Maryland Reporter: Ferguson blasts pace of Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan

Senate President Bill Ferguson
Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough (R-Frederick and Carroll) defended the administration’s vaccine rollout plan, saying supply is the main problem and that he expects that to improve once vaccines are made more readily available at local pharmacies throughout the state.
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Baltimore Sun: What Brandon Scott faces as Baltimore’s next mayor: a pandemic, budget woes and crime-weary residents hoping for change

Baltimore City Hall
Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said he is eager for Scott to work closely with the police commissioner to reduce violent crime.
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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield extends COVID-19 member benefits through 2020, encourages vaccinations

CareFirst
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced it will be extending benefits for fully insured members put in place during the public health emergency to ensure the health and safety of the members and communities it serves.
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COVID-19 vaccine trial begins at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

COVID-19
UMSOM researchers are targeting people who have increased risk of exposure because of location or circumstance to see whether the vaccine protects them.
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The Daily Record: Kaiser Permanente awards $895K to improve community health

The 15 grants support programs that improve health and well-being throughout the region.
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University Of Maryland School Of Nursing faculty members awarded more than $5.4 Million in funding from National Institutes Of Health

The NEAT Study seeks to understand the transition from acute to chronic lower-back pain, which will enable researchers to identify biomarkers early in the transition period and to provide new therapeutic targets (e.g., newly identified signaling receptors that could be blocked in the central nervous system) at critical windows of...
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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield establishes $5 Million Personal Protective Equipment initiative for Coronavirus relief

CareFirst
During the first wave of the initiative, close to 200 healthcare and social service organizations will be invited to receive CareFirst’s PPE.
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TDR: Classic Catering, United Way of Central Md. partner to form Classic Cares initiative

Classic Catering is offering dinner packages for two, three or four people for $120, which will also pay for six donated meals for Morrell Park residents.
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