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Hollywood Lobbyists Oppose Proposal to Share Vaccine Technology

Many industries across the U.S. have expressed alarm over the proposed waiver, which was put forth by a coalition of over 100 countries, led by India and South Africa, and would waive intellectual property rules in order to boost production of vaccines, medical products, and research toward ending the Covid-19 pandemic.

This might seem irrelevant to Hollywood, major publishing companies, and the music industry, but recently released disclosures show that these sectors have mobilized lobbyists to raise concerns with the waiver proposal.

The Motion Picture Association, which represents major movie and television studios, deployed five lobbyists to influence Congress and

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Data Dashboard Ranks COVID-19 Vaccine Access Website Accessibility

By Sara Heath

– A new tool from the Johns Hopkins Disability Research Center ranks states for how accessible their COVID-19 vaccine signup websites are, helping to broadcast improvements needed in the vaccine access process.

The dashboard, developed alongside the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, initially sought to track how people with disabilities had been prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine. The tool would help individuals with certain disabilities or conditions understand when they could access the COVID-19 based on their state’s eligibility criteria.

Although every state has now opened up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

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Vaccine makers say IP waiver could hand technology to China and Russia

Vaccine makers have warned US officials that temporarily scrapping patents for Covid-19 shots would risk handing novel technology to China and Russia, according to people familiar with the talks. 

As industry lobbying has escalated in Washington, companies have warned in private meetings with US trade and White House officials that giving up the intellectual property rights could allow China and Russia to exploit platforms such as mRNA, which could be used for other vaccines or even therapeutics for conditions such as cancer and heart problems in the future.

J&J, Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax did not respond to requests for comment. 

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State’s ‘MyTurn’ Website Bypassed for Most Vaccine Appointments | Lost Coast Outpost

Alyssa Jenkins uses the state’s MyTurn website to try to book a vaccination appointment for someone on April 19, 2021. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters

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For months, Alyssa Jenkins logged countless hours on MyTurn, California’s COVID vaccine registration site as she searched for precious appointment slots for her fellow teachers.

“I’d become obsessed,” said Jenkins, who teaches high school English in Pacifica. “I was living in the system.”

When MyTurn debuted in mid-January, it was supposed to be a one-stop shop, a place where every Californian could register to be notified when they became eligible for the COVID

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Why Less Tech is Best for Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

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I have been reluctant to write about whether and how Americans might provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus. It’s a political, cultural, ethical and legal minefield. Technology is not the point at all.

But if some workplaces, schools, public gathering spots and travel companies start requiring a “vaccine passport,” it makes sense for them to do so in ways that preserve people’s privacy, are simple to use, win people’s trust and don’t cost a fortune.

Let me tell you

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Health district COVID-19 vaccine clinics missing from appointment website despite switch to open eligibility | News

As promised, COVID-19 vaccination appointments opened to all Virginians age 16 and older on Sunday. But as health district officials warned, getting an appointment still isn’t easy.

Accessing COVID-19 vaccine continues to be a challenge in Prince William County and most of Northern Virginia for several reasons but primarily because demand is still outpacing supply. 

But the switch to open eligibility on Sunday, April 18, also revealed other challenges in Prince William County, including that appointments were not made available at local health-district-run vaccination clinics through the Vaccine Finder website as of Sunday morning.

According to Virginia Department of Health

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