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US states where it's easiest, and most difficult, to get a coronavirus shot

The Javits Center in New York City began COVID-19 vaccinations on January 13, 2021. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Procuring a coronavirus shot may be easy or difficult, depending on where you live. A handful of states have managed speedy vaccine rollouts by attempting to deliver as many doses as possible or anticipating distribution challenges. Other states have struggled with technical glitches or lack of demand among healthcare workers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
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New York retail pharmacies will begin administering coronavirus doses on Thursday, kicking off a wider vaccine rollout across states

Sonia Rojas, a pharmacy technician, works in the P & P Pharmacy on December 22, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Starting last week, US officials began allowing states to transfer coronavirus vaccine from hospitals to local retail pharmacies to speed up immunizations. At least one state, New York, will begin administering those transferred doses to elderly Americans on Thursday. The immunizations mark the beginning of a much wider vaccine rollout in pharmacies across the US....
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State leaders say Operation Warp Speed overpromised and underdelivered, setting them up to fail in the vaccine rollout

Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 13, 2020. Morry Gash/Pool/AFP via Getty Images US state health departments have struggled to deliver coronavirus shots in pace with the timeline put forward by Operation Warp Speed. Vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020 was never realistic, state health officials said, given a lack of funding and limited vaccine supply. Joe Biden will likely attempt to procure add...
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States that roll out vaccines the fastest will be prioritized for future doses, officials say: 'We need doses going to where they'll be administered quickly'

Alex Azar speaks during a news briefing on the administration's response. Reuters Starting in two weeks, states with the speediest vaccine rollouts will be prioritized for additional doses, US officials announced Tuesday. The new system is meant to incentivize states to promptly record vaccinations and prevent doses from sitting in freezers. But it could also punish states that lack the funding or resources to accelerate vaccine administration. The strategy is set to take effect after ...
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When should people who've already gotten COVID-19 get the vaccine? Doctors say it depends on whether they still have symptoms.

A medical worker conducts a rapid coronavirus test in Brooklyn, New York, on August 27, 2020. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Doctors say it's generally alright for people who had a prior coronavirus infection to get vaccinated, assuming they don't have symptoms or an active infection. A CDC advisory committee suggested that individuals after their infection, since reinfection is unlikely during that period. But for patients with long-term coronavirus symptoms, it's unclear whether the vaccin...
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76% of COVID-19 patients who get hospitalized still have at least one symptom 6 months later, a study found

A recovered coronavirus patient is monitored by medical staff at the Department of Rehabilitative Cardiology in Genoa, Italy on July 23, 2020. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images Three-quarters of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China had at least one lingering symptom six months after getting sick, a new study found. Around 63% of patients reported fatigue or muscle weakness — the most common long-term symptom. Doctors say long-term COVID-19 cases resemble chronic fatigue syndrome, an il...
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Biden plans to release the entire coronavirus vaccine supply instead of reserving half to guarantee second doses

President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020. Carolyn Kaster/AP President-elect Joe Biden plans to release all available coronavirus vaccine doses when he takes office on January 20, CNN reported.  The Trump administration is currently holding back half the supply to guarantee there will be enough for two shots per person. But some public-health experts say the US could be more generous with the...
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What to say to a friend who's skeptical of getting the coronavirus vaccine

Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber AP Photo/Jay LaPrete The FDA has authorized two coronavirus vaccines for emergency use. Neither vaccine raised any major safety concerns in large clinical trials among diverse groups of volunteers. Here are nine reasons to be confident in the safety of these vaccines. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Around 5.3 million initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine have...
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Fauci says the US could start vaccinating 1 million people per day - double its current rate over the last few days

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images After a painfully slow start, US coronavirus vaccinations could speed up soon, Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News' Martha Raddatz on Sunday. Fauci said there's no reason why the US can't immunize 1 million people per day right now. Th...
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An inflatable Christmas costume may have spread coronavirus particles at a California hospital, potentially infecting 44 employees

Redondo Rex walks the neighborhood dressed as a gingerbread cookie in Los Angeles, California on December 1, 2020. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram/Getty Images Forty-four hospital employees at Kaiser Permanente San Jose tested positive for COVID-19 from December 27 to January 1. The outbreak occurred after an emergency room employee briefly wore an inflatable costume to work on Christmas. The costume's fan may have splayed infectious particles across the emergency...
Tags: Science, News, California, Kaiser Permanente, US, Trends, Hospital, World Health Organization, San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles California, Reno Nevada, Chavez, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Patrick T Fallon, Aerosols


An inflatable Christmas costume may have spread coronavirus particles at a California hospital, potentially infecting 43 employees

Redondo Rex walks the neighborhood dressed as a gingerbread cookie in Los Angeles, California on December 1, 2020. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram/Getty Images Forty-three hospital employees at Kaiser Permanente San Jose tested positive for COVID-19 from December 27 to January 1. The outbreak occurred after an emergency room employee briefly wore an inflatable costume to work on Christmas. The costume's fan may have splayed infectious particles across the emergenc...
Tags: Science, News, California, Kaiser Permanente, US, Trends, Hospital, World Health Organization, San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles California, Reno Nevada, Chavez, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Patrick T Fallon, Aerosols


'It's going to get much uglier': The US is not prepared for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations

Seniors and first responders wait in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Lakes Regional Library on December 30, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images The US coronavirus vaccine rollout is off to a slow start as states struggle with logistical challenges. Public-health experts worry the next round of vaccinations, for the elderly and essential workers, will be even more chaotic.  Several state health departments told Business Insider they are still sorting out the lo...
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An emergency-room doctor tested positive for coronavirus 9 days after getting vaccinated. That's not a sign the vaccine didn't work.

A nurse receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital on December 21 in Valley Stream, New York. Eduardo Munoz-Pool/Getty Images Josh Mugele, an emergency-room doctor in Georgia, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. Mugele received his first dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine nine days earlier. Mugele's COVID-19 infection isn't a sign the shot didn't work. The vaccine requires two shots to be fully...
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An emergency room doctor tested positive for COVID-19 nine days after getting vaccinated. That's not a sign the vaccine didn't work.

A nurse receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital on December 21, 2020 in Valley Stream, New York. Eduardo Munoz-Pool/Getty Images Josh Mugele, an emergency room doctor in Georgia, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Mugele received his first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine nine days prior. Mugele's infection isn't a sign that the shot didn't work. The vaccine requires two shots to be fully effective. It can also t...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Georgia, Healthcare, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach California, Northwell Health, Gainesville Georgia, Aria Bendix, Paul Bersebach, Coronavirus


Monoclonal antibody treatments could cut COVID-19 hospitalizations significantly - but doctors aren't using their full supply

Stephen Craib, 42, makes his 15th plasma donation to the NHS Blood and Transplant Convalescent Plasma Program in London. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images/Getty Images The FDA has authorized two monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19. Scientists think the drugs could help reduce hospitalizations. But Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed, told CNBC that states are only using 5% to 20% of their available supply. That's likely because doctors have a window of just 10 days...
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Florida and Texas have started vaccinating people 65 and older against the coronavirus, breaking with CDC guidelines

Vera Leip, 88, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida, on December 16, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida and Texas residents age 65 and older are now able to get coronavirus vaccines. The decision bucks CDC recommendations that say essential workers and people older than 75 should be next. "The problem is people that are 73, 74 would be in the back of the line for a young 21-year-old worker who's considered 'e...
Tags: Health, Florida, New York, Texas, Science, News, Cdc, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Wyoming, Fox News, Pfizer, Vaccines, Cnbc, Greg Abbott


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some of Moderna's vaccine vials contain extra doses, just like Pfizer's

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference in September. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state has found additional doses in its vaccine vials from Moderna. The vials, which were thought to hold 10 doses, could hold up to 11. Cuomo's announcement follows similar news about the Pfizer vaccine: Pharmacists found many five-dose vials held six or seven doses. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York Gov. Andrew ...
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What life in 2021 will look like

Skye Gould/Insider Business Insider tapped eight leading COVID-19 experts across the US to create a best guess for what 2021 will be like. The good news is that life with the virus is almost certain to get better in 2021. But you will still need to wear a mask, social distance, and take other precautions, as it becomes safer to gather again. Here is Business Insider's timeline for the year ahead. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. No one knows exactly what life will look ...
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People 75 and older and frontline essential workers should be next in line for coronavirus vaccines, US health officials say

A medical worker gives an elderly woman an influenza vaccine in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Sunday that frontline essential workers and people 75 and older should be next in line for coronavirus vaccines. Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities have already started receiving their shots. The US should have enough shots to comple...
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Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be safe for most Americans, but 5 groups may want to wait for more data before getting shots

Margaret Keenan was the first person to be given the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine outside clinical trials. Getty The FDA authorized Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in people ages 18 and older on Friday. Pfizer's COVID-19 shot got US clearance for people ages 16 and older a week ago. The FDA said it's up to pregnant people and their doctors to decide whether to get Pfizer's vaccine. The agency warns that anyone with severe allergies to a vaccine's ingredients shouldn't be immu...
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We asked doctors and researchers for their top face masks that balance comfort and safety

Tom Bihn's multi-layered face mask. TOM BIHN Medical experts understand the challenge of finding a face mask that's both comfortable and protective. Four doctors and one mask researcher told Business Insider the masks they recommend for situations outside of hospitals and clinics. Some recommended DIY options, while others suggested multi-layer masks that have undergone independent filtration tests.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. To pick the right face mask, docto...
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These are 20 of the 18,000 people who died of COVID-19 in the US this week

Funeral director Michael Neel looks at the casket of George Trefren, a 90-year-old Korean War veteran who died of COVID-19 in April. The US recorded roughly 18,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week alone. Wednesday marked the deadliest day in the pandemic so far, with nearly 3,500 deaths reported. Below are the names and brief stories of 20 people recently killed by the virus — including the newly elected Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a pioneering surgeon, and the f...
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Pfizer's vaccine vials seem to hold extra doses, a surprise that could mean the US has a bigger vaccine supply than it planned

MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFP/Getty US pharmacists are discovering that there may be an extra dose or two in each vial of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, Politico reported. The vials are said to contain five doses, but many pharmacists found they could squeeze out a sixth or seventh. Doses per vial can vary depending on the types of needles and syringes used. An FDA spokesperson told Politico that those extra doses shouldn't go to waste. That could mean the US supply of Pfizer's vaccine is up to 4...
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9 things to say to a friend who's skeptical of getting the coronavirus vaccine

Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber AP Photo/Jay LaPrete The FDA authorized the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech for emergency use on Friday. Moderna's coronavirus vaccine is likely to be next. Neither vaccine raised any major safety concerns in large clinical trials among diverse groups of volunteers. Here are nine reasons to be confident in the safety of these vaccines. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
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In the Trump administration's efforts to secure coronavirus vaccines, two key bets turned out to be mistakes

Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Service,s listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters at the White House on March 6. AP Photo/Evan Vucci The Trump administration purchased 300 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca in May, but declined to purchase additional doses on top of the 100 million it had arranged with Pfizer, the New York Times reported. The Pfizer contract was contingent on the shot being authorized by the FDA, so it was relatively low-risk. But the shot is more...
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BioNTech scientist Katalin Karikó risked her career to develop mRNA vaccines. Americans will start getting her coronavirus shot on Monday.

Karikó and her husband celebrate their daughter's Olympic win in 2012. Katalin Karikó Scientist Katalin Karikó struggled for years to convince colleagues that messenger RNA could have disease-fighting applications in humans. In 2005, she found a way to configure mRNA so that it slipped past the body's natural defenses — a discovery that paved for the way for the world's first mRNA vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna rely on this technology. Pfizer's va...
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Your complete coronavirus vaccine calendar: When Moderna's candidate is likely to get authorized, and when you could receive your Pfizer shot

Dr. Mustafa Gerek participates in a coronavirus vaccine trial at Ankara City Hospital in Ankara, Turkey on October 13, 2020. Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Three companies developing COVID-19 vaccines — AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer — have released positive results from their late-stage trials. Pfizer's vaccine received emergency authorization from the FDA on Friday, putting it on track to deliver shots as early as Monday. An FDA advisory committee will decide whether to rec...
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Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine should be safe for most Americans, but 5 groups may want to wait for more data before getting shots

Margaret Keenan was the first person to be given the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine outside clinical trials. Getty The FDA authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in people ages 16 and older on Friday. The FDA said Saturday it was up to pregnant women and their doctors to decide whether to get vaccinated. The agency has warned that anyone with severe allergies to the vaccine's ingredients shouldn't be immunized. Experts also worry about vaccinating people who previously got C...
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The co-founder of BioNTech designed the coronavirus vaccine it made with Pfizer in just a few hours over a single day

Dr. Ugur Sahin and Dr. Özlem Türeci, co-founders of BioNTech. Stefan F. So¤mmer via www.imago-images.de/Reuters The FDA granted emergency authorization to Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine on Friday evening. The vaccine, which was found to be 95% effective in trials, was designed by BioNTech co-founder Ugur Sahin in one day: January 25.   In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal's podcast, Sahin designed the vaccine in just a few hours. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
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Life-threatening COVID-19 cases may be linked to 5 key genes, a study found. It's a clue about how to treat the disease.

Hospital workers processes COVID-19 specimens at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, on November 11, 2020. Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Five genes seem to be associated with life-threatening cases of COVID-19, a new study found. The finding offers a potential explanation for why some patients get severely sick while others don't. Two of these genes are linked to the innate immune response, while three are tied to inflammation and lung damage. The study offe...
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