WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

CDC relies on honor system for booster shot eligibility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is relying on the honor system to determine which individuals will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot first. The agency announced on Friday, it’s recommending booster shots for individuals 65-years of age and older, people who work in high-risk environments and living situations, among others. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Senators launch bipartisan push to combat opioid epidemic

A pair of senators proposed legislation to combat the opioid epidemic. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) and Georgia Sen. John Ossoff (R) introduced the bill called the Rural Area Opioid Prevention Program Act on Wednesday, which would aim to codify a pilot program to help rural communities fight off the epidemic. 

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 30: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky speaks to the press after visiting the Hynes Convention Center FEMA Mass Vaccination Site on March 30, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Walensky recently said she had a sense of "impending doom" as the rate of coronavirus infection has recently been rising across the U.S. (Photo by Erin Clark-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. to spend $2.1B on infection control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces billions of dollars will be allocated towards infection control efforts to better protect patients across health care facilities. The federal government is allocating $2.1 billion to provide better infection control in health care facilities across the nation.