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As if you needed another reason to get vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released exciting new guidance today saying that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States. Previously, the CDC recommended that all people avoid it.

Vaccinated travelers must still continue to follow all the usual safety precautions, like wearing masks, social distancing, and washing their hands frequently, and people who want to travel internationally must still take a Covid-19 test if their destination requires it. …


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Today I woke up to some much-needed good news: The Pfizer vaccine is 100% effective in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15, according to the company. If the findings hold up to peer review, they could be a game-changer for kids (and their parents) desperately hoping for a safe return to school. Right now, kids under 16 still aren’t eligible for vaccination, as science journalist Emily Willingham wrote in the Coronavirus Blog, but it looks like they could be soon.

Meanwhile, more and more adults across the country are getting vaccinated (I’m currently seeking a slot…


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Last week, when the World Health Organization said the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe to use, after much speculation about its link to blood clots, I thought that the company’s drama was over. (Experts say it is not linked to an increased risk of blood clots.) The trial results it released on Monday suggested the vaccine was 79% effective. It was a promising start to the week.

But as we’ve all seen during the pandemic, things can change at a moment’s notice. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, U.S. health officials raised concerns that the data AstraZeneca had released was…


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When President Joe Biden declared on his campaign trail that he would administer 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in his first 100 days, I admit that I was highly skeptical. At the time, optimism seemed out of reach. But right now is a very different time: Today, on Biden’s 58th day in office, his administration reached its goal. With over 118 million doses administered, 12.6% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.

In the meantime, pressure for the United States to share its stockpile of doses has mounted. Which is fair! About 7 million doses…


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In light of the horrific anti-Asian attacks happening in the United States, I urge you to support and protect your Asian American neighbors, who have experienced nearly 3,800 hate incidents in the past year. These attacks have been spurred in part by the racist language used by Donald Trump and other politicians to falsely link the coronavirus and Asian people. You can help by addressing such misinformation when you encounter it: Remember, the coronavirus doesn’t discriminate by race, and it can infect and be spread by anyone.

We have come a long way in beating Covid-19, and we…


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This week, the U.S. vaccination campaign ramped up in a big way. In a nationwide address on Thursday, President Biden told states to make all adult Americans eligible for vaccination by May 1. He also said his administration would expand vaccine access, in part by authorizing more types of health professionals to administer vaccines. If Americans work together, he said, on July 4 we could “begin to mark our independence from this virus.”

Already, nearly 100 million doses have been administered to Americans, and we have more than enough doses to vaccinate the whole U.S. population. In even…


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People who are fully vaccinated can now hang out indoors in small groups without masks, according to a new update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This very welcome change comes with a bonus piece of good news: One fully vaccinated household can socialize indoors with one household of unvaccinated people, as long as nobody in the latter is at risk for severe Covid-19, as Dana G Smith points out on the Blog.

The new rules open the door to an “almost-normal summer,” as infectious disease specialist Abraar Karan MD, MPH, DTM&H, put it on Elemental


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This week, over 2 million doses were delivered each day in the United States — a record high. President Joe Biden said that there would be enough doses for all American adults by May, moving up his timeline from July. Johnson & Johnson teamed up with its longtime rival, Merck, to make more doses of its vaccine. From where we stand, the U.S. vaccine rollout looks promising.

It isn’t great yet, though: The vaccination rate disparity between people of color and white people in the United States is unacceptably wide. Vaccine eligibility criteria are being called into question…


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I’ve got two exciting words about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to share with you: It works. This morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new analysis showing that it’s both effective and safe, which bodes well for the FDA advisory committee meeting on Friday, when experts will decide whether to recommend the vaccine for emergency use.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has an overall efficacy of 72% in the United States. This is lower than that of Pfizer and Moderna, but keep in mind that Johnson & Johnson’s clinical trials took place in regions where more…


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As winter storms pummeled the United States this week, it was hard not to daydream of traveling to sunnier climes. Doing so is not recommended, of course (I’m looking at you, Ted Cruz), and with good reason: Though the winter surge in new cases is finally relenting, more transmissible — and possibly more lethal — variants are afoot.

The CDC recently updated its recommendations for international air travel to reflect this new reality. Now, anyone flying into the United States must get tested no more than three days before traveling and show proof of a negative result before…

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