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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

A judge ordered on Monday that New York must immediately begin providing coronavirus vaccines to those behind bars in state prisons or jails, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The Times notes that at least 1,100 New York prisoners have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last month and five have died. The order now makes New York one of only a handful of states vaccinating a broad prison population.

  • Prisoners also risk exposure from staff members who go in-between prison facilities and the outside world.
  • Until the judge's order, correctional staff were eligible to receive doses while prisoners were not.
  • The judge wrote that leaving prisoners ineligible was "unfair and unjust” and an “abuse of discretion.”

The big picture: States around the country have been varied in their approaches to vaccinating incarcerated persons. A lawsuit in Oregon last month also resulted in an order for the state to vaccinate all persons in its jails or prisons.

  • But states like Florida, in contrast, have not made vaccine doses available to people behind bars. Texas and Arkansas have only just made doses available to select prisoner groups.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccinating "staff and incarcerated/detained persons of correctional or detention facilities at the same time because of their shared increased risk of disease."

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Mar 29, 2021 - Health

Moderna ships 100 millionth COVID-19 vaccine dose to U.S. government

Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

Moderna has shipped 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. government, meeting its Q1 goal for the first tranche of 300 million shots purchased by the U.S., the pharmaceutical company announced Monday.

What's next: Moderna said it expects to meet the rest of its commitment dates to the U.S. government, including another 100 million doses by the end of May and the third set of 100 million doses by the end of July.

Mar 29, 2021 - Health

Millions of Americans remain vulnerable as variants drive up cases

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Coronavirus cases are on the rise again in several states, partially a result of variants of the virus becoming more widespread, experts say.

Why it matters: Even though a remarkable 72% of Americans 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, millions of Americans — particularly younger Americans with underlying conditions — remain vulnerable.

CDC extends evictions ban through end of June

An activist protests evictions in September 2020. Photo: Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its nationwide ban on evictions through the end of June, the agency confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The order comes as the current ban on evictions was set to expire in two days. The moratorium is a public health measure aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people out of crowded settings like homeless shelters and allowing people who may be ill to self-isolate, the CDC notes.

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