The New York Times — UN suspending plan for cholera vaccination in Yemen
The United Nations said on Tuesday that it was suspending plans for a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen — reversing a decision made a month ago — because the disease’s rampant spread and the ravages of war there would make such an effort ineffective. Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations aid coordinator in Yemen, said plans for preventive vaccination were being “set aside.” He attributed the change to obstacles in delivering vaccines in the middle of a conflict that has crippled the country’s health system and hampered access to some areas threatened by the contagious disease. Christian Lindmeier, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, told reporters the vaccine doses originally designated for shipment to Yemen would probably be sent to other countries threatened by cholera, where they could be used more effectively.

World Health Organization — Measles continues to spread and take lives in Europe
Ongoing measles outbreaks in the WHO European Region have caused 35 deaths in the past 12 months. The most recent fatality was a 6-year-old boy in Italy, where over 3,300 measles cases and 2 deaths have occurred since June 2016. Several other countries have also reported outbreaks; according to national public health authorities, these have caused 31 deaths in Romania, 1 death in Germany and another in Portugal. “Every death or disability caused by this vaccine-preventable disease is an unacceptable tragedy,” says Zsuzsanna Jakab, PhD, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “We are very concerned that although a safe, effective and affordable vaccine is available, measles remains a leading cause of death among children worldwide, and unfortunately Europe is not spared. Working closely with health authorities in all European affected countries is our priority to control the outbreaks and maintain high vaccination coverage for all sections of the population.”

The Hill — Senate GOP to offer new health care bill on Thursday
Senate Republican leaders plan to unveil on Thursday a new version of their legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare ahead of a possible vote next week. The revised legislation will include concessions to centrists and conservatives designed to win the necessary 51 votes for passage. Overall, however, it retains many of the core elements of the GOP’s previous measure, which was shelved last month after a group of Republican senators threatened to block it on the floor. The concessions include keeping in place taxes that would provide more revenue for tax credits and state funding to help low-income people buy insurance.

The Hill — House bill would cut EPA funding by $528M
House appropriators released a spending bill Tuesday that would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by $528 million next year, far less than the $2.6 billion cut President Trump requested. The legislation would include language requiring the repeal of water jurisdiction regulations and include funding for buyouts at the agency. But it wouldn’t include the deep cuts Trump proposed in May, when administration officials said they wanted to end 50 department programs and eliminate 3,200 of the agency’s 15,000 jobs. The spending bill also includes funding for the Interior Department, the Forest Service and related agencies. It’s a $31.4 billion bill, which is $824 million less than current levels and $4.3 billion higher than Trump’s budget.