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Biogen to pay $900 million to settle allegations it paid doctors kickbacks to prescribe multiple sclerosis drugs

A Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brian Snyder | Reuters Biogen will pay $900 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company gave doctors kickbacks to encourage them prescribe its drugs, the Justice Department announced on Monday. A former Biogen employee turned whistleblower, Michael Bawduniak, sued the pharmaceutical company in 2012 on behalf of […]

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Moderna asks FDA to authorize omicron Covid boosters for children as young as 6 years old

Following CDC approval for vaccination of children aged 6 months to 5 years, 4 year-old Eleanor Kahn sits with her father Alex, as nurse Jillian Mercer administers the Moderna vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, U.S., June 21, 2022. Mike Blake | Reuters Moderna has asked the […]

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WHO warns ability to identify new Covid variants is diminishing as testing declines

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned that it is struggling to identify and track new Covid variants as governments roll back testing and surveillance, threatening the progress made in the fight against the virus. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, said the virus is still circulating at an “incredibly intense level” around […]

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U.S. monkeypox outbreak is slowing, CDC director says

Monkeypox continues to spread across the U.S., but the pace of new cases has slowed over the last several weeks, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers Wednesday. While the virus is still spreading at a rapid clip in certain regions of the U.S., the growth of new […]

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Watch live: Biden touts electric vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show

[The stream is slated to start at 1:45 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden is delivering a speech Wednesday at the Detroit Auto Show in Michigan to promote the launch of electric vehicle manufacturing in the motor city. Biden is slated […]

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Los Angeles health officials are investigating the death of a person who had monkeypox

A health care worker administers a dose of the JYNNEOS Monkeypox vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Los Angeles, California, on August 9, 2022. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Los Angeles health officials are investigating the death of a person who had monkeypox. Dr. Rita Singhal, director of disease control in […]

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HIV-positive people who have monkeypox are hospitalized more often, CDC study says

People living with HIV who have monkeypox are hospitalized more than twice as often as other patients diagnosed with the rapidly spreading virus, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a report published Thursday, the CDC found that 38% of nearly 2,000 people diagnosed with monkeypox between May and […]

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U.S. monkeypox outbreak is slowing as vaccines become more accessible, health officials say

The U.S. monkeypox outbreak is slowing as vaccines have become more available and there’s broader public awareness about what actions individuals can take to lower their risk of infection, according to White House health officials. Demetre Daskalakis, deputy head of the White House monkeypox response team, said it took 25 days for cases to double […]

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New York ends mask requirement for subways, buses and other mass transit

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) logo is displayed on the side of a subway train in Manhattan, New York on June 2, 2021. Ed Jones | AFP | Getty Images New Yorkers are no longer required to wear masks on mass transit, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday. Hochul said the decision to lift the […]

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People who recently caught Covid can wait a few months to get omicron booster, top health official says

People walk by a Covid-19 testing site at Times Square on May 12, 2022 in New York City. Liao Pan | China News Service | Getty Images People who recently caught Covid can wait a few months to get a new omicron booster, White House Covid response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said on Tuesday. Studies […]