Covid-19 vaccine doses, boosters or otherwise, are free to the American public because taxpayers, through the federal government, purchased doses from manufacturers in emergency contracts early in the pandemic.
Similarly, Merck wants to sell its new anti-viral drug that combats Covid-19 to the US government, but at an extraordinary mark-up. Development of the drug was subsidized by taxpayers, and cost $17.74 to produce. Merck wants to accuse the US government $712 for medicine.
It’s a common pattern, as David Sirota of The Gardena writes today.
a Study From the National Academy of Sciences tells that story: The federal government spent $100b between 2010 and 2016 to subsidize research on each of the more than 200 drugs approved for sale in the United States.
Furthermore, Sirota writes “a new public citizen”. Analysis shows that the 20 best-selling drugs generated nearly twice the revenue of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States than in every other country Joint”
pharmaceutical manufacturer applied This week for emergency use authorization to the FDA, which will likely precede the lengthy process of obtaining full approval for the drug.
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is due to appear before the House committee investigating the January 6 riots at the Capitol today. However, his lawyers have already said that he will not comply, citing executive privileges.
Now, the question is whether the House committee will refer Bannon to the Justice Department for possible criminal contempt charges related to his refusal to appear.
It is also notable that Bannon has made high-profile public appearances, even refusing to appear before the committee. He hosted a rally Where former President Trump called on Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin to praise and repeat lies about the 2020 election. Youngkin was not present.
“We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to face China,” Bannon said to cheers, Washington Post informed of. “We are building a coalition that will rule for 100 years.”
The event began on January 6 with an oath of allegiance to the flag at the Capitol riot, which one speaker called a “peaceful rally with Donald J. Trump”.
Notably, even though Moderna asked the panel to consider giving a “booster” (or a third dose) to people age 18 and older, the panel posted a question considering whether it should be given to people aged 65 and older. And to those older than that.
This is in line with what the panel recommended for Pfizer booster shots. While the panel was initially asked to consider boosters for the general public, and the administration pushed for the same, experts eventually recommended boosters for the much smaller population of older Americans and those at risk of severe Covid-19. Recommended.
Independent consultants from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will also consider whether to recommend “booster”, or the third dose, of modern commentary For people aged 18 years and over. On Friday, they will consider whether to recommend a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
with experts Vaccines and Related Biological Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will consider whether booster doses are safe and effective for at least six months after people have completed their first series of two shots. Moderna asked experts to consider giving people half the dose of their vaccine, in the hope that it would cause fewer side effects than the first series of doses people received.
Covid-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. The hope is that a third dose, or booster, will further protect people from Covid-19, as some experts have argued that early evidence shows protection against mild to moderate disease.
In particular, there is an ongoing scientific debate about whether reduced immunity to mild and moderate disease will reduce immunity. necessarily Similar to less protection from hospitalization and death.
In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked wealthy countries to hold off on boosters for a year until more people globally get the initial dose. Globally, demand far exceeds supply. Africa is the least vaccinated continent, accounting for just 7.3% of the population received at least one dose.
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Today we look at the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack, where lawmakers summoned former Trump administration advisers.
Legislators eyeing whether former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon it will continue chicken game With lawmakers, a game that could eventually lead to charges of criminal contempt if he refuses to testify before the committee and supplies them with documents.
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