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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has helped the U.S. through other crises like the Zika outbreak, is now taking on health misinformation around COVID-19, which he says continues to jeopardize the country's efforts to beat back the virus. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Surgeon General Is Calling COVID-19 Misinformation An 'Urgent Threat'

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Vivek Murthy testifies at his Senate confirmation hearing to be surgeon general on Feb. 25. Murthy tells NPR there's more work to do in convincing people, especially in rural communities, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Caroline Brehman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Local 'Trusted Messengers' Key To Boosting COVID Vaccinations, Surgeon General Says

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Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Dr. Vivek Murthy Harper Wave hide caption

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In 'Together,' Former Surgeon General Writes About Importance Of Human Connection

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More than a year after he was nominated, Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed as the next surgeon general Monday. Back in February, Murthy testified about his nomination before a Senate panel. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

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