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Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Dec. 12. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Trump administration announced yesterday a new proposal aimed at making more organs available for transplant and holding organ procurement organizations accountable, part of its plan to tackle kidney disease.

Why it matters: Thousands more organs could become available each year under the proposal, which would help reduce the list of people waiting for organ donations.

  • There are 113,000 people on these wait lists, and 20 of them die every day, per HHS.

Under the proposed new rules, organ procurement organizations would receive new performance standards. If these were in place today, 37 of America's 58 organizations would be out of compliance, according to Organize, a patient advocacy group.

  • The proposal also increases financial incentives for living organ donors.

Go deeper: Pigs are the next organ donors

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$1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate

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The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate can now start debating the legislation to resolve outstanding issues.

Fed chair says he isn't concerned by Delta surge

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at the G20 finance ministers and central bankers meeting in Venice last month. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

One of the country's most influential economic officials doesn't anticipate that surging coronavirus cases will knock the reopening recovery off course.

What he's saying: "There has tended to be less economic implications from each [coronavirus] wave. We'll see if that's the case for the Delta variety," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters today.

Updated 4 hours ago - Economy & Business

Ubisoft workers demand company accountability in open letter

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Close to 500 current and former employees of “Assassin’s Creed” publisher Ubisoft are standing in solidarity with protesting game developers at Activision Blizzard with a letter that criticizes their company's handling of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard workers are framing the actions as part of a bigger movement meant to have lasting change in the industry and its culture.

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