Week in Review: December 9

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Much of the CDC is working remotely. That could make changing the agency difficult.

Earlier this year, top leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a monumental task: turning the sprawling, labyrinthine organization into a sleek, flexible public health response agency primed to serve the American public while preventing it from repeating the mistakes it made amid COVID-19. But the current workplace structure could be a major barrier to that goal. Source: Kaiser Health News

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HHS to end public health emergency for monkeypox in January

The Biden administration announced Friday it will lift its public health emergency declaration for monkeypox, following a steady decline in cases that has convinced officials the outbreak is under control. Source: Politico

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Pfizer asks FDA to clear updated COVID shot for kids under 5

Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5 — not as a booster but part of their initial shots. Source: AP

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Mayo Clinic News

CDC awards $45M to Wisconsin to support healthcare workforce

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been awarded a $45 million grant to help strengthen its public health workforce through retention, recruitment and training. The funding is part of $3.2 billion the CDC is awarding to state, local and territorial jurisdictions across the U.S. to support the public health workforce and infrastructure. Source: Becker’s Hospital Review

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RSV, flu and COVID-19: What you need to know about the viruses menacing Jacksonville area

Surges of RSV, the flu, and COVID-19 were expected to cause more trouble in Northeast Florida during respiratory virus season primarily in November and December. But the good news is they are not following the same schedule, which has lessened their collective impact. Source: The Florida Times-Union

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Negotiations continue ahead of Minnesota nurses strike deadline

Minnesota nurses and several hospital systems are set continue bargaining on new contracts this week. The Minnesota Nurses Association has set a strike date for next Sunday, Dec. 11, if agreements have not been reached with 16 hospitals in the Twin Cities metro and the Duluth area. Source: MPR News

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Samantha Rossi is a Digital Marketing Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.