December 23, 2020

Holiday-break reads: The year Anthony Fauci saved Christmas

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    Finding romance with the infamous Martin Shkreli, STAT News' most memorable health care photos of 2020, and more.

    Ashley Fuoco Antonelli's reads

    Don't worry, Santa's gotten his coronavirus vaccine. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci took a special trip to the North Pole this year to administer a new coronavirus vaccine to a special person: Santa Clause. During a recent town hall event, Fauci said he "took a trip up there to the North Pole" and "vaccinated Santa Claus" to ensure it would be safe for him to visit people's homes this Christmas. "I measured his level of immunity, and he is good to go. … He can come down the chimney, he can leave the presents, he can leave, and you have nothing to worry about," Fauci said.

    Falling in love with one of the most-hated men in health care. In a piece recently published in ELLE, Stephanie Clifford tells the story of how Christie Smythe, a former Bloomberg News reporter who covered a trial against the infamous former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, fell in love with the "so-called 'Pharma Bro.'" Clifford writes that "[o]ver the course of nine months, beginning in July 2018, Smythe quit her job, moved out of the apartment, and divorced her husband" to be with her now lif partner Shkreli, who came under intense fire for "increase[ing] the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000% overnight." Shkreli was convicted on fraud charges in 2017 and is currently serving a seven-year prison term.

    José Vasquez's reads

    2020's most memorable health care photos, according to STAT News. In 2020, photographers at STAT News captured images of health care providers confronting Covid-19, scientists researching a coronavirus vaccine, the medical community coming to grips with centuries of racism in the United States—and much more. Writing for STAT News, Alissa Ambrose rounds up the top photos STAT News photographers took this year.

    How to safely celebrate the holidays amid America's coronavirus epidemic. As Americans prepare to celebrate upcoming winter holidays, many are wondering how they can safely enjoy their favorite holiday traditions amid America's coronavirus epidemic. Writing for NPR's "Shots," Patti Neighmond and colleagues explain how Americans can partake in nine holiday activities—including holiday shopping, caroling, ice skating, and more—while staying safe.

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