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FDA Approves First Ebola Treatment

October 15, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved the world’s first successful treatment for the Ebola virus, a major step against one of the world’s deadliest pathogen.

The FDA gave its formal blessing to Inmazeb, a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies produced by the American pharmaceutical company Regeneron, after a trial among 382 adult and pediatric patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved the world’s first successful treatment for the Ebola virus, a major step against one of the world’s deadliest pathogen.

The FDA gave its formal blessing to Inmazeb, a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies produced by the American pharmaceutical company Regeneron, after a trial among 382 adult and pediatric patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The new treatment is a breakthrough, but not one that completely eliminates the threat of a virus that can kill as many as nine in ten of those who contract it if they are not treated….

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Federal Officials Unveil Plan to Provide Free Coronavirus Vaccine

September 16, 2020

The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined a strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly as possible, for free.

In a report to Congress and a separate “playbook” for states, the Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laid out detailed vaccination distribution plans for states, tribal, territorial and local public health programs.

The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined a strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly as possible, for free.

In a report to Congress and a separate “playbook” for states, the Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laid out detailed vaccination distribution plans for states, tribal, territorial and local public health programs.

The playbook warned that states have never needed a pandemic response plan that is this complex….

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White House Tells Hospitals to Bypass CDC on COVID-19 Data Reporting

July 14, 2020

Hospitals will begin sending coronavirus-related information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under new instructions from the Trump administration.

The move will take effect on Wednesday, according to a new guidance and FAQ document for hospitals and clinical labs quietly posted on the HHS website.

Hospitals will begin sending coronavirus-related information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under new instructions from the Trump administration.

The move will take effect on Wednesday, according to a new guidance and FAQ document for hospitals and clinical labs quietly posted on the HHS website.

Previously, hospitals reported to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, which the agency describes as the nation’s most widely used health care-associated infection tracking system. …

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Why the U.S. Is Falling Behind in COVID-19 Fight

July 8, 2020

The United States is falling further behind the rest of the world in fighting the coronavirus as cases set new domestic records.

New daily cases in the U.S. have spiked to a high of around 50,000, a glaring contrast with the European Union, where new case growth has largely been flattened and suppressed. The EU is averaging around 4,000 new cases per day, according to Our World in Data, less than a tenth of the new cases in the U.S., despite having about 100 million more people.

The United States is falling further behind the rest of the world in fighting the coronavirus as cases set new domestic records.

New daily cases in the U.S. have spiked to a high of around 50,000, a glaring contrast with the European Union, where new case growth has largely been flattened and suppressed. The EU is averaging around 4,000 new cases per day, according to Our World in Data, less than a tenth of the new cases in the U.S., despite having about 100 million more people.

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, was the latest authority to point to the contrast on Monday….

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Five Health Care Fights to Watch in 2020

December 30, 2019

Advocates hope lawmakers can beat the odds and move major health care legislation in the new year.

2019 opened with bipartisan talk of cracking down on drug prices and surprise medical bills. But it ended without major legislation signed into law on either front, and a host of other health care battles, including a lawsuit threatening the entire Affordable Care Act, looming over the coming election year.

Advocates hope lawmakers can beat the odds and move major health care legislation in the new year.

2019 opened with bipartisan talk of cracking down on drug prices and surprise medical bills. But it ended without major legislation signed into law on either front, and a host of other health care battles, including a lawsuit threatening the entire Affordable Care Act, looming over the coming election year.

Here are five health care fights to watch in 2020….

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