UK, Germany and Italy detect omicron coronavirus variant cases

U.K. Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. Getty Images Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa. The discovery of the variant has sparked global concern, a wave … Read more

Vaccine makers move quickly against new omicron Covid variant, testing already under way

The world’s major manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines said Friday that they are working to quickly investigate and adapt their shots to a new and highly mutated strain of the virus. The World Health Organization on Friday said the new strain, named omicron, is a “variant of concern” that may pose a higher risk of reinfection … Read more

The EU is planning a 9-month expiration date on its Covid vaccine passports

QR code with EU COVID digital certificate displayed on a mobile phone. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images The European Union is considering a nine-month expiration date on its Covid-19 vaccine certificates, which allow tourists certain freedoms to travel while the coronavirus pandemic still rages. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed … Read more

‘Vaccinated, recovered or dead’: Germany gives stark winter warning to its people

Visitors at the Christmas market in Dortmund, western Germany on November 22, 2021. Some of Germany’s federal states have canceled their Christmas markets due to the Covid crisis. Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty Images Germany’s health minister has issued a stark warning to the country’s public, telling citizens that vaccination was the key to … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Dow set to bounce after Friday’s decline capped a rough week Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 15, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Dow … Read more

Austrian police conduct random checks to enforce Covid lockdowns for the unvaccinated

Police officers monitor compliance with the lockdown in Innsbruck during the first day of a nationwide lockdown for people not yet vaccinated against the Covid-19. Jan Hetfleisch | Getty Images Austria has imposed fresh lockdown measures on around 2 million unvaccinated people, with individuals facing fines if they fail to comply with the rules. Those … Read more

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, shots could begin early next week with CDC clearance

Jamie Blank (L) holds her son, Ari Blank’s hand as he receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from healthcare worker Jen Feinberg (R) at the Jewish Federation/JARC’s offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on May 13, 2021. Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer and BioNTech‘s Covid-19 … Read more

Covid vaccine boosters are now available. Here’s who’s eligible for Pfizer, Moderna and J&J’s shots

A patient receives their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine booster during a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination clinic in Southfield, Michigan, U.S., September 29, 2021. Emily Elconin | Reuters Nearly 100 million people nationwide are immediately eligible to receive Covid booster shots after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized extra doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson‘s … Read more

Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Travelers and more

Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket: Procter & Gamble (PG) – The consumer products giant beat estimates by 2 cents a share, with quarterly earnings of $1.61 per share. Revenue also topped Wall Street forecasts. P&G said it was facing increasing commodity and transportation costs, however, and its shares … Read more

J&J files for authorization of Covid-19 vaccine booster

Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday it had submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of a booster shot of its Covid-19 vaccine in people aged 18 years and older. The filing comes after the FDA last week scheduled an Oct. 15 meeting of its expert advisory committee to … Read more