Mystery of the coronavirus origin: Experts still seeking answers – National

China or Italy? Bats or pangolins? More than 11 months since the first cluster of coronavirus cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are still questions about the exact origins of the virus and how it jumped from animals to humans. Experts believe the zoonotic COVID-19 disease came from a Chinese […]

Two shots. A waiting period. Why the coronavirus vaccine won’t be a quick fix – National

News about a potential coronavirus vaccine has, predictably, prompted excitement from a lockdown-weary world. But experts say: Not so fast. “It’s completely understandable to have enthusiasm, but this is not going to be instantaneous,” said Alyson Kelvin, a Dalhousie University researcher who specializes in emerging diseases. Memes circulating online fall under the same hopeful […]

Risk of Thanksgiving coronavirus spike ‘extremely high’ in U.S., experts warn – National

In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home” said Chestnut, 60, of […]

White House still party planning amid coronavirus, ignoring advice from health officials – National

Public health officials are sounding alarms and urging Americans not to travel and limit gatherings this holiday season amid a new surge in coronavirus cases. But that isn’t stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities, including holiday parties, which kicked off Monday with the arrival of the White House Christmas tree. […]

Coronavirus ‘Travel Pass’ concept picks up steam with airline industry – National

With increasingly positive news about an impending COVID-19 vaccine, some industries are taking a closer look at the feasibility of so-called health passports. The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) revealed Monday that it is developing a “Travel Pass” that would enable travellers to log and identify their COVID-19 test results or vaccination certificate before […]

Americans could get 1st coronavirus vaccine shot by mid-December: U.S. official

U.S. healthcare workers and others recommended for the nation’s first COVID-19 inoculations could start getting shots within a day or two of regulatory consent next month, a top official of the government’s vaccine development effort said on Sunday. Some 70% of the U.S. population of 330 million would need to be inoculated to achieve […]

AstraZeneca says late-stage trials show coronavirus vaccine ‘highly effective’ – National

AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90 per cent effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. The results are based on interim analysis of trials in the U.K. […]

Texas calls in National Guard to help morgues overwhelmed by coronavirus deaths – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted November 22, 2020 9:53 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Texas National Guard has sent a 36-member team to El Paso to assist morgues in the border region with […]

U.S. FDA authorizes emergency use of experimental antibody drug Trump took – National

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that U.S. President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month. The Food and Drug Administration authorized use of the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. drug to try to prevent […]

Coronavirus: Philippines lifts ban on deploying health-care workers overseas – National

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s health-care workers, his labor minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas as coronavirus cases ease in the country. “The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses […]