Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:
Thursday, June 03, 2021
Despite a massive hiring push last year, health agencies around the U.S. failed to contain the pandemic through contact tracing. Health leaders reflect on lessons learned and what's next.
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Contact tracing transformed in 2020 from a routine part of public health work to a massive effort to contain COVID-19. Experts from the CDC and public health departments reflect on lessons learned.
Friday, May 14, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shifted its stance this week on the need to wear masks if you're vaccinated. What's that mean for kids? For travel? For work? Experts weigh in.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
A new Harvard poll shows that only half of Americans trust the CDC — other health agencies were rated even lower. During a pandemic, trust is critical to the success of a public health response.
Monday, May 10, 2021
The announcement, which effectively reverses a Trump-era rule, springs from last summer's landmark Supreme Court decision banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Friday, April 30, 2021
The Biden administration announced a website and text line to help people find COVID-19 vaccines near where they live. It's a new and improved version of VaccineFinder, which launched in February.
Friday, April 23, 2021
During a special pandemic enrollment period, the Biden administration is trying to make getting health insurance irresistible by making it easier to sign up and making plans more affordable.
Friday, April 23, 2021
An advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meets Friday to weigh lifting the pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
From now until August, you can sign up for or change coverage through the federal and state health insurance marketplaces. Many people are eligible for better or less expensive plans — or both.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration says Abbott's BinaxNOW test and Quidel's QuickVue can be sold without a prescription.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
President Biden gave his first formal press conference, defending his response to the influx of migrants at the border and COVID-19 among a range of other pressing issues.
Friday, March 19, 2021
If we want life to get back to normal in the U.S., public health experts say we can't just rely on COVID-19 vaccines. Other tools like contact tracing and care coordination are crucial too.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
In its final days, the Trump administration created a rule that could eliminate thousands of regulations created by the Department of Health and Human Services. A lawsuit is challenging the rule.
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
With a third COVID-19 vaccine authorized, some worry that there will be a two-tier vaccine rollout — with the apparently most effective going to the powerful, rich and well-connected.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The process of trying to get vaccinated can be confusing. A new platform from the federal government and private sector partners makes it easier to find a provider where you live.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Xavier Becerra, President Biden's nominee for health secretary, faced two hours of questions before a Senate committee on Tuesday.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Use NPR's tool to find out where to start when it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, helpful advice about how to navigate the system.
Monday, February 08, 2021
NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin offers a few tips for navigating the messy, confusing and difficult patchwork system to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Monday, February 01, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to Ellume's rapid test in December, after it showed 96% accuracy in a U.S. clinical study.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
President Biden is signing two executive actions designed to expand access to reproductive health care and health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.