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Nearly all new COVID-related deaths in the U.S. are in people who haven’t been vaccinated, as only 0.8% of deaths in May were among fully vaccinated individuals. (AP)
As of 8 a.m. EDT today, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 33,591,369 cases and 603,181 deaths, increases of 12,550 and 343, respectively, since this time a day ago.
Why is Texas mysteriously missing from the new CDC dataset of county vaccinations? (Houston Chronicle)
Three large Massachusetts hospital systems — Mass General Brigham, Beth Israel Lahey Health, and Wellforce — will require all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. (NBC Boston)
Could a simple blood test to test vaccine efficacy bypass the need for clinical trials? Oxford University researchers are suggesting yes in a new pre-print. (Reuters)
The CDC is extending the ban on evictions for another month, now set to expire at the end of July.
In 2020, U.S. life expectancy fell by more than a full year — from 78.7 years to 77.4 years — and fell even more for Latino and Black populations. (JAMA Network Open)
A former administrative officer of the KUMC Occupational Therapy Education Department was sentenced to 2 years in prison after embezzling over $500,000 from his employer, the Department of Justice announced.
Former President Trump’s then chief of staff Mark Meadows said he feared Trump wouldn’t make it out of Walter Reed during his battle with COVID-19 last year, which was apparently far worse than the White House let on. (Washington Post)
In a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), New Yorkers will now be able to list their sex as male, female, or X on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. (ABC News)
Vulnerable populations like the elderly will likely need a yearly booster to protect against new COVID variants, according to a new document from the World Health Organization. (Reuters)
After seeing a huge surge in cases over the past few weeks, Uganda is facing a critical oxygen shortage. (NPR)
A new study suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may have emerged from China as early as October 2019, but most likely in mid November. (Reuters)
Ohio is giving up on financial incentives to boost vaccinations rates, as more than half of the state remains unvaccinated. (NBC News)
Eli Lilly announced that its investigational antibody therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, donanemab, received FDA breakthrough therapy designation.
Blink-182 lead singer Mark Hoppus revealed he’s been undergoing chemotherapy for an undisclosed form of cancer for the past 3 months. (CNN)
Kicking off it’s “Food Farmacy” program, St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse is doling out free healthy food to patients with diabetes who otherwise can’t afford it. (syracuse.com)