HHS also announced an investment of $600 million in 12 domestic COVID-19 test manufacturers.
Pfizer had said in August it will launch a cost-cutting program if its COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral treatment keep underperforming expectations in the coming months due to plunging demand.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, which makes Vicks NyQuil, accusing the companies of deceiving consumers about decongestant cold medicines.
The agency did not choose to target the shots at specific high-risk populations as some experts have suggested, and other countries have recommended. The shots are part of a push by public health officials to align the next COVID vaccines more closely with the actual circulating variant of the virus, much as annual flu shots are designed.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel is due on Tuesday to recommend whether the updated COVID-19 shots formulated by vaccine manufacturers should be given broadly or just to specific populations at higher risk during this fall’s vaccination campaign.
The new test specifically targets the XBB.1.5 Omicron variant and will help researchers closely track the virus’s lineage and provide insights into the epidemiology and impact it has on public health.
The U.S. government may impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers to the United States from China over concerns about the “lack of transparent data” coming from Beijing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs on Tuesday said it has reached settlements with about 10,000 plaintiffs covering more than 5,000 cases in California
For years digital health platforms have been integral in helping navigate viral outbreaks such as HIV, COVID-19, and monkeypox. Ramin Bastani, CEO of Healthvana – a platform that delivers test results and records (the company just surpassed 50 million records delivered) to get patients on the right track to receive treatment – talks about how such digital health solutions are improving the response to disease outbreaks.
A team of trauma specialists will provide essential trauma-informed trainings, client counsel, and integrated communications services. Ketchum also commits to a 100% trauma-informed workplace.