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The FBI said the Chinese government is acting like “an organized criminal syndicate” and a Congressman proposes a bill to sanction foreign hackers.
The CDC reports that blood samples taken from people in 10 U.S regions show that far more Americans have been infected by COVID-19 than have tested positive. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, also indicates that not enough people have been exposed for widespread immunity.
In other news on health care and racism, NIH researchers try to get a better sense of how socioeconomic factors like income, family structure and diet affect COVID infections and outcomes, and Black professionals are losing their livelihoods at greater rates than their white counterparts.
Hotel groups filed a lawsuit in San Francisco citing concerns about exposure to contaminated surfaces, and hospital staff in Santa Rosa, Calif., are protesting over inadequate protection and proposed pay cuts. Other news on workers from Michigan and Washington, as well.
Modern Healthcare investigates how CMS’ recent proposal “could have wide-ranging implications for the 340B program.”
The Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine trial is one of three — with CanSino Biologics and Pfizer-BioNTech leading the other two — that are reporting only minor side effects, coupled with strong immune response.
In some areas, test results are taking a week or longer. That turnaround time could negate testing’s ability to stem the spread of the virus, experts warn.
The digital campaign asks constituents to call their senators and tell them to “stop stalling” on the bill.
Stat reports on a potential financial conflict of interest for two House lawmakers during a hearing on vaccine development, as well as the stepped-up lobbying by pharmaceutical companies.
While common ground with Democrats is still far off, disagreements remain between the Trump administration and congressional Republican leaders after a White House meeting. At issue is money for virus testing, schools and payroll taxes while a surprise billing measure appears to be off the table.
Cases in Florida continue to escalate while stats indicate California may be stabilizing. Meanwhile, CNN examines how progress in California so quickly reversed since Memorial Day.
HHS Protect launched Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services. This new data system replaces the one previously managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sports organizations on all levels continue to struggle with the COVID epidemic, not so much with testing, but with whether to start making money even though it risks the health of players.
Also in the news: why a COVID test is like a pregnancy test; scientists discover six different types of the disease; and the question of who should pay the tab for testing.
The next coronavirus stimulus package tops the agenda for congressional lawmakers trying to negotiate thorny issues like joblessness, state financial assistance and business liability.
In an effort to increase testing capacity, Quest Diagnostics will now be allowed to “pool” up to four samples together. If the group comes back positive, samples will be tested individually.
In other news about testing and the administration: California Gov. Gavin Newsom was reportedly told to appeal directly to President Donald Trump and to thank him if Newsom wanted help in getting more testing swabs. And Colorado’s governor calls the national testing situation a “complete disgrace.”
“I don’t believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it,” Andrey Kelin, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, told the BBC of claims from the U.S., Britain and Canada that Russian hackers are targeting coronavirus treatment and vaccine research.
British pharmaceutical company Synairgen says its nebulizer treatment produced a 79% lower risk of COVID-19 patients developing a severe form of the disease than those given a placebo in initial trials. Other drug trial news related to hydroxychloroquine is also reported.
Amazon is opening primary-care clinics for some employees; and in a grab bag of health industry news, lawsuits and delayed leadership changes.