Can we pay people to get them to take the coronavirus vaccine? Here’s why it might not work

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There’s a growing moment to tie a government stimulus to vaccine rollout. These health law professors argue it’s not feasible and might exacerbate vaccine mistrust. The first COVID-19 vaccine to gain emergency use authorization in the U.S. could roll out within days, as Pfizer and BioNTech’s candidate was endorsed by an external advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration on December 10. Two days earlier, an internal FDA panel endorsed the vaccine. These were the last required steps before the FDA authorizes the vaccine, which will soon be administered to healthcare workers across the country. Read Full Story

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Hand sanitizer is being packaged like kids’ candy—and big companies are profiting from it

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The FDA has warnings about hand sanitizer that looks like food. We had no idea how egregious the problem was until we looked for ourselves. Under no circumstances should you ever drink hand sanitizer. You’d think that’s a given, and yet, hand sanitizer companies have been packaging their product in containers that imply it’s food and using all sorts of cartoon branding to attract children. Read Full Story

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How U.S. schools proved Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was safe

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In 1954, 1.3 million kids participated in a nationwide test that helped end one of the 20th century’s scariest threats. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines last December—a year after the coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China—it was a dramatic piece of good news after one of the most disruptive years the country has ever experienced. Read Full Story

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