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University of Pittsburgh’s Paul Duprex on the Promise of a COVID-19 Vaccine


As the Jonas Salk Chair for Vaccine Research and professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, Paul Duprex has been leading the local effort to create candidate vaccines for COVID-19. For a short Q&A interview in which Prof. Duprex lucidly describes vaccine development and its pitfalls without overpowering the reader. Visit THIS PAGE. He provides some important perspective on the process of developing vaccines, which should help all of us who are not involved in such complex work to understand the key aspects. It is well worth reading.

University of Pittsburgh’s Paul Duprex on the Promise of a COVID-19 Vaccine 2020-10-17T22:46:17-04:00

Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Drug Plans October 15 to December 07, 2020

This year, Open Enrollment lasts only from October 15 to December 07, 2020, and your new plan will take effect on January 01, 2021. Changes to Part D Drug Plans are generally not allowed after Open Enrollment ends.

Another option offered to Medicare recipients is a Medicare Advantage Plan in the same open Enrollment period: October 15 to December 07. A Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselor can provide information to help you decide if you want to choose a Medicare Advantage Plan or to switch from Medicare A, B, and D to a Medicare Advantage Plan.

If you currently have a Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan and do not make a change, you will automatically be re-enrolled in the same plan for 2021. If you’re new to Medicare, you can enroll in any plan at the same time that you enroll in Medicare, regardless of dates. All information including available plans and pricing information is available online at www.medicare.gov.

Fearrington Cares offers appointments with licensed SHIIP volunteers who live in our community to help you choose wisely. Due to COVID-19, most appointments will be by phone. You will need to provide your counselor with a list of your drugs and preferred pharmacies so recommendations can be tailored to you and the particular drugs you take. In rare cases, there will be an opportunity to meet with your SHIIP volunteer at Fearrington Cares following CDC-advised practices.

Call Fearrington Cares, 919-542-6877 before December 01, 2020 to request a conversation to review your plans; you then will be contacted by a licensed SHIIP Counselor.

Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Drug Plans October 15 to December 07, 2020 2020-09-16T15:31:01-04:00
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