GOP governors, senators take aim at Pentagon COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Nearly all Republican governors and 13 GOP Senate lawmakers are taking aim at the Biden administration’s military COVID-19 vaccine mandate, with the two groups on Wednesday urging congressional leadership to try to alter or altogether dismantle the ruling.  The 21 GOP governors, led by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, issued a joint letter to top lawmakers asking them to … Read more

Health Care — FDA halts authorization of last COVID antibody drug

RIP to Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter responsible for some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits.   Today in health, the rise of new COVID-19 omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 has led to the one remaining monoclonal antibody treatment no longer being authorized by the FDA.  Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on … Read more

FDA pauses authorization for last remaining COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Wednesday that the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment bebtelovimab from Eli Lilly is no longer authorized for emergency use in the U.S. as it is not expected to be effective at neutralizing the two most dominant omicron subvariants in the country right now. The omicron subvariants BQ.1 and … Read more

Why China Is Still Stuck in a Zero-Covid Nightmare

Scott Kennedy, senior adviser with the Washington, DC, think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, visited China in October. “When I was there, it seemed clear to me that, privately, officials understood they needed to exit zero-Covid, and that plans were in the works to do so that would be implemented after the 20th … Read more

Health Care — Twitter to stop moderating COVID-19 misinformation

🎭 Looks like we’ll be stuck with the Phantom for just a bit longer. A boost in ticket sales has pushed back the end of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway by two months.  Today in health, Twitter will no longer be enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy as part of Elon Musk’s aims of rolling back … Read more

Heart Disease Deaths Spiked During COVID

Nov. 29, 2022 – Deaths from heart disease and stroke among adults living in the United States have been on the decline since 2010. But the COVID-19 pandemic reversed that downward trend in 2020, new research shows.  It was as if COVID had wiped out 5 years of progress, pushing rates back to levels seen … Read more

IMF chief calls for ‘recalibration’ of China ‘zero-COVID’ policy

The chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for a “recalibration” of China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy on Tuesday following rare protests in the country that put pressure on Chinese officials to ease them.  Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the IMF, told The Associated Press in an interview that China needs to change its … Read more

U.S. Flu Activity Already at Mid-Season Levels

Nov. 29, 2022 – Reports of respiratory illness continued to rise as the 2022-23 flu season maintained its early surge through mid-November, according to the CDC.  Nationally, 6% of all outpatient visits were because of flu or flu-like illness for the week of Nov. 13-19, up from 5.8% the previous week, the CDC’s Influenza Division … Read more

Is It Long COVID, or Dementia, or Both?

Nov. 28, 2022 – In early September, about a week after recovering from COVID-19, Barri Sanders went to the bank to pay a bill. But by mistake, she transferred a large amount of money from the wrong account.  “I’m talking about $20,000,” she says. “I had to go back [later] and fix it.” Sanders, 83, … Read more