WHO says Covid-19 remains a global health emergency, but pandemic is at a ‘transition point’

CNN — Covid-19 remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Monday, but it acknowledged the pandemic is at a “transition point.” WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee discussed the pandemic on Friday at its 14th meeting on Covid-19, and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed that the public health emergency of international … Read more

Federal proposal of ‘Middle East or North African’ category is long overdue, advocates say

The Biden administration’s proposal to add a “Middle Eastern or North African” identifier, or MENA, to official documents like the census is the latest progress in a decadeslong fight to secure representation for a historically statistically invisible community, advocates say. In a Federal Register notice published Friday, the Federal Interagency Technical Working Group on Race … Read more

Most Teens Learn About Climate Change From Social Media. Why Schools Should Care

Social media can be a place rich in new perspectives and connections. It can also be a cesspool of misinformation, lies, and conspiracy theories. It’s here that many teens are learning about climate change—a fact that brings with it huge implications for not only the planet and society, but for educators who are charged with … Read more

Federal Judge OKs J&J’s Suit to Proceed Over Depleted Patient Financial Assistance for Costly Prescription Meds

A New Jersey district court has denied a motion to dismiss a suit filed by Johnson & Johnson that alleges that the company has paid significantly more in co-pay assistance than it otherwise would have as a result of defendant SaveOnSP’s services. According to the opinion, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, a J&J subsidiary, … Read more

Big investors edge back to bitcoin

By Medha Singh and Lisa Pauline Mattackal (Reuters) – Big investors are dipping their toes into crypto waters again after a bumper month for bitcoin. Digital asset investment products, often favored by institutional investors, saw inflows of over $117 million last week, the biggest weekly increase since last July, according to data from asset manager … Read more

‘The worst version’ of COVID is spreading. Can we update our vaccines in time?

For the last 18 months, the original COVID-19 vaccines — first as a two-dose series, then as boosters — have done an extraordinary job shielding us from illness, hospitalization and death. Globally, they saved nearly 20 million lives in 2021 alone. Even today, unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely as vaccinated Americans to test positive … Read more

Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet resigns amid sexual assault allegations

Comment on this story Comment A powerful Canadian cardinal who was twice accused of sexual assault will retire on April 12, the Vatican’s news service announced Monday. The announcement did not mention the allegations against Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who was head of the Vatican’s powerful bishops’ office. He was also once considered to be … Read more