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Today we’ll look at Pfizer’s announcement that it will spend $120 million to expand manufacturing of its COVID-19 antiviral treatment in Michigan. Plus, how the pressure for normalcy is winning as the third summer of the coronavirus pandemic approaches.

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Pfizer pledges $120 million to boost production of COVID pills

Pfizer Inc. announced Monday that it is investing $120 million to boost production of COVID-19 treatment pills in the United States.

what are they saying: The company said the move will create more than 250 jobs at its plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as it looks to ramp up baxiloid production.

Pfizer spokeswoman Julia Cohen said the investment “will allow Pfizer to increase supply by an additional 4 million packages of Baxiloid, allowing us to meet global demand and help increase overall reach.”

  • Increasing the availability and use of baxlovid was a primary goal of the Biden administration. Health officials acknowledged that in the early days after licensing in December, the drug’s supply was limited and many doctors were reluctant to prescribe it for all but the most vulnerable patients.
  • Paxlovid is seen as an essential part of making COVID-19 more manageable, given that the treatment has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by about 90 percent.

Read more here.

The pressure for life to return to normal is winning the COVID wars

As Americans begin a third summer living amid the specter of the coronavirus, their attitude toward the pandemic has changed.

Even with infections rising to levels four to five times higher than the same point last year, the pressure for normalcy is winning.

Times have changed: Experts say it is not surprising. With the spread of available vaccines and treatments, the virus is no longer seen as the threat it once was.

  • Now, all masks or vaccination requirements have either been deliberately abandoned or overturned in court.
  • The average number of new cases in the United States is about 100,000 each day, but movie studios release blockbuster summer movies in crowded theaters, families celebrate with weddings, and bars and restaurants are full.

New normal: Living with the threat of COVID-19 infection is becoming the new normal for Americans ready to move on.

“People are tired of the changes they have had to make in their lives related to COVID-19 and they are so excited to get back to normal,” said Mercedes Carnethon, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

  • Even as many in the country look forward to regaining a sense of life returning to normal this summer, not everyone is equal.
  • Millions of people remain at risk, particularly ethnic minorities and low-income populations who do not enjoy the luxury of working from home or avoiding public transportation.

Read more here.

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The first possible case of Monkey Box has been reported in the capital

The first possible case of monkeypox was identified in Washington, D.C., in a resident who had recently traveled to Europe.

What we know: DC Health said the resident was confirmed to have orthopox, the family of viruses in which monkeypox is located, on Saturday.

  • Samples were collected and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing and confirmation of monkeypox.
  • The infected resident is isolated, and close contacts are identified and followed up. According to DC Health, no other cases had been identified as of Sunday, and the risk to the public remains low.

across country: About 25 cases of monkeypox have been identified in at least 11 states so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and no deaths have been reported.

  • The majority of cases in the United States are found in men who have sex with men, although one case was confirmed in a woman with a heterosexual sex life.
  • The gender and sexual orientation of the DC residents who tested positive were not shared.

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White House slams Louisiana abortion bill as ‘drastic’

The White House on Monday vigorously criticized a bill passing through the Louisiana legislature that would ban most abortions and impose criminal penalties on doctors who perform the procedure if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

what are they saying: “The Louisiana Legislature has taken the final step in an increasing attack on the fundamental liberties of Americans,” White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

“The president is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of Americans that Roe has granted for nearly 50 years, and ensuring that women can make their own choices about their lives, their bodies, and their families,” she continued. “The vast majority of the American people agree and reject these kinds of extreme measures.”

The Governor is expected to sign: The Louisiana Senate gave final approval to the bill on Sunday, sending it to the office of Governor John Bel Edwards (D). The Democratic governor, who opposes abortion, is expected to sign the bill into law.

It would ban abortion in most cases, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and would close abortion clinics in the state. Abortion is permitted if the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life. Doctors who perform abortions will also be subject to criminal penalties.

Read more here.

Biden announces the fifth mission of infant formula, a shipment

President Biden on Monday announced a fifth mission to bring infant formula into the United States from abroad, with the latest shipment arriving from Cologne, Germany.

  • A shipment of Nestlé infant formula will be transported to Fort Worth, Texas on June 9. The products will be distributed via Nestlé/Gerber distribution channels, according to the White House, and additional deliveries are expected to be announced in the coming days.
  • Delivery will include 110,000 pounds of NAN SupremePro Stage 1 infant formula and approximately 1.6 million 8-ounce bottles. Previous deliveries of infant formula were obtained from the United Kingdom and Australia.

Homecoming: Domestically, Abbott Nutrition’s infant formula facility in Sturgis, Michigan, resumed operations Saturday after reaching an approval agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month.

  • The company said it expects the products to hit shelves later this month. But the opening won’t immediately lead to more formula on the shelves, and the White House acknowledged that in a memo on Monday.
  • Citing data from research firm IRI, management noted that stocks were lower at the end of May than at the beginning of the month, but sales were up in volume, which means parents buy the formula as soon as it hits shelves.

Read more here.

what we read

  • If the roe is flipped, the ripples could affect IVF and genetic testing of embryos, experts warn (stat)
  • The unexpected outcome of the cancer trial: remission in every patient.New York times)
  • The United States has wasted more than 82 million doses of the Covid vaccine (NBC News)

country by state

  • California aims to lower insulin prices and challenge big drugmakers. Can you succeed? (Los Angeles Times)
  • Officials say Washington state hospitals are ‘notably stressed’ by community spread of COVID-19 (Bellingham Herald)
  • The Mississippi medical marijuana application portal already has more than 1,800 users (Mississippi today)

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