New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the city will lift its COVID-19 vaccine mandates for the private sector in November. Days after President Biden said that the pandemic is over, Adams announced the end of the mandate for workers and student-athletes. (New York Daily News)

The Department of Justice charged 47 people with the ‘brazen’ theft of $250 million from the pandemic food program. Federal prosecutors described the scheme as the largest uncovered to date targeting the government’s generous stimulus aid. (The Washington Post)

Merck said it will launch a late-stage study for lower-dose versions of its HIV treatment, islatravir. This comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put the trials on hold over safety concerns. (Reuters)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended for the first time to screen adults under the age of 65 for anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect some 19% of the U.S. adult population, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. (Axios)

A judge ruled that border officials cannot ban Mexicans from donating plasma, marking a legal victory for pharma companies. Some 10% of plasma collected in the U.S. is from Mexicans, who are paid to donate – and the pharma industry argues it’s important for helping maintain life-saving plasma-derived therapies. (The Wall Street Journal)