Categories
Business

Hispanic dialysis patients face 40% higher risk of staph

Hispanic dialysis patients face a 40% higher risk of developing a staph bloodstream infection compared with whites, underscoring economic and racial disparities in the U.S. health-care system, according to new data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults on dialysis for kidney failure were 100 times more likely to contract staph […]

Categories
Business

U.S. plans to stop buying Covid shots for the public this fall.

A pharmacist delivers a COVID-19 booster dose at a Chicago CVS store in October. Antonio Perez | Tribune News Service | Getty Images The U.S. will stop buying Covid shots at reduced price for the entire country and shift vaccine distribution to the private market as soon as early fall, shifting the cost to U.S. […]

Categories
Business

The Covid pandemic drives Pfizer’s 2022 revenue to a record $100

Empty vials of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) children’s vaccines are pictured at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, U.S., May 19, 2022.  Hannah Beier | Reuters The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic propelled pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s earnings to a record $100 billion last year, almost $57 billion of which was driven by its vaccine and antiviral pill Paxlovid, […]

Categories
Business

WHO says Covid remains a global emergency but pandemic could near

Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends an ACANU briefing on global health issues, including COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, December 14, 2022.  Denis Balibouse | Reuters The World Health Organization on Monday said Covid-19 remains an global health emergency as the world enters the fourth […]

Categories
Business

The FDA’s power to approve drugs faces sweeping challenge in

Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol, the two drugs used in a medication abortion, are seen at the Women’s Reproductive Clinic, which provides legal medication abortion services, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on June 17, 2022. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration is squaring off with anti-abortion physicians in an unprecedented […]

Categories
Business

FDA says Covid vaccines will probably get an annual update but

Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration has laid out a road map for what Covid-19 vaccination may look like moving forward. In a briefing document published Monday, the FDA said the vaccines will probably need an annual update as the virus continues to evolve. The agency would select the Covid strain […]

Categories
Business

Moderna says RSV vaccine is 84% effective at preventing disease

Moderna on Tuesday said its vaccine that targets respiratory syncytial virus is effective at preventing disease in older adults. The vaccine was 83.7% effective at preventing lower respiratory tract disease, defined as two or more symptoms, in people ages 60 and older, according to the Boston biotech company. It was 82.4% effective at preventing lower […]

Categories
Business

CDC says it’s ‘very unlikely’ Pfizer booster carries stroke risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it is “very unlikely” the Pfizer omicron booster carries a risk of stroke for seniors after it launched an investigation into a preliminary safety concern detected by one of its monitoring systems. The CDC, in a statement posted to its website Friday, said a surveillance system […]

Categories
Business

Watch live: Nassau County GOP officials make ‘major announcement’

(The press conference is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if the above video doesn’t start at that time.) The Nassau County Republican Committee and dozens of local elected GOP officials from New York are making a “major announcement” on Wednesday about freshman Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y. who is under […]

Categories
Business

Omicron XBB.1.5 is rising in U.S. though revised CDC data shows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday revised downward its estimate of how much the omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant is circulating across the U.S., though it continues to spread at a faster pace than other versions of Covid-19. XBB.1.5 made up 27.6% of sequenced Covid cases nationally for the week ending Jan. 7 compared […]