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Friday, January 28th, 2022

Public Health

DEA details seizure of over one ton of cocaine

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials said three men have been indicted for their alleged role in participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that resulted in the seizure of over one ton of cocaine. Jorge Aponte-Guzman, Nelson Agramonte-Minaya, and Carlos Maisonet-Lopez were... Read More »

HAVANA Act funding included in appropriations bill

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced the inclusion of HAVANA Act funding in the draft Department of Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022. The bill authored by Collins authorizes the CIA Director and Secretary of State to provide additional financial support for American public... Read More »

Lawmakers urge domestic lead on global immunizations

U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), John Thune (R-SD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) forwarded correspondence last week to President Joe Biden encouraging the United States to take the global lead regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and pandemic combating efforts. “We urge you in the... Read More »

Bill seeks to avert biomedical research threats

U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-PA) has introduced a bill he said seeks to protect from foreign threats biomedical research conducted or funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The Securing and Fortifying Everyday Biomedical Research Act (SAFE Biomedical Research Act - H.R. 5626) would ensure... Read More »

Valley Fever bill reintroduced in House

U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and David Schweikert (R-AZ) co-chairs of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force joined Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Tom O’Halleran (R-AZ) to introduce a bipartisan bill combating Valley Fever Wednesday. Valley Fever is an infection caused by inhaling spores... Read More »

Moderna initiates Africa-based mRNA facility

Moderna officials said the company is slated to build a messenger RNA (mRNA) facility in Africa, producing up to 500 million vaccine doses annually at the 50 microgram dose level. “Since Moderna’s founding in 2010, our mission has been to make a transformative impact on human lives through... Read More »

DHS completes vaccination campaign for Afghan evacuees

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) completed Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), a nationwide vaccination campaign focused on Afghan evacuees temporarily housed at eight domestic military installations. As part of the initiative, 49,000 evacuees have been immunized for measles, mumps, rubella... Read More »

Reps. request information on COVID-19 breakthrough infections

U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader; Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Subcommittee on Health Republican Leader; and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Republican Leader, have asked information on breakthrough cases of... Read More »

IDSA, HIVSA call for U.S. leadership in global vaccine equity

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and its HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) announced that it supports the Biden Administration’s movements in making the COVID-19 vaccines accessible around the world, but said more could be done to achieve vaccine equity. In a letter to the... Read More »

NTI commends Biden for hosting global COVID-19 summit

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) commended President Joe Biden for hosting a Global COVID-19 Summit and encouraged those participating in the summit to commit to stemming the impacts of the pandemic around the world. NTI -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization focused on... Read More »