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COVID-19

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

A Key Inflation Gauge Rose 5.8% in 2021, Most in 39 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of prices that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 5.8% last year, the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of prices that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 5.8% last year, the sharpest increase since 1982, as brisk consumer spending collided with snarled supply chains to raise the costs of food, furniture,... Read More

2022-01-26 22:55:44
by Alexa Hornbeck
Yale Researchers Develop a Fresh Air Clip Capable of Detecting Virus 

Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health recently developed a small, lightweight, inexpensive wearable device — the Fresh Air Clip —... Read More

Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health recently developed a small, lightweight, inexpensive wearable device — the Fresh Air Clip — that is capable of detecting possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The clip was developed to help individuals in high-risk settings to... Read More

2022-01-26 22:53:13
by Alexa Hornbeck
Pfizer-BioNTech Prepare to Revise Vaccine Formula for Omicron Variant

On Tuesday, Pfizer-BioNTech announced they will begin a clinical trial to develop an omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine candidate.  “Emerging data indicate vaccine-induced protection... Read More

On Tuesday, Pfizer-BioNTech announced they will begin a clinical trial to develop an omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine candidate.  “Emerging data indicate vaccine-induced protection against infection and mild to moderate disease wanes more rapidly than was observed with prior strains,” said Prof. Ugur Sahin,... Read More

2022-01-26 22:51:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Survey Shows Small Businesses in Crisis Due to Omicron Infections

A recent poll from Goldman Sachs finds that 37% of small businesses say they have been forced to temporarily close or scale... Read More

A recent poll from Goldman Sachs finds that 37% of small businesses say they have been forced to temporarily close or scale back operations because of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.  The survey included responses from 47 states and two U.S.... Read More

2022-01-26 22:48:08
by Alexa Hornbeck
FTC Called to Action to Protect Fraudulent Sales of Testing Kits 

A letter was recently sent by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., requesting that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigate reports... Read More

A letter was recently sent by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., requesting that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigate reports of COVID-19 test kit price gouging.  “According to reports from multiple state attorneys general and the media, consumers have recently... Read More

2022-01-24 21:29:44
by Tom Ramstack
Sarah Palin Diagnosed With COVID Before New York Times Lawsuit Trial

NEW YORK — Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend, which delayed her defamation lawsuit against... Read More

NEW YORK — Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend, which delayed her defamation lawsuit against The New York Times that was scheduled for a trial beginning Monday. Palin reported her illness to Judge Jed Rakoff... Read More

2022-01-24 18:25:10
by Reece Nations
Political Polarization Impeded Public Support for COVID-19 Response

SAN ANTONIO — Public sentiment regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies was undermined by polarization from political actors around the globe, according... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Public sentiment regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies was undermined by polarization from political actors around the globe, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from around the world contributed to... Read More

2022-01-24 17:16:18
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Cracks Down on Organizations Accused of Cashing In on the Pandemic

WASHINGTON —  The FBI is investigating an Illinois company that has received $124 million from the federal government for COVID-19... Read More

WASHINGTON —  The FBI is investigating an Illinois company that has received $124 million from the federal government for COVID-19 testing after reports the owners were using part of the money for lavish lifestyles. FBI agents raided the headquarters in... Read More

New Conservative Target: Race as Factor in COVID Treatment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk... Read More

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people. The wave of infections brought on by... Read More

China Tests 2M in Beijing, Lifts COVID Lockdown in Xi’an

BEIJING (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Beijing has prompted authorities to test millions and impose new measures... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Beijing has prompted authorities to test millions and impose new measures two weeks ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics, even as the city of Xi'an in north-central China lifted... Read More

US Jobless Claims Rise to 286,000, Highest Since October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as the fast-spreading omicron variant continued to disrupt the job market. Jobless claims rose for the third straight week — by... Read More

Mask Rules Get Tighter in Europe in Winter's COVID-19 Wave

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with... Read More

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules will help it... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Lawmakers Push Congress to Implement Another COVID Relief Package

Recent surges in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations due to the omicron variant are raising concerns among lawmakers about whether another... Read More

Recent surges in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations due to the omicron variant are raising concerns among lawmakers about whether another COVID-19 relief package, particularly for restaurants, will be needed.  “We, the undersigned, call on House and Senate leadership to expedite... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Department of Defense Increases COVID-19 Measures for Pentagon Reservation

The U.S. Department of Defense has recently increased health protection policies at the Pentagon Reservation in response to an increase... Read More

The U.S. Department of Defense has recently increased health protection policies at the Pentagon Reservation in response to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region over the past two weeks.  Effective as of Monday, Jan. 10,... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Research Shows Children and Teens With COVID More Likely to Get Diagnosed With Diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new study showing that children and teens up to age 18 who... Read More

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new study showing that children and teens up to age 18 who are infected with COVID-19 are more likely than those who are not infected to be diagnosed with diabetes a month... Read More

2022-01-13 02:04:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
CDC May Soon Update Mask Guidance

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised the public of potential plans to renew its mask guidance... Read More

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised the public of potential plans to renew its mask guidance from last July.  The move by the CDC follows recent findings from health departments in states like New York and... Read More

2022-01-13 02:00:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Virginia’s Office of Vital Records Temporarily Scales Back Operations

Officials from the Virginia Department of Health announced in a recent statement that the Office of Vital Records is experiencing a... Read More

Officials from the Virginia Department of Health announced in a recent statement that the Office of Vital Records is experiencing a shortage of workers because of a surge in COVID-19 infections, and the use of live operators in call centers will... Read More

Omicron May be Headed for a Rapid Drop in Britain, US

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the... Read More

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically. The reason: The variant has proved so wildly contagious... Read More

World Economic Forum Warns Cyber Risks Add to Climate Threat

LONDON (AP) — Cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and... Read More

LONDON (AP) — Cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday. The Global Risks Report is usually released ahead of the annual... Read More

2022-01-07 19:17:47
by Dan McCue
Justices Appear Sharply Divided Over Biden Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — In a rare Friday hearing, the Supreme Court this morning considered to what extent the Biden administration can... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a rare Friday hearing, the Supreme Court this morning considered to what extent the Biden administration can impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on large employers and health care workers. Throughout the oral arguments on the consolidated cases National... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Vaccine Rules Affecting More Than 80M Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant. The justices on the conservative-oriented court... Read More

A Season of Joy -- and Caution -- Kicks Off in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vaccinated, masked and ready-to-revel New Orleans residents will usher in Carnival season Thursday with a rolling... Read More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vaccinated, masked and ready-to-revel New Orleans residents will usher in Carnival season Thursday with a rolling party on the city's historic streetcar line, an annual march honoring Joan of Arc in the French Quarter and a... Read More

With Salty Language, Macron Berates France’s Unvaccinated

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has provoked outcries in parliament and protests from election rivals by using a... Read More

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has provoked outcries in parliament and protests from election rivals by using a vulgarity to describe his strategy for pressuring vaccine refusers to get coronavirus jabs. Macron used the French word “emmerder,” rooted... Read More

Omicron Spreads Global Gloom Over New Year's Celebrations

BRUSSELS (AP) — After struggling with the coronavirus for far too long, the world understands all too well Belgium's word... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — After struggling with the coronavirus for far too long, the world understands all too well Belgium's word of the year, “knaldrang!” — the urge to party, the need to let loose. Yet as New Year celebrations approach,... Read More

China Puts City of 13 Million in Lockdown Ahead of Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — China plunged a city of 13 million people into lockdown on Thursday to stamp out an increase... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — China plunged a city of 13 million people into lockdown on Thursday to stamp out an increase in coronavirus infections, as the country doubles down on its “zero tolerance” policy just weeks before it is set to... Read More

Case Drop May Show South Africa's Omicron Peak has Passed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country's dramatic... Read More

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country's dramatic omicron-driven surge has passed its peak, medical experts say. Daily virus case counts are notoriously unreliable, as they can be... Read More

NFL Could Become Trend-Setter for COVID-19 Testing Policies

The NFL’s decision to reduce COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic, vaccinated players could signal a trend for pro sports leagues and... Read More

The NFL’s decision to reduce COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic, vaccinated players could signal a trend for pro sports leagues and provide an example for society to follow heading into 2022. Despite a rising number of positive cases that forced three... Read More

Moderna: Initial Booster Data Shows Good Results on Omicron

Moderna said Monday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine should offer protection against the rapidly spreading omicron variant.... Read More

Moderna said Monday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine should offer protection against the rapidly spreading omicron variant. Moderna said lab tests showed the half-dose booster shot increased by 37 times the level of so-called neutralizing antibodies able... Read More

Data Indicate Omicron is Milder, Better at Evading Vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The omicron variant appears to cause less severe disease than previous versions of the coronavirus, and the Pfizer... Read More

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The omicron variant appears to cause less severe disease than previous versions of the coronavirus, and the Pfizer vaccine seems to offer less defense against infection from it but still good protection from hospitalization, according to an analysis... Read More

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