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FDA Proposed Menthol Ban Considered Win for Black Health
May 12, 2022
The FDA is finally moving a proposed national ban on menthol flavored cigarettes and flavored cigars after more than a decade of inaction and a citizens petition lawsuit brought by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and Action on Smoking and Health, the American Medical Association, and the National Medical Association. ... read more »
Restaurants Want Farmers Insurance to Pay for Coronavirus Business Losses
January 13, 2022
Several restaurants in Orange and San Diego counties and a Los Angeles County company that sells wine-related products are suing Farmers Insurance, alleging the company breached contracts by refusing to compensate them for losses incurred when business was curtailed during the coronavirus. ... read more »
Moderna Reports Covid Vaccine Safe for Children 6 to 12
October 28, 2021
The pharmaceutical giant plans to submit its findings later this week to federal regulators ... read more »
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US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements
October 25, 2021
Two weeks before a new vaccination requirement kicks in for most foreign travelers to the U.S., the Biden administration detailed the new international COVID-19 air travel polices, including exemptions for kids, and new federal contact tracing requirements. Beginning on Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding an aircraft to the U.S., with tightened restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated. ... read more »
Moderna says its low-dose COVID shot works for kids 6 to 11
October 25, 2021
Moderna said Monday that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer joins its rival Pfizer in moving toward expanding shots to children. Pfizer’s kid-size vaccine doses are closer to widespread use. They are undergoing evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration for youngsters in nearly the same age group, 5 to 11, and could be available by early November. The company’s vaccine already is authorized for anyone 12 or older. ... read more »
US booster plan faces complications, some may miss Sept. 20
September 3, 2021
Even before Biden’s announcement last month, his administration had been preparing for months for the possibility that boosters would be required, maintaining America’s supply of doses and devising promotion plans with the same “intensity” that it brought to the initial vaccination campaign, Zients told reporters Thursday. ... read more »
US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
August 23, 2021
  The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, potentially boosting public confidence in the shots and instantly opening the way for more universities, ... read more »
Black-Owned Businesses Look to the FDA to Protect Them
August 5, 2021
A year ago, in a quick fix reaction to the pandemic, the FDA released emergency guidance that lowered the standards for germ-fighting products like hand sanitizer in order to get more on the market. This led to an ongoing wave of hand sanitizers that both smell horrible and seem to do virtually nothing. Now, a year later, city streets are refilling, businesses are starting to operate at full capacity, and we have a more reliable supply of hand sanitizer. Yet, businesses are still providing questionable products, and we are even seeing reports of products with toxic carcinogens steadily pop up. ... read more »
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COVID-19 FAQ Tackles Vaccines Safety and Distribution for Black and African American Californians
April 22, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations are currently in full force, with over 20 million Californians currently having received one of the three FDA approved vaccines. President Biden recently announced vaccine eligibility expansion for all adult Americans beginning April 19, while every Californian 16 and up are eligible for vaccination on April 15. ... read more / view gallery »
LA Public Health Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
December 24, 2020
In a recent virtual town hall led by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, experts address the development of the vaccination, what to expect, distribution timeline, myths, traveling safety, and the difference between the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines.  ... read more »
State’s Top Doc Burke-Harris to Lead Advisory Team as African Americans Raise COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns
December 3, 2020
Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, three vaccine trials have yielded promising results, and the first round of Americans could begin to receive shots as early as mid-December. Last week, the California Department of Public Health announced that California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris will chair the state’s Community Vaccine Advisory Committee. The group Burke-Harris leads will help guide the state’s decision making about vaccine distribution. ... read more »
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Updated Guidance to Address the Urgent Need for Blood During the Pandemic
April 2, 2020
Based on recently completed studies and epidemiologic data, the FDA has concluded that current policies regarding certain donor eligibility criteria can be modified without compromising the safety of the blood supply. Therefore, the FDA is revising recommendations in several guidances regarding blood donor eligibility. These changes are being put forth for immediate implementation and are expected to remain in place after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, with any appropriate changes based on comments we receive and our experience implementing the guidances. At this time, the alternatives to certain donor eligibility requirements being provided generally will apply only for the duration of the declared pandemic. ... read more »
Juul warned over claims e-cigarette safer than smoking
September 12, 2019
Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products. ... read more »
FDA to more aggressively tackle disruptive drug shortages
July 19, 2018
Most shortages involve low-profit generic pills and injections ... read more »
New Approach to Treating Emphysema Significantly Improves Patient Breathing and Quality of Life According to New Published Study
June 1, 2018
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/LA BioMed Was One of Several Centers Worldwide Studying the Technology. ... read more »
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