WHO: 10 million uncounted pandemic deaths; COVID $$$ Drying out; Preparing for the fight against abortion

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Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that COVID-19 contributed to 14.9 million additional deaths worldwide in 2020 and 2021, about 10 million more than officially attributed to COVID-19.

The highly contagious Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant, which accounted for 36.5% of all new COVID cases in the United States last week, will likely become the dominant variant within weeks. (HuffPost)

As federal funding for COVID care dries up, demand for services persists and the cost of providing care rises. (PA)

Connecticut health officials have reported the first tick-borne Powassan virus case for 2022. (NBC4 New York)

As of 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, the unofficial COVID toll in the United States was 81,749,127 cases and 997,912 deaths, increases of 76,841 and 333, respectively, since the same time yesterday.

Soaring fertilizer prices pose a global risk to food security. (Axios)

Locked-down Shanghai residents are baffled by the continued emergence of new COVID infections despite adhering to strict public health rules to control the virus. (Reuters)

A 20-year-old student from Norwich University, the country’s oldest private military college, has filed a complaint alleging he was deemed unfit for military service because he is HIV-positive. (PA)

Roe vs. Wade, and the leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s decision that could overturn it, both cite the 14th Amendment. Which interpretation is correct? (Reuters)

years before deer established abortion rights in the United States, Patricia Maginnis pioneered the abortion rights movement with a direct approach. (NPR)

Despite the lack of votes to pass, Senate Democrats have scheduled a vote on legislation that would codify abortion rights. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Republicans are considering a nationwide legislative ban on abortion. (BNC News)

Legislation introduced in Louisiana would allow for murder charges to be filed against anyone who undergoes or performs an abortion. (WWNO)

Europe has become a major hub for cocaine trafficking, not only in terms of consumption, but also production and cross-regional transport. (Reuters)

The WHO plans to close its office in Moscow due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Reuters)

A look at the expected and unexpected health benefits of rock climbing. (CNN)

According to a new poll, 45% of LGBTQ youth have considered attempting suicide in the past year. (NPR)

People with anxiety or depression had a significantly increased risk of developing one or more chronic diseases. (CNN)

  • Charles Bankhead is editor for oncology and also covers urology, dermatology and ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. To follow

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