Health Headlines for August 23, 2021

US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Associated Press

The FDA gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet.

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to grant organizations up to $30K to address health disparities

Democrat & Chronicle

The funding will go to local nonprofit organizations to use for health and wellness programs that address racial and ethnic health disparities in upstate New York.

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Unvaccinated Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 cost the US health care system $2.3 billion in June and July: Report

Market watch

An estimated 98.3% of the adults hospitalized due to COVID in June and July were unvaccinated, the report said.

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Business groups sue over healthcare price transparency rule

The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association filed lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies.

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