CVS pledges $1M to mental health supports for frontline workers; Trump says COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by year-end

CVS pledges $1 million to boost mental health supports
CVS Health said it would put more than $1 million toward boosting access mental health services for frontline workers effected by COVID-19.
The healthcare giant called the growing need for mental health services a "second curve" to the pandemic. CVS said it has seen a 200% increase year over year in virtual mental health visits since March 1.
The Aetna Foundation will provide $500,000 to Americares for its COVID-19 Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Project, and a $300,000 grant to Crisis Text Line's For the Frontlines initiative, which offers around-the-clock mental health supports to frontline workers.
CVS is also offering $220,000 to Give an Hour, a group that provides no-cost counseling to healthcare workers.
"The wrath of COVID-19 is not just physical. Mental trauma is the deadly undertow of the pandemic's first wave," said Karen Lynch, executive vice president at CVS Health and president of Aetna, in a statement. "The impact of isolation, fear, uncertainty and loss can be just as deadly as the virus itself. It is silent and can't be seen, but we are all affected by it."

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