politicians’ for getting vaccinated before vulnerable Americans
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‘Our first glimmer of hope’: Healthcare workers reflect on a devastating year and a brighter future as they get the first COVID-19 shots

Frontline healthcare workers from seven of TriStar Health’s hospitals in middle Tennessee received some of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the state on Thursday. Healthcare workers who got shots said they were excited, relieved, and hopeful that the availability of COVID-19 vaccines spelled the end of the pandemic. TriStar, which […]
‘Our first glimmer of hope’: Healthcare workers reflect on a devastating year and a brighter future as they get the first COVID-19 shots
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Doctors protested Stanford hospital’s vaccine rollout after the algorithm it used left out frontline workers and gave shots to high-ranking officials and employees working from home instead

Doctors protested at Stanford Medical Centre Friday, saying the hospital failed to prioritise vaccines for front-line workers and instead gave too many to office staff and others working from home. Internal emails from hospital leadership acknowledged the vaccine rollout plan failed to include enough residents and fellows. The demonstration comes […]
Doctors protested Stanford hospital’s vaccine rollout after the algorithm it used left out frontline workers and gave shots to high-ranking officials and employees working from home instead
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WATCH: How Amazon is taking on the healthcare industry

On Wednesday, Business Insider reported that Amazon wants to run primary care for other large employers. It plans to do that through Amazon Care, which is still in pilot mode and currently serves Amazon’s own workers. The plans shed light on how Amazon’s broader ambitions could disrupt the healthcare industry. […]
WATCH: How Amazon is taking on the healthcare industry
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I’m a radiologist in Alabama who just received the Pfizer vaccine. I’ve seen firsthand the serious effects of COVID-19 on people’s lungs, so I had zero reservations about getting the shot.

Dr. Joy Henningsen is a diagnostic radiologist at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Centre and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On December 17, she received the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine along with other hospital workers at the Birmingham VA Medical Centre. Henningsen says she eagerly […]
I’m a radiologist in Alabama who just received the Pfizer vaccine. I’ve seen firsthand the serious effects of COVID-19 on people’s lungs, so I had zero reservations about getting the shot.
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Moderna is on the cusp of getting its COVID-19 vaccine authorised

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hi, Happy Friday! In a sign that it’s been quite a long week (two weeks, really), I’m so sorry for […]
Moderna is on the cusp of getting its COVID-19 vaccine authorised
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Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine could get FDA authorization today, with distribution starting at the weekend, health secretary Alex Azar says

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine could receive an emergency use authorization (EUA) “as soon as today,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said Friday morning. The FDA announced Thursday it was “rapidly” working towards granting Moderna’s vaccine a EUA, as recommended by an expert panel. Distribution is expected to start […]
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine could get FDA authorization today, with distribution starting at the weekend, health secretary Alex Azar says
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Coronavirus vaccines, compared

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Phew, what a week it’s been! It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another FDA advisory committee meeting, this […]
Coronavirus vaccines, compared
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CVS Health is giving $250 pandemic bonuses to nearly 200,000 of its workers

CVS Health is planning to pay special $US250 bonuses to almost 200,000 of its workers to reward them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bonuses are for part-time and full-time workers in a variety of roles, including retail, long-term care pharmacy, distribution, pharmacy benefit management, and other areas. […]
CVS Health is giving $250 pandemic bonuses to nearly 200,000 of its workers
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I was the first person to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware. I was nervous, but as a nurse I hope to set an example for why people should get vaccinated.

Elisabeth Cote is a 39-year-old nurse in the progressive care unit at Bayhealth Hospital’s Kent Campus in Kent County, Delaware. She was the first person in the state to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on December 15. Tuesday marked 330 days since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the […]
I was the first person to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware. I was nervous, but as a nurse I hope to set an example for why people should get vaccinated.
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DON’T MISS TODAY: What’s next for Amazon in healthcare? A conversation with Business Insider reporter Blake Dodge about the e-commerce player’s giant ambitions

Amazon is looking to disrupt the healthcare industry. Want to learn more about Amazon’s ambitions? Sign up for our live conversation on Friday at 1 PM ET with Business Insider healthcare reporters. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Amazon is plotting a major move to shake up healthcare, building […]
DON’T MISS TODAY: What’s next for Amazon in healthcare? A conversation with Business Insider reporter Blake Dodge about the e-commerce player’s giant ambitions
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An inside look at Amazon Care’s ambitions

Hello, Today in healthcare news: Inside Amazon’s ambitions to sell its Amazon Care service to other big companies, how one health system is using Dodge minivans to get its vaccine to rural healthcare workers, and the common side effects from Moderna’s vaccine. Amazon is quietly building a business to offer […]
An inside look at Amazon Care’s ambitions