WHO says vaccine inequity undermines economic recovery: It’s ‘a killer of people and jobs’

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Thursday warned the unequal distribution of vaccines around the globe has contributed to the emergence of new variants, such as … Read more

CDC declines to add Covid testing recommendation to updated isolation guidance despite criticism

People wait in line for COVID-19 testing at Kedren Community Health Center on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Gary Coronado | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its controversial Covid-19 isolation guidance on Tuesday, declining to add a testing requirement as public health … Read more

Omicron hospitalization risk lower than delta, vaccines provide good protection, U.K. study says

A government advert on a bus stop in London encourages people to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as the Omicron variant of coronavirus spreads across the globe, Dec. 28, 2021. Vuk Valcic | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images People infected with omicron are less likely to require hospital treatment compared to patients … Read more

WHO says omicron has not spread widely among the vulnerable yet, still too early to determine severity

A Covid-19 rapid PCR test site sign at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Dwayne Senior | Bloomberg | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday cautioned that omicron has not spread widely among the populations most at risk, making it difficult to determine whether or … Read more

Nebraska omicron cluster suggests faster symptom onset compared to past Covid variants

Healthcare workers prepare Covid-19 tests at a Nomi Health testing site in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Dan Brouillette | Bloomberg | Getty Images An investigation into a cluster of omicron infections in Nebraska suggests the heavily mutated variant has a shorter incubation period and causes similar or milder symptoms compared to past … Read more

Rising flu cases threaten hospital capacity as Covid surges into the holidays

Emergency Room nurses and EMTs tend to patients in hallways at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell | Getty Images Flu cases are on the rise in the United States. That could put pressure on hospitals already battling a surge of Covid. The so-called “twindemic” — … Read more

Moderna says booster of its Covid vaccine appears to protect against omicron

Empty bottles of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are pictured in a vaccination center in Garlan, western France, on December 13, 2021. FRED TANNEAU | AFP | Getty Images Moderna announced Monday that a third dose of its mRNA vaccine against Covid-19 appears to provide significant protection against the omicron variant. However, it said it will also … Read more

Federal appeals court reinstates Biden administration’s business vaccine and testing mandate

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images A federal appeals court has reinstated the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing requirement for private businesses that covers about 80 million American workers. The ruling by the 6th … Read more

New York state reports highest number of daily Covid cases of entire pandemic at more than 21,000

Kathy Hochul, governor of New York, arrives to speak at a news conference in New York, U.S., on Monday, Sept 30, 2021. Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images New York state saw its highest number of new Covid cases in a single day of the entire pandemic, topping just over 21,000 new infections on … Read more

Omicron Covid variant may have picked up a piece of the common-cold virus

People line up at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing at a mobile testing van in New York City, August 27, 2021. Brendan McDermid | Reuters The omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly … Read more