These benefits will disappear when Biden ends the Covid national and public health emergencies in May | CNN Politics

President Joe Biden intends to end the Covid-19 national and public health emergencies on May 11, the White House said Monday. That means that many Americans could have to start paying for Covid-19 testing and treatment after the declarations cease.The White House, in a statement of administration policy announcing opposition to two House Republican measures to end the emergencies, said the national emergency and public health emergency authorities declared in response to the pandemic wouldContinue…

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National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity to meet | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) will convene virtually on January 27, 2023, to discuss the draft report of the NSABB Working Groups to Review and Evaluate the U.S. Government Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight (PC3O) and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) Policies. The draft report will be posted on the NSABB website ahead of the meeting. Members of the public may provide comments on the draft report at the meetingContinue…

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U.S. military says no ‘hard data’ showing vaccine mandate hurts recruiting | Reuters

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. military has no data to back up claims by top Republicans in Congress that the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is hurting recruiting, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday.”I’ve not seen any hard data that directly links the COVID mandate to an affect on our recruiting,” Austin told a news conference.Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who is vying to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and otherContinue…

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$35 insulin caps for Medicare patients is not enough

The sky-high cost of insulin is causing adults in the U.S. with diabetes to ration their medication. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), people with Type 1 diabetes need about two-to-three vials per month, which could total up to $1,000 or more. For those working to make ends meet, paying up to $300 a vial is near impossible, pushing people to either take less insulin than normal or skip a dosage entirely—putting their livesContinue…

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Network for Community-Engaged Primary Care Research | Community Engagement Alliance

Network for Community-Engaged Primary Care Research (NCPCR) supports the CEAL mission by leveraging community-engaged research in primary care settings to address health inequities. The trusted voices of health care providers are enabled as they engage patients within their communities. In this role, primary care providers actively address misinformation and disinformation related to prevention and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its lingering effects and symptoms. Source: Network for Community-Engaged Primary Care Research | CommunityContinue…

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COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine Boosters Have Been Authorized for School Age Children | FDA

The FDA authorized bivalent formulations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months after completing primary or booster vaccination.The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as single booster dose in individuals 6 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 5 years of age and older. Source: COVID-19 Bivalent VaccineContinue…

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Should covid-19 vaccines and drugs be “not for profit”? | The BMJ

Yes—Mohga Kamal-Yanni Inequality in access to medicines and vaccines has been prevalent in developing countries for decades. The HIV epidemic of the 1980s revealed massive faults in the global system of biomedical research—primarily a reliance on market incentives to dictate research and development (R&D) of pharmaceuticals through intellectual property rights. Millions of people died of AIDS, mainly in Africa, for lack of access to the highly priced medicines that could have saved their lives. AndContinue…

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New HHS Report: COVID-19 Vaccinations in 2021 Linked to More than 650,000 Fewer COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Over 300,000 Fewer Deaths Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Underscoring Importance of Getting Updated COVID-19 Vaccines This Fall | HHS.gov

“This report reaffirms what we have said all along: COVID-19 vaccines save lives and prevent hospitalizations,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We now have updated COVID vaccines designed to protect you against the Omicron strain of COVID that makes up almost all COVID cases in the U.S. The Biden-Harris Administration has ensured that updated vaccines are available at tens of thousands of locations nationwide. Over 90 percent of Americans live within 5 miles of whereContinue…

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Newly Disabled by Covid? Please Take This Advice From Long Term Disabled Advocates.

If you’re newly disabled from COVID, please heed my warning: take a step back and understand this new reality before advocating. pic.twitter.com/EPBPeWc3Rg — Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin) September 1, 2022   We’re happy for the fresh voices in this struggle, but you have to be aware of just what the struggle is. Once you become disabled, non disabled people having been informed by societal ableism, don’t take you as seriously as theyContinue…

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