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Shutdown could affect NIH, CDC, community health centers and HIV/AIDS programs, but Medicare and Medicaid payments won’t stop immediately.
People at lower risk may not need an updated booster, but without a CDC recommendation, insurance companies wouldn’t have to cover it.
The confusion about what’s true—and who’s telling the truth—is of critical importance to public health.
The American Red Cross started screening all donors using a questionnaire to evaluate behavior-based risk. Folks on PrEP may not donate.
An FDA advisory committee expressed concerns about the safety of the fatty liver disease treatment.
Nine total cases have been reported.
People 65 and older and immunocompromised people can get a second bivalent booster; most unvaccinated people now need only one initial shot.
Competition to claim a market has triggered a wave of advertising that has provoked the concern of regulators and doctors worldwide.
Monoclonal antibodies used to prevent COVID-19 in immunocompromised people aren’t active against new virus variants.
Older people, immunocompromised people and those with underlying health conditions can benefit most from additional shots.
Updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna bivalent boosters contain spike proteins from the original and BA.4 and BA.5 omicron variants.
Updated boosters could go to the “worried well” who have good insurance rather than to those at highest risk.
The engineered protein vaccine was highly effective in a clinical trial but faced a long delay for authorization.
An unusual alliance among senators emerged in the push to allow for the importation of drugs from Canada and the United Kingdom.
After a long wait, the FDA authorizes Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children as young as 6 months old.
The potentially lifesaving prescription drug buprenorphine is less available to women and Black and Latino people with opioid addiction.
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