Healthcare – Florida COVID virus escalates

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As COVID vaccines for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers begin to roll out, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) He chose to fight with the White House by not pre-ordering potions early on. We’ll look at some of the implications.

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DeSantis escalates feud with the White House

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) is escalating his feud with the White House over the COVID-19 response as he prepares himself for a possible presidential campaign in 2024.

DeSantis has been under fire from infectious disease experts — as well as state and national Democrats — for his decision not to pre-order the federal government for COVID-19 vaccines for infants and young children.

  • “The state of Florida deliberately missed multiple deadlines for requesting vaccines to protect its young children,” Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters on Friday.

The White House initially made 10 million vaccines for young children available for pre-order.

Having a small stock of doses on hand means the shots could start being given as early as June 20, if states are able to distribute them quickly enough.

But Florida was the only state that decided not to apply.

no broker: The argument of state officials was twofold:

  • According to DeSantis, children are not at risk of becoming seriously ill. The state will not spend resources on something that is not necessary.
  • The Department of Health said they will not be the Biden administration’s repository for unused vaccines. If the pediatrician’s office or hospital wants the injection, they can apply through the state’s official website.

Scrimmage: DeSantis has spent much of the pandemic attacking the Biden administration’s efforts to mitigate COVID-19.

The Sunshine state’s governor has made it a point of pride to question and challenge a set of federal guidelines, and has repeatedly promoted the state’s “freedom” without policies like mask or vaccine mandates.

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Advisor: Vaccines are ‘good choices’ for children under five

On Monday, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha announced the latest authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children under five, saying it gives parents “two good options.”

  • Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval for the COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for children under five, the last group of people in the United States allowed to receive the coronavirus vaccinations.
  • Jha appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​on Monday, telling host George Stephanopoulos that both vaccines are “very safe” and effective.

The Pfizer vaccine is given in three doses, while the Moderna vaccine is given in two doses.

Should parents wait?: Stephanopoulos asked Jha if parents of children close to the age of five should wait until they are older so they can receive a stronger dose.

“What I personally think – you should go ahead and vaccinate your child if he’s on that. You might want to talk to your pediatrician or family doctor, but the bottom line is we’ve got safe and effective vaccines for kids 4 and 5 years old, so it probably isn’t It really matters,” Jha said.

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Gottlieb’s predictions start slow for children’s vaccines

There are still questions about how many parents will actually get their young children even after permission.

  • Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday that he expects a slow spread of COVID-19 vaccines for children under five.
  • “I think it’s going to be a little slow compared to what we’ve seen in previous editions with other age groups,” Gottlieb said of vaccinating the youngest Americans during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“Maybe around children’s hospitals, you’ll see some clinics standing up, but most people will probably get the vaccination in pediatricians’ offices, and it would take a little longer to get the vaccine in those local places because it’s difficult to vaccinate a very young child,” Gottlieb continued.

Not everyone is eager to vaccinate their children: Gottlieb also cited surveys that indicated nearly 20 percent of parents with children under the age of five plan to vaccinate their children, but he said he expects a lower rate.

“With prevalence declining with the onset of summer, a lot of parents may choose to take a wait-and-see attitude and reconsider this in the fall. I think the slight increase is going to be very slow,” he explained.

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The first cases of Monkey Box vaccine were reported in Missouri, India

Health officials in Missouri and Indiana reported their first possible cases of monkeypox on Saturday.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was Monkeypox cases have been reported in 20 other states and Washington, D.C., as of Friday, though health officials continue to stress that the risk to the public remains low.
  • Both states sent samples to the CDC for confirmatory testing after states conducted initial tests. Most states have been testing for orthopoxviruses, the family of viruses to which monkeypox belongs.

“This week, one of our excellent nurses suspected that one of our patients might have monkeypox,” said Marvia Jones, director of the Kansas City Department of Health.

“We are studying this potential case of monkeypox virus until we receive final confirmation from CDC labs. We appreciate the work that the disease investigation team and nursing staff have done to educate themselves about and prepare for this rare virus.”

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These Cities, States Say They Won’t Have Abortion Bans

After a leaked draft Supreme Court decision indicated that the Supreme Court was willing to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which would effectively eliminate federal protections for abortion and lead to bans in a number of states, some state and local officials said they would not prosecute the cases related to abortion.

The Judgment Project Published by Politico in May, grants individual states access to abortion. According to the abortion rights group, Guttmacher Institute:

  • Thirteen states have so-called arousal laws in place that would ban or restrict abortion almost immediately if Roe v. Wade was overturned.
  • Nine other states still have laws or constitutional amendments against the measure in place prior to the 1973 resolution.
  • A number of countries also have moved to restrict Abortion in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter.

Obstacles to Abortion: But some state and local officials, even in states with direct laws in place, said they were not intent on prosecuting people over the issue, which could put officials at loggerheads with each other.

Follow the link below for a list of state and local officials who say they do not plan to enforce an abortion ban.

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country by state

  • Report: 2 out of 3 adults in Hawaii have experienced negative effects of COVID from health to livelihoods (Hawaii news now)
  • First possible case of monkeypox has been discovered in New Jersey, according to the Department of Health (
  • Maine COVID-19 hospitalizations drop in inches (Portland Press Herald)

what we read

  • ‘It was robbed of me’: Black doctors are forced to drop out of training programs at much higher rates than white residents (stat)
  • Forever chemicals linked to high blood pressure in womenWashington Post)
  • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 can share their genetic makeup with DNA testing sites to aid in the research (Chicago Tribune)

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