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Some of the most alarming government actions since the COVID-19 pandemic began have weakened state authority to safeguard public health. At least 26 states have removed traditional powers from local health departments, the institutions tasked with protecting us. New state laws, for example, take away or limit health officials’ abilities to require masks, promote vaccinations, close restaurants ...

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A look at the challenges 2021 has posed to local governments across the nation and how they have overcome them. For example, Supervisor Cindy Chavez of Santa Clara County, helped rally her county to aid those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and Karen Fegely, the Deputy Commerce Director at City of Philadelphia, aided businesses hit by lockdowns with much-needed grants. 

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You'll need a prescription first from a doctor or other authorized health worker. The U.S. government is buying the pills from Merck and Pfize…

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