Jan 17, 2021

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‘Slippery slope territory’: Health officials propose waiving regulatory review of medical AI tools

By Casey Ross
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  • D ays before leaving office, President Trump’s top health official is proposing to permanently exempt from regulatory review a wide swath of artificial intelligence products used to help physicians detect serious conditions such as cancer and respiratory disease on medical images.
  • The proposal, posted to the Federal Register on Friday and signed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, asserts that FDA review of several categories products, including AI imaging devices, is not necessary because they are seldom associated with reports of adverse events.
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Biden will mobilize FEMA, the National Guard, and pharmacies to ramp up vaccine distribution

By Nicholas Florko
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  • WASHINGTON — President-elect Biden’s newly released vaccine distribution plan promises to dramatically increase the number of vaccination sites in America by mobilizing the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the National Guard, relying on low-income community health centers, and pharmacies around the country.
  • Biden unveiled the plan in a Friday-afternoon speech in which he doubled down on his long-stated goal: Administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.
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Genome-sequencing pioneer Eric Lander to lead science policy for Biden

By Lev Facher and Andrew Joseph
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  • W ASHINGTON — President-elect Biden on Thursday nominated Broad Institute president Eric Lander to serve as his science adviser and the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, along with a slate of other top science adviser nominations.
  • From his perch atop the prestigious Broad, the genome-editing pioneer has overseen an explosion in genetics discoveries, as well as pioneering psychiatric research, from a team of scientists affiliated with Harvard, MIT, and some of the country’s leading academic medical centers.
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