Minnesota reports second U.S. omicron case in resident who traveled to NYC

A sign outside a hospital announcing a COVID-19 test on November 19, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Minnesota public health authorities on Thursday confirmed what appears to be the second case in the United States of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in a resident who recently returned from New York … Read more

Covid hospitalizations from delta variant creep up again across America as omicron lands in U.S.

Andrew Pawson, 30, a patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovering after spending more than a month in isolation wards, holds the hand of his wife Isobel inside his room at Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, US, October 28, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 is rising again across the country, … Read more

Biden asks businesses to proceed with vaccine mandate after omicron variant arrives in U.S.

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s efforts to ease supply chain problems during the holiday season, at the White House in Washington, December 1, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden on Thursday asked companies to voluntarily press ahead with the administration’s Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements, even as the rule was … Read more

Omicron to dominate and overwhelm the world in 3-6 months, doctor says

SINGAPORE – The new Omicron variant of the Covid virus is likely to “overwhelm the entire world” in the coming months, according to an infectious disease doctor in Singapore. Dr Leong Ho Nam of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital said Wednesday that while vaccines against the strain can be developed quickly, they need to be tested … Read more

First U.S. omicron patient fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms

Governor Gavin Newsom takes questions during a news conference about COVID-19 vaccination and housing for homeless veterans at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Sarah Ringwertz | Media News Group | Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images US health officials said Wednesday that the individual in … Read more

U.S. confirms nation’s first case of omicron Covid variant in California

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that US health officials have confirmed the country’s first case of the highly mutated novel coronavirus variant called Omicron in California. The White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the person, who was fully vaccinated, had just returned from travel in South Africa … Read more

Omicron Covid variant found in 20 countries but not yet in U.S.

In this photo illustration, a hand holds a medical syringe with the words omicron covid-19 variant in the background. Rafael Henrique | Light Rocket | Getty Images White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that 226 cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant have been detected in 20 countries so far, … Read more

FDA advisory panel narrowly endorses Merck’s oral Covid treatment pill, despite reduced efficacy

A pill with the Merck logo and the words “Molnupiravir” and “COVID-19” displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration taken in Poland on November 5, 2021. Jacob Borzeki | Norfoto | Getty Images An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday narrowly supported the use of oral Covid pills … Read more

CDC tells adults to get booster shot amid omicron concerns

Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 4, 2021. Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reinforced its recommendation for Covid-boosted shots, telling all adults … Read more

Pfizer CEO confident Covid treatment pill effective against omicron variant

Pfizer CEO Albert Borla said Monday that he expects the company’s Covid-19 treatment pills to be effective against the omicron type of virus that causes Covid-19. “The good news is when it comes to our treatment, it was designed with that in mind, and it was designed with the fact that most mutations come in … Read more