FDA expected to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine by early September: NYT
Azmi Haroun
04 Aug 2021, 06:23

FDA expected to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine by early September: NYT

The pharmaceutical company filed its application with the FDA on May 7, and the FDA is expected to finish it's approval process by Labor Day weekend.

A San Francisco hospital is offering a dose of Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccine to people who got J&J
Aria Bendix
04 Aug 2021, 04:53

A San Francisco hospital is offering a dose of Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccine to people who got J&J

J&J's shot may be the least effective against the Delta variant, but US regulators haven't recommended boosters for any Americans yet.
Samara Abramson,Tam Hunt
04 Aug 2021, 04:43

Biden: Almost all new COVID-19 cases and deaths are among the unvaccinated

Biden urged Americans to get vaccinated Tuesday as COVID-19 cases rise, calling the spread of the Delta variant "a pandemic of the unvaccinated."

'Covanxiety' is making a comeback as COVID-19 cases ramp up. Mental-health experts share tips for managing it.
Aria Bendix
04 Aug 2021, 03:37

'Covanxiety' is making a comeback as COVID-19 cases ramp up. Mental-health experts share tips for managing it.

Giving back to others and limiting news intake are among the most helpful strategies for reducing pandemic-related stress, psychologists said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defends unvaccinated people who are catching COVID-19: Media is being 'judgmental'
Kelly McLaughlin
04 Aug 2021, 03:33

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defends unvaccinated people who are catching COVID-19: Media is being 'judgmental'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended unvaccinated people who are testing positive for COVID-19, saying, "Nobody's trying to get ill here."

NYC has decided vaccines matter more than tourism
Hillary Hoffower
04 Aug 2021, 02:59

NYC has decided vaccines matter more than tourism

Mayor Bill de Blasio's mandate prioritizes a healthy population over tourists from states with low vaccination rates and could stave off a lockdown.

What to do if you lose your COVID-19 vaccine card
Allana Akhtar
04 Aug 2021, 02:26

What to do if you lose your COVID-19 vaccine card

Go back to the place you got your first shot if you lose your paper card, and make sure to take a photo of the vaccine card after your first dose.

Top Florida RNC official calls the COVID-19 vaccine a 'mark of the beast' and a 'false god,' report says
Oma Seddiq
04 Aug 2021, 02:03

Top Florida RNC official calls the COVID-19 vaccine a 'mark of the beast' and a 'false god,' report says

"Diabolical Michigan Governor Whiter wants her citizens to get the Mark of the Beast to participate in society," Peter Feaman wrote on his blog.

Vaccines may get authorized for young kids in October. Here are the drug companies' most likely timelines.
Aria Bendix
03 Aug 2021, 19:58

Vaccines may get authorized for young kids in October. Here are the drug companies' most likely timelines.

Pfizer expects to know how its vaccine performs among kids ages 5 to 11 by September, putting it on track for emergency authorization in October.

1 in 3 new COVID-19 cases over the past week were in 2 states - Texas and Florida, White House official says
Dr. Catherine Schuster-Bruce
03 Aug 2021, 19:36

1 in 3 new COVID-19 cases over the past week were in 2 states - Texas and Florida, White House official says

The highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus accounts for more than 80% of new cases in both states.

The vacation outbreaks among vaccinated people on Cape Cod is proof that vaccines work, CDC director says
Marianne Guenot
03 Aug 2021, 19:36

The vacation outbreaks among vaccinated people on Cape Cod is proof that vaccines work, CDC director says

A COVID-19 outbreak among vaccinated people in Provincetown, Cape Cod, around July Fourth prompted the CDC to update its indoor-masking guidance.

Japan started naming people who breach its COVID-19 rules, hoping to shame others into complying
Sinéad Baker
03 Aug 2021, 19:09

Japan started naming people who breach its COVID-19 rules, hoping to shame others into complying

Japan's public health ministry released the names of three people who it said avoided authorities when returning from abroad.

Bernie Sanders revived an iconic meme from his 2019 presidential campaign to urge Americans to get vaccinated
Lauren Frias
03 Aug 2021, 07:28

Bernie Sanders revived an iconic meme from his 2019 presidential campaign to urge Americans to get vaccinated

"I am once again asking you to get vaccinated," Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted on Monday to the delight of many on Twitter.

Oklahoma GOP leader was rebuked for doubling down on his comparison of vaccine mandates to gold stars worn by Jewish people during the Holocaust
Lauren Frias
03 Aug 2021, 06:58

Oklahoma GOP leader was rebuked for doubling down on his comparison of vaccine mandates to gold stars worn by Jewish people during the Holocaust

Oklahoma Republican Party chairman John Bennett got rebuked by state GOP leaders, including US Republican lawmakers representing the state.

Team USA's origami-inspired face masks are designed to be breathable, but they're not as protective as N95s
Andrea Michelson
03 Aug 2021, 04:03

Team USA's origami-inspired face masks are designed to be breathable, but they're not as protective as N95s

Twitter users compared the pleated face masks sported by the US Olympic team to Batman's Bane and Hannibal Lecter from "The Silence of the Lambs."

Baton Rouge's largest hospital has reportedly run out of hospital beds due to COVID-19 spike in Louisiana
Azmi Haroun
03 Aug 2021, 03:23

Baton Rouge's largest hospital has reportedly run out of hospital beds due to COVID-19 spike in Louisiana

"These are the darkest days of this pandemic. We are no longer giving adequate care to these patients," said Chief Medical Officer Katy O'Neal.

Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive for COVID-19, says he's experiencing 'mild symptoms'
Oma Seddiq
03 Aug 2021, 02:58

Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive for COVID-19, says he's experiencing 'mild symptoms'

The Republican senator said on Twitter that was glad he'd received the coronavirus vaccine and would begin to quarantine.

Louisiana has a higher rate of COVID-19 infections than any country in the world
Andrea Michelson
03 Aug 2021, 02:37

Louisiana has a higher rate of COVID-19 infections than any country in the world

Florida and Arkansas also rank in the top 5 highest infection rates of any country or territory in the world as the Delta variant spreads in the US.

Louisiana governor reissues statewide mask mandate as state leads the country in new COVID-19 cases
Natalie Musumeci
03 Aug 2021, 02:35

Louisiana governor reissues statewide mask mandate as state leads the country in new COVID-19 cases

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards reinstated the statewide indoor mask mandate for all people over the age of 5 as COVID-19 cases surge there.

Bill Gates warned Coachella about the threat of a pandemic to its business years ago
Aleeya Mayo
03 Aug 2021, 02:33

Bill Gates warned Coachella about the threat of a pandemic to its business years ago

Bill Gates told Coachella co-founder Paul Tollet that the concert festival could last "forever" - except in the event of a pandemic.

Surgeon general says he's 'deeply concerned' as COVID-19 cases reach record highs in Florida
Natalie Musumeci
03 Aug 2021, 00:28

Surgeon general says he's 'deeply concerned' as COVID-19 cases reach record highs in Florida

Florida is leading the country in per-capita COVID-19 hospitalizations, with more than 10,000 coronavirus patients.

'Widespread' COVID-19 outbreaks are presenting opportunities for new variants to emerge: former CDC official
Natalie Musumeci
02 Aug 2021, 23:03

'Widespread' COVID-19 outbreaks are presenting opportunities for new variants to emerge: former CDC official

"As long as there's widespread transmission of the virus, there's the opportunity for new variants to arise," ex-CDC acting director Richard Besser said.

House Republicans published a report blaming the COVID-19 outbreak on a Chinese lab leak, but the US intelligence community has yet to back the theory
Ashley Collman
02 Aug 2021, 20:14

House Republicans published a report blaming the COVID-19 outbreak on a Chinese lab leak, but the US intelligence community has yet to back the theory

Biden in May gave the US intelligence community 90 days to conclude an investigation on COVID-19's origins. That report has not yet come out.

A woman turned down a COVID-19 vaccine because she was scared. She changed her mind after getting so sick she struggled to breathe.
Marianne Guenot
02 Aug 2021, 19:20

A woman turned down a COVID-19 vaccine because she was scared. She changed her mind after getting so sick she struggled to breathe.

Ekaterina Wilson, 39, assumed she would be fine if she caught COVID-19. Now she says she wishes she could go back in time to get the shot.

Transmission among vaccinated people could raise the risk of a variant that can evade vaccines
Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer
02 Aug 2021, 19:19

Transmission among vaccinated people could raise the risk of a variant that can evade vaccines

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