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That's a Long Job Interview

Health Secretary nominee and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is to be in front of the Senate Finance Committee today after spending Tuesday discussing amendments to some of her tax returns. She is expected to tell the senators that she plans to overhaul Medicaid and Medicare to focus on disease prevention and primary care. According to the WSJ Health Blog, she says that she wants to use "technology to better align Medicare and Medicaid payments with quality care" if she's confirmed. The NYT Caucus blog adds that a vote isn't expected until after the two-week Senate recess.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.