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Biden to name first woman to lead National Cancer Institute

President Biden on Wednesday will appoint Monica Bertagnolli to lead the National Cancer Institute, making her the first woman to lead the organization as the White House puts a renewed focus on fighting cancer. Bertagnolli is currently a professor of surgery in the field of surgical oncology at Harvard Medical School. She previously served as …

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US moves to stretch limited monkeypox vaccine supply

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a new strategy to stretch the limited available doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine by changing how the vaccine is injected. The new method would split up the doses and use one-fifth as much vaccine per shot. The partial dose of the vaccine would be injected into the upper …

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House Democrat calls on CDC to publish monkeypox vaccine demographics

A Democratic congressman is calling on the Biden administration to publish demographic data on monkeypox vaccinations in an effort to reduce disparities in communities of color. “Without the publication of demographic data, the public has no means of knowing whether communities of color have equitable access to the vaccine. We have no choice but to …

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White House declares monkeypox a public health emergency

The Biden administration on Thursday officially declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that’s aimed at freeing up emergency funding and improving distribution of vaccines and treatments. “We are prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take …

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White House says WHO declaration on monkeypox is ‘a call to action’ to stop its spread

The White House Pandemic Office coordinator released a statement calling the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of the monkeypox virus as an international public health emergency “a call to action” to stop the spread of the disease. “Today’s decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the current monkeypox outbreak as a Public Health …

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Fauci says Biden’s health ‘continues to improve’ following COVID-19 diagnosis

Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said on Saturday that President Joe Biden’s health “continues to improve” after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. “The president continues to improve. He’s putting in a full day of work virtually, and as each day goes by he’s doing fine,” Fauci told “CBS Saturday Morning.” …

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17 people determined close contacts to Biden

Seventeen people were identified as close contacts to President Biden, who has tested positive for COVID-19, including senior staff members and members of Congress.   No senior staff have tested positive for COVID-19 but they are all taking precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, no members of Congress and no members …

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Harris considered close contact of Biden after COVID-19 positive test

Vice President Harris is being considered a close contact to President Biden who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a White House official told The Hill.   There are no changes to her schedule, the official added. The White House earlier on Thursday would not answer questions about who was considered a close contact of the …

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White House uses Biden’s COVID infection to stress importance of vaccination

White House officials on Thursday used President Biden’s positive test for COVID-19 to stress the importance of getting vaccinated against the virus as a new variant spread across the country. “Because the president is fully vaccinated, double boosted, his risk of serious illness is dramatically lower,” Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, told …

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Biden administration reorganizes health department to create independent pandemic division

The Biden administration has reorganized its health department to create an independent division that will focus exclusively on the country’s response to pandemics and health emergencies.  Sources told the Washington Post on Wednesday that the move will see the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, better known as ASPR, split into separate …

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Senate Health chair says she’s ‘concerned’ about U.S. monkeypox response

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said she is “concerned” by the state of the U.S. monkeypox response in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. “As I have raised on multiple calls with the Administration, I am concerned with the state …

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CDC panel gives green light to Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee on Tuesday unanimously voted to recommend the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, giving a green light to a fourth shot to fight the virus.   The Novavax vaccine is not expected to play a major role in the U.S. vaccination campaign, given that it is intended for …

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Fauci: ‘I’m not going to retire’

Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, clarified on Tuesday that he does not plan to retire, though he has been considering when he will step down from his current government position. After Politico on Monday published an interview with Fauci, 81, in which he said he did not expect to stay on in his …

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Fauci to retire before the end of Biden’s term

Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, said in an interview published on Monday that he plans to retire by the end of Biden’s term in office. “We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105,” Fauci told Politico. “I think we’re going …

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Biden to Senate: Pass health bill and I’ll tackle climate through executive action

President Biden on Friday told senators to move forward with a slimmed-down, health care-only reconciliation package before their August recess after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) struck a blow to his agenda over its tax and climate provisions, which Biden said he will address through executive action. “After decades of fierce opposition from powerful special interests, …

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Health officials: pharmacists can’t deny patients abortion drugs

The Biden administration on Wednesday said retail pharmacies and pharmacists must comply with federal civil rights laws and must provide patients with the medication they were legally prescribed, even if it could be used in an abortion. The guidance to about 60,000 retail pharmacies from the Department of Health and Human Services comes amid reports …

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Biden health officials discussing expanding COVID booster eligiblity

Biden administration health officials on Tuesday said they are discussing authorizing a second COVID-19 booster shot for all adults, but downplayed any imminent recommendations. “Those conversations have been going on for a while,”  White House coronavirus coordinator Ashish Jha said Tuesday in a press briefing. However, Jha said the ultimate decision rests with the Food …

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Fauci: Take new subvariant seriously, but don’t ‘let it disrupt our lives’

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday that a new omicron subvariant on the rise is something to take seriously but should not be a cause for panic.   The subvariant, known as BA.5, is now the majority of COVID-19 cases in the United States. It is even more highly transmissible than earlier variants of …

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White House says hospitals, doctors must give abortions in emergencies

The Biden administration on Monday said doctors and hospitals need to follow federal law and provide abortions if there is a medical emergency and the health or life of the patient is at risk, regardless of state law. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act …

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Biden says he’s mulling health emergency for abortion access

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Sunday he is considering declaring a public health emergency to free up federal resources to promote abortion access even though the White House has said it doesn’t seem like “a great option.” He also offered a message to people enraged by the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that ended a …

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Biden unveils executive order to protect abortion access

President Biden signed an executive order Friday aimed at preserving some access to abortion services, but again acknowledged Congress has ultimate control over the issue right now. “If you want to change the circumstance for women, and even little girls in this country, please go out and vote,” Biden said. The executive order builds off …

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Biden to announce executive action to protect abortion access

President Biden on Friday will sign an executive order intended to protect abortion and contraception access and bolster privacy in the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. At Biden’s direction, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will take additional action to protect access …

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Women’s March planning White House sit-in to push for abortion rights

Women’s March says it is planning to hold a sit-in at the White House on Saturday to push the Biden administration to protect abortion access. The civil rights organization announced plans for what it refers to as a “mass action” which will include a rally and march to the White House followed by a sit-in. …

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FDA working to allow overseas formula makers to stay in US market

The Biden administration is working on a plan that will allow foreign manufacturers of infant formula to keep their products on the market in the U.S. long term, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. The move would diversify the supply chain and is aimed at preventing another situation like the current shortage, which occurred …

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The Memo: Biden leans into abortion fight

President Biden is injecting new vigor into the fight to protect abortion rights, seemingly nudged into action by criticism from within his own party about a lackluster response to date. Biden branded the Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling as “outrageous” and “destabilizing” during a Thursday …

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Biden calls for filibuster carveout to protect abortion rights

President Biden on Thursday said the Senate should carve out an exception to the 60-vote filibuster to codify abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.  “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the …

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Warren calls on HHS to provide access to voter registration services through health insurance applications

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is calling on the Biden administration to provide access to voter registration services through HealthCare.gov, where Americans can apply for health insurance through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Warren urged HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to make changes to HealthCare.gov that could lead to millions of Americans registering to …

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Biden health chief stops short of pledging lawsuits to protect abortion pills

Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra on Tuesday stopped short of saying the Biden administration would sue in a bid to stop states from banning abortion pills, saying the details are still being worked out on actions on that front. “We will certainly assert and defend our legal authorities,” Becerra told reporters at …

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Biden officials press insurers on free contraception coverage

Top Biden administration officials met with health insurance industry executives Monday to ensure that their plan members have access to contraceptive services at no cost.  Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with major health insurance groups and plan sponsors to remind them of the …

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Harris says abortion ruling poses ‘health care crisis’ for US

Vice President Harris on Friday said that the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade had spurred a “health care crisis” in the United States and warned that other rights were under threat.   “This is a health care crisis because, understand, millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access …

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Biden vows to protect access to abortion pills, contraception and travel

President Biden on Friday vowed to protect access to abortion pills and contraception in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. In remarks from the White House, Biden lambasted the decision as a “tragic error” carried out by an “extreme,” conservative-controlled Supreme Court. “It’s a sad day …

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Harris to meet with Democratic state attorneys general on abortion rights

Vice President Harris will meet with Democratic attorneys general from seven states on Thursday about abortion rights as the White House prepares for a Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade.   Harris will meet with attorneys general from Wisconsin, Nevada, Illinois, California, Delaware, New York, and Washington state at the …

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UN ambassador tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.  U.S. mission to the U.N. acting spokesperson Melissa Quartell said in a release that Thomas-Greenfield tested positive Wednesday after taking a PCR test and tested negative as recently as Tuesday. Quartell said Thomas-Greenfield has not recently seen …

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Biden administration plans to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to propose limits on the levels of nicotine tobacco companies can place in traditional cigarettes in an attempt to make them less addictive, according to a notice published in the agency’s biannual regulatory agenda. Proponents think the rule could save millions of lives from cancer and other …

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Biden: elected officials ‘shouldn’t get in the way’ of kids’ COVID-19 vaccinations

President Biden on Tuesday took an apparent swipe at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for declining to devote state resources to help providers pre-order COVID-19 vaccines for young kids ages 5 and under. Biden spoke at the White House to celebrate the day vaccines became available for children between the ages of 6 months and …

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Biden adviser Jake Sullivan tests positive for COVID-19

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan tested positive on Saturday for COVID-19, according to the White House. Sullivan typically has frequent contact with President Joe Biden but last was in contact with the president early in the week, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of …

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Top GOP senator knocks Biden officials’ calls for more COVID-19 funding

A top Republican senator on Thursday pushed back hard against calls from Biden administration health officials for more funding to fight COVID-19, saying that he will be a “roadblock,” until the officials provide sufficient justification that the money is needed.   The comments from Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the top Republican on the Senate Health Committee, illustrate how …

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Fauci tests positive for COVID-19

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday but is experiencing “mild symptoms,” the National Institutes of Health said.   “He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice,” the agency said. “He is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home. He has not …

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White House faces uphill challenge getting kids under 5 vaccinated

The Biden administration faces an uphill battle to convince parents to give COVID-19 shots to children under 5 years old. More than a year and a half after the first vaccines were authorized for adults, federal regulators and outside advisory panels will finally meet on Wednesday to examine data from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech about their …

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Travel industry cheers CDC’s removal of testing requirement

Airlines and travel groups cheered the Biden administration’s decision to lift its COVID-19 testing requirement for air travelers entering the U.S., a long-sought victory for the industry.  The Biden administration on Friday announced that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will no longer require U.S.-bound travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test as of Sunday. …

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Biden officials ending international travel testing requirement

The Biden administration announced Friday that it is ending a requirement that international travelers test negative for the coronavirus before coming to the United States.   “CDC has determined based on the science and data that this requirement is no longer necessary at this time,” a senior administration official said.   The requirement ends starting at 12:01 …

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Biden says he is weighing executive orders on abortion rights

President Biden said late Wednesday that he is considering signing an executive order on abortion rights if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade later this month, offering a window into the administration’s thinking as officials prepare for the ruling.   “There’s some executive orders I could employ, we believe. We’re looking at that right …

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White House unveils plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 and under

Ten million pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available for states, Tribes and other jurisdictions to pre-order in anticipation of vaccinations for kids ages 5 and younger beginning before the end of the month, the White House announced Thursday. Administration officials outlining the plan said vaccines will be distributed across thousands of different sites, but …

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White House shifts COVID-19 funds due to stalemate on new money

The White House said Wednesday it is cutting funds from some areas of its COVID-19 response in order to shift money to vaccines and treatments, given that new funding remains stalled in Congress.   The administration is cutting money from areas like testing and research on next-generation vaccines in order to move that into buying more …

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Watchdog presses NIH over foreign funding disclosures

The oversight office for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report Tuesday that found a majority of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) grant recipients failed to meet federal requirements regarding foreign financial interests and support. HHS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that more than two-thirds of grantees — 69 …

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Biden announces fifth baby formula mission, shipment to come from Germany

President Biden on Monday announced a fifth mission to bring infant formula to the U.S. from overseas, with the most recent shipment arriving from Cologne, Germany. The shipment of Nestlé infant formulas will be transported to Fort Worth, Texas, on June 9. The products will be distributed through Nestlé and Gerber distribution channels, according to …

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White House criticizes Louisiana abortion bill as ‘radical’

The White House on Monday forcefully criticized a bill moving through the Louisiana state legislature that would ban most abortions and impose criminal penalties on doctors who perform the procedure if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.   “The Louisiana legislature has taken the latest step in a growing attack against the fundamental freedoms …

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Harris, Murthy to outline recommendations to address health worker burnout

Vice President Harris and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Monday will visit Children’s National Hospital to highlight the issue of burnout and mental health among healthcare workers. The two officials will detail a new advisory from the surgeon general highlighting the need to address burnout among healthcare workers, who have been inundated with patients and …

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Biden says monkeypox quarantine requirements unlikely, but ‘people should be careful’

President Biden on Monday said he does not expect the United States to impose quarantine requirements for individuals infected by or exposed to monkeypox, but he urged Americans to “be careful” as the virus circulates more widely. Biden was asked during a press conference in Tokyo about other countries, namely Belgium, that have required those …

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Jill Biden celebrates new childhood cancer partnership with Costa Rica

First Lady Jill Biden visited a children’s hospital in Costa Rica’s capital on Sunday to celebrate a new partnership to combat childhood cancer. “Together, we can end cancer as we know it,” Biden said in remarks celebrating the partnership between Costa Rica, the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We can give …

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Biden says ‘everybody’ should be concerned about monkeypox

President Biden said Sunday that “everybody” should be concerned about the recent cases of monkeypox detected in the United States and Europe.   Biden, who took questions from reporters before departing South Korea for Japan, said his health advisers had not yet briefed him on the “level of exposure” of the disease other than to …

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Biden signs bill to protect access to baby formula amid shortage

President Biden on Saturday passed a bill intended to expand access to baby formula for certain families amid a shortage in the United States after Congress passed the legislation earlier this week. Biden signed the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022 while in Seoul during a four-day trip to Asia. The legislation is aimed …

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Biden says US has offered vaccines to North Korea but got no response

President Biden said Saturday the United States has offered vaccines to North Korea and China to help fight COVID-19 outbreaks, but neither has responded. “The answer is yes we’ve offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but to China as well,” Biden said at a joint press conference in Seoul with the South Korean president. …

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CDC warns doctors to watch for monkeypox

Federal health officials on Friday advised clinicians to watch out for a telltale rash that could be a symptom of monkeypox, a rare viral infection found in the U.S. earlier this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory Friday, saying it is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to investigate a …

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White House announces first government flights to deliver baby formula from Europe to US

The Biden administration on Thursday announced the first flights will take place in the coming days to deliver infant formula from Europe to the United States as part of a new government initiative to address the domestic formula shortage. The Pentagon is working to get planes in place to fly the equivalent of 1.5 million …

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Harris meets with abortion providers, condemns ‘outrageous’ Oklahoma law

Vice President Harris on Thursday spoke with a group of abortion providers who she said are serving “on the front lines” of a “war on women’s rights.” Harris held a virtual meeting with doctors, nurses and reproductive rights advocates who are working in states with particularly restrictive abortion laws like Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. The …

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Harris to meet virtually with abortion providers

Vice President Harris on Thursday will meet virtually with abortion providers from around the country to highlight the Biden administration’s support for reproductive rights after a leaked draft opinion showed the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade. Harris will be at the White House and will meet via video stream with four abortion providers: …

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Fauci and Birx at odds over angry encounter with Pence

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci and his former colleague Deborah Birx are in rare public disagreement over their recollections of a tense meeting with then-Vice President Mike Pence. In her recent book, Birx, who served on the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, recalled a meeting with the vice president, Fauci and Robert Redfield, …

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Buttigieg points blame at Abbott for baby formula shortage

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on Sunday blamed the worsening baby formula shortage on Abbott Nutrition, one of the largest formula suppliers in the country. Baby formula shortages due to supply chain and workforce issues were amplified by a recall of formulas made by Abbott and an ongoing shutdown of its manufacturing plant in …

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Booster shot slowdown leaves older Americans at risk

The delivery of coronavirus booster shots in the U.S. has stagnated, particularly among older populations, leaving millions of vulnerable people at risk of serious infection and death.  After bottoming out in late March and early April, COVID-19 infections are steadily rising across the country.  More worrisome, hospitalizations have also increased 20 percent over the past …

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Obama encourages people to take part on abortion rights protests

Former President Obama is encouraging people to participate in nationwide abortion rights protests on Saturday, saying he was “proud” that Americans were standing up for abortion righs. Protests in Washington, D.C., and across the country are planned on Saturday amid fears that the Supreme Court is about to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision establishing …

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Biden: Progress on baby formula supply coming ‘very shortly’

President Biden on Friday said he expects the administration will make progress on increasing the supply of baby formula soon, amid the ongoing national shortage. “This is a process. We’re working on it very, very hard. There’s nothing more urgent we’re working on than that right now and I think we’re going to be making …

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White House announces measures to ease baby formula shortage

The White House on Thursday announced new steps to try to ease the ongoing baby formula shortage, as the Biden administration fends off political attacks ahead of the congressional midterm elections. The steps include urging states to expand formula access for people who receive benefits from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at the …

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US shares COVID-19 technology, research with WHO to expand vaccine access

The White House on Thursday announced it is licensing COVID-19 technologies to the World Health Organization to enable global manufacturers to make COVID-19 shots and increase testing capability. Through the National Institute of Health (NIH), the White House said it licensed “research tools and the intellectual property” for several COVID-19 technologies to the Medicines Patent …

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Biden to speak with infant formula manufacturers amid shortage

President Biden is scheduled to speak with retailers and manufacturers later Thursday about the ongoing efforts to resolve an infant formula supply shortage, a White House official said. The White House is also planning to announce “additional actions” the Biden administration is taking to address the shortage on Thursday, the official said. A nationwide shortage …

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US hosts global COVID-19 summit with funding stalled in Congress

Top Biden administration officials are meeting virtually with world leaders and representatives from the private sector on Thursday for a global COVID-19 summit.   The meeting is part of a push to get countries and organizations to increase their commitments to the global fight against the pandemic, but it comes at a difficult time for …

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Biden to order flags at half-staff to mark 1 million COVID deaths

President Biden will order flags at half-staff Thursday to commemorate the deaths of one million Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19.  Biden released a statement Thursday morning honoring those who have died in the U.S. over the last two years of the pandemic. He is also set to address a global, virtual COVID-19 summit later …

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CDC still unsure on cause of hepatitis cases in children, issues new guidance for adenovirus testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing new guidance to clinicians on testing for adenovirus in children as the cause behind the recent cases of pediatric hepatitis around the world remains uncertain. During a press briefing on Friday, CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases Jay Butler shared an update on the hepatitis …

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Becerra says HHS plans to ‘double down’ on providing American women with ‘the care they are entitled to’

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Wednesday said his department plans to “double down” on efforts to provide American women with access to “the care they are entitled to” following the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. During a subcommittee hearing for the Senate Appropriations Committee, …

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Harris warns the ‘rights of all Americans are at risk’ if Roe overturned

Vice President Harris on Tuesday warned the rights of all Americans are at risk if the Supreme Court weakens the right to privacy by overturning Roe v. Wade. A draft opinion leaked Monday night showed the high court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed the right to an …

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Biden: ‘Range of rights’ in question if abortion opinion in leaked draft is final

President Biden on Tuesday said that other rights, including same sex marriage and access to birth control, are in question if a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion which overturned Roe v. Wade becomes final. “It basically says all the decisions relating to your private life — who you marry, whether or not you decide to …

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Becerra on leaked SCOTUS decision: ‘People make their own decisions about their own bodies’

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra spoke out Tuesday in support of preserving the right to an abortion in response to the leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade. “Patients make their own decisions about their own bodies. That’s their right,” Becerra said in a statement on Twitter. …

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Biden declares right to abortion ‘fundamental’ after leak of draft Supreme Court opinion

President Biden declared Tuesday that a woman’s right to have an abortion is “fundamental” and called on voters to elect more pro-abortion officials at the federal level in November so that Democrats can pass legislation protecting abortion rights.   “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land …

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White House’s Paxlovid push hits hurdles

The Biden administration has gone all in on the COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid, announcing new measures to make the oral treatment more widely available and making it clear that Vice President Harris used it as she recovered from the coronavirus. The White House has said it will nearly double the amount of Paxlovid available around the …

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House panel documents reveal Trump officials overrode CDC on COVID-19 church guidance

The House subcommittee investigating the U.S. coronavirus response released new evidence on Friday detailing how Trump administration officials involved themselves in COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to faith-based communities.  The CDC had sent guidance for faith-based communities to the White House in May 2020. In an email exchange …

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FDA proposes ban on menthol in cigarettes, cigars

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars after a very public debate over whether to prohibit them. Under the ruling, menthol would be prohibited as a “characterizing flavor in cigarettes.” Additionally, all characterizing flavors, with the exception of tobacco, would be banned in cigars. The proposed …

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Biden’s planned ban on menthol cigarettes divides Black Americans

The Biden administration’s move to ban menthol cigarettes has the Black community split, with the ban’s supporters arguing it promotes a healthier lifestyle and its critics arguing it unfairly targets Black Americans and could lead to injustices and policing issues.  The White House has heard from both sides of the debate on the Food and …

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FDA grants full approval for COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in young kids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday gave its first full approval for a COVID-19 treatment for children under 12.   The agency granted approval to the treatment remdesivir, also known as Veklury, made by Gilead Sciences, which has already been approved as a treatment for adults.   The treatment was earlier under emergency …

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Federal employee union says OPM hasn’t addressed health, safety concerns for returning workers

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) on Monday accused the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of failing to address health safety concerns as it reopens its offices following the pandemic. The union representing government employees and specifically workers at OPM also is filing numerous labor complaints against the agency. OPM employees returned to the …

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Federal health agencies didn’t report political interference fearing retaliation: audit

Employees from four agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said they did not report possible political interference in their work due to fear of retaliation and a lack of framework to report it, according to a study released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). For its study, the GAO’s conducted “semistructured …

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DHS extends vaccine requirements for entry at Mexico, Canada borders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it will extend COVID-19 vaccine requirements for migrants entering the U.S. at the Mexican and Canadian borders.  In a statement on Thursday, DHS said the latest requirements were extended with consultation from several federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Migrants who …

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Psaki: Biden getting COVID would not mean protocols failed

White House press secretary Jen Psaki maintained Wednesday that it wouldn’t be a failure of the precautions in place to protect President Biden if he were to contract COVID-19, a situation that the White House has recently acknowledged could happen. “No,” Psaki said during an event Wednesday evening when asked if she would consider Biden …

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DOJ to appeal mask ruling if CDC deems mandate necessary for public health

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it would appeal a ruling nullifying the federal mandate for masks on planes and other public transit if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines that a “mandatory order remains necessary for the public’s health.” “The Department continues to believe that the order requiring masking …

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Biden to wear mask on flight to New Hampshire

President Biden and others traveling with him will wear masks on his trip to New Hampshire on Tuesday, despite the federal mask mandate for travel being struck down this week. “During transit on today’s trip, masking will be required in line with CDC guidance,” the White House told The Hill. The president is traveling on …

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White House urges travelers to keep wearing masks after ‘disappointing’ ruling

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the Biden administration still recommends that individuals wear masks on public transit after a judge struck down the federal mask mandate for travel on planes, trains and buses. Psaki told reporters during the daily briefing that administration officials are “still reviewing” the ruling from a federal judge in …

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White House announces global COVID-19 summit in May

The White House on Monday announced it would co-host a global COVID-19 summit in May, in a bid to boost efforts to vaccinate the world.   The announcement comes as efforts to fight the virus globally have hit roadblocks, including $5 billion for global COVID-19 aid being stripped out of a relief package in Congress …

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Biden hosts first White House Easter Egg Roll in two years

President Biden hosted the first White House Easter Egg Roll in two years on Monday, welcoming thousands of families back to the White House after a pandemic-fueled hiatus from the decades-long tradition. “This year we’re finally getting together again and it’s so special,” Biden said on Monday as guests gathered on the South Lawn. The …

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Harris leads first Cabinet meeting ever on maternal health care

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced new efforts and funding to improve the state of maternal health care in the U.S. Vice President Harris convened a cabinet meeting on maternal health care, marking the first time an administration had held a meeting at the cabinet level to address the issue. Harris pointed to the high …

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Deadline looms for mask mandate on planes, trains

The White House has only days to decide if it will renew the mask mandate on public transportation systems as COVID-19 cases once again show signs of rising.  The requirement to wear a mask on airplanes, in airports and on buses and trains has been in place for 14 months under the Biden administration, including …

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White House presses Congress for action in wake of new Oklahoma abortion ban

The White House on Tuesday called on Congress to pass legislation to codify Roe v. Wade in response to the Oklahoma abortion law, which makes it a felony to perform an abortion. The Women’s Health Protection Act “would shut down these attacks and codify this long-recognized, constitutional right,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said …

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White House adviser: Extending TSA mask mandate ‘absolutely’ still on the table

A top White House COVID-19 adviser on Monday said that extending the federal mask mandate for all transportation networks, which is set to expire next week, is “absolutely” under consideration. “This is a CDC decision and I think it is absolutely on the table,” White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said on NBC’s “Today” show, referring …

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Gottlieb says Biden and Pelosi at White House ‘clearly was close contact’

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb shot back at assertions that President Biden was not considered a close contact of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after she tested positive for COVID-19 following a White House event last week. At the event, Biden and Pelosi shared a hug and the president kissed the congresswoman …

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COVID-19 cases among key DC players jumps after Gridiron dinner

At least five high-profile Washington players have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the star-studded Gridiron Club dinner last weekend, one of whom is considered a close contact of Vice President Harris Harris’ Communications Director Jamal Simmons, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) have …

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FDA advisers meet to weigh future of booster doses, possible new strains

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met on Wednesday along with other health officials and experts from around the world to discuss the future of how the U.S. will handle the SARS-CoV-2 virus as cases dwindle and the necessity of future doses is debated. The all-day meeting was …

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Commerce secretary, top House Democrat test positive for COVID-19 breakthrough cases

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) tested positive for a COVID-19 breakthrough cases on Wednesday. The Commerce Department announced Raimondo’s positive test in a statement Wednesday morning. The secretary, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is experiencing mild symptoms. Raimondo will isolate and work from home for five days. She …

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Biden, Harris call for expanding ObamaCare, making boosted subsidies permanent

President Biden and Vice President Harris on Tuesday called on Congress to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make boosted subsidies permanent as they marked proposed updates to the bill with former President Obama. Tuesday marked Obama’s first visit to the White House since his departure in 2017. During his visit, Biden and Harris …

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Biden orders administration to step up efforts against long COVID

President Biden on Tuesday ordered his administration to step up efforts to fight long COVID, seeking to address lingering symptoms in millions of people even as the overall COVID-19 situation improves.   Biden issued a presidential memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop “the first-ever interagency national research action plan on Long …

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Pressure builds on Biden administration to lift transportation mask mandates

The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to lift its transportation mask mandate, set to run until April 18, as officials weigh the risks of the latest omicron subvariant against rising frustrations among states and industry executives.  “We hear from our operators all over the country who are saying that customers are choosing not to …

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Biogen’s Tysabri (natalizumab, SC) Receives EC’s Marketing Authorization to Treat Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Shots: The EC’s approval is based on data from DELIVER and REFINE studies evaluating the efficacy, PK, and PD of Tysabri (300mg, SC, q4w) vs Tysabri (300mg, IV, q4w) in patients with RRMS The results demonstrated that the Tysabri (SC) in both studies showed clinical benefits and well-characterized safety profile. The SC option expands the …

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