German would-be govt stops short of vaccine obligation for care homes

FILE PHOTO: A patient suffering from COVID-19 receives treatment at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the “Klinikum Darmstadt” clinic in Darmstadt, Germany, May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachBERLIN (Reuters) – The parties holding talks on forming Germany’s next government have agreed to tighten care home’s protection from…

Racial Disparities in Kids’ Vaccinations Are Hard to Track

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The rollout of COVID-19 shots for elementary-age children has exposed another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community…

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Severity Increased During COVID-19

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol-related liver disease has increased in severity, a finding that is likely related to higher consumption of alcohol and reduced care. The difference was notable in higher Model for End-Stage Liver Disease–sodium (MELD-Na) scores, more signs of hepatic decompensation, and higher mortality rates….

California Prepares for Possible Winter Pandemic Surge

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has begun positioning equipment and locking in contracts with temporary health care workers in preparation for another possible winter surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. The most populous…

France’s Macron Extends Booster Shots

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that booster shots for the COVID vaccine will be extended to those aged 50 and over from early December, and that the booster would become a requirement for health passes to remain valid. The third shot is so far available…

Schools Take Lead Role in Promoting Vaccines for Youngsters

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. With the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, many elementary schools around the U.S. are preparing to offer the shots, which educators see as key to keeping students learning in person and making the…