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How Much Would Coronavirus Vaccine Cost?

By Cardiff Garcia

Governments and drug companies agree there is an urgency to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. But their motives for developing it are different — and it might hugely affect the vaccine's price.

  • July 3rd 2020 at 22:01

In Arizona, Nearly 1 In 4 Coronavirus Tests Now Comes Back Positive

By Will Stone
People get tested for the coronavirus at a drive-through site in Phoenix last month. In Arizona, the portion of tests coming back positive now hovers around 24%, more than three times the national average.

The percentage of positive tests in Arizona is more than three times the national average, and hospital capacity has become a concern.

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  • July 3rd 2020 at 01:46

Coronavirus FAQs: Is It Safe To Dine Indoors โ€” Or Outdoors?

By Pranav Baskar
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We look at the risks to consider (and precautions to take) before a restaurant meal. Also: How risky is it to fly on fully booked flights?

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  • July 3rd 2020 at 01:33

Fauci: Mixed Messaging On Masks Set U.S. Public Health Response Back

By Jason Breslow
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Tuesday.

The current surge in cases can be contained, says White House advisor Anthony Fauci. But it's going to take a real focus on social distancing — and mask wearing.

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  • July 1st 2020 at 22:08

California Halts Many Indoor Businesses In 19 Counties As Coronavirus Cases Spike

By Bill Chappell
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Restaurants, wineries, zoos and museums in the affected counties must shift their operations outdoors, Gov. Gavin Newsom says. Bars will shut down entirely.

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  • July 1st 2020 at 23:20

Oklahoma Votes For Medicaid Expansion Over Objections Of Republican State Leaders

By Jackie Fortier
Amber England, who led the successful campaign for a ballot initiative to give 200,000 more Oklahomans health coverage, talked with supporters online this week. Voters narrowly approved the Medicaid expansion measure Tuesday, despite opposition by the state

A narrow majority approved the ballot measure, making Oklahoma the 37th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 200,000 uninsured adults will now qualify for coverage.

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  • July 1st 2020 at 22:44

Foreign-Born Doctors Start Their Residencies At U.S. Hospitals Amid The Pandemic

By Joel Rose

Thousands of foreign-born doctors started their residencies at the U.S. hospitals Wednesday amid two historic challenges: the coronavirus pandemic and the White House's new immigration restrictions.

  • July 1st 2020 at 22:08

'It Does Not Have To Be 100,000 Cases A Day': Fauci Urges U.S. To Follow Guidelines

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading member of the White House coronavirus task force, about new coronavirus cases, wearing masks and a timeline of a vaccine.

  • July 1st 2020 at 22:08

To Be Young, A Doctor And Black: Overcoming Racial Barriers In Medical Training

By Yuki Noguchi
Dr. Danielle Hairston, a psychiatry residency director at Howard University in Washington, D.C., trains and mentors young black doctors.

Young African American doctors say they hope to change the lack of access to medicine in underserved communities. But many say the system that trains them also alienates them.

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  • July 1st 2020 at 13:00

A Doctor Confronts Medical Errors โ€” And Flaws In The System That Create Mistakes

By Dave Davies
Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error, says medical mistakes are likely to increase as resource-strapped hospitals treat a rapid influx of COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Danielle Ofri says medical errors are more common than most people realize: "If we don't talk about the emotions that keep doctors and nurses from speaking up, we'll never solve this problem."

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  • June 30th 2020 at 19:40

Remdesivir Priced At More Than $3,100 For A Course Of Treatment

By Sydney Lupkin
Gilead Sciences, maker of the antiviral drug remdesivir, has come up with a price for the COVID-19 treatment that was less than some analysts expected.

An experimental COVID-19 medicine that has been shown to shorten the time people with severe illness have to stay in the hospital finally has a price tag that's lower than some analysts expected.

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  • June 30th 2020 at 01:39

'I Will Kill You': Health Care Workers Face Rising Attacks Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

By Malaka Gharib
A health worker in personal protective equipment stands in a COVID-19 intensive care unit in Taiz, Yemen.

A doctor in Yemen says he was threatened at gunpoint when treating a patient infected with the virus. The incident is part of a larger trend of pandemic-related attacks worldwide.

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  • June 29th 2020 at 20:53

Universal Health Care Supports Thailand's Coronavirus Strategy

By Malaka Gharib

Thailand has been relatively successful at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Many say it's due in no small part to Thailand's universal health care system.

  • June 28th 2020 at 23:32

Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
The governor of Texas is encouraging people to wear masks in public and stay home if possible, as the number of COVID-19 cases spikes in the state.

"State and local governments have really quite broad authority" to mandate the use of face masks during a pandemic, says the head of American University's Health Law and Policy Program, Lindsay Wiley.

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  • June 28th 2020 at 13:59

After Pushing Lies, Former Cigna Executive Praises Canada's Health Care System

NPR'S Michel Martin speaks with former health insurance executive Wendell Potter about the differences between U.S. and Canadian health systems highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 27th 2020 at 23:16

Missouri Rural Hospital Braces For 'A Worse Surge' In COVID-19 Cases

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Randy Tobler, the CEO of Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo., about the impact a surge in COVID-19 cases is having on rural hospitals.

  • June 27th 2020 at 23:16

Planned Parenthood Elevates Interim CEO Alexis McGill Johnson To Permanent Status

By Bill Chappell
Alexis McGill Johnson becomes the permanent president and CEO of Planned Parenthood after serving in the role on an interim basis. Here, she addresses a rally against white supremacy last year in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

McGill Johnson has been the group's interim leader for almost a year, taking up the position after the abrupt removal of its former president, Leana Wen.

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  • June 26th 2020 at 23:10

Obamacare Must 'Fall,' Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court

By Mark Katkov
In a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, the Trump administration reaffirmed its position that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Later this year, the high court will hear a case that seeks to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act. In a court filing Thursday, the Trump administration fully supported the move.

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  • June 26th 2020 at 11:00

U.S. Sets Daily Record For New Coronavirus Cases

By Mark Katkov
Tubers prepare to float the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, on Thursday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" of the coronavirus and that some new local restrictions may be needed to preserve hospital space for new patients.

Despite ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, nearly 40,000 new cases were reported Thursday, surpassing the previous one-day record on April 24 by more than 3,600 cases.

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  • June 26th 2020 at 09:33

Montana Tribal Communities Offer Free Mass Testing To Contain The Coronavirus

By Kirk Siegler

The coronavirus has exposed disparities in healthcare among people of color, and tribal communities are among the hardest hit. Montana is trying to change that with free mass testing.

  • June 25th 2020 at 22:07
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