India expands its COVID-19 vaccine rollout amid rise in new cases – National

India is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination drive beyond health care and front-line workers, offering the shots to older people and those with medical conditions that put them at risk. Among the first to be inoculated on Monday was Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those now eligible to be vaccinated include people older than 60, as […]

COVID-19 lockdowns or spring break: provinces split on next steps against pandemic – National

Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots showed diverging approaches to handling the crisis on Sunday, as Ontario and Prince Edward Island prepared for new lockdowns while Quebec entered a week of spring break complete with some activities meant to ease the monotony of life during a global pandemic. Prince Edward Island announced it was entering a 72-hour […]

Fauci says 3 approved COVID-19 vaccines ‘really quite good,’ urges public to accept shots – National

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Sunday he would take the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, as he encouraged Americans to accept any of the three approved shots. “All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that’s most available to them. […]

US government approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON: The US government on Saturday approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving a boost to the international efforts in controlling the deadly pandemic. The J&J vaccine is the third authorised in the United States, following ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, both of which require two doses. The US Food and […]

‘SNL’ spoofs U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout with game show featuring Fauci, Cuomo – National

Saturday Night Live (SNL) took aim at America’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in its newest cold-open, this time using a game show hosted by the country’s top public health doctor in order to determine who gets inoculated next. Hosted by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the show featured three U.S. governors as judges and several […]

U.S. approves Johnson & Johnson 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine – National

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that already has […]

U.S. House narrowly passes Biden’s $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill, clearing 1st hurdle – National

U.S. President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of […]

U.S. COVID-19 relief bill cannot include $15 minimum wage hike, Senate arbiter says – National

The U.S. Senate parliamentarian dealt a potentially lethal blow Thursday to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress. The finding by Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, means Democrats […]

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu has virtually disappeared from the US, with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades. Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus – mask […]

A 3rd dose of Pfizer? Company testing booster of COVID-19 vaccine in new trial – National

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Thursday they are testing a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to better understand the immune response against new variants of the virus. They are also in talks with regulatory authorities about testing a vaccine modified to protect specifically against the highly transmissible new variant found in […]