Over a dozen U.S. states to open up vaccines to all adults amid new COVID-19 surge – National

More than a dozen states will open vaccine eligibility to all adults this week in a major expansion of COVID-19 shots for tens of millions of Americans amid a worrisome increase in virus cases and concerns about balancing supply and demand for the vaccines. Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and […]

U.S. to hit goal of administering 100M COVID-19 vaccine doses on Friday, Biden says – National

With the U.S. closing in on President Joe Biden‘s goal of injecting 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations weeks ahead of his target date, the White House announced on Thursday the nation is now in position to help supply neighbours Canada and Mexico with millions of lifesaving shots. The Biden administration revealed the outlines of a […]

Biden aims for U.S. to hold July 4 gatherings as COVID-19 vaccination plan unveiled – National

One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, U.S. President Joe Biden used his first prime-time address Thursday night to announce his plan to make all adults vaccine-eligible by May 1 and “begin to mark our independence from this virus” by the Fourth of July. He offered Americans fresh […]

California to allow Disneyland, Major League Baseball to reopen amid coronavirus – National

California on Friday lifted some coronavirus restrictions on outdoor sports and entertainment venues, clearing the way for fans to attend games on Major League Baseball’s opening day and for theme parks like Disneyland to reopen for the first time in more than a year. The rules take effect April 1, but they only apply […]

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 […]

Biden signs executive order mandating review of U.S. supply chains for vital goods – National

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods — a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review […]

The grief of a nation: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 500K – National

For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to mourn the husband and father they […]

7-day average of new COVID-19 cases in U.S. drops below 100K for 1st time since November – National

Average daily new coronavirus cases in the United States dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months, but experts cautioned Sunday that infections remain high and precautions to slow the pandemic must remain in place. The seven-day rolling average of new infections was well above 200,000 for much of December […]

California now has more COVID-19 deaths than any U.S. state, surpassing New York – National

California surpassed New York on Tuesday as the U.S. state with the most coronavirus deaths, a grim reminder of the pandemic’s toll even as the vaccine rollout and a sharp drop in new cases buoyed hopes of life eventually returning to normal. More than 45,000 people have died as of late Tuesday from COVID-19 […]

Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to intentionally spoiling coronavirus vaccine – National

A Wisconsin pharmacist has agreed to plead guilty to purposely trying to spoil hundreds of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to render them ineffective, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Steven Brandenburg, 46, is charged with two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products and with reckless disregard for the […]