COVID vaccine mandates in US: Where do they stand now?

What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.? It’s on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require the shots. To control the spread of COVID-19, President Biden previously said businesses with 100 or more employees

Minnesota reports second US omicron COVID-19 case

The Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday that lab testing had confirmed the state’s first omicron COVID-19 case. The news comes a day after U.S. officials announced that the nation’s first case of the variant had been confirmed in a resident of

Omicron variant in the US: What we know

The omicron COVID-19 variant is in the U.S.  The White House and public health officials said Wednesday afternoon that the case was confirmed in a traveler who returned to California’s Bay Area after a trip to South Africa.  The person, who was

Omicron: What are the variant’s symptoms?

In just a matter of weeks, cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been detected in countries around the world – including the U.S. – forcing health leaders to take action.  Much remains unknown about the new variant, but nations like the

Fauci says COVID-19 diverted resources from fight against AIDS

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the COVID-19 pandemic has diverted scientific and financial resources from the fight against AIDS, seriously impeding global efforts to achieve the U.N. goal of ending AIDS by 2030. Fauci told the

FDA panel endorses first COVID-19 pill

A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. The Food and Drug

Merck COVID-19 pill: FDA panel weighs safety, effectiveness

Government health advisers on Tuesday weighed the benefits and risks of a closely watched drug from Merck that could soon become the first U.S.-authorized pill for patients to take at home to treat COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration asked its outside

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