Health

Sprawling $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on a nearly party-line vote passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package early Saturday, in a rush to both boost COVID-19 vaccine funding and get legislation to the president’s desk before unemployment benefits expire in mid-March.

One-dose J&J COVID vaccine poised for FDA green light after advisory panel OK

WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday gave its green light to a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, signaling that states will soon see a third vaccine option in their weekly shipments — and the first that only requires one shot.

Transgender Biden nominee draws tirade from Rand Paul at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday faced a tirade from a Republican senator about gender-affirmation surgery for minors, as well as criticism about the state’s response to the pandemic.

Game-changing one-dose COVID vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

WASHINGTON — States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the availability of a shot that requires only one dose. The...

Feds ship out COVID-19 vaccines delayed by winter storms

WASHINGTON — White House officials said Monday that thawing temperatures and a weekend of around-the-clock work has begun to clear a backlog of 6 million COVID-19 vaccines that were delayed due to last week’s devastating winter storms.

As 500,000 Americans have died, Arizona COVID cases decline

Cases in Arizona are continuing their downward trend after a major spike in cases during the winter that plunged the state into the worst of the pandemic.

Three reforms to improve Arizona’s health are being ignored by the GOP majority

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona has suffered greatly, but the chance for vaccination gives us some hope. The sheer scale of the sickness – over 800,000 cases in our state, resulting in over 56,000 people hospitalized, and more than 15,000 dead – has revealed some shortcomings in our public health system, in and many cases it has made those shortcomings worse.

What to know about Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccines (so far)

More than 1 million Arizonans have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but unlike other immunizations, there are different vaccines that are being offered, leaving many to wonder: What differences are there between the available vaccines and does it matter which one I get? 

School’s out: What’s the post-pandemic catch-up plan, especially for children of color?

Tangled up in the controversy over how quickly children should return to the classroom given the COVID-19 health crisis is the still largely unappreciated catastrophe involving the damage being done to our education system, especially when it comes to the poor and communities of color.

Ducey, local governments can enact new emergency orders if legislature repeals old one

Repealing Gov. Doug Ducey’s emergency declaration may not go nearly as far as some GOP lawmakers want toward reopening the state and ending the restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
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