- Mar 7, 2021
Working in the Emergency Department at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, just north of Baltimore, Smialkowski was among the first people in the country to receive the new vaccine for COVID-19.
This election year, in the midst of a global pandemic and with the Affordable Care Act about to be challenged for the third time before a Supreme Court that is in flux, it’s no surprise health care is a bigger issue than it has been in previous presidential elections.
Italy’s Ministry for Health announced Monday that it had formed a new commission for elderly care in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Vatican’s top official on life issues, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, had been tapped as its president.
Pope Francis has welcomed doctors and nurses from Italy’s coronavirus-ravaged Lombardy region to the Vatican to thank them for their selfless work and sacrifice.
As the number of global COVID-19 coronavirus infections continues to rise, notably among healthcare workers, Pope Francis in his daily Mass Tuesday offered special prayers for nurses on International Nurses Day.
Human value is not a measure of “our mental or physical capacity, our societal function, our age, our health or of any other qualitative assessment,” said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in a statement about accessing healthcare during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed in a July 1 court filing to postpone implementation of a new conscience protection rule “because it is the most efficient way to adjudicate the final rule on the merits.”