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FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Fried urges Floridians: Demand Gov. DeSantis seek all federal aid to help struggling families

BY: - September 17, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is letting billions in federal COVID-19 relief go unspent as the pandemic continues and working families struggle to pay bills, Florida’s top Democratic officeholder and other critics said Friday. During a Zoom conference call with people who help administer food and other assistance to the working poor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer […]

Fed health panel rejects booster vaccines for people ages 16 and older; FL expert weighs in

BY: - September 17, 2021

UPDATE from The Washington Post: “Expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people 65 years and older or who are at risk for serious disease. The vote is not binding, and Peter Marks, the FDA official […]

The last state standing is FL: It still hasn’t submitted a plan to get billions for public schools

BY: - September 17, 2021

As of Friday, 49 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Education to be able to access billions for COVID-relief programs at public schools. But Florida isn’t on the list. In fact, it’s the only state that has not submitted such a plan. And the deadline was June […]

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including Florida’s Ashley Moody, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

DeSantis stews about feds’ antibody rationing; FL still has largest supply

BY: - September 16, 2021

While Gov. Ron DeSantis is steamed about possible dwindling supplies of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, Florida continues to have a bigger share than any other state or territory. The feds have allocated 27,850 doses for Florida this week, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data released on Monday, when the […]

FL’s COVID death toll has reached the 50,000 mark; only two other states have higher numbers

BY: - September 16, 2021

Florida’s COVID-19 death cases rose to the 50,000 threshold in September, illustrating the breadth of residents who died in a pandemic that continues to ravage older and younger people in the state. Only California and Texas have had higher numbers of deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The […]

FL still missing out on billions for public schools; what’s the holdup?

BY: - September 16, 2021

Florida is now one of only two states in the nation that has not submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education for providing billions in federal dollars to help public schools during the pandemic. Overall, 48 states and Washington D.C. have sent in their plans — which were due on June 7, according […]

New ad: FL Dems blast GOP lawmakers for ‘inherent hypocrisy’ when it comes to abortion rights

BY: - September 16, 2021

Democratic lawmakers in Florida vow to fight for abortion access and block attempts to pass a law similar to Texas’ extreme measure, with the help of ads that blast GOP lawmakers for alleged “inherent hypocrisy” when it comes to people’s freedom to make decision about their health. This week, the Florida Democratic Party released a […]

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 […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]