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Overnight Health Care: WHO Renames COVID-19 Variant Moderna applied for full vaccine approval. 1.1M NY Vaccine Passports Downloaded Since Launch

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Today: COVID-19 variants are getting new names from WHO, Moderna is applying for full FDA approval and a batch of Anthony FauciAnthony FauciVietnam identifies new, highly transmissible version of coronavirus Another casualty of the pandemic: Journalists’ curiosity about Wuhan lab Two new studies indicate that COVID-19 vaccine immunity lasts at least a year more Emails are issued earlier in the pandemic.

We’ll start with the variants:

WHO revising nomenclature of COVID-19 variants to avoid stigmatizing countries

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced changes to the way COVID-19 variants are labeled, saying the variants will be named using letters from the Greek alphabet instead of the place where they were first discovered.

WHO announced it would receive a designated Greek letter listing the various forms of interest and types of concern on its website.

Researchers will continue to use the scientific names of each type created by Pango and GISAID, as the names contain useful information on the strains.

Why the change: The naming system was developed after the WHO consulted the experts Following concerns from around the world that labeling variants based on location of discovery is “stigmatizing” and “discriminatory”.

The International Health Organization predicts that the new system will be “easier and more practical” for non-scientists.

“While they have their advantages, these scientific names can be difficult to say and remember, and there is a potential for misreporting,” the WHO said in a statement. “As a result, people often resort to calling variants based on where they are detected, which is stigmatizing and discriminatory.”

“To avoid this and simplify public communication, WHO encourages national authorities, media outlets and others to adopt these new labels,” the statement continued.

new names: The WHO identifies four “anxiety types”, including B.1.1.7, a variant first discovered in the United Kingdom, which will be called alpha. B.1.351 version first found in South Africa was marked as beta, P.1 version first discovered in Brazil became gamma and B.1.617.2 version first detected in India is now delta.

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Moderna applies for full FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna said on Tuesday that it is applying for full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is currently authorized under an emergency use authorization, which the FDA has insisted meets a very stringent standard, but applying for full approval is the next step in the process.

How does it matter? This could make it easier for employers, universities and other groups to mandate people to get the vaccine.

Pfizer applied for full approval last month for its vaccine, known as a biologics license application, but the process is likely to take time.

Moderna said it has begun a “rolling submission process” of more data on its vaccines, for full approval for people 18 and older.

“We are pleased to announce this important step in the US regulatory process for the Biologics License Application (BLA) of our COVID-19 vaccine,” said Moderna CEO Stephen Bansell. “We look forward to working with the FDA and will continue to collect data from our Phase 3 study and complete rolling submissions.”

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Fauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration’s mixed messages at the start of the pandemic

The Washington Post got its hands on some of Anthony Fauci’s early pandemic emails through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Fauci Said that the emails received by the Post reflected “mixed messages that were coming out of the White House” from a host of people who flooded their inboxes in the early months of the pandemic.

Post Received 866 pages of Fauci’s email, From March and April 2020, during the first two busy months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and global restrictions on public gatherings closed much of the world.

Fauci said he was getting “all kinds of questions” at the time because people were confused about the “mixed messages” emanating from the White House and wanted to know the “real scoop.”

“I was getting all kinds of questions, mostly people who were a little confused about the mixed messages that were coming out of the White House and wanted to know what the real scoop was,” Fauci told the Post in an interview about the email is.” Newspaper received.

“I have a reputation that when people ask for help I answer them, even if it takes a long time. And it takes a lot of time, but I do,” he said.

This correspondence opens a new window for the nation’s top infectious disease expert to navigate some of the most panic-stricken early weeks of the pandemic.

but:Post notes that the email does not directly depict Fauci criticizing the former President TrumpDonald TrumpBill mandating Asian-American history lessons in Illinois schools goes to the governor’s desk Five things to know about the new spotlight on UFOs Biden shows little desire to reverse Trump’s Cuban policies more And instead staying in close contact with White House officials.

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Supreme Court denies Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn $2 billion talc decision

The Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Johnson & Johnson to overturn a $2 billion ruling for women who claimed the company’s talc-based products caused ovarian cancer.

The move came in an unsigned order and upholds a Missouri state court’s decision against the multinational giant. Justice Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoJohnson & Johnson asks Supreme Court to review B talc product verdict Juan Williams: Time for Justice Breyer to go Conservative justice divided in ruling for immigrant-fighting deportation more and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJohnson & Johnson asks Supreme Court to review B talc product verdict Democrats: Roe v. Wade shock will fuel Supreme Court expansion Klobuchar paid tribute to his father, who died on Wednesday more took no part in the consideration of the petition.

Background: The hefty verdict was the culmination of several US lawsuits brought by women who claimed that Johnson & Johnson products contained asbestos and other carcinogens and that the company ignored health risks.

The initial ruling was for $4.7 billion, but a Missouri appellate court dropped the two women from the suit, leaving 20 plaintiffs, and reducing the award to just over $2 billion.

Johnson & Johnson stopped using talc in its baby powder in May 2020, but the company disputes that its products cause cancer. The company appealed to the Supreme Court in March.

related: In 2019, Johnson & Johnson 33,000 bottles recalled of baby powder after the FDA found trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle.

Last year, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would Stop Selling Its Talc-Based Products in the US and Canada, citing decreased sales and “a constant barrage of advertising misinformation and litigation about the safety of the product”.

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1.1M New York State Vaccine Passports Downloaded Since Launch

More than 1 million New York State vaccine passports have been downloaded to phones and computers since the platform launched in March.

The New York Times reported As of last week, nearly 1.1 million Excelsior passes have been issued since the start of the voluntary program in March.

However, that number is still very small compared to the more than 10.7 million New Yorkers who have been vaccinated, according to state data.

Excelsior Pass allows locations to be scanned to verify proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results. It is downloaded through an app that generates a secure QR code for scanning.

Background: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY, NJ rail project gets major federal nod Minnesota State Fair offers tickets, fishing licenses to promote coronavirus vaccines Cuomo: New York State troops to provide security at Jewish institutions more (D) Excelsior Pass Announced in March as “another tool in our toolbox” to fight the spread of COVID-19, while allowing more sectors of the economy to safely reopen.

New York was the first state to implement a vaccine passport-type platform. Hawaii established a vaccine passport program to allow travel between its islands without testing or quarantining.

controversial issue: Vaccine passports have developed into a controversial and partisan issue, as several Republican governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTexas governor vetoes state legislature funding after Democrats pull out of election bill 9 Republicans Didn’t Name Trump Who Could Run in 2024 White House urges court to prosecute states to stop importing prescription drugs more (R), Georgia Gov. Brian KempoBrian KempoTexas governor vetoes state legislature funding after Democrats pull out of election bill On the trail: Republicans defy voter’s will after electoral defeat Democratic state legislators form voting rights council amid GOP push for restrictions more (R) and Alabama Gov. K IwayuK IwayuThe Hills Morning Report – Submitted by Uber – A year later – Has the murder of George Floyd changed the world? Alabama governor signs bill banning vaccine passports Alabama governor signs law to allow yoga in public schools more (R) have signed executive orders banning vaccine passports in their states.

The White House dismissed the Biden administration in April Role playing in the vaccine passport system.

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what are we reading

Anthony Fauci’s pandemic email: ‘All is well in this world despite some crazy people’ (Washington Post)

Fosters and migrant children dropped out of Kovid vaccination (politician)

The limits of Woodcock’s role highlight the need for a permanent FDA chief (bloomberg law)

state by state

IU Health will require COVID-19 vaccines for employees (Indianapolis Star)

Masks after mandate is over? Businesses set their own COVID restrictions as Ohio lifts health orderColumbus Dispatch)

Birth rates in Colorado fall again, reflecting national trend (axios denver)

Op-Aids in The Hill

Each of us lives in one in two Americas

How did COVID-19 originate? The question may be bigger than it looks

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