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

Covid in Hong Kong: Here’s a list of everything that will be shut down starting tomorrow

Transparent barriers enforcing social distancing measures are seen on tables at a restaurant in Hong Kong, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Roy Liu | Bloomberg via Getty Images From bars and pubs to sports premises and karaoke rooms, Hong Kong will be banning most public activities from Friday. The Asian financial hub will be re-imposing … 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

India reports the highest number of daily Covid cases since early September

A health worker administers a dose of the Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine at a Covid-19 vaccination center set up at the Delhi Municipal Corp. Public Health Center in the Daryagunj area of New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg | Getty Images India’s Covid-19 cases are rising again as … Read more

Amid another Covid surge, schools and businesses find plans disrupted once again

A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 PCR test at a free test site in Farragut Square on December 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images A Covid-19 outbreak on a cruise in Lisbon. Thousands of flights canceled. Colleges going remote again. It’s a new year but the pandemic continues to cause many … Read more

Pictures of the world ushering in 2022, as omicron weighs on New Year celebrations

From Sydney to Shanghai and Paris to New York, the world ushered in 2022 with New Year celebrations that were largely overshadowed by pandemic concerns — even as uncertainty looms and the omicron variant continues to drive up infections globally. Australia and New Zealand were among the first to ring in the new year, followed … Read more

United Airlines offers pilots triple pay to ease omicron flight disruptions

A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2019 in Burlingame, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images United Airlines is offering its pilots triple pay to pick up trips for most of January to help ease a staffing shortage driven by the rapid spread of the … 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

Fauci predicts omicron Covid wave will peak in U.S. by end of January

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday predicted that the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic may hit its peak in the U.S. by the end of January. “It’s tough to say,” said Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical advisor, when asked on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” at what point the current surge in infections, fueled by the … Read more