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Gates Foundation pledges up to $120M to spur access to COVID-19 drug molnupiravir for low-income countries
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Gates Foundation pledges up to $120M to spur access to COVID-19 drug molnupiravir for low-income countries

© Shutterstock Recognizing the delays that have plagued low-income countries at nearly every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced this week a pledge of up to $120 million to accelerate access to the antiviral drug molnupiravir among low-income nations. Molnupiravir is not yet authorized by regulators. Still, initial data...

House advances Secure Equipment Act
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House advances Secure Equipment Act

© Shutterstock House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) applauded their U.S. House of Representatives colleagues for advancing the Secure Equipment Act. The measure prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reviewing or issuing new equipment licenses to companies on the agency’s Covered Equipment or Services List posing...

BARDA accepting applications for at-home COVID-19 diagnostics, technologies
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BARDA accepting applications for at-home COVID-19 diagnostics, technologies

© Shutterstock The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) announced a new solicitation this week for the development of rapid and affordable at-home SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics, as well as supportive technologies to further more widespread, decentralized testing for COVID-19. In reaching out, BARDA seeks partners to create these technologies capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 acute infection...

CISA awards $2M for cybersecurity workforce training
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CISA awards $2M for cybersecurity workforce training

© Shutterstock Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) officials announced that two organizations have secured awards totaling $2 millionto develop cybersecurity workforce training programs. NPower and CyberWarrior will focus on the unemployed and underemployed, urban and rural underserved communities, and underserved populations that include veterans, military spouses, women, and people of color. “Addressing the cyber...

FDA expands use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses in eligible populations
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FDA expands use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses in eligible populations

© Shutterstock On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to expand the use of a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations. “Today’s actions demonstrate our commitment to public health in proactively fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “As the pandemic continues to impact the...

House approves sweeping bipartisan bill to revamp Strategic National Stockpile
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House approves sweeping bipartisan bill to revamp Strategic National Stockpile

Credit: HHS ASPR The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 397-22 to approve a bipartisan bill that aims to reform how the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is administered and managed. The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act of 2021, H.R. 3635, would make numerous...

WHO recommends seven policies to build health system resilience, renew health security
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WHO recommends seven policies to build health system resilience, renew health security

© Shutterstock In a new position paper, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the setbacks and failures faced worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted seven means for nations to begin building a more resilient and secure health system. These recommendations include: Utilizing COVID-19 response efforts to strengthen pandemic preparedness and health systems overall Invest...

Bill seeks to enhance wildfire combating efforts
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Bill seeks to enhance wildfire combating efforts

© Shutterstock U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced Tuesday the Military Support for Fighting Wildfires Act, which seeks to bolster wildfire combating efforts. Garamendi joined U.S. Reps. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) and Salud Carbajal (D-CA) in delivering the bill for consideration. The legislation seeks to improve the military’s emergency response support while providing Congressional authorization for...

Sen. Wicker advocates naval ship fleet requirement
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Sen. Wicker advocates naval ship fleet requirement

© Shutterstock During a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Defense, Sasha Baker, affirmed a U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R-MS) naval fleet requirement advocacy. A hearing exchange resulted in Baker expressing intent to pursue a 355-ship Navy fleet while also offering a...

Phase 3 results of Valneva COVID-19 vaccine candidate show high antibody response, tolerability
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Phase 3 results of Valneva COVID-19 vaccine candidate show high antibody response, tolerability

© Shutterstock Results arrived this week for a Phase 3 trial of Valneva SE’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, VLA2001, and they revealed neutralizing antibody activity greater than 95 percent, along with broad T-cell responses and significant tolerability. It was reported that the inactivated, adjuvanted vaccine provided neutralizing antibody titer levels higher than those of a similar...