The Biden administration pushed American families to immunize infants and small children for COVID-19 on Thursday, deploying ads that tug at heartstrings as it contends with Republicans and parents who are leery or outright opposed to shots for children as young as 6 months.
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A major grocery chain that was among the leaders in the early distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will now refuse to provide the jab to pre-school-age children.
President Biden on Tuesday pledged a smooth rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 6 months to 4 years old who can now head to pharmacies and doctors' offices for them, giving the rollout a different look than efforts for older ages that featured converted gymnasiums and drive-thru centers.
Kids aged 6 months to 5 years old will begin to receive COVID-19 shots in earnest on Tuesday, but the campaign will be centered on pediatrician offices and select pharmacies, giving the rollout a different look than mass efforts for older ages that featured converted gymnasiums and drive-thru centers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Saturday approved Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines for use in American children as young as 6 months.
Florida doctors will be able to directly order COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 from the federal government, the White House said Friday, after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state would not order and distribute the shots in the state.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in Americans as young as 6 months, a major step in launching a nationwide pediatric rollout as soon as Tuesday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has bucked COVID-19 mandates and lockdowns throughout the pandemic, said Thursday the state won't help distribute or administer new vaccines for toddlers when they become available.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking by video-link because he contracted COVID-19, told Congress on Thursday his agency is studying vaccines that better target the omicron variant and it will be "paramount" to develop a new generation of shots that can tackle a range of coronaviruses.
After five weeks of declining coronavirus deaths, the number of fatalities reported globally increased by 4% last week, according to the World Health Organization.
Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday endorsed COVID-19 vaccines for use in kids ages 6 months to 4 years, meaning the youngest Americans should be eligible for the shots by next week.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has reportedly tested positive for COViD-19.
A new medical study finds that reports of clinical depression and anxiety among American adults spiked only "modestly" during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, despite online surveys that suggested otherwise.
U.S. government advisers met Wednesday to decide whether to endorse COVID-19 shots for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, moving the nation closer to vaccinations for all ages.
The Secret Service has "hundreds" of investigations into international criminal syndicates suspected of stealing taxpayers' money from pandemic relief programs, the agency's top coronavirus official told Congress on Tuesday. But he and other federal investigators also said they can't yet say how much of the trillions of dollars paid out in relief was fraudulent.
A new poll finds that Blacks, Democrats and urban Americans are the likeliest to feel unready to move on from COVID-19 and to believe that most people around them already have done so.
The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, depleting the funds and putting Americans at a greater risk of suffering the consequences of identity theft, the head of a congressional panel examining the payouts said Tuesday.
The federal government has recaptured $10 billion that the government wrongly paid out in pandemic loans to small businesses, according to new numbers Congress released Monday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has tested positive for the coronavirus for the second time in less than a month, his agency said Monday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time and just days after he met in person with U.S. President Joe Biden.
China's capital has put school online in one of its major districts amid a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a nightclub, while life has yet to return to normal in Shanghai despite the lifting of a more than two-month-long lockdown.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how much was stolen from government programs during the coronavirus pandemic, but the big-time fraudsters have already moved on to find new targets.
New York City will end its school mask mandate for children aged 2 to 4 on Monday, citing the subsiding threat of COVID-19 infections.
More than two years after coronavirus emerged in China and after at least 6.3 million deaths have been counted worldwide from the pandemic, the World Health Organization is recommending in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is required into whether a lab accident may be to blame.
A new medical study finds that fully vaccinated Americans with HIV have a "significantly higher" risk of COVID-19 breakthrough infections than others.
The White House said Thursday it will dispatch millions of doses to states once regulators approve a COVID-19 vaccine for kids younger than 5. That decision could come within two weeks. Once approved, it would mean every age group can benefit from the shots.
Millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been ordered for small children in anticipation of possible federal authorization next week, White House officials say.
A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal authorization may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.
Moderna said Wednesday that a COVID-19 booster candidate designed to target omicron sparked a "superior" antibody response to the pesky variant than its original vaccine, as U.S. officials decide whether better-tailored shots will be needed by fall.
The Biden administration said Wednesday it will expand U.S. health staffing within Latin America as part of a broader plan to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics in the Western Hemisphere.
Americans thought they were finished worrying about COVID-19 and mask mandates, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hit them with a new health scare: the rare monkeypox virus.
The Government Accountability Office slapped its "high-risk" label on the federal unemployment insurance program Tuesday, saying what had been a small trickle of fraud turned into a gusher of waste during the pandemic.
A federal advisory panel endorsed a COVID-19 vaccine from Novavax, putting the U.S. on track for a fourth option and sparking hopes that the company's traditional vaccine technology will entice unvaccinated holdouts leery of the messenger-RNA shots.
A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday said the state health department can release data on coronavirus outbreak cases, information sought two years ago near the beginning of the pandemic.
A new online tracking system from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks to guide future masking and social distancing policies by classifying COVID infection rates in U.S. counties as low, medium, or high.
The latest COVID-19 surge appears to be easing in the Northeast, but the Southeast and Mountain West are starting to see hospitalizations rise, as subvariants of omicron pop up around the country.
Children under age 5 should begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines on or around June 21 if the Food and Drug Administration approves the pediatric shots after a mid-month meeting with advisers, said Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 coordinator.
COVID-19 isn't vanishing and will probably require yearly shots like the flu, according to U.S. officials who must decide whether to launch another booster campaign this fall and if a variant-specific booster shot would be an upgrade on existing vaccines.
Americans may soon get a new COVID-19 vaccine option -- shots made with a more tried-and-true technology than today's versions. The big question: Why should they care?
The Biden administration has formally appealed its federal mask mandate to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn a lower court's ruling that vacated the mask requirement for public transportation, which was aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Recent statistical analysis suggests that child abuse did not increase during pandemic lockdowns despite anecdotal evidence to the contrary, a panel of child welfare experts said Tuesday.
A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency assumes the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea is "getting worse, not better," despite the secretive country's recent claims that COVID-19 is slowing there.
Travelers to Italy, a major tourist destination and the first western nation slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, will not have to present a COVID-19 pass as of Wednesday, health authorities said.
The Biden administration asked an appeals court to permit the restoration of the federal government's mask mandate on the nation's airlines.
Top House Republicans demanded answers Tuesday from the Justice Department over President Biden's new pandemic prosecutor, who was tapped earlier this year to take control of investigations into hundreds of billions of dollars the government paid in suspected fraudulent coronavirus-related claims.
An ongoing spike in COVID-19 infections six times worse than last year is likely even higher than what has been reported as summer begins, according to health officials.
Google search engines' results are boosting China's preferred narratives about COVID-19's origins and human rights abuses, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution and the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
Shanghai authorities say they will take some major steps Wednesday toward reopening China's largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has throttled the national economy and largely bottled up millions of people in their homes.
Shoppers returned to the malls of Beijing on Sunday as the Chinese capital relaxed pandemic restrictions after declaring a small but persistent COVID-19 outbreak effectively under control.
According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: About 3.3 million people have been reported sick with fevers, but only 69 have died.
Maryland drugmaker Novavax is playing catch-up in the COVID-19 vaccine race but feels it can sway the vaccine-hesitant and serve the long-term booster market when U.S. regulators give the green light to its shots.
President Biden is pushing an expansive agenda -- but Trump-appointed judges are pushing back, using a powerful combination of legal tools to stymy the administration.
The coronavirus mutant that is now dominant in the United States is a member of the omicron family but scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease.
The Biden administration said Thursday it is launching the first federally run test-to-treat site in Rhode Island as it puts its stamp on efforts to disperse a promising antiviral drug against COVID-19.
Recent Commentary Columns
In the very early days of COVID-19, even before the worldwide spread had begun prompting its classification as a "pandemic," one group of researchers put out a devastating prediction of what they said was about to happen.
Bill Gates just came out with a new book called "How To Prevent The Next Pandemic," describing his vision to do just that. Wake up. Rise up. This is a plan for total global dominance over the health of the human race. It's socialism, communism, collectivism.
Bill Gates said those over the ages of "50 or 60" will "probably have to get boosted every six months" until "we get even better vaccines." That was after he revealed how sucky the current slate of shots are by admitting he just tested positive for COVID-19, despite having four doses.
The number of positive test COVID-19 cases have spiked among attendees of the White House correspondents' dinner, and newspapers the nation over have been sounding the alarms, raising a ruckus, blaring the warnings. But here's the thing: So what? So freaking what?
If Americans are waiting for a return to pre-pandemic normalcies, then the wait's going to be a long one. Interminably long. Try never. Americans must demand their pre-pandemic freedoms. Expecting the government to return them is a plan of futility.
When COVID-19 first came ashore in America -- long before scientists really knew anything about the coronavirus -- the top brains said in one breathless voice: Wash your hands!
Vice President Kamala Harris just tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated, despite receiving two booster shots -- the latest on April 1 -- and despite wearing a face mask pretty much everywhere she went. So, not to be rude, but what's the point of getting the shot?
Oh, to be alive in this age of science fiction in America.
A new poll from The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 56% of Americans want to keep in place face mask mandates for airplane, bus, subway and public transportation travelers and staffers. Unsurprisingly, most are Democrats.
Has anyone ever wondered what drug dealers did during COVID-19 related lockdowns?