XBB variant’s arrival won’t cause a new deadly COVID surge, officials hope

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Friday it is now tracking a new COVID-19 variant of concern around the U.S. known as XBB, which has grown to make up an estimated 3.1% of new infections nationwide.  The strain’s prevalence has grown furthest so far in the Northeast, according to the agency’s weekly estimates. … Read more

CDC now tracking BN.1, the latest new COVID variant on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now tracking the rise of another COVID-19 variant known as BN.1, according to figures published by the agency this month, marking the latest new Omicron descendant now spreading around the country this fall. Some 4.3% of new COVID-19 cases nationwide are now linked to the BN.1 variant, … Read more

NIH looking into Boston University’s COVID-19 research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking into COVID-19 research that was conducted at Boston University to determine whether the experiment should have been subject to agency guidelines. Earlier this month, researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine published findings from a preprint study in which they combined the ancestral COVID-19 virus with … Read more

NIH probes whether Boston University COVID experiments should have triggered review

Boston University refutes report that lab created dangerous COVID strain Boston University refutes report that lab created dangerous COVID strain 03:02 The National Institutes of Health is now examining whether experiments performed at Boston University should have triggered a federal review, the agency says, after scientists at the school tested strains they created of the … Read more

BQ.1 COVID-19 variant becomes increasingly prevalent in US infections: CDC

A new subvariant of the omicron variant of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  CDC data shows that the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 variants each made up 5.7 percent of the total number of cases in the country in the … Read more

Health Care — Moderna seeks green light for kids’ omicron booster

D.C. soccer fanatics can now legally drink nearly all day during the FIFA World Cup after the D.C. Council passed a new bill this week.  Today in health, Moderna has asked the FDA to authorize its omicron-specific booster shot for children as young as 6. The shot is currently authorized for adults only.  Welcome to Overnight Health … Read more

FAQ: New COVID Omicron Boosters

Sept. 12, 2022 — New COVID boosters that target the fast-spreading Omicron strains of the virus are rolling out this week, with the CDC recommending these so-called bivalent mRNA shots for Americans 12 and older. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the shots produced by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, based on information provided by … Read more