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

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

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

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

NYC reinstitutes Covid mask advisory ‘at all times’ indoors regardless of vaccination status

An MTA worker is seen wearing a mask on the subway after the Port Authority of New York, New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced a mandatory coronavirus vaccination or mandated weekly testing for employees in New York City, New York, August 2, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters On Monday, New York City … Read more

Moderna says an omicron variant vaccine could be ready in early 2022

A registered nurse applies a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Sarasota Hospital worker Larry Hammers, 62, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 24, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters Moderna’s chief medical officer, Paul Burton, said Sunday that the vaccine maker could release a reformulated vaccine against the coronavirus variant early next … Read more

WHO calls special meeting to discuss new Covid variant from South Africa with ‘large number of mutations’

RT: Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO chief for emerging and zoonotic diseases with artificial intelligence, speaks during a press conference on the coronavirus situation at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2020. Dennis Balibos | Reuters The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant with multiple mutations in the Spike protein, officials said … Read more