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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reaches 141 of 145 first-day locations

Editor's Note The first batch of the Pfizer/BioNTech's newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use reached 141 of 145 targeted locations on the first day of its national rollout, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman told Reuters. Four island territories—American Samoa, Guam, North Mariana Islands, and the US…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2020
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HHS purchases 100 million additional doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on December 11 that it would purchase 100 million additional doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, which was developed by Moderna with scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is scheduled for a December…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2020
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A November 2020 survey from National Nurses United, the largest union of RNs in the US, rang some alarm bells about the preparedness of healthcare facilities bracing for influenza season along with COVID-19 case surges. Among the more than 15,000 nurses surveyed by the union, 30% named staffing shortages as…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 15, 2020
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COVID-19 has hastened outpatient surgery migration

The latest surge of COVID-19 cases has put many hospitals in a precarious position, with shortages of staff, space, and supplies. Lessons learned earlier in the pandemic cannot necessarily shore up systems that have been overwhelmed with patients. Throughout most of 2020, some patients postponed medical or surgical care. When…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 15, 2020
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ICU nurse receives first Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in US

Editor's Note After the Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on December 11, the company began shipping 2.9 million doses to 636 sites throughout the US. (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-takes-key-action-fight-against-covid-19-issuing-emergency-use-authorization-first-covid-19). On December 14, the first dose of the vaccine was administered at 9:23 am to an…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 14, 2020
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Safety, efficacy of BNT162b2 mRNA (Pfizer/BioNTech) COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note This study reports the safety and efficacy findings of the phase 2 and phase 3 parts of the clinical trial of the BNT162b2 mRNA (Pfizere/BioNTech) vaccine in preventing COVID-19 in persons 16 years of age or older. These results are the basis for an application for emergency use…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 10, 2020
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US could begin distributing 2.9 M COVID-19 vaccine doses this week

Editor's Note Gen Gustave Perna, who oversees logistics for Operation Warp Speed, announced December 8 that the government is prepared to distribute 2.9 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this week or immediately after the vaccine receives emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 10, 2020
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FDA confirms efficacy of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, on cusp of EUA

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on December 8, released documents that confirmed the safety and efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the Associated Press reports. The vaccine was co-developed with BioNTech. FDA regulators posted their analysis online, as the UK began administering doses of the vaccine to its…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 8, 2020
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Huddles may be the best way for healthcare workers to communicate during COVID-19

Editor's Note Brief huddles, rather than a barrage of emails and texts about safety and risk may be the fastest and simplest way for healthcare workers to avoid communication overload from COVID-19, this study from Baylor University reports. Interviews of 40 workers in two hospitals found the following: Healthcare workers…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2020
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AHA, AMA, ANA affirm their support for vaccines

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA) on December 5 announced that the AHA, American Medical Association (AMA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) released an open letter to the American public on December 1, affirming their support for vaccines as a critical means for protecting individuals and communities from COVID-19.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2020
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