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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Outlines Inspection and Assessment Activities During Pandemic, Roadmap for Future State of Operations | FDA
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May 5th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: May 05, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new report titled, “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” outlining the agency’s inspectional activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and its detailed plan to move toward a more consistent state of operations, including the FDA’s priorities related to this work going forward. “Like most organ...

Progress Stalling on Malaria Elimination
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950546

May 4th, 2021 - In its final report on the E-2020 initiative, the World Health Organization (WHO) touted its progress on its goal of eliminating malaria throughout the world. But critics are charging that progress has stalled. The E-2020 initiative supported the efforts of twenty-one countries in eliminating malaria. In a remarkable achievement, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, eight E-2020 member coun...

Docs Mobilize Help For Indian Colleagues Overwhelmed With COVID-19 Surge
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950603

May 4th, 2021 - Clinicians from across the world are banding together to mobilize help for their colleagues in India, where more than 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported daily for the past 2 weeks. Some are working hotlines and disseminating critical public health information; others are crowdfunding for equipment, training young doctors, or supporting vaccine registration.  In the last 2 weeks, a...

India Virus Variant Identified in Two Southeast Iowa People
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950600

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A third coronavirus variant that was first identified in hard-hit India has been uncovered in Iowa, state public health officials said Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said it has confirmed two cases of the variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617. Health officials are st...

COVID-19 Severity Starts in Normal BMI Range, Especially in Young
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950568

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The risk of severe outcomes with COVID-19 increases with excess weight in a linear manner beginning in normal body mass index ranges, with the effect apparently independent of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and stronger among younger people and Black persons, new research shows. Risk ...

Exclusive: Guidance on Talking to Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950569

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Physicians remain one of the most trusted sources of nonjudgmental information for patients ― including on vaccinations ― and this could come in handy as the daily pace at which people receive COVID-19 vaccines nationwide continues to slow. "Anytime you have a new disease, new procedure, or a ne...

After Hundreds of Interviews, Here's John Whyte's View of COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950180

May 4th, 2021 - This transcript has been edited for clarity. Eric J. Topol, MD: This is Eric Topol for Medscape and the Medicine and the Machine podcast. It is a special privilege for me today to welcome Dr John Whyte, who is the chief medical officer at WebMD. Welcome, John. John Whyte, MD, MPH: Thanks, Eric. It's great to be with you. Topol: We're flipping the script because John has interviewed me several t...

COVID and False Beliefs: How Social Media Exploits Cognitive Bias
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950367

May 4th, 2021 - Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. This transcript has been edited for clarity. Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study. I'm Dr F. Perry Wilson of the Yale School of Medicine. Medical misinformation is nothing new, but I think we can all agree that the coronavirus pandemic has added fuel to the misinforma...

New Federal Program Reimburses Vaccine Administration Fees for Underinsured Patients
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950544

May 4th, 2021 - A new federal program will cover physicians' costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing. Physicians will be compensated for vaccine administration at national Medicare rates, which were raised in March. The new COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF), which the Department of Heal...

'Last Resort': Desperate for Oxygen, Indian Hospitals Go to Court
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950439

May 4th, 2021 - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A court in India's capital New Delhi has become the last hope for many hospitals struggling to get oxygen for COVID-19 patients as supplies run dangerously short while government officials bicker over who is responsible. A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding almost daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals invoking India's constitutional...

Montana Tribe Gifts Vaccines to Neighbors Across the Border
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950591

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. BABB, Montana (AP) — On a cloudy spring day, hundreds lined up in their cars on the Canadian side of the border crossing that separates Alberta and Montana. They had driven for hours and camped out in their vehicles in hopes of receiving the season's hottest commodity — a COVID-19 vaccine — from...

COVID Shot in the Arm Not Enough to Keep Pharmacies in Business
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950584

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Joe Moose, co-owner of Moose Pharmacies in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, is trying to adapt to the changes dealt by COVID. The chain expanded curbside services, hired additional drivers and tripled home deliveries Most pharmacies, he said, saw a decline in prescriptions last year as custo...

Biden Wants 70% of the US Vaccinated by July 4
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950597

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. President Joe Biden has announced new strategies for the national COVID-19 vaccination program as demand for vaccinations drops. He also set a new goal for getting shots into people's arms. "Our goal by July Fourth is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and 160 million American...

Pfizer Bets on COVID-19 Vaccine Demand for Years, Sees Sales of $26 Bln in 2021
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950462

May 4th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc on Tuesday raised its forecast for 2021 COVID-19 vaccine sales by more than 70% to $26 billion and said demand from governments around the world trying to halt the pandemic could contribute to its growth for years to come. The company said it expects by the end of this month to file for full approval of the vaccine for people over the age of 16 in the United States, where...

EU Regulator Begins Real-time Review of First Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950441

May 4th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Europe's medicines regulator said on Tuesday it has started a real-time review of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine, based on preliminary results from animal and human trials that suggested the vaccine produces an immune response against the coronavirus. Data on the vaccine, COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) Inactivated, will be assessed as they are made available to help speed up potential app...

UK COVID-19 Update: 'Significant' Pandemic Burden on Female Staff, Porton Down Investment
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950537

May 4th, 2021 - These are the UK coronavirus stories you need to know about today. 'Significant' Pandemic Burden on Female Staff There was a significant worsening in the physical and mental wellbeing of female health and care workers in England during the pandemic, according to 900 responses to an NHS Confederation poll of male and female staff carried out in February and March. More than 80% of female respond...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: May 4, 2021 | FDA
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May 4th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: May 04, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic: The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) continually monitors our ability to meet user fee commitments. To maintain transparency during the COVID-19 public health emergency, CDER posts periodic updates to the...

Greater Risk of Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Minority Ethnic Groups in England
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950426

May 3rd, 2021 - Minority Ethnic groups had a higher risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19-related hospitalisations, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and death compared with White groups in England, according to an observational cohort study published in  The Lancet. The researchers used the new secure OpenSAFELY data analytics platform to analyse (using adjusted multivariable Cox regressi...

Canada's High-Risk Populations Face COVID-19 Vaccine Barriers
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950414

May 3rd, 2021 - TORONTO (Reuters) - As Canada's vaccination campaign ramps up, people at higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 often lack the resources to navigate labyrinthine booking systems or the documentation that would ease their path to inoculation. Those without provincial health insurance, such as refugee claimants or undocumented workers, often perform front-line jobs or live in neighbourhoods that pu...

FDA Set to OK Pfizer Vaccine in Younger Teens
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950430

May 3rd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The FDA could expand the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to teens early next week, The New York Times and CNN reported, both citing unnamed officials familiar with the agency's plans. In late March, Pfizer submitted data to the FDA showing its mRNA vaccine was 100% effective at preventing COV...