Aug 8, 2018

EPA under fire for new asbestos proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) logo. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to allow new uses for asbestos in manufacturing — even though the toxic chemical has been linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases — has triggered concerns from disease advocacy groups, reports CBS News.

The details: Critics have lambasted the move, announced in June, saying the EPA failed to realize the dangers of the fibrous mineral. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group said the agency would "green light" the chemical industry to "continue business as usual, and by signaling that even the most dangerous chemicals are unlikely to be restricted or banned." The EPA, however, said companies would be prohibited from manufacturing, processing or importing for new uses of asbestos without its approval.

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Experimental coronavirus vaccine to be tested on humans

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The vaccine that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and drugmaker Moderna have been developing to combat the coronavirus is ready to be tested on humans, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Wall Street Journal.

The state of play: The rapidly developed vaccine will be tested on 20–25 healthy volunteers in April to determine whether two doses will be safe and generate an immune response to protect against infection. Results will be available in July or August, Fauci told WSJ.

#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.