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Company Insider’s most significant healthcare stories for the 7 days of January 8

Hi there, 

Boy, what a week. As I sat down to compose my first weekly recap of health care news this yr, it took me a instant to recall that just about anything happened just before Wednesday, when a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol.  

With all which is taking place in D.C., it truly is straightforward for the coronavirus pandemic to slip from the headlines. London’s mayor has declared a “big incident” as COVID-19 situations overwhelm hospitals in the town. Los Angeles’s hospitals are getting overcome with a latest wave of circumstances.

In advance of I soar in: I wished to introduce you all to Patricia Kelly Yeo, who joins us as a fellow on the health care staff! She’ll be aiding us include the huge earth of the healthcare business as it proceeds to grapple with the pandemic. Uncover her on e mail at [email protected] and on Twitter at @patkyeo.

This 7 days, we tracked updates on the vaccine race and now rollout as we head into 2021, obtained an inside of look at the downfall of the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan joint enterprise, and took a seem at Large Tech’s healthcare choosing designs. 


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What is future for COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine distribution is getting underway, after the US in December approved two coronavirus pictures. 

Almost 6 million men and women in the US have gotten their initially doses of vaccines, as Andrew Dunn has been helpfully reminding us by using Twitter

Shelby Livingston has been preserving tabs with principal-care chains to see how they are acquiring all set to distribute vaccines. For now, that indicates investing in freezers and educating patients while they hold out for shots.

Shelby seemed via state knowledge as properly, and uncovered that amid the shots that are staying distributed, most are going to white men and women. That stands in distinction with the pandemic, which has disproportionately hit communities of coloration. 

Read through her entire investigation here>>

Meanwhile, in her to start with byline for Company Insider, Kelly facts how drug companies are established to offer $40 billion worthy of of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.

You can read through the full rundown of what Wall Street analysts anticipate in this article. 

Far more photographs from other drugmakers are on their way. We are going to likely get knowledge from Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine in January, and an authorization could come in February. 

Andrew has the full timeline of what to be expecting from COVID-19 vaccines in 2021. 

Go through the complete story here>>

What is coming upcoming for COVID-19 vaccines? This is the most recent on 11 main programs.


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3 many years in, Haven is disbanding

I recall the buzz in the Business enterprise Insider newsroom the early morning in January 2018 that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan introduced strategies for a joint well being undertaking. 

Healthcare shares obtained smoked. Warren Buffett’s comment about a “hungry tapeworm” of rising health care fees manufactured headlines. 

If you can imagine it, it was 1 of the 1st official indicators that Amazon was having into healthcare.

Fast ahead 3 several years, and the undertaking, titled Haven, is disbanding, CNBC claimed on Monday.

Blake Dodge (who documented on the marriage among Haven and Amazon’s possess health and fitness initiatives previous thirty day period) broke down the 3 causes why Haven was doomed from the begin. 

But it looks not all hope is shed for disrupting rising healthcare expenditures for companies. Blake has the scoop on a further team searching to pick up exactly where Haven still left off. 

Pulling with each other her have reporting — as well as great reporting from a quantity of other shops — Blake pieced together an inside look at Haven’s downfall, and how it was set up for failure. 

Browse the whole inside story here>>

Inside of Haven’s downfall: How Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett set their health care undertaking up for failure


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2021 is shaping up to be a massive yr for electronic wellness startups

After a large funding 12 months for digital wellness in 2020, 2021 just isn’t displaying signals of slowing down. 

Megan Hernbroth had the scoop on Transformation Capital’s $500 million fund — the firm’s second.

She spoke with Mike Dixon about how he strategies to commit the resources on progress-phase electronic health corporations.

As portion of our reporting on investor predictions for the yr in advance, VCs informed Megan that Amazon and Alphabet could be wanting to make acquisitions in 2021, which could make factors extremely intriguing. 

Last but not least, with the support of Pitchbook, Megan rounded up the electronic health startups that arrived at “unicorn” status in 2020, putting them on our radars to preserve a close eye on in 2021. 

Go through the full listing here>>

The 8 digital health startups to view that are transforming healthcare in 2021


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Massive Tech is hiring health care gurus

It is seeking like a large yr for tech providers looking to establish on their health care ambitions.

Blake pored around career listings at locations like Apple, Amazon and Google to locate out who’s selecting for what. Some listings that caught my eye:

  • Verily’s hiring for a property care plan for infants.
  • Amazon is employing lab managers and scientists as portion of its coronavirus tests system.

Read through the complete tale here>>

Right here are dozens of open up healthcare jobs at huge tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Verily. They expose enlargement plans and new priorities as tech giants thrust into the sector.


We are going to be tuning into the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Meeting following week. I for a single will be curious to see how a single of the most important gatherings in the health care marketplace unfolds pretty much.

What are you expecting to hear coming out of the convention? How are you marking the celebration, if not with sprints up and down San Francisco’s hills? Allow me know at [email protected], and you can reach the overall health care team at health [email protected]

– Lydia

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