COVID-19

Pfizer Seeks to Expand Omicron Booster to 5- to 11-Year-Olds

(AP) -- Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to... Read More

(AP) -- Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11. Elementary school-aged children already received kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s original vaccine, a third of the dose given to everyone... Read More

2022-08-19 14:19:36
by Eden Metzger
Kids Throw on Their Backpacks and Get the Vaccine

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Children aged 6 months and up are able to receive a vaccine just in time for the... Read More

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Children aged 6 months and up are able to receive a vaccine just in time for the first day of school. "We strongly encourage everyone to make sure their child is up to date with their COVID-19... Read More

British Regulator First to OK Moderna's Updated COVID Booster

LONDON (AP) — British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna's... Read More

LONDON (AP) — British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against the omicron variant, which the government said would be offered to people aged 50... Read More

Biden Scraps Announcing Crime Plan After Positive COVID Test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a trip to Pennsylvania, where he had planned to propose a steep funding increase... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a trip to Pennsylvania, where he had planned to propose a steep funding increase for police on Thursday, after testing positive for COVID-19. The Democratic president was set to ask Congress to spend roughly $37... Read More

2022-07-13 16:19:44
by Alexa Hornbeck
CDC Finds Threat of Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Worsened During Pandemic

ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday which examines how COVID-19 impacted... Read More

ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday which examines how COVID-19 impacted the progress of combating antimicrobial resistance, which occurs when changes in bacteria cause drug treatments to become less effective.  ... Read More

US Failed to Stop Fraud in COVID Loan Program, Clyburn Says

The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid... Read More

The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, depleting the funds and making Americans more vulnerable to identity theft, the head of... Read More

Biden Co-Hosts 2nd Global COVID Summit as US Nears 1M Deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will appeal for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he convenes a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will appeal for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he convenes a second virtual summit on the pandemic and marks “a tragic milestone" as the U.S. approaches 1 million deaths. “As a nation, we... Read More

Majority of Americans Want Masks for Travelers: AP-NORC Poll

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A majority of Americans continue to support a mask requirement for people traveling on airplanes and... Read More

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A majority of Americans continue to support a mask requirement for people traveling on airplanes and other shared transportation, a new poll finds. A ruling by a federal judge has put the government’s transportation mask mandate on hold. The... Read More

Cheers and Fears as US Ends Mask Mandates for Travel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers... Read More

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it's really time to end one of the most visible vestiges of... Read More

2022-03-09 23:50:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Votes to Repeal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

The Senate recently approved a resolution to repeal the COVID-19 health care worker vaccine mandate that a Supreme Court ruling on Jan.... Read More

The Senate recently approved a resolution to repeal the COVID-19 health care worker vaccine mandate that a Supreme Court ruling on Jan. 13 allowed to proceed. The White House issued a statement that the decision by the Senate would put unvaccinated health care workers... Read More

2022-03-09 23:48:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Contact Tracing Programs Around the Country End Operations Based on CDC Guidance 

The CDC updated COVID-19 guidance on Feb. 28 to no longer require universal case investigation and contact tracing, except in high-risk settings... Read More

The CDC updated COVID-19 guidance on Feb. 28 to no longer require universal case investigation and contact tracing, except in high-risk settings like long-term care facilities and jails. Now, many states have announced their contact tracing programs will soon end.  Changes to... Read More

WHO Says COVID Boosters Needed, Reversing Previous Call

GENEVA (AP) — An expert group convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday it “strongly supports urgent and broad... Read More

GENEVA (AP) — An expert group convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday it “strongly supports urgent and broad access” to booster doses, in a reversal of the U.N. agency’s previous insistence that boosters weren’t necessary and contributed to... Read More

2022-03-03 13:51:49
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Research Shows That the Body Can Store Multiple COVID Variants 

New findings from researchers at the University of Bristol show that those infected with COVID could have different variants hidden... Read More

New findings from researchers at the University of Bristol show that those infected with COVID could have different variants hidden in different parts of the body, as if the virus is playing an ultimate game of ‘hide and seek’ with... Read More

2022-03-03 13:27:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Preprint Study Shows Pfizer Vaccine Less Effective in Preventing Infection and Hospitalizations of Kids

A new preprint study from New York State Department of Health shows that the Pfizer vaccine did not prevent infection... Read More

A new preprint study from New York State Department of Health shows that the Pfizer vaccine did not prevent infection and hospitalizations in kids up to age 11 as effectively as it did for older age ranges, including those aged... Read More

2022-03-03 12:56:05
by Alexa Hornbeck
Second Round of Free COVID Tests Can Be Ordered Starting Week of March 7

Earlier this year, the Biden administration stepped up prevention efforts by promising to provide 500 million COVID-19 tests to Americans,... Read More

Earlier this year, the Biden administration stepped up prevention efforts by promising to provide 500 million COVID-19 tests to Americans, with up to four free tests per household.  Data collected through the start of this month shows that more than... Read More

Pandemic Fears are Fading Along With Omicron: AP-NORC Poll

Omicron is fading away, and so are Americans' worries about COVID-19. As coronavirus pandemic case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths continue to plummet,... Read More

Omicron is fading away, and so are Americans' worries about COVID-19. As coronavirus pandemic case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths continue to plummet, fewer people now than in January say they are concerned that they will be infected after the rise and fall... Read More

2022-02-24 01:16:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows Ivermectin Not Recommended for Treatment of COVID-19

A new study released this week in JAMA Internal Medicine finds ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug, has failed to treat individuals with COVID-19.  ... Read More

A new study released this week in JAMA Internal Medicine finds ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug, has failed to treat individuals with COVID-19.   To conduct the open-label study, researchers enrolled high-risk patients with COVID-19 from 20 public hospitals and COVID-19 quarantine centers in... Read More

2022-02-24 01:13:46
by Alexa Hornbeck
CDC Updates Guidance to Recommend Longer Intervals Between Vaccine Doses 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on vaccine dosing intervals for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines... Read More

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on vaccine dosing intervals for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to be spaced out at least eight weeks apart between the first and second doses.  The decision to update the... Read More

2022-02-24 01:11:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
Infectious Disease Experts Warn of New Variant That May Be More Contagious Than Omicron

Although the surge in omicron infections has been declining over the past few weeks, leaders at the World Health Organization... Read More

Although the surge in omicron infections has been declining over the past few weeks, leaders at the World Health Organization have issued new warnings regarding another new variant of concern, known as BA.2.  Although still classified as omicron, the BA.2 strain differs... Read More

2022-02-24 01:09:23
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Vaccine to Be Submitted for Regulatory Approval Based on Promising Study Results

On Wednesday two companies, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, said they plan to submit a new COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. and European... Read More

On Wednesday two companies, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, said they plan to submit a new COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. and European regulatory approval. This followed Phase 3 efficacy trials that showed promise of protection both as a primary series and a... Read More

National Guard to Help DC Control Traffic for Truck Convoys

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to the nation’s capital as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to the nation’s capital as it prepares for trucker convoys that are planning protests against pandemic restrictions beginning next week. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved... Read More

California Adopts Nation's 1st 'Endemic' Virus Policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to formally shift to an “endemic” approach to the coronavirus with... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to formally shift to an “endemic” approach to the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement Thursday of a plan that emphasizes prevention and quick reaction to outbreaks over mandated masking and... Read More

Trudeau Says Protests Must End, Truckers Brace for Crackdown

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police poured into downtown Ottawa on Thursday in what truckers feared was a prelude to a... Read More

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police poured into downtown Ottawa on Thursday in what truckers feared was a prelude to a crackdown on their nearly three-week, street-clogging protest against Canada's COVID-19 restrictions. Work crews in the capital began erecting fences outside... Read More

2022-02-16 23:32:16
by Alexa Hornbeck
New CDC Findings Show Protection From Booster Wanes After About Four Months

Two new studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the effectiveness of booster shots for combatting... Read More

Two new studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the effectiveness of booster shots for combatting the omicron variant declines substantially after four months. The first study examines hospitalizations and emergency room and urgent care center visits in... Read More

2022-02-16 23:28:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Authorizes Another Monoclonal Antibody 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an emergency use authorization for a new monoclonal antibody treatment called bebtelovimab from Eli Lilly,... Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an emergency use authorization for a new monoclonal antibody treatment called bebtelovimab from Eli Lilly, to help reduce the chances of severe illness in high-risk patients with COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services... Read More

Key US-Canada Bridge Reopens as Ottawa Protest Persists

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — The busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing was open Monday after protesters demonstrating against COVID-19 measures blocked it... Read More

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — The busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing was open Monday after protesters demonstrating against COVID-19 measures blocked it for nearly a week, but a larger protest in the capital, Ottawa, persisted as city residents seethed over authorities' inability... Read More

Truck Blockade at U.S.-Canadian Border Shuts Auto Plants

TORONTO (AP) — The truck blockade by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions is tightening the screws on the auto... Read More

TORONTO (AP) — The truck blockade by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions is tightening the screws on the auto industry, forcing Ford, Toyota and General Motors to shut down plants or otherwise curtail production on both sides of the... Read More

China's Pandemic Olympics Begin With Lockdown and Boycotts

BEIJING (AP) — The country where the coronavirus outbreak emerged two years ago launched a locked-down Winter Olympics on Friday, proudly projecting... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — The country where the coronavirus outbreak emerged two years ago launched a locked-down Winter Olympics on Friday, proudly projecting its might on the most global of stages even as some Western governments mounted a diplomatic boycott over the way... Read More

US Employers Shrug Off Omicron, Add 467,000 Jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a burst of 467,000 jobs in January despite a wave of omicron inflections that... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a burst of 467,000 jobs in January despite a wave of omicron inflections that sickened millions of workers, kept many consumers at home and left businesses from restaurants to manufacturers short-staffed. The Labor Department's... Read More

AP Source: US Urges Pfizer to Apply for Under-5 COVID Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators are urging drugmaker Pfizer to apply for emergency authorization for a two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators are urging drugmaker Pfizer to apply for emergency authorization for a two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old while awaiting data on a three-dose course, aiming to clear the way... Read More

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