Coronavirus News Roundup: CMS to Ensure Access to Vaccines, Upcoming MJH Coalition Webinar to Cover Mental Health Effects

November 6, 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Register for the webinar

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.

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