Health Care – COVID Funding Request Denied by GOP Senator

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Today in health care, Republican Senator Richard Burr (North Carolina) pledged Thursday to block further COVID-19 funding unless administration officials provide additional justification.

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GOP senator rings calls for more COVID funding

The prospects for COVID-19 financing don’t look very good.

A senior Republican senator Thursday vehemently rejected calls from Biden administration health officials for more funding to fight COVID-19, saying it would be an “obstacle” until officials provide sufficient justification that the money is needed.

Senator comments. Richard Burr (NC), the top Republican on the Senate Health Committee, shows how difficult it is to seek COVID-19 funding from the Biden administration through Congress, despite urgent warnings from health officials that money is needed to get enough updated vaccines for all Americans this fall, Among other things.

“I will continue to be a barrier to those who think we can just blindly allocate emergency money, borrow it from the Chinese, and spend it on something none of us know what the plan is,” Burr said. During a hearing before the Senate Health Committee.

Terrible warnings of lack of moneyFood and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf said people could die needlessly without new funding if they can’t get up-to-date vaccines and treatments.

  • “For me, the most important thing that is going to happen is for people to die or be hospitalized or have COVID for a long time for days to months and possibly for life unnecessarily if they don’t have access to the latest vaccines and antiviral drugs,” Califf said.
  • White House Pay for retreat Based on Bohr’s claim that he did not present a spending plan, Pointing to a 97-page document which was released in March.

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DeSantis: No government funds for a COVID vaccine for children

Florida will not devote any government resources to vaccinating young children against COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis (PBUH) said Thursday.

In response to a question following a press conference about an annual snake hunt in the Everglades, DeSantis said infants and young children are “practically not at risk of contracting anything with COVID”, so the state would recommend that these children not be vaccinated.

“There are not going to be any government programs that will attempt to get COVID vaccines for infants, young children and newborns,” DeSantis said to the applause of the available crowd. “This is not something we think is appropriate, and therefore we will not use our resources here.”

  • At least 442 children under the age of five had died from COVID-19 as of the end of May, exceeding the number or deaths typically seen from influenza or other vaccine-preventable illnesses, according to federal figures.

Not prohibited but: The governor’s statements come a day after the state confirmed that this would not happen request any Providers of vaccines.

If parents wanted to give their kids the shots, DeSantis said they would be able to, but he didn’t say when they would be available.

  • The White House initially made 10 million vaccines for young children available to states, tribes and other jurisdictions for pre-order in anticipation of licensing.
  • Providers will still be able to order the vaccines themselves, either directly through federal partnerships or from the state. But it is not clear how long parents may have to wait.

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Weather delays reopening of baby formula factory

Abbott Nutrition has halted production at its struggling plant in Sturgis, Michigan due to flooding caused by severe weather.

company on Wednesday announce It has had to stop making EleCare and other specialized metabolic formulas as a result of the damage.

  • Abbott resumed production at the plant just two weeks ago after a months-long shutdown due to a possible link between harmful bacteria and products produced at its facility.
  • The shutdown and subsequent recall helped trigger the infant formula availability crisis. The company said the new damage would likely delay production of new products there for at least a few weeks.
  • High winds, hail, power outages and flooding have affected the plant, and the company will need to carry out repairs and sanitation tests before safely reopening to continue production of the formula.

The company entered into an approval decree with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month, saying that no definitive link had been found between the detected bacterial infection and its products.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf tweeted Wednesday night that the weather events are unfortunate, but that there is more than enough formula to meet the demand.

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26 Diem wants to expand vaccine cooperation with Cuba

A group of House Democrats urged the Biden administration to further ease sanctions against Cuba to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines in the Caribbean nation worldwide.

In a letter led by Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tennes.), lawmakers praised President Biden’s easing of travel and remittance restrictions to the island, while calling for bilateral cooperation on public health.

“As an initial step, we ask that you review US policy toward Cuba in order to facilitate greater equality in global vaccines, with a particular focus on ensuring that US sanctions do not impede current or future efforts by Cuba to share COVID-19 vaccines and related technology and support medical association with low-income countries around the world,” they wrote.

The Democrats’ allure is sure to anger supporters of Cuba’s tougher policy on both sides of the aisle.

But the Biden administration has signaled a willingness to slowly reconsider the restrictions the Trump administration has imposed on the communist island, particularly in areas of policy with humanitarian ramifications.

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How is America preparing for a post-Road reality?

Americans are awaiting action from the Supreme Court in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that will decide the fate of abortion rights in states across the country.

The Supreme Court’s official decision will follow a draft opinion leaked in April to Politico that indicated the court would overturn the Roe v. Wade case.

The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will bring the abortion rights issue back to states that have abortion rights activists on high alert. Thirteen states have direct laws that would take effect if the RO was repealed.

In some cases, state laws include strict restrictions on abortions that do not include exceptions for rape or incest. In states with liberal leanings, officials have moved to protect the procedure by codifying the right to abortion in their state laws.

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what we read

  • Senate passes landmark bill to help veterans with military service burnsCNN)
  • 100 million people in America are burdened with health care debt (Kaiser Health News)
  • Facebook receives sensitive medical information from hospital websites (stat)

country by state

  • Low testing levels may mask a COVID wave in Texas: Experts (ABC)
  • Cases of COVID-19 in Georgia are up 20% in the past week (T.Ribbon Ledger News)
  • Doctors scramble at Florida hospitals as DeSantis chooses to cancel vaccine order for young children (Gainesville Sun)

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