Roughly seven months after the coronavirus cut the ski season short at the height of spring break, resorts across the United States and Canada are slowly picking up the pieces and figuring out how to safely reopen this winter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping aid.
Channeling the ire of constituents and drawing from personal experience, senators chastised drug company executives Tuesday over the high cost of prescription medications, while the CEOs warned that government price controls could stifle breakthroughs on diseases like Alzheimer's. The Senate Finance Committee hearing marked the first time lawmakers have called the industry's top executives to account for rising prices, which are a drain on Medicare and Medicaid and a burden to millions of Americans. The extraordinary public accounting was a sign that Congress and the White House are moving toward legislation this year to curb costs.
The latest on top pharmaceutical executives testifying before Senate lawmakers on rising drug prices: Senators are urging top pharmaceutical executives to help Congress take action against the industry's worst actors who hike prices on once-cheap drugs. Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island says the drug industry's reputation has been tarnished by a handful of companies that monopolize decades-old drugs and hike their prices.
A major testing and contact-tracing operation at Greece's largest migrant camp on the eastern island of Lesbos has so far detected 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the overcrowded facility's 12,500 residents, authorities said Tuesday.
The U.S. has long accepted a responsibility to provide for the medical needs of men and women who have served in uniform in war and peace. But in recent years, it has struggled to fulfill that mission in a way that does justice to the sacrifices of those it serves. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is not failing in its duty due to lack of funds, says The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, but to a lack of efficiency. A new plan from the Trump administration would apply both resources and pressure, by making it easier for veterans to get government-funded treatment from private doctors and hospitals.
Pennsylvania has reported its second highest number of new coronavirus cases, as the president continues to minimize the threat of a virus that has killed more than 215,000 Americans. Meanwhile, Europe is struggling with a spike in cases, the death toll in Iran has reached 30,000 and India is holding a digital fashion week.
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Two days after a federal judge ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to stop winding down 2020 census operations for the time being, the statistical agency said Tuesday in court papers that it's refraining from laying off some census takers and it's restoring some quality-control steps.