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The Flaw in the Plan

At Science Progress, Johns Hopkins University's Susannah Baruch says that the implementation of GINA reveals gaps in its protection. "What GINA does not do is require insurers to pay for care that a genetic test indicates would clearly be beneficial. Thus, there are no guarantees that patients will be able to access or afford therapies and screenings that could reduce their risks," she writes.

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The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

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