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Unlike his predecessor, President Biden is embracing a more centralized strategy for managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

On January 21, his first full day in office, President Joe Biden will unveil his administration's playbook for ending the COVID-19 crisis. The 21-page national strategy houses seven broad goals, starting with regaining the public trust through regular briefings with CDC and other government scientists and public sharing of data.

New CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, is ready to tackle America's COVID-19 crisis, even as a highly contagious mutation of the virus looms over the nation. One of her top priorities, she said in an interview, is to dispel public skepticism over the vaccines.

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday promised the American people a strong offensive against the coronavirus pandemic, even as he warned that "things will get worse before they get better." To significantly expand vaccine access, he plans to give pharmacies greater reach, build mobile clinics targeting underserved communities, and encourage states t

According to a recent study by the International Patterns of Opioid Prescribing Workgroup, patients in the United States are prescribed disproportionally higher amounts of opioids after surgery compared with patients in other countries. The study authors, led by Haytham M.A. Kaafarani, MD, and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, wanted to assess the relationship between perceived pain severity and the amount of opioids prescribed to surgery patients at discharge.

Managing and preventing cluster headaches is a common issue for many patients. A study published in the January 2021 issue of the Lancet Neurology showed that oral prednisone is an effective short-term preventive therapy for patients with episodic cluster headache before preventive medication, such as verapamil, becomes effective.

Former FDA commissioner David Kessler, MD, will help lead the government's COVID-19 vaccination and treatment initiative under the incoming Biden administration. The scope of his role at Operation Warp Speed will include manufacturing, distribution, and the safety and efficacy of vaccines and treatments.

While the nation's supply of COVID-19 vaccine is limited, hospitals and pharmacies sometimes are left with a surplus when people miss immunization appointments, freezers malfunction, or vials contain more doses than normal.

In an effort to accelerate the nation's COVID-19 immunization rollout as infections and deaths rise, the Trump administration wants to start vaccinating all Americans aged 65 years and older right away. Officials also want to immediately target tens of millions of high-risk adults with underlying medical comorbidities.

A new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), examines so-called pharmacy deserts in the state—Los Angeles County, specifically.