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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 12-0, with one recusal, to recommend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for people aged 18 and older. Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People With A BMI Over 30 Now Qualify For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Some States

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Hofstra University student Divya Singh found herself beset by a double whammy of bills from two of the costliest kinds of institutions in America — colleges and hospitals. After experiencing anxiety when her family had trouble coming up with the money for her tuition, she sought counseling and ended up with a weeklong stay in a psychiatric hospital — and a resulting $3,413 bill. Jackie Molloy for KHN hide caption

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College Tuition Sparked A Mental Health Crisis. Then The Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived

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One Medical Faces Accusations Of Giving COVID-19 Vaccines To Ineligible People

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine May Soon Be Available In The U.S.

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Xavier Becerra, President Biden's nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, contended with critics of abortion rights on the first day of his confirmation hearings Tuesday. Sarah Silbiger/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky likens the call she got from the Biden team, asking her to lead the CDC amid a pandemic, to a hospital alarm that goes off when a patient's heart has stopped. "I got called during a code," she says. "And when you get called during a code, your job is to be there to help." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Biden's Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data To Save Lives

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Vitamin C Apparently Not Useful For Sepsis After All

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What Does The 'War' Over Obamacare Reveal About Our Governing Bodies?

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At a Kedren Community Health Center vaccine clinic in South Central Los Angeles this month, 89-year-old Cecilia Onwytalu (center) signals she's more than ready to get her immunization against COVID-19. Apu Gomes/Getty Images hide caption

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Race Versus Time: Targeting Vaccine To The Most Vulnerable Is No Speedy Task

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On Jan. 19, the incoming Biden administration hosted memorial to lives lost to COVID-19 at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Since then another 100,000 Americans have died. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Jodee Pineau-Chaisson sits in her office in Springfield, Mass., on Jan. 12. Pineau-Chaisson, a social worker, contracted the coronavirus last May and continues to have symptoms even months after testing negative for the virus. Meredith Nierman/GBH News hide caption

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When Does COVID-19 Become A Disability? 'Long-Haulers' Push For Answers And Benefits

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Amelia Hunt (left), principal of Stevens Early Learning Center in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Craig DeWolfe, a hospitalist at Children's National. Lulu Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Guards, Generosity, Patience: A Volunteer Effort To Vaccinate Public School Workers

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Dr. Daria Osipchuk prepares to intubate a young man in severe respiratory distress from COVID-19. Scott Kobner/Los Angeles County Department of Health Services hide caption

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'The Essence Of Truth': A Doctor's Photos Document The COVID-19 Crisis In The ER

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Texas Hospital Administrator On How Her Facilities Are Handling Water Supply Issues

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