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For Covid-19 vaccine recipients, CDC to roll out cell phone-based monitoring system

Once a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to monitor vaccine recipients for any health problems through text messages and online surveys, as part of a new program called V-SAFE. “V-SAFE is a new smartphone-based active surveillance program for Covid-19,” Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director…MORE

Social distancing limited Covid-19 spread for Major League Baseball teams

When the Philadelphia Phillies met the Miami Marlins on the field last July, a batch of Marlins players were infected with coronavirus, although they didn’t know it. One case led to 19 other cases — a superspreader event, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. But with no fans in the stands…MORE

Remdesivir becomes first Covid-19 treatment to receive FDA approval

Remdesivir becomes first Covid-19 treatment to receive FDA approval

The US Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection, the drug’s maker, Gilead Sciences, said Thursday. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, has been used under emergency use authorization. It is the first drug to be approved for treating Covid-19. “In the United States, Veklury is indicated for…MORE

Elton John is getting his own Barbie doll

Elton John is getting his own Barbie doll

Elton John is getting his very own Barbie doll. And while the doll won’t look like the Rocket Man, it will be styled in his likeness. The limited-edition Barbie doll, which was released on Mattel’s website on Thursday, will have a glittery top and flared denim complete with the singer’s initials. Her multi-colored “Elton” bomber…MORE

Santa is skipping Macy’s for the first time in 159 years

Santa is skipping Macy’s for the first time in 159 years

There will be no miracle on 34th Street this year. Santa Claus won’t be visiting any Macy’s stores in 2020, ending a 159-year holiday season tradition. The department store’s tradition started in 1861, but Santa meet-and-greets won’t be happening this year because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Macy’s is creating an interactive virtual…MORE

Morgan Stanley to cover tuition for 60 students at three HBCUs

Morgan Stanley to cover tuition for 60 students at three HBCUs

Morgan Stanley announced a new program to provide full scholarships for 60 students at three historically Black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs — the latest move by a major bank to try to confront racial inequalities in the United States. The scholarships are part of the bank’s HBCU Scholars program, which will provide four-year…MORE

GOP rushes to Feinstein’s defense after her praise of Barrett hearings prompts Democratic fury

GOP rushes to Feinstein’s defense after her praise of Barrett hearings prompts Democratic fury

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, under fire from the left over Amy Coney Barrett‘s confirmation proceedings, is now getting support from some unlikely quarters: Senate Republicans. Top Senate Republicans are expressing their dismay at the treatment of Feinstein after she praised Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham’s handling of the Barrett hearings, trying to characterize…MORE

Kobe and Gianna are two rising baby names of 2020. Karen’s on the decline

Kobe and Gianna are two rising baby names of 2020. Karen’s on the decline

Baby names typically trend as a reflection of the times, and it should come as no surprise that two names have experienced a major boost in popularity: Kobe and Gianna. The rise is no doubt propelled by the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna earlier this year. Kobe, Gianna and seven…MORE

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