• Dozens of institutional investors push for ‘fair and equitable' Covid-19 response

    12 days ago - By STAT

    Nearly 150 institutional investors that oversee combined assets worth more than $14 trillion have issued a joint call for a “fair and equitable” global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and they intend to huddle with health care companies to make progress on that goal.
    The investors are eyeing three efforts, starting with greater financing for the ACT Accelerator partnership, a World Health Organization program dedicated to developing, producing and ensuring equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, therapies and diagnostics. Despite new funding pledges by G7 countries last week, the program...
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  • Opinion: Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA

    12 days ago - By STAT

    Ever since the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for two new vaccines, employers, schools, and other organizations are grappling with whether to require Covid-19 vaccination.
    While organizations are certainly free to encourage their employees, students, and other members to be vaccinated, federal law provides that, at least until the vaccine is licensed, individuals must have the option to accept or decline to be vaccinated.
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  • Opinion: Lung transplants after Covid-19 raise difficult issues

    12 days ago - By STAT

    When the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in the spring, I wrote that some people with severe Covid-19-related lung injury would never recover their lung function.
    As a lung transplant specialist and lead author on the most recent guidelines for selecting lung transplant candidates, I was concerned that transplant specialists would soon be asked to evaluate Covid-19 patients for lung transplants. The response I got from some of my colleagues in the transplant community was one of surprise: “Really? You think some of these folks will be seeking transplants?” they...
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