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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will announce the agency's new approach to antimicrobial resistance today, including ideas for encouraging drugmakers to come up with new antibiotics.

The details: The plan also includes steps to promote careful antibiotic stewardship in human and animal medicine, and new tools to better collect data on antimicrobial use and when pathogens become resistant.

1 big problem: The current system doesn't give pharma companies an incentive to make new antibiotics. The point is to use them sparingly enough that pathogens don't become resistant, but a drug companies’ profits depend on heavier use.

  • Gottlieb is expected to discuss the need for new payment models that better promote the development of new antibiotics. These models might pay more for drug upfront, but result in savings to the system down the road.
  • For example, hospitals could pay a subscription fee for access to doses of new antibiotics, which would have to be high enough to make drug companies' investment worthwhile.

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Officers in North Carolina used pepper spray on protesters and arrested eight people at a get-out-the-vote rally at Alamance County’s courthouse Saturday during the final day of early voting, the City of Graham Police Department confirmed.

Driving the news: The peaceful "I Am Change" march to the polls was organized by Rev. Greg Drumwright, from the Citadel Church in Greensboro, N.C., and included a minute's silence for George Floyd. Melanie Mitchell told the News & Observer her daughters, age 5 and 11, were among those pepper-sprayed by police soon after.

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.