Here's the coronavirus-related news from this week.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has infected an estimated 47,675,228 individuals worldwide at publishing time, and nearly 9.4 million Americans. The latest COVID-19 related news includes recent pharmacy reports of higher than usual flu vaccinations, and the upcoming MJH Life Sciences’ COVID-19 Coalition event, which will center around the long-term health consequences of COVID-19, as well as its effects on the mental health of children and young adults.
Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news:
CMS Policy Aims to Ensure Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA will be covered under Medicare as a preventive vaccine for free.
National Vaccine Advisory Committee Recap with Chair Robert Hopkins
Robert Hopkins, chair of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, discusses the most pressing issues coming out of the recent NVAC meeting, and pharmacy's role amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch part 1 and part 2 of Dr. Hopkins’ interview
Antibody Cocktail Helps Reduce COVID-19 Virus Levels in Outpatient Setting
Regeneron’s investigational antibody cocktail, REGN-COV2, significantly reduced virus levels and need for further medical visits in patients with COVID-19, according to results from a phase 2/3 trial.
Study: Widespread Increase of Antibiotic Use In VA Hospitals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Results of a new study showed a widespread increased in antibiotic use across Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in response to the first surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MJH COVID-19 Coalition Offers Perspectives on Containing the Pandemic
Experts from the MJH Life Sciences COVID-19 Coalition shared insights about containment of the virus in the United States through a recent survey.
When polled, 55.6% of Coalition members agreed that the biggest takeaway from the president’s COVID diagnosis for Americans is to continue social distancing, mask wearing, and keeping track of close contacts.
Thinking Long-Term: COVID-19’s Clinical Consequences and Mental Health Effects
On Thursday, November 12, MJH Life Sciences™ COVID-19 Coalition will be hosting its next live webinar event “Thinking Long-Term: COVID-19’s Clinical Consequences and Mental Health Effects” at 7:30 PM EDT.
Pharmacy Chains Report Higher Than Usual Demand for Flu Vaccines
Americans are taking the advice of US health care leaders, pharmacists, and others amid the pandemic by getting flu vaccinations in record numbers this fall.
How Does Digital Data Help Improve QOL in Patients With Long COVID and Autoimmune Diseases?May 30th 2023
Quality of life (QOL) for people living with autoimmune diseases benefits from an integrated approach that considers individual immune system sensitivities and patients’ life circumstances, a new study shows.
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