Biden Clarifies COVID Comment; Men Push to Imprison Over Abortion; Booster Shortage

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President Biden on Tuesday sought to clarify his “pandemic is over” comment, saying “it basically is not where it was.” (Axios)

All adults should be screened for anxiety, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Stay tuned to MedPage Today for more details later today.

Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak after confirming a case in a young man that followed six suspicious deaths in the region this month, the World Health Organization announced.

The U.S. response to disease outbreaks is being hurt by a lack of data. (New York Times)

Users of the Medtronic MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump System, take heed: a potential communication problem within the pump system could cause it to deliver too much or too little insulin, the FDA announced.

“Breath training” can reduce high blood pressure just as well as medication, researchers found. (NPR)

Male state legislators are pushing legislation that would imprison women for abortion. (CNN)

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), already in the spotlight for proposing abortion restrictions nationwide, declared that abortion is “not a state’s rights issue.” (The Hill)

Some pharmacies are experiencing a shortage of Moderna’s COVID-19 bivalent booster shot due to one of its factories being offline after a safety inspection. (Bloomberg)

Canada offers safer opioids in an effort to combat the ever-rising number of overdose deaths; some advocates want the U.S. to do the same. (STAT)

Meanwhile, Canada apparently is planning to drop its COVID vaccine requirement for entry at the end of this month. (Reuters)

John Hancock will be the first life insurer to have customers take a blood test that looks for 50 different types of cancer, although it will initially be done as a pilot program that doesn’t affect customers’ coverage or premiums. (ThinkAdvisor)

The FDA approved sodium thiosulfate (Pedmark) to reduce the risk of ototoxicity associated with cisplatin chemotherapy in pediatric patients with localized cancers.

And the agency released its review of internal agency actions during the infant formula shortage; the agency identified several areas of need, including better IT systems and updated emergency response systems.

Want a little CBD in your seltzer? Not on our watch, says FDA. (STAT)

Negotiations on North Carolina’s Medicaid expansion plan are continuing, with a top state legislator expressing dissatisfaction with a proposal from the North Carolina Healthcare Association. (Raleigh News & Observer)

HHS declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Fiona.

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    Joyce Frieden oversees MedPage Today’s Washington coverage, including stories about Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, healthcare trade associations, and federal agencies. She has 35 years of experience covering health policy. Follow

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