Pharma News for February 1, 2021

The Biden administration will increase the amount of Covid-19 vaccine doses shipped out to states by 5% which will provide 10.5 million doses over the next three weeks. They are also beginning a plan to provide doses to local pharmacies, beginning February 11, to make it easier for people to get the vaccine. (CNBC)

Now that people are getting vaccinated, which is obviously great news, there is a new trend that people have to be careful about, posting their vaccine confirmation cards on social media. People have been doing this as a form of celebration and to try and motivate others to get vaccinated but by making these posts, identity thieves are stealing information and making copies of the cards to fool people and potentially bypass any safety protocols that require people to be vaccinated, such as air travel. (CNBC)

A program that few people know about has been activated to help with dispensing the vaccine for Covid-19. Called the Medical Reserve Corps, it’s a group of medical volunteers that was after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. Its sole purpose is to provide extra medically trained personnel to assist in national medical emergencies. (NPR)

Many people have been touting the turn to virtual life during the pandemic, especially regarding the switch that many people have been able to make in regard to working remotely. There are, however, some people who don’t think that the move to virtual meetings is going as smoothly as it should or could and that group are doctors. Regardless of how it’s spun in commercials or even articles, there is a significant number of MDs that feel that Pharma companies, as a group, have not been that helpful or responsive to the new reality that many doctors face. (Fiercepharma)