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The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed the first case of the omicron variant in the United States in an individual in California who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and returned Nov. 22 from South Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today.
The Food and Drug Administration’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee late yesterday voted to recommend an emergency use authorization for Merck’s investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine. The drug, molnupiravir, is meant for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in at-risk adults.
New HIV infections declined among white gay and bisexual men but remained higher and relatively stable among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men between 2010 and 2019, according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Twenty-five organizations, including the AHA, today urged Congress to immediately extend the hold on payment cuts and the private payer data reporting period under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule due to the continued COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) last week advised biotechnology companies specifically and the health care and public health sector generally to review a new report on a malware threat aggressively spreading through the biomanufacturing industry and take appropriation action to protect their information infrastructure.
The AHA and seven other national organizations representing hospitals and health systems today urged congressional leaders to act before yearend to extend the moratorium on Medicare sequester cuts and prevent the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go sequester from taking effect.