Michigan, other states struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

BY: and - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the hundreds of pages of plans that state officials sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front […]

Officials: COVID-19 hospitalizations have shot up 80% in recent weeks

BY: - October 13, 2020

State and local public health officials expressed concern Tuesday about how COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are beginning to rise in Michigan during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. Hospitalizations have gone up 80% in recent weeks, officials warned.  At the briefing, officials pleaded that Michiganders continue taking precautions to prevent a potential second wave of the […]


Susan J. Demas: Deep down, we all know COVID-19 won’t disappear after there’s a vaccine

BY: - August 17, 2020

Last week, I spent several days hiking the Appalachian Trail with my family, after our pre-pandemic plans to fly cross-country and get lost in Yosemite (which my children never struggled to pronounce, even in elementary school), obviously didn’t seem like a wise idea as cases continue to spike. I’ve been hiking the trail for over […]

Doctors’ group says GOP lawmaker contracting COVID-19 is a wake-up call to wear masks in the Capitol

BY: - August 7, 2020

State Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), one of most vocal Republicans to rally against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to contain COVID-19, became on Sunday Michigan’s first GOP lawmaker to test positive for the disease. “Of course we must take appropriate precautions to stay safe,” said Barrett on April 9 after Whitmer extended her stay-home order when […]

‘No, ma’am’: Some drugmakers won’t promise to offer COVID-19 vaccine at cost

BY: - July 22, 2020

Leaders of companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they think […]

Michigan made some progress on vaccinations. But COVID-19 is getting in the way.

BY: - July 20, 2020

Immunization rates for Michigan toddlers fell over the last two years after reaching a peak in 2017, with numbers declining further during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A new interactive report from the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) and Data Driven Detroit shows overall statewide vaccination rates have increased since 2008. But a downturn over the […]


Column: A majority of vaccine skeptics plan to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. That could be a big problem.

BY: and - May 27, 2020

The availability of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus will likely play a key role in determining when Americans can return to life as usual. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on April 30 announced that a vaccine could even be available by January 2021. Whether a vaccine […]

Whistleblower: U.S. needs coordinated national testing strategy, vaccine plan

BY: - May 15, 2020

Dr. Rick Bright, the federal scientist who blew the whistle on the President Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday warned Capitol Hill policymakers about how the “window of opportunity is closing” on coordinating an effective federal response to the disease. “We need a national testing strategy,” Bright said, during his testimony before […]

Pfizer to produce COVID-19 vaccine in Kalamazoo

BY: - May 5, 2020

More than 4,100 deaths and almost 44,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Michigan — which will now be one of three states where Pfizer will begin manufacturing a vaccine to prevent the disease. On Monday, Pfizer announced it will begin manufacturing a vaccine at a site in Kalamazoo, along with other sites located […]


Susan J. Demas: Years of media mistakes have made the coronavirus pandemic worse. We can do better.

BY: - March 17, 2020

Looking around at all the college kids jamming bars for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the seniors defiantly shaking hands like it’s a badge of honor, and too many conservative leaders refusing to close schools and businesses to help their citizens, I have an overwhelming sense of dread. There are all sorts of reasons for this […]


Column: 5 ways Trump and his supporters are using the same strategies as science deniers

BY: - December 16, 2019

While watching the House impeachment hearings, I realized my two decades of research into why people ignore, reject or deny science had a political parallel. From anti-evolutionists to anti-vaccine advocates, known as “anti-vaxxers,” climate change deniers to Flat Earthers, science deniers all follow a common pattern of faulty reasoning that allows them to reject what […]

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Michigan pushes vaccination campaign to stop flu spread 

BY: - November 6, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reminds families to get vaccinated during the flu season through a partnership with the I Vaccinate campaign. The I Vaccinate campaign, which began in 2017 under the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, is a joint public-private effort of the DHHS and the Franny Strong Foundation, a […]