The Biden Administration has said it will allocate $3 billion of its pandemic rescue plan to the development of a new generation of antiviral therapies for COVID-19, as well as future viral threats. The plan was announced today by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious… Read More »White House pledges $3 billion war chest for COVID antivirals
Drop Covid vaccine patent rules to save lives in world’s poorest countries, Britain and Germany told
G7 summit hears move would slash the cost of jabs and accelerate the rollout of programmes across the developing world Britain and Germany were last night under intense pressure to drop their resistance to proposals that would slash the cost of Covid-19 vaccines, following accusations… Read More »Drop Covid vaccine patent rules to save lives in world’s poorest countries, Britain and Germany told
Several organizations, both providers and payers, have pledged to help the White House achieve its goal of administering at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 70% of Americans over the next month. These organizations are launching various initiatives to engage the unvaccinated, including… Read More »Kaiser Permanente, Centene, others join White House effort to boost vaccination rates
The US government will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that will be given to around 100 countries via the COVAX donation programme over the next two years. Pfizer and BioNTech are providing 200 million doses this year, and another 300… Read More »US orders 500m Pfizer/BioNTech COVID jabs for developing nations
President Joe Biden has submitted his discretionary budget for 2022 to Congress. Among its healthcare provisions are funding requests for the CDC, mental health and social determinants of health programs. But there are some unusual requests as well, such as funding for an Office of… Read More »Public health, racial equity, climate action drive Biden’s budget requests for healthcare
The change of administration in the US has also seen a new leader at the FDA, with Dr Janet Woodcock appointed as interim commissioner by president Joe Biden’s new team. But there are doubts about her suitability for the permanent job because of her handling… Read More »Dilemma for Biden as Woodcock’s audition for FDA chief stumbles
With the Democrats leading the Senate and House, and Joe Biden installed as president, the Affordable Care Act will be restored and strengthened over the next four years, an expert from the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts.
President Joe Biden looks likely to ditch the previous administration’s move to create a quicker route to market for digital health products and other devices following the pandemic emergency. After he took office on Wednesday, Biden quickly moved to freeze a raft of Trump policies,… Read More »Biden likely to ditch Trump’s plans to relax digital health regulations
Agency veteran Dr Janet Woodcock is the new interim FDA commissioner appointed by president Joe Biden to replace outgoing Trump appointee Stephen Hahn. Woodcock has most recently been working with the Operation Warp Speed coronavirus vaccine and drug project started by the Trump administration. While… Read More »Biden appoints veteran Woodcock as interim FDA commissioner
President-elect Joe Biden named Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general, as his nominee for HHS secretary. A 12-term congressman and vocal supporter of the ACA, Becerra would become the first Latino to lead the federal agency if confirmed.
Wasting no time to start enacting his forthcoming administration’s plan for tackling COVID-19, new president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has unveiled his coronavirus advisory team. “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I… Read More »New Coronavirus Advisory Team Announced
Unless president Donald Trump is successful with legal challenges, Democratic rival Joe Biden looks to have won the White House in last week’s election but faces the challenges of a divided Congress when it comes to implementing important health policies. Making healthcare affordable is one… Read More »Divided Congress paves way for drug price reforms on Biden’s watch
Pharma may have avoided a worst case scenario amid the political upheavals in the US elections with the threat of tough drug price legislation lowered, with hawkish Democrats unlikely to win overall control of Congress. With the outcome of the presidential race unclear at the… Read More »Pharma may avoid worst-case drug pricing scenario as US elections deadlocked
Senior care — an increasingly important topic that’s too often overlooked on the campaign trail — is back in the spotlight. And maybe this time it will have some staying power. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has floated a sweeping new 10-year plan that… Read More »Biden Announces $775B Plan to Boost the Caregiver Economy, Support In-Home Care Providers