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BMJ : British Medical Journal (Online) ; 380, 2023.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2193719


Ana Villeda, an emergency department nurse at Montefiore, a safety net hospital, told the Times that patients were packed so closely together on rolling stretchers that it was difficult to reach them. The system should be realigned to prevent and treat chronic disease, improve transfer of information across systems, train physicians for the 21st century rather than the 20th, eliminate unnecessary paperwork and regulations, and work to root out racism, he said. 3 Madara J. America's health care crisis is much deeper than covid-19. 4 Hagans N. NSA to hold virtual press briefing on details of historic victories at Mount Sinai and Montefiore.

BMJ : British Medical Journal (Online) ; 379, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2152969


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $3.2bn to strengthen the US public health system, the first time it has made such an award.1 The funds, which come mostly from the American Rescue Plan Act, will be given directly to help state, local, and territorial governments across the US improve their public health workforce and infrastructure. The covid-19 pandemic showed the weaknesses of the US public health system, said CDC director Rochelle Walensky, “State, local, and territorial health departments are the heart of the US public health system, and the covid-19 pandemic severely stressed these agencies, which were already weakened by neglect and underinvestment,” she explained. The agency said that recipients of the grants will use the money to retain, recruit, and train their workforces, including critical public health workers such as epidemiologists, contact tracers, laboratory scientists, community health workers, and data analysts.

BMJ : British Medical Journal (Online) ; 378, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2020003
BMJ : British Medical Journal (Online) ; 378, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2020001


Previous policy allowed such research to remain behind journal paywalls for a year after publication—in effect, a one year embargo before the public gained free access.1 Alondra Nelson, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said, “The American people fund tens of billions of dollars of cutting edge research annually. To support scientific and research integrity, public access policies should transparently inform the public about critical information, said the White House statement, “including that which is related to the authorship, funding, affiliations, and development status of federally funded research.” Statement from Shelley Husband, senior vice president, government affairs, AAP, on decision by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to make private sector publications freely available. 25 Aug 2022. 3 Nelson A, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

BMJ : British Medical Journal (Online) ; 371, 2020.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-991805


Gustave Perna, head of the US government’s Operation Warp Speed, which is in charge of distributing the vaccines, apologized for some states receiving smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine than expected, blaming manufacturing problems.3 Other reports said that the Pfizer vials had more doses than expected and thus were capable of immunizing more people.4 Building confidence Two vaccines will now be available to many of the 21 million frontline healthcare workers in the US. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel voted on 20 December that next in line should be “frontline essential workers” and people over 75.5 The first person to receive the vaccine was Sandra Lindsay, director of critical care nursing at Long Island Jewish Health Center in New York City, an area hard hit at the beginning of the pandemic in the US. The CDC says that people who have had an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the vaccines should not receive the vaccine, while people who have not had allergic reactions to injectable vaccines but have had allergic reactions to food, pets, or medicines—but not anaphylactic reactions—may receive it.

BMJ : British Medical Journal (Online) ; 371, 2020.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-919178


The mandate required uninsured Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty on their annual income tax returns. Under Obamacare uninsured people can buy health insurance through government marketplaces, and there are subsidies to help people with lower incomes. States were encouraged to extend Medicaid (health insurance for people on lower incomes) and were given generous federal support: 39 states did so, providing medical care to many previously uninsured people and lessening health disparities. 1 Tanne JH.