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Monkeypox may have been silently circulating in people since 2018. (New York Times)
Besides new cases from traveling abroad, the CDC said there is evidence of local monkeypox transmission domestically. (Reuters)
Public health experts voiced concerns over the federal government’s handling of the US monkeypox outbreak, with community transmission occurring largely undetected. (Washington Post)
Sanofi-GSK announced the first successful efficacy study against Omicron, reporting their beta-specific vaccine achieved 72% protection versus the variant.
The American College of Physicians and American Medical Association expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the existing New York State measure regulating concealed carry licenses for handguns.
Following the ruling, California legislators are now considering a new law aimed at preventing dangerous people from carrying concealed weapons. (AP)
A modeling study estimated COVID-19 vaccines prevented nearly 20 million deaths worldwide, representing 63% fewer total deaths during the first year of COVID-19 vaccination. (Lancet Infectious Disease)
As of Friday at 8:00 am EDT, the unofficial US COVID toll reached 86,775,206 infections and 1,014,273 deaths, increases of 131,119 and 467, respectively, since yesterday morning.
The FDA announced a Class I recall – the most serious type – of Baxter Healthcare’s Volara system for risk of respiratory distress in ventilated patients using the device at home.
Don’t expect abortion pills to become over-the-counter anytime soon. (Reuters)
The European Medicines Agency announced its endorsement of the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine Valneva for use in adults ages 18 to 50.
The FDA released a 5-year action plan to improve and extend the lives of people battling ALS.
The Biden administration plans to dole out six-figure settlements-ranging between $ 100,000 and $ 200,000 each-to diplomats and intelligence officers who were most affected by Havana syndrome. (Washington Post)
The number of CDC-funded HIV tests administered in health care and non-health-care settings dropped sharply-by 43% and 50% respectively-during the first year of the pandemic, according to new CDC data.
Here’s how HIV medicine has evolved over the years. (NBC News)
By a vote of 402-20, the House passed the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act aimed at tackling mental health and substance use. (The Hill)
A Mississippi county agreed to shell out $ 2.75 million to settle a wrongful death federal lawsuit following the passing of an inmate with diabetes denied insulin. (ABC News)