CDC Announces Complete Agency Review

CDC Announces Complete Agency Review

April 5, 2022 The CDC announced plans on Monday to revamp the agency following criticism of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Washington Post. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, sent an agency-wide email on Monday afternoon, saying she has hired a senior federal health official from outside the CDC to conduct a … Read more

Texas Governor: Investigate Gender Transition Procedures as ‘Child Abuse’

Texas Governor: Investigate Gender Transition Procedures as ‘Child Abuse’

Feb. 23, 2022 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered state agencies to investigate reports of gender-transition procedures on children as child abuse, which could result in the criminal prosecution of teachers, doctors, and parents of trans children who don’t report the procedures. Abbott sent a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services … Read more

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Would Give Global Economy a Lift Next Year

Gaining a vaccine to help contain the novel coronavirus would provide a big boost to the global economy in 2021, but the initial geographic distribution of that benefit will likely depend on which vaccine candidate works first. Public health officials around the world increasingly believe at least one of the vaccines now in the later … Read more

Russia Strikes Deals to Sell Its Coronavirus Vaccine Internationally

Russia has struck preliminary agreements to sell its Covid-19 vaccine to more than 10 countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East, a development that could give Moscow valuable economic and political leverage internationally. Russian officials say they have secured preliminary deals for the vaccine to be delivered to countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and … Read more

Developing Countries Push to Limit Patent Protections for Covid-19 Vaccines

A group of developing countries, backed by United Nations agencies and activist groups, is pushing to limit patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines being tested by some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies so that inexpensive copies can be produced for poorer nations. South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Pakistan and others argue they won’t be able to … Read more

CDC Chief Predicts Covid-19 Vaccine May Not Be Generally Available Until Next Summer

A top Trump administration health official predicted that a Covid-19 vaccine may not be available to the general public until next summer as the daily number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to roughly 40,000. The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, said he believes a vaccine … Read more

Coronavirus Deals Setback to Global Vaccination Programs, Gates Report Finds

The Covid-19 pandemic has driven nearly 37 million people into extreme poverty and reversed two decades of progress in vaccinating children against once-common childhood diseases, according to a new report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The number of people living in extreme poverty globally has risen 7.1% so far this year in the … Read more

Daily U.S. Coronavirus Cases Drop Slightly; India’s Count Surges

The U.S. added 41,471 cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, a decline from a day earlier, while India reported its fourth straight day with more than 90,000 cases. The new U.S. cases are significantly higher than the daily tallies reported earlier in the week and bring the country’s infection total to about 6.49 million, … Read more

China Injects Hundreds of Thousands With Experimental Covid-19 Vaccines

A Chinese pharmaceutical company has injected hundreds of thousands of people with experimental Covid-19 vaccines, as its Western counterparts warn against administering mass vaccinations before rigorous scientific studies are complete. China National Biotec Group Co., a subsidiary of state-owned Sinopharm, has given two experimental vaccine candidates to hundreds of thousands of people under an emergency-use … Read more