Yasmeen Abutaleb
Yasmeen Abutaleb
Health policy reporter @washingtonpost. Co-author w/ @damianpaletta of "Nightmare Scenario," a No. 1 NYT bestseller. yasmeen.abutaleb@washpost.comSource
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Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials

Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials

President Trump on Monday said he is considering scaling back steps to constrain the spread of the coronavirus in the next week or two because of concerns that the impact on the economy has become too severe. But loosening restrictions on social distancing and similar measures soon probably would require him to override the internal warnings of senior U.S. health officials, including Anthony S. Fauci, who have said that the United States has not yet felt the worst of the pandemic, according to several people with knowledge of the internal deliberations. Trump said at a news conference...

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March 23, 2020
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Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

President Biden announced sweeping new coronavirus vaccine mandates Thursday designed to affect tens of millions of Americans, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be immunized or face weekly testing. Biden also said that he would require most health-care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to vaccinate their employees, which the White House believes will cover 50,000 locations. And the president signed an executive order compelling all federal employees to get vaccinated — without an option for those who prefer to be regularly...

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Sep 14
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Trump pushes last-minute drug pricing rules likely to face big legal challenges

Trump pushes last-minute drug pricing rules likely to face big legal challenges

ADPresident Trump announced two sweeping drug pricing rules Friday that his administration is rushing to finalize before Inauguration Day to make good on his long-standing 2016 campaign promise to reduce what Americans pay for their medicines.But experts said the rules are unlikely to survive legal challenges after the administration shortcut critical parts of the rulemaking process to get them done before President-elect Joe Biden assumes office. Some industry lobbyists also noted that it was unusual to implement controversial policy changes solely through executive authority just before...

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President-elect Biden announces coronavirus task force made up of physicians and health experts

President-elect Biden announces coronavirus task force made up of physicians and health experts

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his task force, a group made up entirely of doctors and health experts, signaling his intent to seek a science-based approach to bring the raging pandemic under control.Biden’s task force will have three co-chairs: Vivek H. Murthy, surgeon general during the Obama administration; David Kessler, Food and Drug Administration commissioner under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine. Murthy and Kessler have briefed Biden for...

Nov 9
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Trump’s $250 million coronavirus ad campaign had ‘partisan’ edge, down to the celebrities chosen to participate

Trump’s $250 million coronavirus ad campaign had ‘partisan’ edge, down to the celebrities chosen to participate

A top Trump administration official inserted “partisan political interests” into a $250 million advertising contract awarded just weeks before the election to “defeat despair and inspire hope” — going so far as to exclude celebrities seen as critical of President Trump or his policies, according to documents obtained by Democratic House lawmakers.In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, three high-ranking Democrats wrote that documents showed that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo sought to use a taxpayer-funded campaign to boost the president...

Oct 29
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Fauci is sidelined by Trump's White House as he steps up blunt talk on the pandemic

Fauci is sidelined by Trump's White House as he steps up blunt talk on the pandemic

Fauci is sidelined by Trump's White House as he steps up blunt talk on the pandemiccloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeWashington: For months, Anthony Fauci has played a lead role in America's coronavirus pandemic, as a diminutive, Brooklyn-accented narrator who has assessed the risk and issued increasingly blunt warnings as the nation's response has gone badly awry.But as the Trump administration has strayed further from the advice of many scientists and public health experts, the White House has moved to...

July 12, 2020
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