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Jeannie Wells had hoped that regular visits would resume at her elderly mother’s New York nursing home once all the residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Around Easter, her wish finally came true, and she was able to hold the 93-year-old’s hand more than a year after bringing her mother to the facility for rehabilitation for a fractured hip and knee.


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The Biden administration has taken the first step toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus.

Thousands of medical providers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic, many exposed and infected while caring for patients without adequate protection.


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Amazon.com Inc is expanding its virtual healthcare service to other Washington state employers starting on Wednesday and to its own employees and other businesses nationwide this summer, the company said in a news release.

Piloted in September 2019 for staff near its Seattle headquarters, “Amazon Care” lets employees video-chat with doctors for diagnoses and referrals. It also facilitates housecalls and drug delivery in greater Seattle, a non-virtual benefit that Amazon said would be available in greater Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in the coming months.


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Following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to resign after new sexual harassment allegations arose, a growing number of the state’s Democratic lawmakers are questioning his ability to effectively govern the state.

On Sunday, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called on the Democratic governor to step down, saying the controversies surrounding Cuomo are “drawing away from the business of government.”


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Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing more allegations over his administration’s handling of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Cuomo’s top advisors pushed the state health department to remove data from a public report in July 2020 on those fatalities in order to hide the true number of virus-related deaths.


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With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden on Monday confronted head-on the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic — as he tried to strike a balance between mourning and hope.

Addressing the “grim, heartbreaking milestone” directly and publicly, Biden stepped to a lectern in the White House Cross Hall, unhooked his face mask and delivered an emotion-filled eulogy for more than 500,000 Americans he said he felt he knew.


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The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus.

A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined.


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged on Monday that his office should not have withheld data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, the public and press - falling short of an apology a senior aide made to lawmakers last week.

Cuomo said at a press conference that “lessons were learned’ in not releasing the data and that things “should have been done differently.”


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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Sanofi SA were ordered by a U.S. judge on Monday to pay more than $834 million to the state of Hawaii for failing to properly warn non-white patients of health risks from its blood thinner Plavix.

The companies had failed to change the drug’s label to warn doctors and patients despite knowing some of the risks for more than a decade, U.S. District Judge Dean Ochiai in Honolulu wrote in the ruling.

Bristol-Myers and Sanofi, which produce Plavix in a partnership, said in a joint statement the decision was not supported by the overwhelming body of scientific evidence and vowed to appeal.


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A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has. apologized following reports the governor’s office withheld data related to the COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes across the state.

Cuomo’s aide, Melissa DeRosa, told lawmakers during a virtual conference call Wednesday that the administration was concerned about a preliminary inquiry into the numbers by the U.S. Department of Justice and feared the information would be “used against us” by federal prosecutors, according to a partial transcript released by the governor's office.