New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge just days before it was to take effect.
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The U.S. Census reported this week that birth rates have started to rebound from COVID-19 after hitting a low last winter.
President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for boosters of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the extra doses for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.
Food and Drug Administration officials said in July that Pfizer's application for full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine would enjoy "priority review," and set a target deadline for finishing by January 2022.
Thought the coronavirus pandemic was bad enough? States are considering ways to ration their liquor as pandemic-related shortages hamstring suppliers trying to keep pace with demand.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week for a second straight week to 351,000, a sign that the delta variant of the coronavirus may be disrupting the job market's recovery, at least temporarily.
President Biden told global leaders Wednesday to "supercharge" the fight against COVID-19 by donating -- not selling -- vaccines to needy nations with no diplomatic strings attached and bolstering supplies of oxygen, medical treatments and masks where they're needed.
The Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday authorized boosters shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in seniors, persons at high risk from COVID-19 and those whose jobs make them more likely to get infected.
Congressional Black lawmakers say they support New York City's passport vaccine mandate despite a recent local Black Lives Matter protest claim that the policy is too often used to deny services to Black patrons.
President Biden will announce Wednesday the U.S. is purchasing an additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to give to the rest of the world, bringing its total commitment to more than 1 billion shots.
Congress should require a new investigation by the State Department's arms compliance office into the possible role of China's Wuhan Institute of Virology in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, a report by two former State Department officials says.
Tea Party Patriots faded from prominence during the Trump administration but now plans dozens of rallies around the country Wednesday, spurred into action by government mandates for masks and COVID-19 vaccines.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis named a UCLA doctor and health policy researcher who shares his approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic to serve as the state's surgeon general Tuesday.
Drugmakers are hailing great results with COVID-19 boosters and shots for school-age children, enthusing a pandemic-weary public and markets but flustering scientists who say it is important to look at real data before getting too optimistic.
Black Lives Matter activists demonstrated Monday against "racist" COVID-19 vaccine mandates, staging a rally outside a restaurant they said used the city's mandate to deny service to Black patrons.
British guitar legend Eric Clapton played a show over the weekend in a New Orleans arena that conditions entry on COVID-19 vaccination, even though he has said he would avoid those types of venues.
Johnson & Johnson said persons who received a second dose of its COVID-19 vaccine enjoyed 94% protection against symptomatic disease, an increase from 74% under a one-shot regimen and a level on par with early studies of two-dose vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
President Biden will get a COVID-19 booster shot in public once federal regulators complete an effort to offer extra doses to seniors and at-risk persons, the White House said Monday.
President Biden's speech to the United Nations on Tuesday will focus on how ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan has opened up a new era of "intensive diplomacy" across the globe, a senior administration official said Monday.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday new COVID-19 vaccine requirements for adults who are regularly in schools and child-care facilities and for student-athletes.
The U.S. will let vaccinated foreign nationals fly into the country in early November without quarantining, the White House said Monday, a major change after European partners grumbled that the Americans did not reciprocate their efforts to ease long-standing pandemic bans.
Pfizer on Monday said its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and generated a "robust" antibody response in children aged 5 to 11, a positive sign as parents clamor to protect their children against the virus.
U.S. health officials said Sunday the "story is not over" after Food and Drug Administration advisers rejected President Biden's push to provide everyone with COVID-19 booster shots, saying incoming data may prompt regulators to expand the campaign despite moves to limit extra doses to high-risk Americans for now.
Chris Rock on Sunday said he has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and sent a message to anyone still on the fence: "Get vaccinated."
Democrats face some beastly headwinds as they prepare for next year's congressional elections, but they believe they've got a silver bullet or two: mounting rage against COVID vaccine refuseniks, coupled with smoldering scorn for former President Donald Trump.
Republican lawmakers are demanding the Biden administration to cease rationing COVID-19 antibody treatments, saying the restrictions are disproportionately harming red states.
An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration on Friday shot down Pfizer's request to approve booster shots of its COVID-19 vaccine for the general population, citing a lack of safety data, but did approve the doses for seniors and high-risk groups.
The mayor of San Francisco was spotted dancing and singing along to live music without a mask at an indoor nightclub, despite a strict order by her public health department that requires wearing masks at indoor establishments unless someone is actively eating or drinking.
A host at a popular New York City restaurant was assaulted by three women from Texas after she asked for proof they had been vaccinated against COVID-19, police said.
A federal judge issued an injunction Thursday blocking the government's use of pandemic powers to immediately expel illegal immigrants who jump the border, dealing a severe blow to President Biden's hopes of stemming the border surge.
The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech was the first to reach American arms, and it accounts for more than half of the 380 million doses administered in the U.S. so far.
The White House is denying that it has invited rapper Nicki Minaj to Washington to discuss her negative online comments on the COVID-19 vaccine, despite the singer boasting about such a proposition on Twitter.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that worsening COVID-19 infections may have slightly increased layoffs.
Pope Francis said Wednesday he does not know why some people resist the COVID-19 vaccines and finds it ironic that a cardinal who refused the shots needed treatment for the disease.
All workers at child-care centers in New York now must wear face coverings under a plan announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday.
President Biden on Wednesday said "vaccine requirements work" as he promoted his COVID-19 plan in a meeting with executives from Microsoft, Disney and other large companies.
About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, hundreds of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And an Arkansas hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently calling their bluff.
Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective - the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when.
Pope Francis said Wednesday he didn't understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, saying "humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines," and that serene discussion about the shots was necessary to help them.
Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.
At most of the largest U.S. public universities, students are under no obligation to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Some schools do require vaccines, but with leniency for those who opt out. Still others have expelled students who do not comply.
Health experts are warning of a possible "twindemic" ahead of the upcoming flu season as COVID-19 spreads among communities and children return to classrooms.
Sen. Bill Hagerty is calling for Congress to decide the fate of President Biden's vaccine mandates, which would affect more than 80 million Americans.
Ernestine Bryant cares for adults with disabilities, and she recently received her first pay raise in five years: She now makes $9.50 an hour, up from $9 an hour.
Senior House Republicans on Tuesday accused President Biden of "playing politics" with COVID-19 booster shots and told the Food and Drug Administration to divulge what it told the White House ahead of a planned Sept. 20 start to the rollout.
A Texas county declared a state of disaster Monday over illegal immigrants and COVID-19 exposure and adopted a policy barring them from being transported into or through the jurisdiction until they've gotten a new test showing they're free of the coronavirus.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will self-isolate for a period because of possible exposure to the coronavirus even though he's tested negative for COVID-19 so far, the Kremlin said Tuesday.
Pop singer Nicki Minaj urged caution against vaccinations Monday, and told an odd story.
Student-athletes at Western Michigan University this month won a restraining order against the school's requirement for COVID-19 vaccines for athletes.
Faith-based exemptions are gaining a big role in the debate over employer vaccine mandates, forcing companies to vet what is a "sincerely held" belief or whether workers are using religion as an end-run around tough rules imposed by corporations and cheered by President Biden.
A trade group that represents the $2 trillion packaged goods industry says businesses have critical questions about President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate and need answers within hours, not weeks.
More than 1 million New York City schoolchildren returned to the classroom Monday, many for the first time since COVID-19 closed the system in March 2020.
More than half of American voters think President Biden's new COVID-19 vaccine rules set a precedent that could be "abused" by future presidents, a conservative group and its pollsters said Monday.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Sunday that Republican attorneys general from across the country are mobilizing court challenges to President Biden's vaccine mandate.
Liberty University is returning to broad in-person instruction after a two-week "temporary mitigation period" in which the Virginia school saw a record number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.
The percentage of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 quietly passed the 50% mark in early August, a milestone overshadowed by Senate wrangling over an infrastructure bill, a House probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the Taliban's march through Afghan provinces.
The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine chief said Friday the agency will rapidly evaluate COVID-19 vaccinations for younger children as soon as it gets the needed data - and won't cut corners.
President Biden on Friday offered a message for Republican governors and others who say they'll challenge his new COVID-19 vaccine mandates in court -- "Have at it."
President Biden's sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine mandates contradict his 2020 campaign promise that he wouldn't make the shots mandatory.
Recent Commentary Columns
President Biden believes the federal government, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has the purview to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations.
By forcing all unvaccinated federal workers and contractors to take the vaccine to remain employed, Mr. Biden is forcing them to make an unfair choice: get the shot or get fired.
America's in no mood for autocrats. Taking all the voters across all the political parties together -- nearly 59 percent "do not believe President Biden has the constitutional authority to force private businesses to require vaccine mandates for employees."
President Biden visited a traditional public school on Friday, the day after he delivered his six-point plan to beat down the coronavirus with his Government Knows Best approach.