Author: Nathaniel Weixel

Next big fight looms over abortion pills

Abortion pills are likely to become the next major front of the fight over reproductive health care in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Republican-led states have been moving to limit or even completely ban access to the drugs, and advocates worry the Supreme Court’s decision will embolden even more…

Advocates cautiously optimistic over report of Juul ban

Anti-smoking advocates said they are cautiously optimistic following a report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to remove Juul’s vaping products from U.S. shelves. The move from FDA, as reported Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, would bring an end to the two-year review of the company’s request to sell tobacco and…

DeSantis: no state resources for giving COVID shots to kids under 5

Florida will not dedicate any state resources to vaccinating young children against COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Thursday. Responding to a question following a press conference about an annual python hunt in the Everglades, DeSantis said infants and toddlers “are at practically zero risk of anything with COVID,” so the state will recommend against…

Birx to testify publicly in Congress about Trump pandemic response

Deborah Birx, who served as former President Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, will testify publicly in Congress for the first time next week about the former administration’s pandemic response. Birx will testify June 23 before the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis, which is led by Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C). The subcommittee has spent the…

FDA advisers recommend authorization for Moderna’s COVID shot in kids 5 and under

An outside Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel on Wednesday unanimously recommended the agency grant emergency use authorization to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. The agency’s vaccine advisers voted 21-0 to recommend the agency authorize the vaccine. An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease…