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The News Minute

Cris

20 August 2021

Wayanad, Kerala, India

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Wayanad is the first district in Kerala to have vaccinated the entire adult population with at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Rather than waiting for people to make appointments, officials went door-to-door providing all...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

20 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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When courthouses and in-person government meetings shut down because of COVID-19, officials satisfied Kansas’ open meeting mandate by using pandemic relief aid to equip buildings with the technology needed to live str...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

11 May 2021

Australia

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Strict and early knockdowns and consistent public health messaging have helped Australia effectively eliminate Covid-19. Now, the country and its residents have largely returned to business as usual, despite many citi...

El Paso Matters

Molly Smith

13 April 2021

El Paso, Texas, United States

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Texan cities, like McAllen and El Paso, are bridging the digital divide for students and building infrastructure to connect whole communities. In El Paso, the city used $150,000 of the $84 million it received in feder...

Noozhawk

Brooke Holland

27 March 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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In Santa Barbara County, county officials have used findings from the Latinx & Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 Response Task Force to inform the placement of testing pop-up locations during the pandemic. Most recently, th...

KUOW

Mike Baker

Bill Radke

16 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Despite a tumultuous start to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle area has one of the lowest per capita death rates of any metro area in the United States. Because of actions taken early on by government officials and ...

New York Magazine

David Wallace-Wells

15 March 2021

United States

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Although no universal set of policies were likely to have prevented the spread of Covid-19, the general inaction and lax interventions by countries in the western hemisphere prevented Europe, North America, and South ...

The New York Times

Mike Baker

11 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Covid-19 cases began to be reported in Washington state, the state government – at the suggestion of local health officials – enacted some of the most stringent restrictions in the nation. Although these actions ...

The New York Times

Simon Romero

1 March 2021

Gila County, Arizona, United States

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In Gila County, Arizona, everyone is now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine after the county successfully distributed it to those who were in the priority target groups. The success of early distributions can be...

MPR News

Dan Gunderson

19 February 2021

White Earth Reservation, Minnesota, United States

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A partnership between the White Earth Nation and Mahnomen County in Minnesota has been a key factor in the above-average vaccination rates in the county. Because the county is located within the borders of the White E...

Spotlight PA

Charlotte Keith

15 February 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's coronavirus rent relief program rolled out during the first few months of the pandemic, it failed to help many due to strict deadlines, poor information management, a payment cap, and overall proce...

The Seattle Times

Evan Bush

Mike Reicher

14 February 2021

Washington, United States

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Because Washington state health officials failed to prioritize the planning of basic logistics for disseminating the COVID vaccine, the state quickly fell behind others in vaccinating the most vulnerable and at risk. ...

The Atlantic

Madeline Drexler

10 February 2021

Bhutan

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Despite being a small and historically underresourced nation, Bhutan has managed to contain the spread of the coronavirus and avoid all but one death from the virus during the entire duration of the pandemic thus far....

FreshWater Cleveland

Conor Morris

3 February 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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During 2020, the city of Cleveland reduced the rate of people experiencing homelessness by 30% due to provisions put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Using eviction moratoriums for those at ris...

Stateline

Elaine S. Povich

2 February 2021

Alaska, United States

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Only a few states in the U.S. have had a successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but the ones that did relied on similar tactics: a centralized operation, local collaborations, and an early reliance on the National Guard...

The New York Times

The New York Times Editorial Board

1 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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New York’s vaccination effort has largely left out Black and Latino people due at least in part to the decision to use an online-based system for booking appointments. With the data to back this observation up, the go...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

1 February 2021

Sydney, Australia

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Australia's aggressive and strict protocols surrounding COVID-19 have helped the country to return to normalcy and avoid high death tolls and transmission rates, especially compared to the U.S. and Europe. Although th...

Slate

Neil Richards

29 January 2021

South Korea

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Having learned from a failed response to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), the South Korea government and health officials enacted a proactive and effective strategy to contain the spread of 'Covid-...

WCHS-TV

Jenifer McAndrews

28 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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West Virginia relied on strategic partnerships, collaboration, and efficient use of medicine to successfully outpace every other state in the U.S. in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Rather than turning to nationally-ru...

Kaiser Health News

Markian Hawryluk

25 January 2021

Colorado, United States

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A small cohort of states have eased restrictions and eliminated beauracratic barriers for foreign-trained doctors to practice medicine in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic as a means of better staffing hospital...

The New York Times

Sarah Mervosh

24 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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Prior to the COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out to states, West Virginia preemptively opted out of the federal distribution plan that relied on CVS and Walgreens and instead partnered local pharmacies with long-te...

Flint Beat

Carmen Nesbitt

17 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials in Flint, Michigan began tracking the demographics of those who were testing positive for the virus in order to better align the county's public health...

The Irish Times

Naomi O’Leary

13 January 2021

Denmark

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Denmark public health workers have been able to distribute nearly their entire supply of the COVID-19 vaccine thanks in part to early preparation tactics and "a capable health system." Although the country had to proc...

NPR

Nat Herz

11 January 2021

Alaska, United States

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Alaska has achieved one of the highest vaccination rates in the country due to prioritizing access to the vaccine for rural and Indigenous residents. Using a myriad of transportation efforts – including a fleet of cha...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

11 January 2021

Israel

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Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have each "vaccinated a higher proportion of their populations than the rest of the world" due to strategies that included early approval of the vaccine, centralized and d...

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