Vaccine Maker Earned Record Profits but Delivered Disappointment in Return

Emergent BioSolutions was awarded a $628 million federal contract with no competitive bidding. Top executives received big bonuses while factories mostly sat idle and tens of millions of Covid-19 doses were thrown away.

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Biden Administration Moves to Unkink Supply Chain Bottlenecks

A swath of recommendations calls for more investments, new supply chains and less reliance on other countries for crucial goods.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-department, #factories-and-manufacturing, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #rare-earths, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Recognizes Pride Month, Vowing to Fight for LGBTQ Rights

The official recognition is a turnabout from the policies of President Donald J. Trump, who refused to acknowledge the celebration.

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Democrats Quieter About Migrant Children Detention

House Democrats led angry efforts to denounce the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant children. With the issue bedeviling President Biden, they are voicing worries privately.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #health-and-human-services-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Hospital Chains Get Covid Aid, and Buy Up Competitors

The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care.

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Migrant Children Still Vex Biden

The Biden administration’s drive to empty detention centers at the border has created new concerns as children fill emergency shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #child-custody-and-support, #children-and-childhood, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In New Vaccination Push, Biden Leans on His ‘Community Corps’

Frantic efforts to vaccinate people in an underserved area of Philadelphia underscore a difficult new stage of the nation’s vaccination campaign, as door-to-door efforts become the norm.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-and-human-services-department, #philadelphia-pa, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients

Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Prohibits Health Care Discrimination vs. Transgender People

The administration reversed a Trump administration policy that said the Affordable Care Act’s protections did not apply to transgender people.

#discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘This Is Politics’: Dr. Rachel Levine’s Rise as Transgender Issues Gain Prominence.

President Biden’s assistant secretary for health is the highest-ranking openly transgender person ever to serve in the federal government.

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Overcrowded Border Jails Give Way to Packed Migrant Child Shelters

Federal documents indicate that while the Biden administration has cleared migrant children from border detention centers, now shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services are strained.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-custody-and-support, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Another Reversal, Biden Raises Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed Into the U.S.

The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Indian Health Service Settles Dispute Over Care in New Mexico

The federal agency agreed to postpone for a year its proposal to cut service at a hospital serving 9,100 tribal citizens.

#acoma-pueblo-nm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vallo-brian-d

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U.S. Shows Progress in Moving Migrant Children From Border Jails

New government statistics show a backlog of migrant children being held at Border Patrol facilities contrary to law has greatly diminished.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #child-custody-and-support, #health-and-human-services-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Ends Limit on Fetal Tissue Research

The decision reverses Trump administration rules and allows scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to develop treatments for diseases including cancer and AIDS.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fetal-tissue, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #tissue-human, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Biden Administration Ends Limits on Use of Fetal Tissue for Research

The decision reverses Trump administration rules and allows scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to develop treatments for diseases including cancer and AIDS.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fetal-tissue, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #tissue-human, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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The Covid-19 Plasma Boom Is Over. What Did We Learn From It?

The U.S. government invested $800 million in plasma when the country was desperate for Covid-19 treatments. A year later, the program has fizzled.

#american-red-cross, #antibodies, #blood, #blood-donation, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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President Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #durbin-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #jayapal-pramila, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #durbin-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #jayapal-pramila, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Young Migrants Crowd Shelters, Posing Test for Biden

The administration is under intensifying pressure to expand its capacity to care for as many as 35,000 unaccompanied minors, part of a wave of people crossing the border.

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Biden Administration Announces Ad Campaign to Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

The public awareness push includes 275 participating organizations that will speak to communities where skepticism of the coronavirus vaccine remains high.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #minorities, #online-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Announces Actions to Combat Anti-Asian Attacks

“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” President Biden said after an assault on a woman in New York.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #domestic-violence, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #health-and-human-services-department, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Names Harris to Work With Central America on Migration

The president gave the vice president a prominent role in the politically charged issue at a time when thousands of children are being detained in facilities along the border.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #cuellar-henry, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #foreign-aid, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rachel Levine Is First Openly Transgender Official Confirmed by Senate.

The Senate vote, 52 to 48, followed a contentious confirmation hearing that became a flash point in the battle over transgender rights.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #health-and-human-services-department, #levine-rachel-1957, #senate, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Culture Wars Leave Biden Posts in Department of Health and Human Services Vacant

Fights over President Biden’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services have centered on transgender policies, abortion and contraception coverage.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Health Agency Jobs Go Unfilled

Fights over President Biden’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services have centered on transgender policies, abortion and contraception coverage.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Surge in Migrants Defies Easy or Quick Solutions for Biden

The administration expects more apprehensions at the border this year than at any point in the past two decades. Enacting policy to deal with the problems faces deep-rooted political and logistical challenges.

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Maggots, Rape and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public

Nursing homes have manipulated the influential star system in ways that have masked deep problems — and left them unprepared for Covid-19.

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Facing Pressure, Biden Administration Scrambles to Shelter Migrant Children

The White House also revived an Obama-era policy that allows Central American children to apply for admission to the U.S. from their home country.

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President Biden Faces Challenge From Surge of Migrants at the Border

The president’s promise of a more humane policy is being tested as more unaccompanied children seek to enter the United States from Mexico.

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Declare Racism a Public Health Emergency

It would be more than just a symbolic gesture.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, and Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Health agencies and hospitals are using different formulas to allocate the coronavirus shots, exacerbating disparities in vaccine access.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #providence-healthservices, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

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For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’

Commutations in high-profile Medicare fraud cases have elicited anger among those who spent years pursuing complex prosecutions.

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Frustrations Boil at Pace of Vaccinations at Long-Term Care Facilities

The Trump administration raised hopes of a speedy process for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Patience is wearing thin.

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Last-Minute Rule Seeks Term Limits on Top Career Health Officials

The Trump administration wants to mandate job reviews for top government scientists and managers every five years, which could lead to reassignment.

#food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #law-and-legislation, #term-limits-political-office, #trump-donald-j

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An 11th-Hour Approval for Major Changes to Medicaid in Tennessee

The Trump administration’s move, which Biden could eventually reverse, would loosen program rules and cap the state’s funding as part of a block grant.

#health-and-human-services-department, #medicaid, #tennessee, #verma-seema

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Coronavirus Vaccine Demand Has Health Officials Turning to Eventbrite

Public health officials are using Eventbrite’s online ticketing platform to schedule shots. But appointments are still hard to find, and not everyone knows how to use the website.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eventbrite, #florida, #health-and-human-services-department, #privacy, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Covid, Covid, Covid’: In Trump’s Final Chapter, a Failure to Rise to the Moment

As the U.S. confronted a new wave of infection and death through the summer and fall, the president’s approach to the pandemic came down to a single question: What would it mean for him?

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U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

The government’s new nutritional recommendations arrive amid a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on American health.

#agriculture-department, #alcoholic-beverages, #breastfeeding, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #health-and-human-services-department, #men-and-boys, #obesity, #oils-and-fats, #omega-3-fatty-acids, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #science-and-technology, #united-states, #weight, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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Why Covid Antibody Drugs Go Unused as Need Soars

While such treatments are promising, their use has been slowed by testing lags, overwhelmed hospitals and a perception the therapies are only for well-connected people.

#antibodies, #azar-alex-m-ii, #carson-benjamin-s, #christie-christopher-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #trump-donald-j, #your-feed-healthcare

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‘Like a Hand Grasping’: Trump Appointees Describe the Crushing of the C.D.C.

Kyle McGowan, a former chief of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, go public on the Trump administration’s manipulation of the agency.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campbell-amanda-c, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #mcgowan-kyle, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration Plans a Rushed Effort to Encourage Americans to Be Vaccinated

A large-scale public education campaign, delayed by false starts and investigations, will get off the ground just as the coronavirus vaccine becomes available to high-risk Americans.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #caputo-michael-r, #celebrities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #health-and-human-services-department, #online-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #weber-mark

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Covid Meds Are Scarce, but Not for Trump Cronies

Rudy Giuliani got monoclonal antibodies. You probably can’t.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #trump-donald-j

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Xavier Becerra’s Move to the Biden Administration

Wednesday: A closer look at the attorney general’s ascension. Also: “Best Of” lists in 2020.

#becerra-xavier, #california, #health-and-human-services-department

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Xavier Becerra, Surprise Pick to Run H.H.S., Is ‘the Latino Joe Biden’

Mr. Becerra was the first in his family to go to college. As attorney general of California, he took on the Trump administration on nearly every front. But can he take on the pandemic?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-transition-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Biden Opportunity and How to Blow It

The president-elect won promising conciliation. His choice of Xavier Becerra to run Health and Human Services promises culture war.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #health-and-human-services-department, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services

The selection of Mr. Becerra, the California attorney general, is a surprise. If confirmed, he will face a daunting challenge in leading the department at a critical moment in the pandemic.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #health-and-human-services-department, #hispanic-americans, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Santa Claus and Covid-19: Christmas Will Be Different This Year

After a brush with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, professional Santa Clauses are just trying to get through this holiday season safely.

#advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices, #caputo-michael-r, #health-and-human-services-department, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus

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Trump Gave W.H.O. a List of Demands. Hours Later, He Walked Away.

When President Trump quit the health organization, he left a list of seven demands on the table. Here they are.

#andrew-bremberg, #azar-alex-m-ii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #geneva-switzerland, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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