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These are Biden’s first big COVID-19 executive orders

These are Biden’s first big COVID-19 executive orders

On January 21, 2021, newly inaugurated President Biden signed 10 executive order and "other directives" relating to COVID-19. A White House "Fact Sheet" was sent to the press outlining these 10 executive orders and other directives - and today we're taking a brief look at what it all means.

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Smart tech from CES to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Smart tech from CES to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Before the start of the all-virtual CES 2021, we detailed the notable trends to look out for at the mega consumer tech event. We had mentioned then that the event will be overly dominated by technology to fight the coronavirus pandemic we are living with for over a year now. During the CES thus, there were a plethora of technologies focused on ways to protect people from the COVID-19 using tech-infused masks, germ-killing air purifiers, wearable sensors to check for vitals, and touchless home essentials to mention a few.

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Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

A Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) was created for the near future in which COVID-19 vaccination checks are imperative. The VCI is a coalition of public and private partners that include Evernorth, Mitre, SAFE, SalesForce, Change Healthcare, CARIN, The Commons Project, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Oracle, and Microsoft. Cards will allow individuals to access and display their vaccination records "based on open, inoperable standards."

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Razer Project Hazel is the smart mask ideal

Razer Project Hazel is the smart mask ideal

Razer is notorious for awesome conceptual works of industrial design made specifically for presentation at CES. While some of these projects have elements that make their way to finalized, market-ready products, some of the most outlandish projects never quite make the cut. With Razer Project Hazel, the times in which we live might well dictate the necessity for a final product.

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FDA issues dire COVID-19 vaccine warning – Don’t delay, skip or mix doses

FDA issues dire COVID-19 vaccine warning – Don’t delay, skip or mix doses

The US FDA has warned that skipping the second COVID-19 vaccination, mixing drugs, delaying when patients get the second dose, or generally straying from the current immunization guidance could "run a significant risk of placing public health at risk." The alert comes amid reports that some areas are considering delaying the second of the two doses required for coronavirus vaccination, or mixing together supplies from different pharma companies such as Pfizer and Moderna, to maximize how many people can be immunized.

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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine estimate increases but US roll-out struggles

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine estimate increases but US roll-out struggles

Moderna has increased its COVID-19 vaccine production estimate, with the pharma company expecting a significantly higher number of doses to be ready in 2021. The news comes amid reports of unforeseen issues actually deploying coronavirus vaccines in the US, with the number of injections falling behind a rate experts believe is necessary and some states taking heavy-handed measures to force compliance.

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US hits COVID-19 milestone but experts fear holiday travel surge

US hits COVID-19 milestone but experts fear holiday travel surge

More than 1 million people in the US have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC has confirmed, though there are rising concerns that surging cases across the country will still outpace treatment. As of December 23, total coronavirus cases in the US had exceeded 18 million, with the virus now blamed for more than 321,000 deaths. More than 1.5 million new cases were recorded in the last 7 days.

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SprayCare Band is a hand sanitizer blaster

SprayCare Band is a hand sanitizer blaster

Spider-Man invented a wrist-based blaster of webbing for those times when the webbing isn't part of the whole radioactive spider setup. Now, thanks to the folks behind the SprayCare Band, you can basically have that tool, but with hand sanitizer instead of webbing. You definitely should NOT use this thing to spray fellow humans in their faces.

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Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

After weeks of buildup from the moment of announcement, Apple Fitness+ was released for several Apple device platforms. This includes iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. The Apple Fitness+ program is included in the Apple One Premier plan alongside Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage.

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FDA says Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorization likely: What happens next

FDA says Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorization likely: What happens next

The US FDA plans to grant Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization, the agency has confirmed today, in a move that could see deployment of the drug as early as next week. BNT162b2, the mRNA vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company this year amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic, received the blessing of the FDA's vaccine committee yesterday.

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At-home COVID-19 test gets 1st FDA authorization for over-counter sales

At-home COVID-19 test gets 1st FDA authorization for over-counter sales

The first direct-to-consumer COVID-19 testing system has been authorized by the US FDA, paving the way to easier and more widespread diagnostics that don't require a doctor's prescription. The hope is that the LabCorp test will soon be available over-the-counter, in addition to existing availability online.

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces FDA panel today – Here’s what happens next

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces FDA panel today – Here’s what happens next

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine goes under the microscope today, with the FDA's vaccine advisory committee meeting to discuss whether it should recommend approving the drug for emergency use authorization. It's a significant milestone in the search to slow the coronavirus pandemic, though even if the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) gives Pfizer and BioNTech's BNT162b2 the green light, that doesn't mean it'll automatically be pushed out to hospitals and healthcare providers.

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