Latest from Lenny Bernstein

A mass-casualty event every day

One person in the United States died of the coronavirus every 28 seconds in January. The Washington Post spent three days with people closest to the terrible toll of the pandemic’s deadliest month.
  • Feb 18, 2021

Pandemic cut U.S. life expectancy by a year during the first half of 2020

Black Americans lost 2.7 years of life expectancy. Overall, it was the biggest decline since World War II.
  • Feb 18, 2021

Some foreign nationals are getting coronavirus vaccines in the United States

Difficult issues of immigration and health policy are playing out in border states.
  • Feb 13, 2021

States redistribute hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses unused by nursing homes

Excess doses allocated for elder-care facilities are now being shared with the general public.
  • Feb 5, 2021

Some U.S. pharmacies to begin getting direct shipments of coronavirus vaccine

The White House also announced a modest additional increase in the vaccine supplies being sent to states.
  • Feb 2, 2021

Many who have received the coronavirus vaccine wonder: What can I safely do?

Now that vaccines are here, the newly inoculated wonder: How do I interact with people who are not vaccinated?
  • Feb 1, 2021

Trump White House donated 8,700 ventilators to other nations. Officials now don’t know where many of them are, watchdog finds.

The GAO was unable to identify how the Trump White House made its decisions on ventilator allocations. Sri Lanka had just three new coronavirus cases per day when it received 200 ventilators. Bangladesh, which had 1,409 new cases, received just 100 of the machines, a new report from the watchdog agency found.
  • Jan 29, 2021

Biden moving to nix Trump plan on opioid-treatment prescriptions

The plan had been hailed by many physicians as loosening requirements they said had slowed their response to the opioid crisis. But legal experts said HHS lacked authority to issue the guidelines.
  • Jan 25, 2021

FDA approves breakthrough injectable HIV medication

Taken every four weeks, the drug combination could free some people from a daily pill regimen.
  • Jan 22, 2021

Trying not to waste a single drop of coronavirus vaccine

Shots must be administered or discarded within six hours of reaching room temperature. When doses remain, the hunt begins for recipients.
  • Jan 7, 2021