Jordan spars with former Trump vaccine official over ‘gag order’ during pandemic

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sparred Wednesday with a former senior Trump administration health official over whether the administration issued a “gag order” amid its chaotic response in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rick Bright, the former head of a vaccines development agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, appeared at a … Read more

China students return home amid COVID travel spread fears

BEIJING — Some Chinese universities say they will allow students to finish the semester from home in hopes of reducing the potential of a bigger COVID-19 outbreak during the January Lunar New Year travel rush. It wasn’t clear how many schools were taking part, but universities in Shanghai and nearby cities said students would be … Read more

Fauci on publicly disagreeing with Trump over COVID misinfo: ‘I couldn’t stand there and be complicit’

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace that he could not be “complicit” with former President Trump about the misinformation he spread while serving as commander-in-chief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fauci told Wallace in the interview that will air on … Read more

Health Care — House panel dings Trump-era officials over pandemic

George Newall, the last surviving member of the original team that produced “Schoolhouse Rock,” has died. Readers of a certain age know: Three is a magic number. Today in health, the House committee on the COVID-19 crisis issued its final report in which it blamed the previous administration for mishandling and worsening the early part of the … Read more

A third of Kenya’s middle class heartbeat away from poverty

Economy A third of Kenya’s middle class heartbeat away from poverty Thursday December 08 2022 President William Ruto. FILE PHOTO A third of Kenya’s middle class are just a shock away from sliding into poverty, pointing to a precarious position for workers whose spending power has been ravaged by sky-high inflation and the worst drought that … Read more

From airports to bus stops: How India scaled up Covid-19 vaccinations in a 75-day-campaign

Coverage of coronavirus precaution dose scaled up from 8 per cent to 27 per cent among 18 years and above during the 75-day-long ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’, central government said on Friday. “More than 76.18 lakh first dose, 2.35 crore second dose and 15.92 crore precaution dose have been administered in this period of 75 … Read more

Second COVID booster effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in nursing home residents: study

A new study published this week found that the second COVID-19 booster that was made available to U.S. adults older than 50 this year was highly effective at protecting nursing home residents from hospitalizations and deaths, though its ability to prevent infections was not as potent. The analysis, published in the Centers for Disease Control … Read more

Canada ending all COVID-19 restrictions at border as of Oct. 1

Canada is lifting its testing, quarantine and vaccination requirements at the border, a step in rolling back pandemic restrictions designed to stave off the spread of COVID-19, the government announced Monday. Starting Oct. 1, international travelers will be able to enter Canada without providing proof of vaccination, taking a pre-arrival test or undergoing quarantine, according … Read more

Biden draws heat for saying pandemic is over

President Biden is drawing criticism from lawmakers and public health experts who warn his assertion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over could undermine the administration’s rollout of new booster shots, as well as efforts to secure more funding from Congress. “The pandemic is over,” Biden told “60 Minutes” in an interview that ran Sunday. “We … Read more

Biden says COVID-19 pandemic is “over” in U.S.

Biden: “The pandemic is over” Biden says the COVID-19 pandemic “is over” 02:23 In an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Biden said the COVID-19 pandemic is “over” in the United States. “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. … But the pandemic … Read more