The US Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to oversee food and drug safety by voice vote on May 18, according to The Washington Post .
Bioterrorism expert Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be sworn in as the 21st commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration .
Top priorities for the new commissioner are the development of a vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus and revamping food safety, according to Hamburg.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.