- Era of ‘Free’ Covid Vaccines, Test Kits, and Treatments Is Ending. Who Will Pay Tab Now?: The national public health emergency is set to expire on May 11th, and with it, many of the policies designed to combat the spread of the virus. Vaccines will still be available at low or no cost while the government-purchased supplies last.
- Free COVID-19 & Flu vaccines offered at multiple Little Rock metro area sites this week: The AFMC and the Arkansas Department of Health are providing free COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with local institutions and organizations.
- Masks Cochrane review: There’s still not strong evidence for masks’ effectiveness.: The debate over whether masks protect against COVID-19 continues three years into the pandemic. Proponents and skeptics both have valid points, but many hope that scientific research can provide a definitive answer. A recent Cochrane Review considered whether physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection can prevent COVID-19 transmission, but the results were inconclusive.
- Population-based evaluation of the effectiveness of nirmatrelvir–ritonavir for reducing … – CMAJ: The use of nirmatrelvir–ritonavir in Ontario between April and August 2022 was associated with a significant reduction in the odds of hospital admission from COVID-19 or all-cause death, with a NNT of 62. The greatest benefits were seen in patients under-vaccinated or unvaccinated and those 70 years of age or older.
- Former Anthem Employee Ties Firing to Contracting COVID-19 – Vigour Times: Rhiannon Torgerson is suing Anthem Companies Inc. for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation after she was fired in 2022 for contracting the coronavirus and harassed by her boss for not being vaccinated against it. She is seeking unspecified damages.
- Vaccines from China bolster fight against COVID – SHINE News – Shanghai Daily: The Dominican Republic recently held a special ceremony to honor China for bringing hope and light to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Santiago Zorrilla, vice-president of the Senate, conferred a certificate of honor on the Chinese ambassador and thanked China for its timely assistance. Lorraine Hernandez, who works in the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health, also expressed her gratitude for China’s help.
- Singapore commuters keep masks on despite discarded COVID-19 public transport rule: Most commuters in Singapore were seen wearing masks on public transport on Monday, even though it is no longer mandatory. People kept their masks on out of consideration for others, as well as to protect themselves from any potential illnesses.
- Scancell gets positive result from needle-free Covid vaccines trial – Shares Magazine: Scancell Holdings PLC reported positive results from its ‘Covidity’ trial, which is testing a needle-free injectable Covid vaccine. The vaccine candidates induced neutralizing antibodies in previously infected, vaccinated, and naive patients. The injection is delivered via a PharmaJet device, a medical technology company based in Colorado. The trial validates that the vaccine boosts immune responses.
Daily News Pulse for March 13, 2023
Summary: Princeton students have seen an overall improvement in course satisfaction since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, many people are still wearing masks despite the government’s easing of guidelines.