White House Preparing to End COVID-19 Emergencies in May
Health
White House Preparing to End COVID-19 Emergencies in May
2023-01-31 19:55:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that President Biden will end dual national emergencies declared to deal with the COVID-19 public health crisis in May, nearly three years after they were first declared. The announcement came 24 hours before... Read More

GOP Bill Seeks to Stop Alleged Social Media Censorship
Congress
GOP Bill Seeks to Stop Alleged Social Media Censorship
2023-01-12 21:38:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — House Republicans put more pressure on social media companies Thursday by introducing a bill that would block the Biden administration from trying to remove certain kinds of information from their websites. Republicans who introduced the bill said they... Read More

White House Steps Up Fight Against Possible Winter COVID-19 Surge
Health
White House Steps Up Fight Against Possible Winter COVID-19 Surge
2022-12-15 21:47:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Three months after stopping the practice, the Biden administration is once again making free COVID-19 tests available to all U.S. households. The goal, administration officials said, is to stop a potential surge in COVID-19 cases heading into winter.... Read More

COVID-19 Associated With Higher Risk of Endocarditis
Health
COVID-19 Associated With Higher Risk of Endocarditis
2022-12-14 21:31:36
by TWN Staff

The incidence rate of infective endocarditis — a rare but often fatal inflammation of the heart valves — among patients with cocaine use disorder or opioid use disorder increased from 2011 to 2022, with the steepest increase occurring from 2021... Read More

Congressional Report Suggests Improvements for Response to Another Pandemic
Congress
Congressional Report Suggests Improvements for Response to Another Pandemic
2022-12-14 21:16:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Deep flaws in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic gave a glimpse into how to prepare for the next infectious outbreak, according to a report adopted Wednesday by a congressional panel. The hearing of the House Select... Read More

US Seeks to Delay Talks on Extension of WTO COVID Patent Waivers
Intellectual Property
US Seeks to Delay Talks on Extension of WTO COVID Patent Waivers
2022-12-07 15:57:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The United States will not support extending a Dec. 17 deadline for waiving intellectual property protection for COVID-19 tests and treatments, and instead is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to first investigate market dynamics such as pricing,... Read More

This Year’s Flu Shot ‘Very Good Match’ for Circulating Strains
Health
This Year’s Flu Shot ‘Very Good Match’ for Circulating Strains
2022-12-07 00:02:07
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — This year’s flu shot so far appears to be a “very good match” for the circulating strains, but more people — especially children, adults over 65 and pregnant women — need to take advantage of it to contain... Read More

Initiative Makes $350M Available to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations
COVID-19
Initiative Makes $350M Available to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations
2022-11-30 17:16:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making $350 million available to increase COVID-19 vaccinations at Health Resources and Services Administration-supported health facilities. The funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up or community-based vaccination events,... Read More

Increased Telehealth Use Appears to Have Reduced Risk of Opioid Overdose
Mental Health
Increased Telehealth Use Appears to Have Reduced Risk of Opioid Overdose
2022-09-19 13:39:25
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — The increased use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have resulted in individuals with addiction problems staying in treatment longer and reduced their likelihood of overdosing, according to a new study. The research was a... Read More

Maryland Court to Decide if Pandemic Requires Insurers to Cover Businesses
Litigation
Maryland Court to Decide if Pandemic Requires Insurers to Cover Businesses
2022-09-12 20:50:37
by Tom Ramstack

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's high court is expected to rule soon on whether insurers for corporations whose businesses suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic must cover the lost income. On Friday, the Maryland Court of Appeals heard arguments from fashion... Read More

FDA Authorizes Updated COVID-19 Vaccines Targeting Omicron Subvariant
Health
FDA Authorizes Updated COVID-19 Vaccines Targeting Omicron Subvariant
2022-08-31 15:22:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 booster shots specifically targeting a subvariant of omicron. The agency approved two options aimed at the BA.5 subvariant of omicron that is now dominant in the U.S.: one... Read More

Courts Waffle on Vaccine Mandates for Municipal Workers
Health
Courts Waffle on Vaccine Mandates for Municipal Workers
2022-08-30 20:13:45
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — New York is keeping its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers for now while Washington, D.C., is losing its mandate because of recent judges’ decisions. The differing court rulings within days of each other add to confusion... Read More

Moderna Sues Pfizer and BioNTech Over COVID Vaccine
Litigation
Moderna Sues Pfizer and BioNTech Over COVID Vaccine
2022-08-26 17:11:24
by Dan McCue

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Pharma giant Moderna sued Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday, claiming that their popular COVID vaccine was copied from groundbreaking science Moderna performed. In a statement posted on its website, Moderna said Pfizer and BioNTech infringed on patents... Read More

First Lady Tests Positive for COVID-19
Health
First Lady Tests Positive for COVID-19
2022-08-16 14:24:28
by Dan McCue

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is isolating after a positive test for COVID-19 Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for her office said Tuesday. “After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the first... Read More

School Requirements on COVID-19 Protections Vary Widely
Education
School Requirements on COVID-19 Protections Vary Widely
2022-08-09 20:11:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The new school year starts within weeks with questions about what protections against COVID-19 will be required of students still unresolved in many states and counties. Most states have eliminated vaccine requirements but some cling to masks, either as... Read More

Senate Seeks New Strategy in Opioid Crisis
Opioids
Senate Seeks New Strategy in Opioid Crisis
2022-07-26 21:35:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Only days after the Justice Department announced successful prosecutions of drug runners and seizures of huge stashes of illegal opioids, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said what was on everyone’s mind at a Senate hearing Tuesday. “I think we... Read More

Rebuilding in the Wake of the Pandemic Must Include Rebuilding the Health of Our Country
Opinions
Rebuilding in the Wake of the Pandemic Must Include Rebuilding the Health of Our Country

COVID-19 exacted a heavy, wide-ranging toll on our nation, but the time to rebuild and recover has mercifully arrived. Yet, many aspects of our society were already badly in need of repair before the pandemic. COVID highlighted and exacerbated those problems.... Read More

Biden Administration Announces Major Change in COVID Travel Policy
Travel
Biden Administration Announces Major Change in COVID Travel Policy
2022-06-10 14:58:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Come 12:01 a.m. Sunday, international travelers will no longer have to test negative for the coronavirus before coming to the United States. The Biden administration announced the major change in U.S. policy after the Centers for Disease Control... Read More

NAS Members Say US Was Prepared for Pandemic but Lacked Leadership
In The News
NAS Members Say US Was Prepared for Pandemic but Lacked Leadership
2022-05-18 16:11:26
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a two-day workshop this week, during which academy members examined the future of the public health emergency enterprise and what exactly went wrong with the U.S. public health response... Read More

HRSA Prepares Providers for End of Telehealth Flexibilities During COVID-19 PHE
Health
HRSA Prepares Providers for End of Telehealth Flexibilities During COVID-19 PHE
2022-05-18 16:07:54
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 public health emergency this week beyond the July 15 expiration to October. The eventual expiration of the declaration will lead to changes in certain flexibilities granted to Medicare... Read More

Lawmakers Warned More Diseases Coming From Sick Wildlife
Science
Lawmakers Warned More Diseases Coming From Sick Wildlife
2022-04-28 21:09:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Animal disease experts at a congressional hearing Thursday described a bleak future for preventing wildlife viruses from jumping to humans before ballooning into pandemics without stronger government intervention. Human encroachment into the habitats of wild animals along with... Read More

Iowa Supreme Court Ruling Shows Businesses Bear Pandemic Losses
Litigation
Iowa Supreme Court Ruling Shows Businesses Bear Pandemic Losses
2022-04-25 19:35:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — An Iowa Supreme Court ruling on Friday that denied insurance coverage for COVID-19 losses to a golf club and a restaurant appears to be a sign of the times in lawsuits coming out of the pandemic. A day... Read More

WHO Monitors for Dangers Posed by New Variants as US Scales Back COVID Response
Health
WHO Monitors for Dangers Posed by New Variants as US Scales Back COVID Response
2022-04-20 18:20:57
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — This week the World Health Organization has begun monitoring two new subvariants of the omicron strain known as BA.4 and BA.5, adding to a lengthy tracking list which already includes omicron subvariants BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1, and the new... Read More

Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on COVID Relief Package
U.S. Senate
Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on COVID Relief Package
2022-04-05 13:39:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate negotiators reached an agreement late Monday afternoon on a slimmed-down $10 billion COVID relief package that preserves vaccine and treatment regimes here, but eliminates virtually all funding for similar programs abroad. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Biden Gets Second Booster Shot
White House
Biden Gets Second Booster Shot
2022-03-30 20:07:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden received a second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday, a day after federal regulators approved a fourth shot for those aged 50 and older. He took the precautionary step as the White House... Read More

FDA Authorizes Second Booster Shot for Americans Over 50
Health
FDA Authorizes Second Booster Shot for Americans Over 50
2022-03-29 15:45:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Bypassing its review panel of independent experts, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a fourth dose of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccine for people 50 and older. The authorization for the fourth shot comes as an omicron... Read More

US Scales Back COVID-19 Response Efforts, Concerns Over Future Variants Remain
Health
US Scales Back COVID-19 Response Efforts, Concerns Over Future Variants Remain
2022-03-23 20:12:49
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is scaling back COVID-19 response efforts, despite a recent uptick of infections involving an omicron subvariant known as BA.2 which now accounts for about 35% of all positive COVID infections in the country.  “BA.2 is omicron... Read More

Canada to Lift COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Vaccinated Travelers
International
Canada to Lift COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Vaccinated Travelers
2022-03-18 18:03:29
by Reece Nations

OTTAWA, Ont. — Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced on Thursday that the country would no longer require fully vaccinated travelers to show a negative coronavirus test prior to entering the country starting April 1. Duclos’ announcement comes as Canadian... Read More

Top Lawmakers Reach Deal on Ukraine Aid, $1.5T Spending
Congress
Top Lawmakers Reach Deal on Ukraine Aid, $1.5T Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and European allies plus billions more to battle the pandemic as part of an overdue $1.5 trillion measure financing federal agencies for the... Read More

White House Unveils Plan for Dealing With Next COVID Phase
Health
White House Unveils Plan for Dealing With Next COVID Phase
2022-03-02 16:43:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Hours after President Joe Biden declared “it’s time for Americans to get back to work” in his State of the Union address, the White House on Wednesday unveiled its updated plan for dealing with the next phase of... Read More

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