Health Care

No need to start again on Missouri prison health contract, state tells judge as trial begins

BY: - November 3, 2021

The company fighting in court to hold onto Missouri’s prison health care contract targets “puffery” language of little meaning to show a competitor misled the state, an assistant attorney general said Wednesday as a trial began in Jefferson City. Corizon Health, which has held the contract since 1992, zeroed in on statements about the stability […]

Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to states after FDA gives green light

BY: - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, a step that means kid-sized doses can begin shipping to health care providers across the country.  Vials of the two-shot vaccine will be headed to pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers, so […]

As EPA cracks down on ‘forever chemicals,’ Missouri to start testing drinking water

BY: - October 29, 2021

Missouri could start testing small drinking water systems for harmful “forever chemicals” by the end of the year as the federal government ramps up its own regulatory efforts.  Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Susan Bloomer said the agency would start sampling drinking water systems serving fewer than 3,300 under a grant from EPA and […]

Steve Edwards and Robin Trotman, CoxHealth

‘Soooo frustrating:’ Infighting, bad predictions hindered Missouri response to Delta

BY: and - October 28, 2021

Dr. Robin Trotman had an inkling his Springfield hospital system was experiencing a harbinger of what was to come. It was late June, and CoxHealth was seeing an influx of COVID-19 patients who had already been vaccinated, as the highly contagious Delta variant spread unchecked through the region. Trotman, an infectious disease specialist at CoxHealth, […]

Report: COVID cases, deaths at packing plants were triple previous counts

BY: - October 28, 2021

The numbers of meatpacking workers infected and killed by the coronavirus are much higher than previously known, a congressional review has found. More than 59,000 workers of the country’s five largest meatpackers were infected, and about 270 died, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that was made public […]

FDA panel recommends authorizing Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food & Drug Administration panel, with 17 […]

Two yellow school buses are show in bright sunshine outside a two-story brick school building in Columbia, Missouri.

Missouri School Boards’ Association withdraws from national org over letter to Biden

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Missouri School Boards’ Association withdrew from its parent organization last week over a letter the national organization sent calling for federal intervention to address acts of “domestic terrorism” at hostile school board meetings nationwide. Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) members were informed of the decision in a letter sent Monday afternoon. The group’s executive […]

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

BY: - October 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. That multistep approval process kicks off Tuesday, when the Food & Drug Administration’s panel of vaccine experts will vote on […]

A man sitting at a sewing machine is shown holding a white cloth mask with a black border that he has almost finished.

Study: Higher COVID rates seen in Missouri counties housing large prison populations

BY: - October 25, 2021

Since the Delta variant of the coronavirus took hold at the beginning of June, almost a quarter million Missourians have tested positive for COVID-19. In Missouri’s 22 prisons, the Delta surge had very different impacts, depending on whether the facility receives new inmates directly from county jails. Four do, and saw additional cases in numbers […]

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J OK’d along with ‘mix and match’ shots

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for a second […]

At home in Scranton, Joe Biden pitches his sprawling domestic agenda

BY: - October 21, 2021

SCRANTON, Pa. — President Joe Biden took the stage Wednesday in his childhood hometown surrounded by images of America’s infrastructure. A retired Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority railcar sitting to his far right offered an example of how neglected the country’s infrastructure has been. Its letters were barely visible. The door’s paint was scuffed and faded. […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital.

Feds OK ‘mix-and-match’ approach for COVID-19 booster shots

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to state […]