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Starting January 19, you can log into COVIDTests.gov and order some tests….but not many.

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A website for home slopes is coming on January 19th

This step enables 500 million rapid tests President BidenThe Democratic House Democratic Party’s attack on its Republican counterpart in the last quarter of 2021 Putin’s “Brezhnev Doctrine” involving Ukraine may backfire. He said his administration bought it last month.

determinants: Each residential address will be limited to four tests. The White House said the tests are also expected to take 7 to 12 days once requested.

People will be able to order tests on a new website, COVIDTests.gov, which will be published on January 19. The White House is partnering with the US Postal Service to ship tests to people’s homes.

pressure rise: The move comes as the White House is under pressure from lawmakers and health experts to take stronger action to address testing shortages across the country.

Many health experts say the administration should have run tests like this months ago, before the Omicron wave hit.

Limiting four tests per address means that this channel alone would be far from sufficient to allow for the kind of repetitive testing that many experts have advocated.

Asked about the restrictions, a senior administration official said the initiative is “one of many programs we’re implementing” when testing. Other avenues include allowing people to get reimbursed by private health insurers for tests they buy from the retailer.

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The White House threatens to recover the money

The Biden administration is threatening to take back federal COVID-19 relief funding from Arizona unless the state stops directing money to schools without mask mandates.

In a letter sent Friday, the Treasury said the $163 million Arizona Supplemental Education Grant Program and the COVID-19 Education Recovery Benefits Program are undermining efforts to stop the coronavirus.

The letter said the programs, funded by payments from the state’s coronavirus fund and the local Financial Recovery Fund, impose requirements that discourage compliance with the wearing of masks in schools.

The funds are intended to “mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including by supporting efforts to stem the spread of the virus,” the Treasury noted in the letter.

What does Arizona do: The state’s Plus-Up Grant Program directs funding only to schools that do not have mask requirements, and the $10 million Educational Recovery Benefits Program provides up to $7,000 per student for parents who face financial and educational barriers because of children in schools considered to impose “ops Unnecessary closures and school authorizations.

the threat: Government. Doug DuceyDoug Ducey, Treasury threatens to refund COVID-19 over anti-mask rules at Arizona schoolThe R Office has 60 days to forward federal funds to eligible users or change the programs so that they are in compliance. If not, the federal government said it would move to get the relief money back. The Treasury Department has also threatened to withhold the next batch of aid.

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FAUCI: It is not yet clear if reinforcements will be needed in the year

Senior Medical Adviser to President Biden Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Hill Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin, Dr. Oz calls Fauci a ‘petty tyrant’, challenges Fauci to discuss whether people will need more annual boosters He said in an interview that it’s not yet clear whether people will need the COVID-19 boosters annually, even as the CEOs of several drug companies have indicated that a fourth dose of the vaccine may be necessary.

Fauci said in an interview published with NBC News on Thursday.

“Or — and it’s big” or “Right now — are we going to need to reinforce people every year or so?” He completed.

Fauci said that while it’s a good idea to use a COVID-19 ancestral strain in developing a COVID-19 vaccine — because we “were lucky nonetheless” [strains] It was different, it was not so different that the vaccine did not cover it well ”- Omicron spoiled the situation.

“We were doing very well with the initial vaccination and delta boosting,” Fauci told the network. “And then suddenly Omicron came along.” “And if you look at the efficacy against Delta versus Omicron, it’s down to about 30 percent.”

The leading infectious disease expert said he wanted a vaccine that would be ideally effective against all kinds of variants of COVID-19.

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Pharma Pro is banned for life

Martin Shkreli, the “Pharma Pro” who raised the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim, was told by a judge Friday that he can no longer work in the pharmaceutical industry and has been ordered to pay nearly $65 million in net benefit from his wrongdoing.

US District Judge Dennis Cote called his plan to raise the price of Daraprim “particularly coercive and coercive” in her ruling on Friday.

“He has cynically capitalized on the requirements of a federal regulatory scheme designed to protect the nation’s health by ensuring its residents have access to medicines that are not only effective, but also safe,” Cole said in her decision.

In her stern reprimand, Cole also said that Shkreli has expressed no remorse for his actions. “The risk of repetition here is real,” she noted.

Shkreli’s anti-competitive behavior at the expense of public health was blatant and reckless. He is unrepentant. Cole said denying him the opportunity to repeat this behavior is nothing if not in the interests of justice.

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Cases rising in long-term care facilities

Coronavirus cases in long-term care facilities rose dramatically over three weeks due to the omicron variable.

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living, which represents more than 14,000 nursing homes across the country, found that cases rose between December 19 and January 9.

The number of COVID-19 cases for residents of nursing homes on December 19 was 4,361, and the number of cases on January 9 was 32,061. For nursing home workers, cases rose from 5,919 on December 19 to 57,243 on January 9.

“As soon as the news of Omicron came out in December, we were very concerned that this alternative would lead to an increase in the number of cases in the United States and, in turn, an increase in cases in nursing homes, and unfortunately it did,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of Omicron. American Heart Association and National Living Center.

“We have urged members of the public to help us protect our nation’s seniors ahead of the holiday season, and we reiterate that call today. Help support frontline caregivers and protect our most vulnerable through vaccination, reinforcement, and concealment.”

The group reported that the death rate was 10 times lower among nursing home residents in December of 2021 than in 2020, resulting in lower severity of vaccinations and booster shots.

Read more here.

what we read

  • No one has any idea how much money seniors can pay for a new Alzheimer’s drug (Stat)
  • As Omicron rushes, efforts to vaccinate young children come to a halt (Kaiser Health News)
  • Obamacare open enrollment ends Saturday with interest increase (CNN)

country by state

  • Texas schools struggle to stay open as teachers and bus drivers contact patients with COVID-19 (Texas Tribune)
  • As Massachusetts hospitals falter as COVID spreads, Governor Charlie Baker announces emergency measures (Mass Live)
  • New Virginia Governor Youngkin lifts school mask mandate and changes COVID policies (NBC Washington)

That’s it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Healthcare page for the latest news and coverage. See you on Monday.


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