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A Tiny Florida Company Got More of a Scarce Covid Therapy Than Some Big Hospitals, Raising Equity Questions

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The Covid-19 treatments, care of the Florida Department of Health, came as a surprise: six big, mysterious boxes that showed up at Nicholas Suite’s iCare Mobile Medicine clinic near Miami on the morning of December 24. “We were wondering, what’s this? Who sent us presents? Did Santa land on the roof?” he said. “Then we opened it up and thought, ‘This is Evusheld! My goodness!’”

To some infectious disease doctors, that shipment has worrisome implications. When they looked at a government database, Suite’s tiny private company appeared to have gotten more of the federal supply of this scarce therapy than some of Florida’s major hospitals. In fact, iCare Mobile received enough for 264 courses — seemingly the highest number that the health department sent to any of the state’s provider in its first shipment of Evusheld.

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Original Post: statnews.com

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‘The Scientists, They’re Learning More’: a Defiant Biden Defends the CDC Amid Mounting Criticism

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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Wednesday defended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, amid mounting criticism of the agency’s repeated struggles to communicate basic public health guidance.

But instead of conceding that the agency is fundamentally flawed, or that his top health officials have underperformed, Biden attributed the communications issues to the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, and of science itself.

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Regenerative Med Biotech ProKidney Inks $825M Merger to Back CKD Cell Therapy

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ProKidney is going public in a SPAC merger that infuses the biotech with $825 million for Phase 3 tests and manufacturing of its autologous cell therapy for chronic kidney disease. More than slowing the decline in organ function, ProKidney says its cell therapy offers the potential to reverse injury caused by the condition.

Original Post: medcitynews.com

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Metabucks: Microsoft Offers $69 Billion to Buy Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft just announced its intention to buy video game developer, Activision Blizzard, for almost $70 billion. This has some people speculating about Microsoft’s future metaverse aspirations.

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