Wednesday's health stories


Shawna Chen
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

Meta removes accounts linked to COVID disinformation effort by China

Photo of a sign showing the Facebook thumbs up emoji as a person walks by
Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

First known U.S. case of Omicron variant identified in California

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Bob Herman
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine

A hand holds a box of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, with other boxes in the background.
Moderna could be forced to share profits of its COVID vaccine with Arbutus. Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/picture alliance via Getty Images

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

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Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Omicron variant detected in more countries

People walk at the boarding area at the Galeao International airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 13
The Galeao International airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images
Oriana Gonzalez
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

CDC prepares tougher testing rules for international travelers

Picture of a yellow sign that says testing is available in this airport
Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
Tina Reed
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

U.S. on the lookout for Omicron cases

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Axios Explains: Abortion

Abortions could require 200-mile trips if Roe is overturned

Bob Herman
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

Supreme Court weighs whether hospital drug cuts are valid

A doctor in blue protective gear stands in a hospital COVID-19 unit with medical equipment outside of rooms.
Photo: Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty Images

UN report: Pandemic set to cost global tourism $2 trillion in 2021

Woman with suitcase takes selfie in front of Eiffel tower.
A tourist in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Nov. 25. Photo:Chesnot/Getty Images
Shawna Chen
Updated Dec 1, 2021 - Health

2 federal judges temporarily block Biden vaccine mandates

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President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images
Shawna Chen
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

Pentagon denies Oklahoma National Guard request for exemption from vaccine mandate

Photo of Lloyd Austin gesturing while speaking from a podium
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images