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As a deal on a larger package between congressional lawmakers and the White House remains elusive, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says senators will consider a “targeted” bill next week.
Researchers for the company say some parents have asked to enroll their children. Also in news about vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration rejects efforts by the administration to change the terminology on emergency use authorizations.
As citizens seek safe ways to vote during a pandemic, the validity and locations of ballot drop boxes in California and Texas are at issue. Other early voting obstacles have emerged as Americans turn out early in record numbers.
Sparring over contentious health care issues dominates the final weeks of the presidential campaign, as well as congressional and state contests.
Part of that increase, however, will go to pay for higher Medicare premiums. Also, it seems unlikely that President Donald Trump’s plans to send Medicare beneficiaries a $200 card to help defray drug expenses can be completed before the election.
NIH paused clinical trials of Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody treatment after one of the study groups “crossed a safety threshold.” Separately, Reuters reports that FDA investigators discovered quality control issues at a plant manufacturing the experimental therapeutic.
HealthCheck, a type of health “passport,” will permanently record your test results in your phone in a way that is not “fakeable,” according to Dr. John Halamka of the Mayo Clinic, which teamed with Safe Health Group on the venture. “It will provide you a QR code to show your employer, your school, or to show before attending an event,” he said.
Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are focusing much of their questions and comments to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett around an upcoming case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act as well as other issues related to the pandemic.
Thirty-three states have reported a rise in new COVID cases. “That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall and the colder weather of the winter,” infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNBC on Monday. “We’ve got to turn this around.”
A second final-phase vaccine trial is now on hold after Johnson & Johnson temporarily paused testing of its COVID-19 vaccine due to a participant becoming ill.
Pharmaceutical industry news includes AstraZeneca’s $486 million government contract for COVID antibody treatment; a metformin recall; and Mallinckrodt filing for bankruptcy.
The Trump administration wants to repurpose about $130 billion in unused funding from the Paycheck Protection Program.
In the ad, Dr. Anthony Fauci seemingly praises President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But the quote dates to early in the crisis and was about White House coronavirus task force. And Fauci says his words were used without his permission.
The New York Times reports that the White House coronavirus task force refused to consider a draft order from CDC that would have required passengers and employees on public or commercial transportation to wear face coverings.
Regeneron CEO Dr. Leonard Schleifer characterized the treatment outcome for President Donald Trump as just one “case study” and said that more information is needed about his company’s experimental therapeutic, which Trump and one of his sons inaccurately touted as a “cure” or “vaccine.”
July 1, 2021: That’s the end of the pandemic, according to a manufacturer agreement between the British pharmaceutical company and Brazilian manufacturer Fiocruz seen by the Financial Times. AstraZeneca has repeatedly promised not to profit from its COVID-19 vaccine “during the pandemic.”
Studies reveal shrinking access to and increased costs of health care coverage for many in the U.S. And analysts worry about 2022 insurance premiums.
The court’s decision came Thursday night on a 6-to-2 vote that rejected an emergency appeal. Some women and doctors say requiring in-person pickups of pills during a pandemic poses “a substantial obstacle to women seeking an abortion.”
COVID-19 is already the third-leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer, and far above the flu. And that’s before the fall wave that is now accelerating in at least 33 states.
The FDA rebuked an Ohio company that makes mask decontamination devices, saying it skirted safety rules. In California, more than 3,000 nurses and health care workers in the Bay Area are on strike to protest unsafe working conditions. And a 28-year-old physician in Texas dies of COVID; her family says she had to wear the same N95 mask “for weeks and weeks, if not months and months.”