What We Know – and Don’t — About the Omicron COVID Variant

Nov. 29, 2021 — Health experts across the globe are raising concerns about the newly discovered COVID-19 variant, Omicron, which was first identified in South Africa. The country’s minister of health announced last week that the variant had already spread in different areas of the country. The next day, the World Health Organization designated Omicron … Read more

Biden: New COVID Variant ‘Cause for Concern,’ Not Panic

Nov. 29, 2021 — President Joe Biden said Monday that available vaccines are expected to provide some protection against the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, and federal health officials are working to gather more information on its potency before the first cases are detected in the United States. He was accompanied by top infectious disease expert … Read more

Poll: 49% of Parents of Kids 5-11 Reject COVID Shot for Them

Nov. 24, 2021– As vaccinations among children ages 5-11 pick up steam, a significant number of parents say they do not want their kids vaccinated. In a poll of WebMD readers, 49% of those responding who have children in that age group say they do not want their sons and daughters to get the COVID-19 … Read more

Fueling an ‘Already Raging Fire’: Fifth COVID Surge Approaches

Nov. 23, 2021 — Ahead of the busiest travel days of the year, COVID-19 cases are rising across 40 states and territories, setting the U.S. up for a rough fifth surge of the pandemic. “A significant rise in cases just before Thanksgiving is not what we want to be seeing,” says Stephen Kissler, PhD, a … Read more

CDC: All Adults Should Be Eligible for Pfizer, Moderna Boosters

Nov. 19, 2021 — Everyone over the age of 18 should be allowed to receive a booster of their COVID-19 vaccines, according to a panel of experts that advises CDC on its vaccine recommendations. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, recommended that all adults be eligible for a third dose of a Pfizer … Read more

Sanjay Gupta on Becoming ‘Pandemic Proof’ and Eating Pickles

Nov. 18, 2021 — We have so much to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s chief medical correspondent in his new book, World War C: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One, urges us to get prepared now for future pandemics. Gupta uses the clever … Read more

New Zealand includes Covishield, Covaxin in list of 8 recognized vaccines

New Zealand has decided to include two anti-Covid-19 vaccines — Covishield, developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in the list of eight recognised vaccines. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Muktesh Pardeshi wrote, “In a positive decision, NZ includes Covishield and Covaxin in the … Read more