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When asked about the Covid vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, public health experts fear the confusion could lead to further doubts among people who are already reluctant to get a vaccine.
Meanwhile, the first Senate-approved officials are moving into their offices in the Ministry of Health and Human Services, starting with the new Secretary, Xavier Becerra, who was confirmed by 50 votes to 49. At least at first glance, Becerra appears to be focused on introducing new benefits for the Affordable Care Act, which was passed under the recently passed Aid Act.
And with the big Covid bill behind them, members of Congress are looking for their next big package that could include further efforts to deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner from KHN, Margot Sanger Katz from the New York Times, Anna Edney from Bloomberg News and Sarah Karlin-Smith from Pink Sheet.
Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:
As an added credit, panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week that they think you should read too:
Julie Rovner: The New York Times “Bad News Bias” by David Leonhardt
Margot Sanger-Katz: The Wall Street Journal’s “Hospitals Hide Price Data From Search Results” by Tom McGinty, Anna Wilde Mathews, and Melanie Evans
Anna Edney: Stat’s “What ‘Beans’ Taught Their Parents About Childhood Cancer, Research Needs, and Patient Advocacy” by Meghana Keshavan
Sarah Karlin-Smith: KHN’s “In America, Covid Vaccine Eligibility is a” crazy quilt of “state rules” by Phil Galewitz
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