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Top CDC Official Exits; N.Y. Drops Its Masks; Abortion Case Lands at Supreme Court

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Anne Schuchat, MD, the second-highest-ranking official at the CDC, announced she will leave the agency this summer, the second exit of a high-profile official in the last few months. (Politico)

The Infectious Diseases Society of America backed the CDC’s masking guidance in a statement, but warned that the recommendations “should not send the message that the pandemic is over.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that New York will adopt the new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people starting on Wednesday, leaving it to businesses to enforce the policy. (Gothamist)

But other states — including New Jersey and California — have decided to wait before lifting indoor mask mandates. (ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle)

Weekly COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell to the lowest it’s been in 14 months, with new cases on the decline for the fifth week in a row. (Reuters)

As of 8 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. included 32,994,750 cases and 586,403 deaths, up 53,638 and 433, respectively, since this time yesterday.

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate produced strong immune responses in early-stage clinical trials; an international phase III trial will launch in the coming weeks. (Reuters)

European medical regulators recommended more flexible storage conditions for Pfizer’s vaccine, increasing storage time in a refrigerator from 5 to 31 days.

The FDA publicly criticized CytoDyn, accusing the drugmaker of trying to spin subgroup data from two failed studies that “do not support the clinical benefit” of leronlimab in COVID-19.

A CNN investigation found that Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital systems in the U.S., sued at least 19,000 patients since the start of the pandemic for unpaid medical bills.

The U.K. lifted the majority of its lockdown restrictions, though the relaxing coincides with a small rise in cases involving the Indian variant. (New York Times)

Taiwan, which had been largely successful in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis, is facing it’s worst outbreak of the pandemic and a limited vaccine supply. (Washington Post)

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  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today’s enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

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