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Today in healthcare news: Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is targeting March 2021 for mass-distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, why temperature scans are effectively useless, and inside a mask-making New York startup.

I’m your host of today’s Dispensed Daily, Andrew Dunn, the healthcare team’s pharma and biotech reporter.

President Donald Trump coronavirus vaccine Operation Warp Speed remarks

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Operation Warp Speed.

Shealah Craighead, White House

Trump wants to deliver a coronavirus vaccine by January. Even if he hits that ambitious goal, you probably won’t get a shot for months.

Read the full story from Andrew Dunn here>> 

thermometer scan hong kong coronavirus

A worker checks the temperature of a passenger arriving into Hong Kong International Airport with an infrared thermometer, following the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, China, February 7, 2020.

REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Coronavirus temperature scans are nothing more than pandemic security theater. In some cases, they’re dangerous.

Read the full story from Hilary Brueck here>> 

Carly Castle and husband

Carly Castle and husband.

Carly Castle

How a teacher and mother launched a successful reusable face mask company in just a few weeks while balancing a full-time job

Read the full story from Brittney Oliver here>>

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We have 20 days until Labor Day, proving 2020 moves blazingly fast and agonizingly slow at the same time. I’m trying to enjoy summer (in a COVID-conscious way, of course) while it’s still around from the North Carolina beaches.

I’ve also enjoyed vicariously living in Zoom calls with sources who are on their way to ice-fishing in Iceland or vacationing on a Mediterranean island. Let me know where you’ve been or plan to go: [email protected].

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– Andrew

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