Omicron will likely ‘dominate and overwhelm’ the world in 3-6 months, doctor says

SINGAPORE — The new Covid variant omicron will likely “overwhelm the whole world” in the coming months, according to a Singapore-based infectious disease doctor. While vaccines against the strain can be developed quickly, they need to be tested over three to six months to prove that they can provide immunity against the variant, Dr. Leong Hoe … Read more

Jury holds CVS, Walgreens and Walmart responsible for role in opioid crisis

This illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon delivered on medical prescription taken on September 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Eric Baradat | AFP | Getty Images Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the … Read more

Johnson & Johnson plans to split into two companies

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday that it is planning to break up into two companies, splitting off its consumer health division that sells Band-Aids and Baby Powder from its large pharmaceuticals unit. The healthcare company will separate its consumer health business into a new publicly traded company and is aiming to complete the planned … Read more

Joe Manchin’s former aides lobbied Congress for oil, gas and pharma while he fought to shrink Biden’s economic plans

Sen. Joe Manchin has been working to shrink or eliminate key elements of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s massive social spending and climate proposal as several of his former advisors lobby Congress for their corporate clients. Manchin, the moderate West Virginia Democrat, has at least six former aides and advisors lobbying members of … Read more

From clean energy to health, Morgan Stanley picks India stocks set to see strong growth

A man counts Indian rupee banknotes for a photograph near the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India. Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg | Getty Images After outpacing other emerging markets, India’s stocks are poised to see strong earnings growth in years to come, Morgan Stanley said. Source link

Merck to seek emergency authorization for oral Covid treatment after ‘compelling results’ in trials

A nurse tends to a Covid-19 patient at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, August 24, 2021. Nick Oxford | Reuters Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics plan to seek emergency authorization for their oral antiviral treatment for Covid-19, after the medicine showed “compelling results” in clinical trials. The drug, molnupiravir, reduced the risk of … Read more

A Pill to Treat COVID Could Be Just Months Away

By JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Friday, September 24, 2021 (Kaiser News) — Within a day of testing positive for covid-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing assistant, was having trouble breathing, symptoms serious enough to send her to … Read more

CDC director weighs in on whether kids should go trick-or-treating on Halloween amid the pandemic

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 31: A child dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween at Fort Green Park on October 31, 2020 in New York City. The CDC shared on their website alternative ways to still celebrate the holiday while being safe. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) David Dee Delgado | Getty Images News … Read more

U.S. decision on Pfizer Covid shot for kids age 5 to 11 could come in October, sources say

A child watches as a nurse administers a shot of COVID-19 vaccine during a pop-up vaccination event at Lynn Family Stadium on April 26, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jon Cherry | Getty Images Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer‘s Covid-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of … Read more

Biden’s employer vaccine mandates ‘essential to creating a safe work environment,’ says Dr. Ashish Jha

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, applauded President Joe Biden‘s push to increase vaccine mandates covering millions of U.S. workers.  “People don’t want to change jobs, people don’t want to be inconvenienced,” said Jha on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”  “I do think a vast majority of people … Read more