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Azar Bars FDA, CDC From Issuing Rules, Escalating Fears Of Political Meddling

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All health agencies that fall under the Department of Health and Human Services umbrella can no longer issue their own regulatory actions related to foods, medicines, medical devices and vaccines, according to a memo from HHS Secretary Alex Azar obtained by The New York Times.

Amy Coney Barrett Considered Leading Contender To Fill Ginsburg’s Seat

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A former member of the University of Notre Dame’s “Faculty for Life,” Amy Coney Barrett signed a 2015 letter to Catholic bishops that affirmed the “teachings of the Church as truth.” Among those teachings: the “value of human life from conception to natural death.” Liberals have interpreted that as a threat to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

Obamacare In Greater Judicial Jeopardy After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death

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A new case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is due to be heard at the Supreme Court in November. News outlets look at how a new court composition, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, could impact that health law case or future ones.

Without Ginsburg, Supreme Court Likely To Reshape Abortion Rights

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In the absence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the Supreme Court bench, Roe v. Wade is expected to again be contested and as well as other state restrictions on the procedure. The issue is expected to dominate the debate over her replacement.

State Treasurers Want Gilead To Slash Price Of Remdesivir

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In a letter Wednesday, 11 state officials asked the company to “responsibly commit to being a part of our nation’s recovery from COVID-19, both medically and economically, by repricing this drug more affordably.”

Anti-Mask Republican Congressman Will Lead COVID Drug Trial

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Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is on the data and safety monitoring committee for the drug aviptadil. The five-term congressman’s membership on the board is unusual; former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb told Politico he hadn’t heard of a member of Congress sitting on such a committee for any drug. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Dr. Anthony Fauci also make headlines.

Some PPE Shortages Are Worsening

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Supply-chain glitches have yet to be fixed. On Thursday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said the country should “err on the side of saving lives” by federalizing the supply chain.

Moderna, Pfizer Reveal Vaccine Designs

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Companies typically share these plans after studies are complete, but both companies hope to earn the trust of the public and scientists.

CMS Task Force Unveils Guidelines For How Nursing Homes Can Fight COVID

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The commission, announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in April, was tasked with enhancing strategies for infection control and prevention in facilities. The task force was made up of 25 appointed members, including infectious disease experts and directors of nursing homes. Critics claim it does little to set higher standards.

‘President Should Step Down’: Biden Condemns Trump’s Pandemic Response

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At a campaign town hall in Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden charged that President Donald Trump’s coronavirus actions have been solely motivated by re-election and financial self-interest. He also questioned vaccine timing talk and slammed Attorney William Barr’s comments comparing pandemic restrictions to slavery.