After good news on vaccine candidates in the U.K. and China on Monday, leaders from five major companies behind current vaccine research testified in front of lawmakers Tuesday. Peppered in with repeated questions about timelines and safety confidence, several lawmakers raised concerns about supply chain security, vaccine distribution and whether the pharmaceutical companies are out to make a profit.
House Dems. Argue Trump Admin. Can't Be Trusted To Distribute Vaccine
Leaders from major vaccine makers told a House committee that expedited production won't sacrifice safety, but lawmakers worry about distribution.
Texas AG suing Pfizer, says company misrepresented COVID vaccine data
Pfizer said its vaccine was 95% effective following its Phase 3 trial, but Texas' attorney general said the data was too premature.
CDC: New COVID-19 variant cases have tripled in two weeks
Cases of BA.2.86 have also surged in multiple countries, leading the World Health Organization to classify it as a "variant of interest.”
More free COVID-19 tests available on government website
The federal government will begin shipping out kits next week to households who order free tests through a website.
Oregon St., Washington St. secure scheduling deal with Mountain West
The two schools will reportedly pay about $14 million to the Mountain West next year as part of the agreement.
In rare bipartisan move, North Carolina Medicaid expansion begins
Advocates say the change could serve as a road map for other states that have failed to expand the program.
Dead longhorn shows up on Oklahoma State fraternity lawn
Authorities are investigating the case as possible animal cruelty, a felony in Oklahoma that's punishable by up to five years in prison.