Health

Biden administration took control over distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Will this impact FL?

BY: - September 15, 2021

In Florida’s state capital, the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy appears to be adequate to treat more COVID-19 patients, but shortages elsewhere could be cause for concern as demand rises for the treatments. For weeks now, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been traversing the state to tout the effectiveness of the therapy, and at least 25 […]

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and Texas on that list for […]

The reversals have begun: Some school districts backtrack on opt-out mask policies

BY: - September 15, 2021

At least two school districts — Volusia and Lee — that previously adopted strict mask mandates have recently decided to allow parents to opt their students out of the policy for any reason. Another district, Indian River, has approved a change — a hybrid approach that would require masks only at certain times when COVID-19 […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]

Following the Delta surge, FL lawmakers hear about the emerging Mu variant ‘not being responsive to the vaccine’

BY: - September 14, 2021

More COVID-19 mutations are emerging globally including the so-called Mu variant, raising concerns from state lawmakers about whether the strain is resistant to current vaccines used to provide protection against the virus. The World Health Organization has designated the Mu variant as a “variant of interest” and cited that the mutation may potentially reduce vaccine […]

Biden administration announces “comprehensive” plan to fix high drug prices

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its plan to address high drug prices as part of President Joe Biden’s push to take on anticompetitive practices across the economy. But while it addressed in detail abusive practices by drugmakers, it was a lot more superficial about the practices of much-larger corporations that serve […]

DeSantis, 2 top-elected Cabinet members got their COVID shots but oppose Biden vaccine mandates

BY: and - September 13, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have been vaccinated against COVID-19,  yet duringa morning press conference Monday, three of the four top politicians in Florida railed against President Joe Biden’s push for federal vaccine mandates. “We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going […]

Biden, DeSantis butt heads but agree on this: Vaccines, antibody therapy save lives

BY: - September 13, 2021

While President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis clash regularly over management of the deadly resurgence of COVID-19, they agree on this: Approved vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapy are the best medical tools for fighting coronavirus and its Delta variant. The Democratic president and the Republican governor who might run against him in 2024 both […]

DeSantis gets a win: Appeal court allows mask policy that lets parents decide

BY: - September 10, 2021

A state appeal court has freed the DeSantis administration to punish school districts that insist on strict face-masking policies against COVID-19 in defiance of the governor’s insistence that parents be allowed to opt out for their children. A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal voted unanimously to overrule Leon County Circuit Judge […]

FL has seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2021

With Florida hospitals experiencing an influx of patients during the past month due to COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant, the state is now seeing a decline in hospitalizations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 12,651 inpatient beds in use for COVID-19 cases, a decrease from a previous report […]

DeSantis finds a friendly reception during DeFuniak newser but no hard questions

BY: - September 9, 2021

If the governor holds a news conference and doesn’t take questions from the press, is it really a news conference? Not particularly, judging by an appearance Gov. Ron DeSantis staged Thursday in DeFuniak Springs. The governor’s office definitely invited reporters, having issued a press release announcing the event and specifying when they should arrive to […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]