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First Vaccine Doses Would Go to Health Workers Under US Guide

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should go to front-line health-care workers and first responders, followed by people at... Read More

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should go to front-line health-care workers and first responders, followed by people at higher medical risk from the virus, said a group of scientists and academics advising the U.S. government. The draft guidelines... Read More

2020-09-01 19:00:17
by Dan McCue
Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be... Read More

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be among the first to receive it. After appearing before the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last... Read More

GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force

WASHINGTON — The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released eight weekly reports from the White House Coronavirus Task... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released eight weekly reports from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this summer that showed concerns about the coronavirus’s spread, the same time period when the administration prematurely declared victory... Read More

2020-08-31 16:03:29
by Dan McCue
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played... Read More

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of... Read More

Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19

The day before a planned visit from President Donald Trump earlier this month, a technician swabbed Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine... Read More

The day before a planned visit from President Donald Trump earlier this month, a technician swabbed Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to test him for COVID-19. Within 15 minutes, a plus sign for a positive result appeared on the screen of... Read More

2020-08-28 18:10:11
by Sara Wilkerson
College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced... Read More

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced with its biggest challenge yet: students returning to the classroom. To find out more about how students are feeling as... Read More

2020-08-28 17:42:16
by Dan McCue
Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do

WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that a nationwide mask mandate she and running mate... Read More

WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that a nationwide mask mandate she and running mate Joe Biden have called for would simply reinforce the behavior of "responsible people who love our neighbors." "We have to... Read More

2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

2020-08-26 15:10:33
by Reece Nations
Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the... Read More

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the health care sector and seniors – for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. By comparison, 31% of respondents indicated... Read More

2020-08-24 15:46:22
by Kate Michael
Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation

WASHINGTON — News website Axios convened a panel of local and national policymakers to discuss the future of transportation in... Read More

WASHINGTON — News website Axios convened a panel of local and national policymakers to discuss the future of transportation in the wake of COVID-19 including how decision-makers are retooling public transit to be safe and sustainable. “When I think about... Read More

2020-08-21 15:16:15
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month,... Read More

Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus

DES MOINES (AP) — Sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder, some without face masks, hundreds of supporters of President Donald... Read More

DES MOINES (AP) — Sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder, some without face masks, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump jammed into an airplane hangar for an Arizona campaign event this week, ignoring the advice of Trump's own health... Read More

FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third... Read More

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third after U.S. regulators rejected the company’s potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a... Read More

Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say

NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases. Alex Azar, the head of the U.S. Department of... Read More

2020-08-19 20:00:11
by Kate Michael
COVID-19 Complicates Hurricane Season’s Natural Disaster Response

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of a bizarre earthquake and the above average number of named storms this season, officials... Read More

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of a bizarre earthquake and the above average number of named storms this season, officials are examining how natural disaster response should continue while overlapping with the nation’s ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus. State... Read More

2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school... Read More

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are planning to roll out a “skinny” version of their eight-bill COVID-19 aid package with $10... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are planning to roll out a “skinny” version of their eight-bill COVID-19 aid package with $10 billion added for the U.S. Postal Service as early as this week. The legislation will be composed of provisions that... Read More

2020-08-18 15:27:07
by Sara Wilkerson
UK Successfully Hosts First Large Scale Socially Distant Concert

The UK hosted its first large scale concert with social distancing at the forefront, bringing in 2,500 concert goers on... Read More

The UK hosted its first large scale concert with social distancing at the forefront, bringing in 2,500 concert goers on 500 separate elevated platforms spaced six feet apart to see UK rocker Sam Fender perform onstage. The success of the... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics... Read More

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where more than... Read More

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where more than 5 million people have been infected and more than 161,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by... Read More

‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?

LOS ANGELES — If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your... Read More

LOS ANGELES — If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your company will be hemorrhaging cash, and you’ll turn to Uncle Sam for emergency funds” — Jim Brady would’ve confidently dismissed... Read More

2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has... Read More

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Read More

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

2020-08-11 12:12:35
by Gaspard Le Dem
Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening

New data shows that a growing number of children across the country are testing positive for the coronavirus as many... Read More

New data shows that a growing number of children across the country are testing positive for the coronavirus as many schools prepare to resume in-person classes this fall. Over the last two weeks of July, the U.S. reported 97,078 new... Read More

2020-08-10 20:05:34
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be... Read More

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be included in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The FCC established the program in April 2020 to better provide health care... Read More

2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce... Read More

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

2020-08-07 19:32:19
by Sara Wilkerson
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will... Read More

Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test

WASHINGTON — Three months ago, the Committee on House Administration’s ranking member, Rodney Davis, led the GOP opposition to Democrats’... Read More

WASHINGTON — Three months ago, the Committee on House Administration’s ranking member, Rodney Davis, led the GOP opposition to Democrats’ proxy voting rule that allows members to cast votes from their districts during the pandemic. Now the Illinois Republican, stuck... Read More

Trump Slams Absentee Voting and Claims Coronavirus ‘Will Go Away’

President Donald Trump slammed voting by mail as a “disaster” Wednesday just a day after urging his supporters to do... Read More

President Donald Trump slammed voting by mail as a “disaster” Wednesday just a day after urging his supporters to do just that in Florida. Hours after admitting that absentee voting and vote by mail are the same thing, the president... Read More

McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’d support whatever agreement the Trump administration and congressional Democrats reach... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’d support whatever agreement the Trump administration and congressional Democrats reach on a coronavirus relief package, even if he has “some problems with certain parts of it.” The Kentucky Republican, who... Read More

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