Trend – Vaccine Landscape

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 delayed until at least April

BY: - February 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — A COVID-19 vaccine for young children will be delayed by at least two months as Pfizer and BioNTech gather more information on a three-dose regimen. The disappointing news for many parents came after the Biden administration earlier had announced it was preparing to get the vaccines out to states as soon as it […]

Are we moving to the endemic phase of COVID infections? Three NC experts weigh in on what that would look like.

BY: - January 25, 2022

Before the first snowflakes began to fall last week, meteorologists were advising North Carolinians when the wintry mix would arrive, how severe conditions would be, and how to best prepare for the impeding storm. Dr. Jonathan Quick, an adjunct professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, envisions a future in which we have a similar […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange […]

Incoming Health Secretary: Get vaccinated, gather carefully. More than 18,000 COVID cases recorded in single day.

BY: - December 30, 2021

[Editor’s note: On the final day of 2021, North Carolina recorded 19,174 newly reported cases of COVID-19. Nearly 23% of tests statewide are returning positive with 2,387 individuals hospitalized.] North Carolina health officials expected COVID cases to rise over the holidays. But many did not expected to see the numbers reported on Thursday. The North […]

Positive cases of COVID surge across NC after holiday gatherings

BY: - December 28, 2021

North Carolina is getting its first look at COVID-19 numbers since the Christmas holiday. Data released on Tuesday showed nearly 3,700 new cases with 1,992 people currently hospitalized. The percentage of positive cases being returned is a startling 21.9%. That more than 1 in 5 tests coming back positive. On Christmas Day, nearly 6,900 new […]

A year into COVID vaccine distribution, NC leaders reflect on progress, a return to the “red zone”

BY: - December 15, 2021

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the very first COVID vaccines being distributed in North Carolina. Over the course of 12 months, more than 12 million doses have been administered along with nearly two million booster doses. Sixty-nine percent of the state’s adults are fully vaccinated. But with winter approaching, COVID cases have been rising […]

NC Health Secretary: Medicaid expansion, public investments key to state’s COVID recovery

BY: - December 8, 2021

With less than a month left in her tenure, state Health and Human Service Secretary Mandy Cohen settled in Tuesday for more than two hours of legislative questions about how her department handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Sec. Cohen said to fully appreciate where we are today, lawmakers need to look back to where the state […]