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Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

Black Americans are receiving covid vaccines at a much lower rate than their white peers due to a combination of mistrust and access issues, leaving them behind in the mission to vaccinate the nation’s population.


CVS and Walgreens Under Fire for Slow Pace of Vaccination in Nursing Homes

A federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes to vaccinate residents and workers has been hindered by bureaucratic hurdles and scheduling woes.


Biden Terms Vaccine Rollout ‘A Dismal Failure’ as He Unveils Pandemic Response Plan

President-elect Joe Biden has delivered two speeches within the past 24 hours focused on his ambitious plans to address the “twin crises” of the covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy.

Lost On the Frontline

When Covid Deaths Aren’t Counted, Families Pay the Price

Inaccurate and incomplete death certificates hurt those seeking relief, recourse and closure after a loved one dies.


5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

Vaccination, face coverings and physical distancing are essential parts of a team effort against the coronavirus.


Geography Is Destiny: Dentists’ Access to Covid Shots Depends on Where They Live

A handful of states are making dentists a lower priority than other health professionals for inoculations, even though they have their hands in people’s mouths and are exposed to aerosols that spray germs in their faces.

KHN on the Air This Week

Journalists Examine How Covid Polarizes Communities

KHN and California Healthline staff made the rounds on national and local media this week to discuss their stories. Here’s a collection of their appearances.

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Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Lost On The Frontline

As the Terror of COVID Struck, Health Care Workers Struggled to Survive. Thousands Lost the Fight.

At least 2,900 health workers have died since the pandemic began. Many were minorities with the highest levels of patient contact.


Lost on the Frontline

“Lost on the Frontline” is an ongoing project by Kaiser Health News and The Guardian that aims to document the lives of health care workers in the U.S. who died from COVID 19, and to investigate why so many are victims of the disease.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?


Illuminating the newsmakers and behind-the-scenes players who shape health care in California.

Underfunded and Under Threat

Underfunded And Under Threat

At least 181 public health leaders in 38 states have resigned, retired or been fired amid the turmoil of the pandemic. The departures come as backlash against public health is rising with threats to officials’ personal safety and legislative and legal efforts to strip their governmental public health powers.

Asking Never Hurts

A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape.


Stories that are breaking new ground in the health care system.


Colorful and revealing missives from the health care trenches in Sacramento and across California.

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High-Poverty Neighborhoods Bear the Brunt of COVID’s Scourge

COVID infection rates in California are consistently higher in low-income neighborhoods than more affluent areas, according to an analysis by ZIP code. Our findings underscore the heightened risks borne by millions of low-wage workers whose jobs are deemed essential.

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