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The World Health Organization strongly recommended use of Pfizer’s oral antiviral treatment nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid) for high-risk patients in a new statement, calling it the “best therapeutic choice for high-risk patients to date.”
Just a few days after reinstating it, Philly is pulling the plug on its indoor mask mandate. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law granting individuals the power to sue for exposure to toxic substances from medical testing, monitoring, or procedures. (AP)
The American Lung Association’s 2022 “State of the Air” report found over 40% of Americans — representing more than 137 million individuals — live in areas with poor air quality.
CureVac and GSK’s experimental second-generation mRNA COVID vaccine candidate, which combines Beta- and Delta-variant-specific mRNAs, showed strong efficacy in a preclinical mouse study, the developers announced.
Rumblings suggest the government may now wait until June to greenlight a COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5. (Politico)
The FDA cleared Fresenius Medical Care North America’s next generation portable automated peritoneal dialysis system, the VersiPD Cycler System, known for being the “lightest, smallest, and quietest dialysis cycler.”
Some hospitals in Canada are seeing certain procedures pushed off yet again as another pandemic wave looms. (Reuters)
As of Friday at 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll was 80,903,519 cases and 991,969 deaths, increases of 61,769 and 475, respectively, from the same time yesterday.
505: that’s the number of days in a row that one patient in the U.K. with a severely weakened immune system suffered from COVID. (AP)
A new report released by the Government Accountability Office said that FDA and CDC employees didn’t speak up about political interference in their science during the Trump administration for fear of retaliation. (Endpoints News)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s new draft research plan on how to prevent falls in community-dwelling seniors is now open for public comments.
Biogen enlisted the help of the unlikely lobbyist William Clyburn Jr., who happens to have familial ties to Congress, ahead of the Biden administration’s Medicare coverage decision for its controversial Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab (Aduhelm). (FiercePharma)
A New York doctor was indicted in a $10 million healthcare fraud scheme for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicare Part D plans. (Department of Justice)
Thirteen survivors of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse announced they intend to sue the FBI for failing to act after 6 months. (NPR)
HHS issued an alert warning healthcare providers of a possible ransomware attack from a group known as Hive. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
In an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that deemed Puerto Ricans ineligible for the federal disability program, Supplemental Security Income, that provides monthly income to older, disabled, and blind Americans. (CNBC)
Researchers published the mutational signature analysis of 18,640 cancers, representing the largest cohort of whole-genome-sequenced cancer samples ever. (Science)
Delaware County Council in Pennsylvania declared a health crisis as Crozer Health plans to shudder many of its hospitals’ doors. (6ABC)