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Possible Virus Exposure for Lawmakers Sheltering During Riot
Congress
Possible Virus Exposure for Lawmakers Sheltering During Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the Capitol siege by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump. The Capitol's attending physician notified... Read More

Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
State News
Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
2021-01-08 21:39:34
by Sara Wilkerson

As the first week of the new year comes to an end, the vaccine distribution system across the country continues to face numerous challenges in producing an effective rollout as the public remains confused on who is supposed to get... Read More

Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant
Health
Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two easier-to-spread variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa. Those variants are causing global concern. They carry multiple mutations but share one... Read More

Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start
Health
Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start

New York’s governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back... Read More

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Denounce VA’s COVID Response
Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Denounce VA’s COVID Response
2021-01-06 14:29:20
by Reece Nations

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO Jeremy Butler issued a statement Tuesday condemning Department of Veterans Affairs officials in response to the administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Butler’s statement was released in response to a MilitaryTimes report... Read More

Fauci: US Could Soon Give 1 Million Vaccinations a Day
Health
Fauci: US Could Soon Give 1 Million Vaccinations a Day

The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges. The slow pace... Read More

EXPLAINER: US Regulator Weighs in on Vaccine Dosing Debate
Health
EXPLAINER: US Regulator Weighs in on Vaccine Dosing Debate

The first Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 are getting their second dose, while Britain has decided to postpone boosters and focus instead on giving more people a first shot — international differences that are adding to public confusion. There's growing debate... Read More

Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection
State News
Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some... Read More

Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
Health
Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
2021-01-04 14:41:07
by Sean Trambley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the country’s largest and most populous state has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, providing no-cost Pfizer vaccines to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. At... Read More

House Legislation Provides Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters
Economy
House Legislation Provides Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters
2021-01-04 14:34:21
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced the Crisis Housing Act establishing a new automatic housing assistance program to provide emergency rental assistance vouchers to households during natural disasters or economic recessions.  “When responding to an unforeseen disaster... Read More

US Expected to Miss Goal of Vaccinating 20 Million Against COVID-19 by Year End
Health
US Expected to Miss Goal of Vaccinating 20 Million Against COVID-19 by Year End

The U.S. goal of getting initial COVID-19 vaccine doses to 20 million Americans by year’s end was looking like a long shot Tuesday. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed initially promised to unleash a vast stockpile of 300 million vaccine... Read More

Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-29 21:00:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Two staffers in the office of every House and Senate member on Capitol Hill are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, the Office of the Attending Physician announced Monday night. In addition, attending physician Brian Monahan said... Read More

House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
Congress
House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
2020-12-29 20:53:24
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis would continue its work during the 117th Congressional session with House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., returning as chair of the subcommittee.  Since its... Read More

Why Isn't More COVID-19 Vaccine Available Immediately?
Health
Why Isn't More COVID-19 Vaccine Available Immediately?

To truly control the pandemic, most people around the world need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That's a tall order involving billions of shots. By the end of this year, only about 70 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from... Read More

Trump Signs Massive Measure Funding Government, COVID Relief
Economy
Trump Signs Massive Measure Funding Government, COVID Relief

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert... Read More

Scientists Scramble to Determine if Mutant Strain of Coronavirus Will Deepen Pandemic
Science
Scientists Scramble to Determine if Mutant Strain of Coronavirus Will Deepen Pandemic

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across the nation are lifting spirits over the holidays. But there's also budding concern about new strains of the virus that have been discovered in Great Britain, South Africa and possibly in Nigeria. Scientists say... Read More

Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand
Congress
Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans shot down a Democratic bid on Thursday to pass President Donald Trump's longshot, end-of-session demand for $2,000 direct payments to most Americans as he ponders whether to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill. The made-for-TV... Read More

DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
Cities
DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
2020-12-23 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia will ban indoor dining as of Wednesday night and is tightening other restrictions to tamp down on a surge of coronavirus cases. According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the tightened measures are needed due... Read More

Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases
Health
Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases
2020-12-23 17:05:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my daughter was born was the happiest day of my life, because that was the only day I didn't worry about... Read More

As Patients Embrace Telemedicine, Health Insurers Must Act
Opinions
As Patients Embrace Telemedicine, Health Insurers Must Act

Virtual care is the fix for a lot of what’s broken with healthcare in America today. As patients embrace the conveniences of telehealth, medical professionals are recognizing that the pandemic model is here to stay. It’s time for the insurance... Read More

NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots
Health
NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech COVID Vaccine Wins European Backing
Health
Pfizer, BioNTech COVID Vaccine Wins European Backing

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine won the backing of the European medicines regulator, clearing the way for inoculations to start before the end of the year as the continent struggles with rising death rates and tighter lockdowns. The... Read More

Consumer Relief: COVID Bill to End 'Surprise' Medical Bills
Congress
Consumer Relief: COVID Bill to End 'Surprise' Medical Bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars... Read More

$900B COVID Relief Bill Passed by Congress, Sent to Trump
Economy
$900B COVID Relief Bill Passed by Congress, Sent to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Monday night that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Lawmakers tacked... Read More

House Releases $2.3 Trillion Government Spending and Virus Relief Bill
Congress
House Releases $2.3 Trillion Government Spending and Virus Relief Bill
2020-12-21 20:09:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., released the text of a $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Monday afternoon consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion coronavirus relief, and other authorizations. In addition to... Read More

Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
Health
Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
2020-12-21 17:05:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee is pressuring the Centers for Disease Control to deliver more information on the role of cruise ships in spreading coronavirus. Cruise operators like Carnival Corp. are accused of marketing their tourist ships as being safe... Read More

Birx Travels, Family Visits Highlight Pandemic Safety Perils
Health
Birx Travels, Family Visits Highlight Pandemic Safety Perils

WASHINGTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” For many Americans that guidance has been... Read More

Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next for Vaccines
Health
Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next for Vaccines

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel recommended Sunday that people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers should be next in line for COVID-19 shots, while a second vaccine began rolling out... Read More

US Airport Traffic Rising Despite Holiday Travel Warnings
Travel
US Airport Traffic Rising Despite Holiday Travel Warnings

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an... Read More

UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears
Foreign Affairs
UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears

LONDON (AP) — Trucks waiting to get in and out of Britain backed up for miles and people were stranded at airports Monday as many countries imposed stringent travel restrictions over concerns about a new strain of the coronavirus that... Read More

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