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Rhode Island is the first state to make safe injection sites legal in an effort to prevent opioid overdoses. (Providence Journal)
The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed the 4 million mark on Wednesday. (USA Today)
As of about 8 a.m. ET, the estimated COVID-19 toll in the nation included 33,771,942 cases and 606,220 deaths, increases of 23,244 and 288, respectively, since this time a day ago.
Three patients with vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot improved with therapeutic plasma exchange after initial treatment failed. (New England Journal of Medicine)
Ohio is allowing providers and insurers to refuse to provide any medical treatment that violates their moral, ethical, or religious beliefs. (Rolling Stone)
The entirety of the Tokyo Olympics will take place under a state of emergency in Japan. Organizers have yet to ban domestic spectators from the stands. (CNN)
Florida cruises can soon shake off pandemic safety rules, according to a federal judge who denied CDC’s request to extend regulations past July 18. (Miami Herald)
The U.S. is shipping COVID vaccines to Latin America this week as part of an earlier pledge to share tens of millions of doses with the world. (CNN)
Germany is giving away all of its remaining AstraZeneca vaccine stock — at least half a million doses. (Reuters)
Sinovac’s inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine showed 65.9% vaccine effectiveness for the prevention of COVID-19 — 86.3% for preventing COVID mortality — when used during Chile’s mass vaccination campaign of more than 10 million people. (New England Journal of Medicine)
ACGME puts Tulane University School of Medicine on probation following allegations of racism at the New Orleans institution. (nola.com)
Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, was appointed Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare, CMS announced.
A Black barbershop in Chicago as microcosm of the trials and tribulations of the national coronavirus vaccination push. (Politico)
HIV prevention clinics are in trouble after Gilead announced it is ending its longstanding program of providing free antiretrovirals to uninsured people. (NBC News)
Aducanumab (Aduhelm) gets an updated label that clarifies treatment should be started in people with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia, according to drug maker Biogen.
Dollar General signals its foray into healthcare with the hiring of a chief medical officer. (CNBC)
Pope Francis continues to recover from intestinal surgery for a narrowing of his colon due to inflammation. (AP)
Moderna says it has started testing its mRNA vaccine against seasonal flu in people.
A longer prison sentence was handed to the former president of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy behind a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012. (Reuters)
The pharmaceutical industry is slowly losing public goodwill after riding a high from COVID-19 vaccination and treatment. (FiercePharma)