U.S. House Passes Bills to Address Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

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The United States House of Representatives passed two bills on May 18 to address the nationwide baby formula shortage. The House voted 231 to 192 to pass the HR 7990 or the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would send …

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Massachusetts Reports First U.S. Case of Monkeypox in 2022

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Massachusetts officials reported on May 18 the first case of monkeypox in the United States this year, after a string of new cases in Europe. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed that an adult male who recently traveled to …

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President Biden Invokes Defense Production Act to Address Nationwide Shortage of Baby Formula

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United States President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act on May 18 in an attempt to boost the supply of baby formula amid a nationwide shortage. “Today, I’m invoking what they call the Defense Production Act to ensure that …

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North Korea Deploys Troops to Contain COVID Outbreak, Mass Testing Launched

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that 250,000 people were unwell on Tuesday, as the government organized a “powerful force” of soldiers to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and deployed thousands of health workers to trace new infections. KCNA …

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More Monkeypox Cases Detected in the UK

The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced on Monday the detection of additional cases of monkeypox in London and one linked case in the northeast of England. UKHSA officials said they detected four more cases of the rare disease, …

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Dutch Doctor Group Vows to Send Abortion Pills to US

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A European doctor claimed she has seen an “enormous increase” in Americans seeking the medications to keep in their homes in case they become pregnant since the start of speculations that the US Supreme Court may overturn the legal protection …

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North Korea Reports Eight More Deaths as Leader Kim Jong Un Criticizes Pandemic Response

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North Korea reported eight more deaths from a “fever” on May 16 after it recently announced a COVID-19 outbreak. State media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the additional deaths bring the death toll to 50. Over 392,920 more …

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Beijing Residents Fear Shanghai-style Lockdown

The mounting concerns about a city-wide lockdown were dispelled on Thursday by Beijing authorities despite the reported slight increase in new COVID-19 cases there.  Xu Hejian, a spokesperson for the Beijing municipal government in a report by Bloomberg, dismissed the …

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