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Global Vax Giveaway; Another Outbreak in China; More Hospital Workers Face Mandates

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Half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine will be purchased by the U.S. and donated to other countries within a year. (Washington Post)

A similar deal with Moderna is reportedly in the works. (CNBC)

China battles an ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Guangzhou, where the entire population of 18.7 million was tested between Sunday and Tuesday. (New York Times)

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. included 33,414,769 cases and 598,766 deaths, increases of 20,956 and 436, respectively, since the same time a day ago.

CMS will now pay an extra $35 per dose for in-home COVID-19 vaccinations.

In Scotland, the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine was associated with a modest increase in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, as well as arterial thromboembolic and hemorrhagic events. (Nature Medicine)

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine still works against the Beta variant of SARS-CoV-2, also known as the South African variant, researchers say. (NPR)

An epidemiologist estimates the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant, first identified in India, to be 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant that had previously gripped Britain. (Reuters)

A letter in the New England Journal of Medicine describes a case of local dengue transmission in Florida that led to the death of a woman in her 30s.

Women of all ages are catching up to men in alcohol consumption. (Kaiser Health News)

Laughing gas at 25% inhaled concentration improved symptoms for people with major depression, according to a phase II trial published in Science Translational Medicine.

University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine join other hospital systems requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID as a condition to work. (Baltimore Sun)

This is what delayed large local reactions to mRNA vaccines look like in non-white people. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Are the U.S. and Europe headed toward reducing export restrictions on COVID vaccines and drugs? (Reuters)

Californians can expect an especially worrying tick season this year. (SFGate)

The states with the highest COVID vaccination rates happen to have been won by President Biden in the 2020 election. (NPR)

Traces of SARS-CoV-2 can remain detectable on hospital surfaces for days, University of California San Diego researchers found.

Mobile clinics delivering HIV and substance abuse care are being tested in the NIH-funded INTEGRA study.

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    Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers cardiology news and other developments in medicine. Follow

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