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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is, so far, rather modest. We plan to hang with our short person, promenade with the official mascot, and catch up on our reading. And what about you? The time may have finally come for a holiday, yes? Remember, the great outdoors — beaches, lakes and mountains — are beckoning. Take your pick. If lazing about is your preference, this is a fine time to catch up on your napping. Or you could take the opportunity to check in on someone special — life is short, after all. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

The Biden administration is planning to end paying for Covid-19 shots and treatments, shifting more control of pricing and coverage to the health care industry in ways that could generate sales for companies—and costs for consumers—for years to come, The Wall Street Journal reports. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intends to hold an Aug. 30 planning session to bring together representatives from drugmakers, pharmacies, and state health departments with a stake in a Covid-19 treatment industry. Both the Trump and Biden administrations always planned to shift the bill for Covid-19 shots and treatments from the U.S. government to individuals eventually.


Biden administration health officials will accelerate access to vaccines and treatments for monkeypox, as the White House combats criticism that it has presided over a slow-footed and error-prone response to an outbreak that has largely affected men who have sex with men, STAT says. The administration will make 1.8 million additional doses of the two-dose Jynneos vaccine and 50,000 courses of Tpoxx, the only antiviral being used for treating the disease, available to states and local governments. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will launch a pilot program to make 50,000 vaccine doses available at events with high attendance of gay and bisexual men.

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