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Senate To Vote On New Skinny COVID Relief Plan

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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.

Pfizer To Add Teens To Its Testing Protocol For A Vaccine

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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.

Drop Boxes Emerge As Unlikely Battleground In Early Voting Tensions

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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.

Social Security Checks To Rise An Average Of $20 A Month Next Year

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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.

Eli Lilly’s Antibody Treatment Testing On Hold Over Safety Concerns

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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.

You’re Negative For COVID? New App Will Help You Prove It

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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.

Future Of ACA Takes Center Stage At Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

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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.

‘A Whole Lot Of Trouble’ Is Brewing, Fauci And Local Health Officials Warn

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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.”

More Large COVID Contracts For Drug Companies

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Pharmaceutical industry news includes AstraZeneca’s $486 million government contract for COVID antibody treatment; a metformin recall; and Mallinckrodt filing for bankruptcy.

Fauci Calls Out Trump Campaign For Using Old Quote Out Of Context In Ad

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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.

White House Nixed CDC Order Mandating Masks On Public Transit

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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.

Large Trial Results Needed For COVID Antibody Cocktail, Regeneron CEO Says

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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.”

PPE Problems, Shortages Persist As Health Care Workers Struggle

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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.”