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WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

GENEVA — The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care[1] workers in poorer countries and charging that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where “profits are highest.” Director-General Tedros …

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Twins with Covid Help Scientists Untangle the Disease’s Genetic Roots

What Ms. Burkett and Ms. Miller experienced wasn’t the norm. Many of the conditions that can raise a person’s risk[1] for severe Covid — excess weight, heart disease, diabetes, smoking — are highly influenced by environment and behavior, not just genetics. A person’s history of fighting off other coronaviruses, like those that lead to common colds, might …

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The Latest: Chinese province ups restrictions amid outbreak

BEIJING — A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. The notice from the high court in Hebei province did not give specifics, but said all types of social gatherings were now being regulated to prevent further …

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NY nurse who was first to get COVID vax to be featured in Biden inauguration

The New York nurse who was the first in the US to receive the COVID-19 vaccine[1] will be featured during President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day programing. Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, is among several “everyday Americans” set to be highlighted in a prime-time TV special[2] on Jan. 20. “#InaugurationDay …

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