U.N. warns of ‘catastrophic’ child malnutrition due to price hikes, Ukraine war

LONDON – The cost of life-saving treatment for the most severely malnourished children is set to jump by up to 16% due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and pandemic disruptions, according to the United Nations’ children’s agency. The raw ingredients of the ready-to-eat-therapeutic food have leapt in price amid the global food crisis sparked by the war and pandemic, UNICEF said. Without further funding in the next six months, 600,000 more children may miss out…

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Explainer-What happened with Abbott baby formula that worsened a U.S. shortage?

– Abbott Laboratories, the biggest U.S. supplier of powder infant formula including Similac, initiated a recall and closed its Sturgis, Michigan, manufacturing plant earlier this year after reports of serious bacterial infections in four infants. The recall and shutdown has worsened a baby formula shortage among multiple manufacturers that began with pandemic supply chain issues. Here are some details about what has happened: WHEN DID THE PLANT CLOSE? Production at an Abbott plant in Sturgis,…

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FDA to address baby formula imports as soon as Monday -chief

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will make an announcement regarding imported infant formula as soon as later on Monday, the agency’s chief told NBC News in an interview as regulators and lawmakers seek to address ongoing supply shortages. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf added he does not expect the shortage of the critical baby product to last until the end of year, adding it was “quite likely” there could be movement to reopen…

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EU says no final decision taken on ending Valneva COVID vaccine contract

BRUSSELS – The European Commission said on Monday that no final decision had been made about the possible termination of a contract with Valneva to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union. Valneva said earlier on Monday it had received a notice of intent from the Commission to terminate the contract. The statement triggered a sell-off of the company’s shares, which lost one-fifth of their value in few hours. EU Commission spokesman Stefan de…

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Alabama transgender youth can use medicine during transition -judge

WASHINGTON – Transgender minors in Alabama for now can use medicine to transition, a federal judge said late on Friday in an order that blocked part of a state ban on gender-affirming treatments. The ruling, a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Liles Burke, was issued less than a week after the law went into effect on May 8. Burke, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, a Republican, said higher court rulings…

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Sanofi ordered to compensate French family for epilepsy drug side effects

PARIS – A French court has ordered Sanofi to pay more than 400,000 euros ($416,440) in damages to a family whose child suffered from a form of autism caused by its epilepsy drug Valproate, saying the drugmaker failed to inform about known side effects. The link, alongside physical malformation, had also been recognised in a landmark class action ruling in January, which could potentially lead to hundreds of millions of euros in compensation, though Sanofi…

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Pfizer, EU push back COVID vaccine delivery to help booster campaign

– Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said on Friday they had agreed to push back deliveries of their COVID-19 vaccines to the European Union by three months as the bloc prepares for a potential booster campaign in the fall. The companies amended their supply agreement with the European Commission to push back delivery of doses scheduled for June through August until September through the fourth quarter of this year. “This amendment meets…

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Texas high court says governor cannot order transgender child investigations

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that neither Governor Greg Abbott nor the state’s attorney general had the authority to order child abuse investigations of families that provide certain medical treatment for their transgender children. In its ruling, the top court said the state could not investigate the family of a 16-year-old transgender child at the center of the case while the family’s lawsuit was pending before lower courts. The court…

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