Negotiators in Congress agreed to an additional $10 billion in COVID-19 funding to address U.S. needs but have dropped international aid from the package, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on April 4.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on March 22 he intends to hold votes this spring on a bill that would cap the cost of insulin, a life-sustaining diabetes drug.

President Joe Biden called for the U.S. Senate to approve his Build Back Better legislation to reduce the costs of prescription drugs provided through Medicare and cap out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors.

U.S. President Joe Biden on February 10 said he expected inflation to start to ease during 2022 as supply chain logjams clear up, while saying his administration was already helping ease shortages, as new data showed the biggest jump in consumer prices in 40 years.

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf is one step closer to returning to his old office after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advanced his nomination in a 13–8 bipartisan vote.

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on December 8 approved a Republican measure that would overturn President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for private businesses, with two Democrats joining Republicans to back the initiative.

President Joe Biden on November 12 said he would nominate Robert Califf for a second stint as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and urged the Senate to swiftly confirm him.

Acting U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock’s days as interim head of the regulatory agency are numbered due to federal regulations. Not only does President Biden have to appoint a new FDA commissioner, he will also need to tap a new head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) following the retirement announcement of longtime director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the cause of more than 80 percent of new U.S. Covid-19 cases, but the authorized vaccines remain more than 90 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, said top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci during a U.S. Senate hearing on July 20.

U.S. lawmakers from both parties and both houses of Congress introduced eight antitrust bills aimed at tackling the problem of high and rising drug prices, including bills to stop brand name drug companies from paying generic firms to stay off the market.