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Biden pick to lead FDA fields questions over pharma ties, abortion pill, COVID tests

Dr. Robert Califf, former head of the Food and Drug Administration and President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the FDA again, drew praise from a top Senate Republican, as well as critical questions from conservatives and others during a Tuesday confirmation hearing. ... Read more»0

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CDC: 25 states report Omicron strain of COVID-19, but Delta remains biggest threat

Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases - but officials emphasized that the highly transmissible Delta variant still remains the main threat.... Read more»0

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, tougher testing requirements for international travelers and more emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday.... Read more»0

Hundreds rally as U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions

The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. ... Read more»0

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

The Democrats’ “Build Back Better” bill that passed the U.S. House did include four weeks of paid leave -but that provision is at risk of deletion in the Senate due to Sen. Joe Manchin- and a failure to take action could have significant political consequences for Democrats in 2022.... Read more»0

Judge blocks federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states

Enforcement of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri.... Read more»0

In lieu of path to citizenship, advocates cheer immigration reforms in spending bill

While a pathway to citizenship was nixed in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and immigration advocates still welcome the protections from deportation expected to impact about 6.5 million undocumented immigrants. ... Read more»0

CDC & FDA panels: COVID-19 booster shots open for all U.S. adults

Federal health officials on Friday moved to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults, in an effort to bolster protection against infections as case counts rise again across the United States. ... Read more»0

House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion 'Build Back Better' plan

U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate - though major revisions are expected to gain support from Senate Democratic moderates.... Read more»0

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. ... Read more»0

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded with yet more cash, and the new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move swiftly to help people facing eviction.... Read more»0

Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4

Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced Thursday by the White House.... Read more»0

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 cleared by CDC panel; final OK near

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a decision that means those children could be receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. ... Read more»0

FDA panel recommends OK for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids 5 to 11

A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. ... Read more»0

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J approved along with 'mix and match' shots

Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. ... Read more»0

How a Mississippi court case could pave way for abortion ban in Arizona, across U.S.

The abortion case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, could spur a cascade of legal changes across two dozen states if justices back the restrictive Mississippi law — and potentially dismantle Roe v Wade. ... Read more»0

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