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FDA 'working day and night' on COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization, commissioner tells ABC News
simon2579/iStock BY: CATERINA ANDREANO, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn told Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' chief health and medical correspondent, that the agency has "all hands on deck" and is "working day and night, and on the weekends" to evaluate and clear multiple coronavirus vaccines for emergency use authorization before they are allowed to be distributed to the general public. The interview, which took place Tuesday on ABC News' Instagram Live, comes after the FDA commissioner was summoned to the White House to provide an update to President Donald Trump's chief of staff,...
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Coronavirus likely in US as early as December 2019: Study
da-kuk/iStock By ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus may have been present in the United States weeks earlier than scientists realized, according to new government research.While COVID-19 cases were first identified in China in December, the United States did not report its first case until late January.A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases Monday suggests that the virus was present in the United States as early as last December.To come to that conclusion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists analyzed American Red Cross blood donations collected between Dec. 13, 2019, and Jan. 17, 2020, and...
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Baby born from 27-year-old frozen embryo breaks record
bluecinema/iStock By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Molly Everette Gibson may only be less than one month old, but she has already made history.Weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, Molly, who was born on Oct. 26 to parents Tina and Ben Gibson, spent more than 27 years frozen as an embryo before being transferred to her mother's uterus on Feb. 10.The time the embryo spent in frozen preservation set the new known record for the longest-frozen embryo to ever come to birth, according to research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library.The previous record was set by...
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Nonpartisan report warns of COVID-19 testing shortages in over half US states, territories
alvarez/iStock BY: CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — Rapid tests and reagents -- the medical devices used to process COVID-19 tests -- are in short supply as the U.S. heads deeper into the winter months, according to a survey of 47 states and territories conducted by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office in their latest report on the CARES Act. The report also looks ahead to vaccine distribution and administration concerns. One-third to one-half of states said they'd already experienced shortages in either reagents, testing instruments or rapid tests in the last 30 days. "Most states reported no shortages of...
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Who gets the vaccine first and who decides? 3 things to know about tomorrow's CDC committee meeting
MarsBars/iStock BY: STEPHANIE EBBS AND ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — With the Food and Drug Administration set to evaluate the two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the coming weeks -- good news for a country fatigued by what seems to be a never-ending pandemic -- who will get the first doses? On Tuesday, independent advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will weigh in on that very question. Once the FDA grants emergency use authorization, there will be a very limited supply of vaccine doses in the early stages of distribution. Given that, public health officials need to...
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Anticipating a vaccine, supply chain preps for shortages, funding concerns
nevodka/iStock By SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With the steady march toward a safe, effective and authorized coronavirus vaccine, another race now runs alongside: how to dispatch tens of millions of doses across every corner of the nation and globe, and do it safely, securely and swiftly. The solution will involve complicated logistical calculus, experts say, no matter which vaccine gets across the finish line first.Pfizer's vaccine is likely to be the first to be granted authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, followed by one created by Moderna, and then possibly vaccines from AstraZeneca/Oxford and Johnson & Johnson,...
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Meet the ICU doctor who is going viral for embracing a COVID-19 patient
Go Nakamura/Getty Images By THE GMA TEAM, ABC News(HOUSTON) -- Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, was on his 252nd consecutive day working during the coronavirus pandemic when he took time to comfort a patient on Thanksgiving Day.Varon, who leads the hospital's coronavirus unit, was dressed in full personal protective equipment (PPE) when he stopped to wrap his arms around a man being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).The photograph, taken by a Getty photographer, quickly went viral as the United States continues to see more than 100,000 newly diagnosed cases...
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Chrissy Teigen opens up about breastfeeding struggles
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix By MEGAN STONE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Chrissy Teigen is hoping she can help break down the stigma regarding breast milk versus formula by opening up about her own breastfeeding struggles.In a lengthy Twitter thread on Sunday, the Cravings author called to "normalize formula.""Normalize breastfeeding is such a huge, wonderful thing. But I absolutely felt way more shame having to use formula because of lack of milk from depression and whatnot," Teigen said, pointing out that pushing breastfeeding can have unintended consequences on a new mom's confidence."People have surrogates, people have trouble breastfeeding and all...
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Moderna to seek FDA emergency authorization after COVID-19 vaccine shows 94% efficacy
STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images By SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Moderna announced Monday it will ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second company, after Pfizer, to seek EUA for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.Pfizer's public FDA hearing -- a crucial step in the authorization process -- is scheduled for Dec. 10, and the FDA could make its official authorization decision shortly thereafter.In an early morning press release, Moderna announced that its FDA hearing will be held a week later, on Dec. 17. Moderna also announced...
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As 75 Hard fitness program trends on TikTok, experts raise red flags
Anatoliy Sizov/iStock By LESLEY HAULER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and quarantine orders are being extended, people have turned to new places to get workout inspiration at home.Fitness videos on TikTok have grown exponentially since the pandemic began, as many looked for new ways to stay in shape. Fitness challenges like #DragonFlag, #OneMinuteFitness and #PlankChallenge have gone viral in recent months, and celebrities like Carrie Underwood have even joined in.Experts urge those just starting out to take it slow before jumping into some of the advanced moves seen in popular TikTok videos, and the intense...
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How state health departments might view Biden's COVID response plan
Heidi Gutman/ABC News By IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With the novel coronavirus surging in states across the country, state leaders are scrambling to develop plans to contain the outbreak as many critics say the Trump administration remains largely disengaged.But former health officials and experts told ABC News that those offices may have a stronger ally in their fight next year -- the incoming Biden administration.Jeanette Kowalik, the director of policy development for the nonprofit health policy group Trust for America's Health and former health commissioner for Milwaukee, said state public health offices have been largely left to...
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Here's how long Thanksgiving leftovers last
JodiJacobson/iStock By NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Before making a Pilgrim sandwich or a turkey pot pie, be sure to check guidelines for the fridge life of your favorite Thanksgiving eats.Here's how long your leftovers will last in the fridge, freezer or both, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:TurkeyLasts four days in the fridge. Four months in freezer for best quality -- after four months it can dry out and lose flavor.How to store turkey: Cut leftover turkey into small pieces and store separately in small containers.GravyUp to four days in fridge. Up to...
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