Pfizer/BioNTech seek full FDA approval for their Covid-19 vaccine

Pfizer/BioNTech has initiated its application to the US Food and Drug Administration for full FDA approval of its Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older, the companies said Friday. This is the first Covid-19 vaccine in the United States to be assessed for full approval from the FDA.

Washington sues Allianz for excluding mental health coverage

Washington state is suing the travel insurance company Allianz, saying that its policy of excluding mental health issues from coverage is discriminatory. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the company refused to cover 485 claims from Washington residents from 2014 to 2019, including cases where people had to cancel or change travel plans due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or due to a family member’s attempted suicide. Ferguson said that violates state discrimination, insurance and consumer protection laws. Allianz did not immediately return an email seeking comment. The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, seeks restitution for the denied claims and an order barring Allianz from enforcing its policy in Washington.

Task force to assess systemic causes behind high rates of missing, murdered Indigenous women in WA

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday that his office will lead a 21-member task force to assess systemic causes behind the high rate of disappearances and murders of Indigenous women. The announcement coincided with the…