Related to factors impacting health and healthcare (pandemics, healthcare regulation, new drugs)

Lawsuit filed against gender-affirming healthcare ban for Florida youths

Gov. DeSantis signed the bill Wednesday and said 'Florida permanently prohibits genital mutilating surgical procedures and experimental puberty blockers for minors.'

Missouri terminates rule limiting gender-affirming care for transgender minors, some adults

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade: Andrew Bailey — Attorney General who proposed the bill — 'grossly overstepped his legal authority, and everyone knows it.'

Biden nominates cancer surgeon and patient Monica Bertagnolli as NIH director

Dr. Bertagnolli, the first woman to serve as NCI Director, will become second woman to lead the National Institutes of Health, if confirmed by Senate.

WHO declares end to mpox public health emergency

WHO declares that mpox is no longer a global health emergency, just one week after closing COVID-19's emergency status.

FDA recommends individual risk assessment for blood donation eligibility, regardless of sexual orientation or gender

"The implementation of these recommendations will represent a significant milestone for the agency and the LGBTQI+ community," said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Biden revokes COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal workers and air travel

The Homeland Security Department and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department have also announced an end to vaccine requirements.

WHO declares end to COVID-19 global emergency

CDC also says its COVID-19 public health emergency declaration will end on May 11.

North Carolina passes 12-week abortion ban

Governor vows to veto the ban and calls for Republican support.

WHO releases Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for 2023-2025

The WHO: "the COVID-19 pandemic remains a global emergency" despite ongoing efforts to reduce its impact.