Omicron BQ variants dominant, XBB circulating at low level

A person receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The omicron BQ coronavirus subvariants have risen to dominance in the U.S. as people gather and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, putting people with compromised immune … Read more

Omicron boosters aren’t very effective against mild illness

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Vanessa Leroy | Bloomberg | Getty Images The new omicron Covid boosters probably aren’t very effective at preventing Covid infections and mild illness, but they will … Read more

Covid-19 update: India records 2,112 fresh cases in last 24 hours

India saw a single-day rise of 2,112 new infections raising the Covid-19 tally to 4,46,40,748, while the number of active cases declined to 24,043, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 5,28,957 with four fatalities which includes three deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated. One … Read more

Omicron BA.5 is declining as emerging variants gain ground: CDC data

The U.S. faces at least seven different versions of Covid-19 omicron as the nation heads into winter when health officials are expecting another wave of viral infections. Although the omicron BA.5 variant remains dominant in the country, it is starting to lose some ground to other versions of the virus, according to data from the … Read more

Your boss is ordering you back to the office even though they have no idea if COVID is really over

Labor Day marked the end of the total work-from-home era for many U.S. workers, with companies including Apple, Comcast, and Peloton demanding a return to the office after the long holiday weekend. The unspoken premise behind the edict was that the COVID pandemic as we know it is over—or at least a shadow of what … Read more

CDC cautiously optimistic outbreak might be slowing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is cautiously optimistic that the U.S. is slowing the spread of monkeypox as new cases fall in several major cities. “We’re watching this with cautious optimism, and really hopeful that many of our harm-reduction messages and our vaccines are getting out there and working,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle … Read more

FDA authorizes emergency use for Novavax Covid-19 vaccine for ages 12 to 17

A box of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine arranged at a pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, US, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Biotechnology company Novavax announced on Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S Food and Drug Administration for adolescents between the ages of … Read more

India’s first intranasal Covid-19 vaccine trial over, Bharat Biotech calls it safe and immunogenic

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Passage of Inflation Reduction Act gives Medicare historic new powers

A pharmacist collects medications for prescriptions at a pharmacy. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Medicare is poised to renegotiate the prices of some of its most expensive drugs through a historic expansion of its power, which could reduce costs for many seniors as well as federal spending on its prescription drug plan. The … Read more

U.S. to release 786,000 additional monkeypox vaccine doses as outbreak spreads

The U.S. will make 786,000 additional monkeypox vaccine doses available to local health departments “as soon as possible” after the Food and Drug Administration approved the shots for distribution, the nation’s top health official said on Wednesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beccerra said the federal government will announce more allocations of the two-dose … Read more