News to Know (12-18-20)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn says the agency will work rapidly to approve emergency use of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. That’s after an advisory panel of doctors and scientists voted Thursday to recommend approval of the vaccine. It would join Pfizer’s vaccine in the nation’s war against covid-19.

JOPLIN, Mo. – More than a hundred additional Joplin healthcare workers are vaccinated against covid-19. Mercy hospital vaccinated around 150 more employees on Thursday. But it’s been a long road to make that happen. Officials say they had been in contact with the state for several weeks about plans, and had to rent an ultra-cold freezer to store the vaccines. Now, they’re focusing on employees who are the most at risk of getting the virus.

MIAMI, Okla. – Integris Hospital in Grove and Miami, Oklahoma received some of the first doses of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine in Oklahoma. Some physicians and staff members at the hospital received the vaccine on Thursday. In a news release, Integris officials said employees were eager to instill trust that the vaccine is safe for the public.

NEVADA, Mo. – Nevada, Missouri’s Cottey College is one of 28 Missouri Universities, using a new type of covid-19 test. Over the last month the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development has been shipping thousands of test kits to colleges throughout the state. The Binax-Now test is a rapid response test that let users know almost immediately, whether they’ve contracted the coronavirus.

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