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U.S. Gives A Record 4 Million Vaccinations In 24 Hours

The U.S. administered a record 4 million vaccinations against COVID-19 in a 24-hour period ending on Saturday, officials announced.  The milestone was celebrated in a tweet by White House COVID-19 Data Director Dr. Cyrus Shahpar. He also noted it was the first week in which the U.S. averaged more than 3 million vaccinations given per day. […]

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Long Covid: More than a million affected in February, survey suggests

Getty Images About one in five people have symptoms of long Covid five weeks after an initial infection and one in seven after 12 weeks, an Office of National Statistics (ONS) survey suggests. It estimates that 1.1 million people were affected in the UK in the four weeks from 6 February. About 20% of people […]

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Nearly 1 Million Crock-Pots Were Just Recalled Due to Burn Risks

There’s a major Sunbeam Crock-Pot recall affecting nearly 1 million units. Specifically, Sunbeam is recalling Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers due to a lid issue that could cause burns. “The recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked,” according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “This can cause […]

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Humana plans to send 1 million home screening kits to its members

Humana said it will send 1 million test kits to its members to allow them to access preventive screenings at home. The insurer said it would send its Medicare Advantage members at-home colorectal cancer screenings and diabetic management test kits. Humana’s Medicaid members will also have access to the diabetic management test kits. The effort […]

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Coronavirus updates: Greece restarts tourism; European vaccine deal totals $843 million

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in a handful of U.S. states, prompting warnings from some health officials that greater precautions might be necessary to keep the health systems from being overwhelmed. As people grow fatigued from social distancing and other precautions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies are racing forward to develop treatments and […]

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Headspace raises another $48 million in funding

Meditation app Headspace raised another $ 47.7 million in funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new funds, an extension of its recent $ 93 million series C round, were raised in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Crunchbase News first pointed out the new filing, listed under OrangeDot Inc. […]

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Coronavirus updates: Europeans sign deal with AstraZeneca for 400 million vaccine doses

As many U.S. states continue to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions, some are pausing their reopenings in the face of worrisome data around new cases and hospitalizations. States like Texas, Arizona and Arkansas have seen a surge in infections, calling into question aggressive reopening strategies.  Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday […]

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Seattle Man Gets $1.1 Million Coronavirus Hospital Bill: Report

Michael Flor, a Seattle resident, surprised doctors and family members when he recovered from a life-threatening coronavirus infection this spring. Then he got his own surprise ― a hospital bill for $ 1,122,501.04. Flor, 70, shared the 181-page document with The Seattle Times, which noted that he has insurance and Medicare coverage and so may only […]

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Coronavirus: NHS waiting list ‘could hit 10 million this year’

Health bosses fear the Covid-19 crisis could see the number of people waiting for NHS treatment double to 10 million by the end of the year. The NHS Confederation said challenges include a backlog of cases, maintaining social distancing, and staffing. The body, which represents health and care leaders, said emergency funding and longer-term spending […]

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Funding roundup: Mental health startup led by former Uber exec gets $100 million

Telehealth once again captured investors’ attention this week when Amwell raised a large funding round. The Boston-based company raised $ 194 million from previous investor Allianz X and drugmaker Takeda. Though Amwell had been talking to investors well before the Covid-19 pandemic started, the telehealth company and its competitors have seen a surge of visits […]

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Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 million, Johns Hopkins data shows

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus at the Red Square in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia on March 25, 2020. Alexander Nemenov | AFP | Getty Images Reported Covid-19 cases around the world reached 5 million on Thursday as some countries begin easing strict social distancing guidelines […]

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UK aims to roll out coronavirus vaccine for 30 million Britons by September

In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, an engineer works at the Quality Control Laboratory on an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images The U.K. could roll out 30 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine as early as September, according […]