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Health Oct 22U.S. regulators, experts take up thorny vaccine study issues
With vaccines against COVID-19 inching closer, U.S. regulators took an unusual step Thursday in asking outside scientists: Are the government's standards high enough to adequately judge the shots?…
Health Oct 18Millions more virus rapid tests but are results reported?
After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.
Politics Oct 06FDA discloses vaccine guidelines previously blocked by White House
In briefing documents posted on its website, the FDA said vaccine makers should follow trial participants for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval.
Health Sep 28U.S. to ship millions of tests in push to reopen K-12 schools
The move to dramatically expand testing comes just five weeks before the November elections as Trump continues to face criticism for his handling of the coronavirus.
Politics Sep 16WATCH: Any coronavirus vaccine this year likely in ‘very limited supply,’ CDC director says
The shot wouldn’t be broadly available until the spring or summer of 2021, he estimated.
Health Sep 07Hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled
Coronavirus tests touted by President Donald Trump and his top officials to help reopen the economy are widely available, but predictions for their usefulness haven't panned out.
Nation Aug 28Health agencies’ credibility at risk after week of blunders
First, the head of the Food and Drug Administration had to walk back exaggerated statements about the benefits of a new plasma therapy for coronavirus. Then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention triggered a backlash from the medical community…
Health Aug 25FDA chief apologizes for overstating plasma effect on coronavirus
Responding to outcries from medical experts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is admitting he overstated the life-saving benefits of treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma.
Health Aug 05Virus testing in the U.S. is dropping, even as deaths mount
U.S. testing for COVID-19 is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day. Officials attribute this trend largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test…
Nation Jul 20FDA calls for removal of fruity, disposable vapes
U.S. health officials are cracking down on a brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never received permission to sell them in the U.S.