Day: January 29, 2021

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HHS allows more healthcare providers to administer COVID-19 vaccines

HHS on Thursday made moves to rapidly grow the vaccination workforce and increase the public’s access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Under the amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), all licensed and certified healthcare professionals are now authorized to prescribe, dispense and administer COVID-19 vaccines in any state or U.S. territory after completing the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine training, regardless of where they are licensed or certified.

“As vaccine supply is made more widely available over the coming months, having additional vaccinators at the ready will help providers and state health departments meet the demand for vaccine and protect their communities more quickly,” HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran said in a statement.

The Biden administration has said it wants to have at least 1 million vaccinations per day but has said it still could take months to give a shot to everyone who wants one.

The amendment also

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Sickle cell target could treat COVID

Normal blood cells next to a sickle-blood cell, colored scanning electron microscope image. Credit: Wikipedia/Illustration from Anatomy & Physiology

Scientists have found a way to lower stroke risk in sickle cell patients that opens a gateway of potential treatments for inflammation and clotting stemming from conditions such as COVID-19. For the first time, they investigated the use of immune cell proteins as an anti-inflammatory treatment to reduce blood clotting in people with sickle cell disease.

A study published today in the journal Blood explains how the peptide Ac2-26 flips a biological switch in in people with .

“We are particularly excited,” said Professor Felicity Gavins, director of the Centre for Inflammation Research and Translational Medicine (CIRTM) at Brunel University London. “We have targeted a pathophysiological immune response to help the body fight disease. It paves the way for new therapies to prevent disorders associated with

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