Norway raises concern of COVID-19 vaccine on frail elderly

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  • Norwegian health officials have changed their advice on who gets a COVID-19 vaccine after more than 25 elderly people with underlying health conditions died.
  • According to the agency, “all deaths” are linked to the Pfizer vaccine, which was the only one available in the country until Friday.
  • However, Norwegian officials maintain they are not alarmed and have advised individual doctors to decide who should receive a vaccine.
  • Pfizer said they are investigating the deaths but added that “the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations.”
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Why Clover Health Chose a SPAC, Not an IPO, to Go Public

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Clover began trading on Jan. 8.

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When going public is a company’s ultimate goal, the method of doing so isn’t the most important factor.

Consider Clover Health Investments, which provides Medicare Advantage health plans to 57,000 members. The six-year old start-up began the process of going public over the summer, preparing for two scenarios: a traditional initial public offering and a merger with a blank-check company, according to a spokeswoman.

In October, Clover was far down the road with a traditional IPO and had made a number of filings with the Securities

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Portugal’s health system on brink of collapse as COVID-19 cases surge

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LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s public health system is on the verge of collapsing as hospitals in the areas worst-affected by a worrying surge in coronavirus cases are quickly running out of intensive care beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

“Our health system is under a situation of extreme pressure,” Health Minister Marta Temido told reporters on Sunday afternoon after a visit to a struggling hospital. “There is a limit and we are very close to it.”

The health system, which prior to the pandemic had the lowest number of critical care beds per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe, can accommodate a maximum

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Brazil’s health agency approves the use of two vaccines

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s health regulator on Sunday approved the urgent use of coronavirus vaccines made by Sinovac and AstraZeneca, enabling Latin America’s largest nation to begin an immunization program that’s been subject to delay and political disputes.

Brazil currently has 6 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine ready to distribute in the next few days and is awaiting the arrival of 2 million doses of the vaccine made by AstraZeneca and partner Oxford University.

“This is good news for Brazil, but 6 million doses are still very few. It will not allow the entire population at risk

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Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach

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Tucked into President-elect Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is a one-sentence provision that could drive billions in federal subsidies to help people afford to buy health insurance.

The proposal would do two things: make upper-middle-income Americans newly eligible for premium subsidies on Obamacare marketplaces, and increase the financial help that already goes to lower-income enrollees. Taken together, some experts expect these changes to drive more sign-ups for plans after they fell in the Trump era.

Democrats have spent much of the last two years pressing for these policies, outlining ideas in candidate platforms and fine-tuning them in congressional legislation.

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