NOVEMBER 26, 2020
DPH provides update on COVID-19 in Georgia
DPH News Release
The Georgia Department of Public Health is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia. READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp stands pat as White House, experts urge action to combat virus’ surge
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force this week warned Georgia is “in the early stages of full resurgence” of the virus and urged state leaders to take aggressive new steps to mitigate spread of the epidemic. | READ MORE
Top 10 stories from the November 2020 AMA Special Meeting
AMA Wire
Nearly 700 physicians, residents and medical students gathered for the November 2020 AMA Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) to consider a wide array of proposals to help fulfill the AMA's core mission of promoting medicine and improving public health. | READ MORE
U.S. officials plan to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in first distribution
U.S. officials said on Tuesday they plan to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide in an initial distribution after the first one is cleared by regulators for emergency use. | READ MORE
Pfizer, BioNTech seek emergency use of COVID-19 shots in U.S.
Associated Press
Pfizer formally asked U.S. regulators Friday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic – but not until after a long, hard winter. | READ MORE
3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper
Associated Press
Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. | READ MORE
Questions and answers on COVID vaccines
Georgia Health News
Dr. Ed Ades works with consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton on its health team. [He] was with the CDC for more than 30 years, leading development and implementation of successful projects and programs in infectious disease prevention. Ades answers questions about COVID-19 vaccine development for Georgia Health News. | READ MORE
FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received
Associated Press
U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month. | READ MORE
CMS announces historic changes to physician self-referral regulations
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized changes to outdated federal regulations that have burdened health care providers with added administrative costs and impeded the health care system’s move toward value-based reimbursement. | READ MORE
Georgia gets another ‘F’ on preterm births
Georgia Health News
The 2020 March of Dimes Report Card, released this week, said the state’s rate of preterm births, often called premature births, climbed to 11.7 percent in 2019, continuing a steady climb from a bottom of 10.7 percent in 2013. | READ MORE
Georgia medical cannabis commission looking for growers, manufacturers
Gwinnett Daily Post
The state panel in charge of Georgia’s medical marijuana program is opening the search for businesses interested in growing the leaf crop and converting it into cannabis oil. | READ MORE
Georgia Cancer Center offers skin cancer screenings through mobile device
Augusta Chronicle
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with 108,420 cases expected in the U.S. in 2020 and 11,480 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.  | READ MORE
Henry County Commission Chair-elect Carlotta Harrell announces transition team (which includes MAG Corporate Relations Director Ryan Larosa)
Henry Herald
Incoming Henry County Commission Chair Carlotta Harrell has named a 30-person transition team to help guide the new administration as she prepares to take office on December 16. | READ MORE
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