vaccines

‘The Human Psyche Was Not Built For This’
How Republicans in Montana hijacked public health and brought a hospital to the brink
How Polio Crept Back Into The U.S.
U.S. public health agencies generally don’t test wastewater for signs of polio. That may have given the virus time to circulate silently before it paralyzed a New York man.
Where Things Stand: Biden Deploys The Military To Fight COVID As SCOTUS Helps Pandemic Linger
This is your TPM evening briefing.

The White House’s latest COVID-19 mitigation efforts are a contrast to the Supreme Court’s ruling today.

President Biden announced Thursday that his administration would double its previous promise to hand out free at-home COVID-19 tests, with plans to send out one billion to Americans’ homes. Along with that, the Biden administration will distribute N95 masks to the public as the country faces an unprecedented spike in COVID infections.

Biden is also deploying more military personnel to hospitals. Speaking from the White House the President said that next week he will send 1,000 military medics to hospitals across the country that have become overrun with patients dangerously sick with the coronavirus. The spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant has left the nation’s hospitals overburdened and short-staffed in recent weeks.

Biden didn’t mince his words in his address announcing the drastic moves.

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Where Things Stand: Three Pieces Of Good News In An Utterly Trash Time Prime Badge
This is your TPM evening briefing.

The last few weeks have been abnormally bleak and bizarre, even for pandemic times. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) put a bushel over Democrats’ hopes of legislating this year. Kyle Rittenhouse was celebrated as a hero at a conservative youth conference in Arizona. More and more Democrats are bending to the impending-consequences of partisan gerrymandering and retiring ahead of the Midterms. Omicron is very literally everywhere (including inside this writer’s lungs ?).

But today we were struck by a smattering of relatively positive (?) news developments. We’ll take what we can get.

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How Many Lives Have Coronavirus Vaccines Saved? We Used State Data On Deaths And Vaccination Rates To Find Out
Clinical trials demonstrate how effective vaccines are individually, but the real world shows how effective they are at a population level.
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