Biden’s approval rating on COVID sinks; monoclonal lottery; US$$ for WHO Refused

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Public support for President Biden’s handling of the pandemic has hit a new low, with just 41% of Americans surveyed this month, down from a peak of 59% last April, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

Some hospitals are using lotteries to choose immunocompromised patients who will receive the rare COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments authorized to prevent the virus in this group of patients. (NPR)

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, dined at a restaurant in New York 2 days before she tested positive for the virus, although the restaurants of the city must ask diners to show proof of vaccination. (BNC News)

As of 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States was 72,178,003 cases and 872,126 deaths, increases of 468,064 and 3,612, respectively, from yesterday.

On a related note, more than 1.1 children in the United States were diagnosed with COVID-19 the week of January 20, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kaiser Health News journalist Bram Sable-Smith details his quest to get his insulin refilled after moving to a new town.

A Fort Lauderdale company hid flaws in its blood sugar tests that caused miscarriages in pregnant women. (Fort Lauderdale Solar Sentinel)

The British government has introduced a bill to ban hymenoplasty, also known as “virginity repair” surgery. (The Guardian)

In its 20th annual “State of Tobacco Control,” the American Lung Association warned that the rise of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products could jeopardize years of progress in quitting smoking.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has launched an online pharmacy aimed at selling generic drugs at great discount prices. (NPR)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has apologized for saying that people today face worse problems than Anne Frank, who died in a Nazi concentration camp. (PA)

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has refused to perform a heart transplant on a patient who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the coronavirus vaccine is one of several vaccines required for candidates for the transplant. (10WBNS)

New York state’s mask mandate is back after a judge granted a stay of a lower court ruling on the state’s appeal. (NBC New York)

US contributions to the WHO have fallen 25% during the coronavirus pandemic, largely due to decisions made by the Trump administration. (Reuters)

The FDA sent a letter to Eli Lilly warning the company that a since-deleted Instagram ad for dulaglutide (Trulicity) did not adequately communicate the potential risks of its type 2 diabetes drug. (Terminal News)

And the eyes got it: British researchers claim to have trained an artificial intelligence system to predict patients’ risk of heart attack using retinal scans. (fierce biotech)

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