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Biden cancels visit to Emergent BioSolutions after Times report on its tactics

Plus: Morning radio show host Kane dies; African American Health Program expands COVID-19 testing, vaccine support

Biden cancels visit to Emergent BioSolutions after Times report on its tactics

President Joe Biden on Monday canceled a visit to a Baltimore coronavirus vaccine plant run by Gaithersburg-based Emergent BioSolutions, and his spokeswoman announced that the administration would conduct an audit of the Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s emergency medical reserve. 

Both actions came after a New York Times investigation into how the company gained outsize influence over the repository. [New York Times]
[Click here to read a 2012 Bethesda Magazine story about Emergent BioSolutions’ work on an anthrax vaccine]

Morning radio show host Kane dies

Peter Deibler, who went by the name Kane and hosted The Kane Show on the radio from 2006 until last year, died at age 43 on Friday after a long illness, his lawyer said in a statement.

He hosted The Kane Show from the iHeart Radio studios in Rockville. It was broadcast on HOT 99.5 in D.C., and aired in Baltimore, Louisville and Tampa, too. [WTOP]

African American Health Program expands COVID-19 testing, vaccine support

Montgomery County’s African American Health Program has moved its targeted COVID-19 testing efforts indoors to partner with Black faith organizations and Black Greek letter organizations.

The program is providing participants with free on-site COVID-19 services such as vaccine preregistration and groceries, as well as a pandemic “swag” box containing masks, gloves, a digital thermometer and hand sanitizer. [Montgomery County]

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