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New York City plans to stop requiring masks for school children under age 5 starting April 4. (New York Chalkbeat)
The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing an additional $413 million from the Provider Relief Fund to more than 3,600 providers nationwide.
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The FDA has released strategies to retain 0.9% sodium chloride (saline) prefilled intravenous syringes following a shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agency also released its inspection report of the Abbott Laboratories plant in Sturgis, Michigan, producing recently recalled powdered infant formula; The FDA found several issues, including harmful bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii on surfaces. (Reuters)
As of 8 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, the unofficial COVID toll in the United States was 79,869,675 cases and 976,699 deaths, an increase of 26,092 cases and 1,035 deaths from this time yesterday.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before she was due to accompany President Biden on a trip to Belgium and Poland; she had had two social distance meetings with the president the previous day, but Biden had tested negative. (CNN)
hillary clinton announced on Twitter that she has also tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms; she said former President Bill Clinton had tested negative.
The governors of Indiana and Utah – both Republicans – have vetoed bills that would have banned transgender girls from playing sports. (NPR)
The Biden administration will soon stop paying hospital bills for uninsured COVID patients as funds to do so run out. (the wall street journal)
On a related note, the administration says it doesn’t have enough money to pay for a fourth dose of the vaccine for all Americans — only a fourth dose for those 65 and older or a first dose for children under less than 5 years old. (Washington Post)
Alcohol-related deaths rose 25% in 2020 – amid the pandemic – compared to 2019, the researchers found. (New York Times)
Effective ventilation can reduce COVID cases in schools by more than 80%, according to an Italian study. (Reuters)
Missouri lawmakers have scrapped a provision of an anti-abortion bill that critics say would have criminalized ectopic pregnancy terminations. (Kansas City Star)
The New York Police Department has been accused of taking DNA from people without a warrant and storing genetic material in perpetuity. (ABC News)