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US regulators post positive review of Pfizer vaccine data

December 11, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: COVID-19 Community Testing Staff test patients at the camp testing site in Kensington, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Philadelphia FIGHT provides low-barrier testing in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. That means that you don’t need an appointment, insurance, ID, or COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.  Documents released by U.S. regulators Tuesday confirmed that Pfizer’s vaccine was…

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UK probing if allergic reactions linked to Pfizer vaccine

December 11, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, as the U.K. health authorities rolled out a national mass vaccination program. U.K. regulators said Wednesday Dec. 9, 2020, that people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer/BioNTech…

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Gov. Wolf restricts indoor dining and other activities through Jan. 4, 2021 to slow coronavirus spread

December 10, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today implored Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks and stand united against the virus by adhering to existing mitigation orders and stricter efforts announced today. “Today I am announcing additional, temporary COVID-19 protective mitigation measures in the commonwealth,” said…

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Despite federal ban, renters still being evicted amid virus

December 4, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Housing activists gather in front of Gov. Charlie Baker’s house, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Swampscott, Mass. The protesters were calling on the governor to support more robust protections against evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) By Michael Casey ASSOCIATED PRESS  BOSTON  — A nationwide eviction ban was…

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Black clergy, United Way to launch anti-coronavirus effort

November 26, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 file photo, People line up at Gotham Health East New York, a COVID-19 testing center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Black clergy leaders are joining forces with the United Way of New York City for a new initiative designed to combat the coronavirus’s outsized toll…

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FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home

November 20, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: (Photo/Shutterstock) By Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options…

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Rep. Jordan Harris tests positive for COVID19

November 18, 2020

 (Photo: CFetterman/wikipedia) The Pennsylvania Capital Star has reported that House Minority Whip PA State Rep. Jordan Harris, has contracted COVID-19. Harris, who is the House Democrats’ second-in-command, says he was exposed to the coronavirus from a constituent. Rep. Harris said in a statement he is feeling well. Read story here at penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-rep-harris-houses-2nd-ranking-democrat-says-he-has-covid-19/#

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City announces new COVID19 restrictions beginning 11/20: indoor gatherings and indoor dining prohibited

November 16, 2020

From phila.gov: In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. The new “Safer at Home” restrictions are…

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Biden turns to coronavirus response, names advisory board

November 13, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Task force co-chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS  (Photo/yale.edu)  By Philip Marcelo ASSOCIATED PRESS  BOSTON  — As he begins his transition to the presidency, Joe Biden is pivoting from a bitter campaign battle to another, more pressing fight: reining in the pandemic that has hit the world’s most powerful nation harder than any…

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Pfizer says early data signals COVID-19 vaccine is effective

November 13, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: (Shutterstock) By Linda A. Johnson and Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS  Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators. Monday’s announcement doesn’t mean a vaccine…

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