We’re getting closer to the vaccine finish line with three promising candidates. Distributing this vaccine will be a challenge everywhere but especially in states that have large rural areas like Alabama where a three-phase plan to get the state vaccinated is being finalized next week.
Plus, the logic behind the CDC’s new quarantine guidelines.
And, the new hope for creating smart cities.
Guests: Alabama Public Health state health officer Dr. Scott Harris and Axios’ Sam Baker and Jennifer Kingson.
The initial doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines could go out next month, if the FDA grants emergency authorization. There are also three other promising vaccine candidates in the pipeline from AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The process of distributing the vaccine to the 330 million people living in the U.S., however, could prove a logistical challenge. Here’s a look at how the federal government plans to do it.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning against holiday travel. The day after 1 million Americans got on a plane, it’s the highest volume of travelers airports have seen since the pandemic.
Plus, how the country’s largest public university system is handling Thanksgiving.
And, the life and death implications of delaying the presidential transition.
Guests: Axios’ Joann Muller, and Russell Contreras and State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras.
White House press secretary and two aides have tested positive for coronavirus, U.S. faces shortage of up to 8 billion meals in next 12 months, and Georgia pastor shocks pregnant Waffle House waitress with $12G tip.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (August 25, 2020) – A CDC study published today that looked at more than 80,000 U.S. adults hospitalized with flu over eight flu seasons (2010-11 through 2017-18) found that sudden, serious heart complications were common and occurred in one out of every eight patients (~12% of patients).
The study looked at a range of sudden heart complications called “acute cardiac events” that resulted in the following:
damage to the heart muscle,
inflammation of the heart muscle,
fluid or inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, or
weakening of the pumping function of the heart.
The most common acute cardiac events reported in the study were acute heart failure and acute ischemic heart disease. Acute heart failure is the sudden inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands, while acute ischemic heart disease is a term that describes heart problems caused by narrowed or blocked heart arteries.
This week, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention send all coronavirus-related data straight to the Department of Health and Human Services. This is just the latest step in President Trump’s war on public health experts.
Plus, a shakeup on Trump’s 2020 campaign team.
And, a major Twitter hack Wednesday afternoon left some of the most powerful people on the platform vulnerable to a cryptocurrency scam.
Guests: Axios’ Sam Baker, Mike Allen, and Ina Fried.