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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that the country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The American Heart Association (AHA) believes that genetic testing can improve the understanding of a variety of inherited cardiovascular diseases and could help patients and health care providers make decisions, identify risks, and manage treatment.

More than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 2 weeks of July, more than a quarter of the total number of children diagnosed nationwide since March, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Twenty-four national organizations representing patients, consumers, the medically underserved, public health advocates, physicians, and diverse health care providers sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders urging the inclusion of payment for pharmacists who provide COVID-19 and flu testing and immunization in the next package of coronavirus legislation. In the letter, the groups assert that pharmacist-provided patient care services improve patient outcomes, something that is particularly important during the pandemic.

President Trump has signed an executive order aimed at boosting U.S. production of medicines, medical equipment, and protective gear. "We will bring our pharmaceutical and medical supply chains home—we're going to bring them home where they belong—and we will end reliance on China," Trump said during a visit to the Whirlpool Corp.

CDC on Wednesday cautioned the public about the risks of drinking hand sanitizer and it warned poison control centers to be alert for cases of methanol toxicity. According to the agency, 15 people in Arizona and New Mexico were hospitalized in May and June after they swallowed alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Parents and clinicians should be on the alert for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in children in the coming months, CDC warned Tuesday. The rare but serious neurologic condition that affects primarily children has peaked every 2 years between August and November since 2014.

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) released a recommendation that the health care system incorporate tailored pharmacy-based interventions for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention into overall prevention efforts. Interventions delivered by community and health-system pharmacists is cost-effective and keeps patients adherent to their medication regimen, CPSTF found.

A recent FDA study found that six active ingredients in sunscreens (avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate) led to maximum plasma concentration rates ranging from 3.3 ng/mL to 258.1 ng/mL, depending on the chemical and whether it was applied to the skin in the form of a lotion or spray.

President Trump issued on Monday executive orders that aim to improve health care in rural areas by expanding telehealth, modernizing regulations, and reforming payments.