Articles By Kaiser Health News
This year, the wild west has a new type of scofflaw to wrangle: the Covid-19 kind. There’s something for everyone with private health insurance in the American Rescue Plan Act, but determining the best way to benefit may be confusing. A Senate committee grilled federal officials about the shortage of vaccines to protect Americans against a pandemic virus. Two months later, the U.S. public had lost interest in the virus, and millions of vaccines were sitting in warehouses — although poor countries still needed them. Now that the coronavirus has been in the United States for roughly a year, new numbers are revealing the scale of Covid-19’s impact on American health. Thanks to Covid-19, many dating profiles are adding a new field: Covid-19 vaccination status. As the speed of covid vaccinations picks up, so do the reports of doses going to waste. “They mentioned it like it was an amenity, like ‘We have a swimming pool and a vaccination program’” “If I get sick, what would happen to him?” Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna earned praise for creating highly effective covid-19 vaccines in record time.Are they hurting the public by not sharing their technology to help speed up vaccine manufacturing and distribution? For people who’ve been without health insurance during the pandemic, relief is in sight. Thousands of counterfeit 3M respirators have slipped past U.S. investigators in recent months, making it to the cheeks and chins of health care workers and perplexing experts who say their quality is not vastly inferior to the real thing. A divide between “haves” and “have-nots” is emerging as older adults across the country struggle to get covid-19 vaccines. Seniors with family members or friends to help them are getting vaccine appointments, even if it takes days to secure them. Those without reliable social supports are missing out.