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U.S. health experts try to ease Covid vaccine fears as AstraZeneca's shot faces review in Europe

U.S. health experts try to ease Covid vaccine fears as AstraZeneca's shot faces review in Europe

Key PointsMedical experts in the United States are trying to assuage fears that Covid-19 vaccines may be unsafe after several European countries suspended 's shot following reports of blood clots among some recipients.On Tuesday, to join a growing list of nations suspending the use of the -Oxford shot over blood clot concerns. Germany, France, Italy and Spain all  on Monday they would also stop administering the shot.The European Medicines Agency, which evaluates drug safety for the EU, called a meeting Thursday to review the findings. So far, it's maintained that the benefits of the shot...

Mar 17
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Texas Gov. Abbott blames Covid spread on immigrants, criticizes Biden's 'Neanderthal' comment

Texas Gov. Abbott blames Covid spread on immigrants, criticizes Biden's 'Neanderthal' comment

Key PointsTexas Gov. Greg Abbott on his decision to lift Covid safety restrictionsTexas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday criticized President for calling his decisions to lift Covid-19 restrictions and mask mandates earlier this week "Neanderthal thinking" and blamed the state's ongoing outbreak on undocumented immigrants.Abbott's comments come on Tuesday to rescind most of the state's Covid-19 restrictions, including a statewide mask mandate. Texas businesses will be allowed to open "100%," effective March 10, he said. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves made a similar move at roughly the same...

Mar 4
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CDC study finds nursing home residents who appear to have recovered from Covid were reinfected with an even worse case

CDC study finds nursing home residents who appear to have recovered from Covid were reinfected with an even worse case

Key PointsA new CDC study found that some elderly people who apparently recovered from the coronavirus later came down with a second, even worse case — indicating that asymptomatic or mild cases may not provide a lot of protection against becoming reinfected with Covid-19.The study, published Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's , studied two separate outbreaks that occurred three months apart at a skilled nursing facility in Kentucky. Between mid-July and mid-August, 20 residents and five health-care personnel tested positive for the virus, according to the...

Feb 25
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New York's Cuomo: Amusement parks, summer camps will be able to reopen as state monitors Covid variants

New York's Cuomo: Amusement parks, summer camps will be able to reopen as state monitors Covid variants

Key PointsNew York is forging ahead with reopening more businesses amid a post-holiday decline in Covid-19 cases, but the governor said the state is keeping "one eye" on troublesome variants of the virus that could reverse its progress.Indoor family entertainment centers, such as arcades, trampoline parks and laser tag facilities, will be allowed to reopen starting March 26 at 25% capacity with additional precautions, such as social distancing, mask wearing and frequent cleaning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.Outdoor amusement parks can reopen on April 9 at 33% capacity with similar...

Feb 17
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New York Gov. Cuomo says Barclays Center, other large arenas in the state, can reopen starting Feb. 23

New York Gov. Cuomo says Barclays Center, other large arenas in the state, can reopen starting Feb. 23

Key PointsLarge stadiums and arenas in New York can reopen beginning Feb. 23 with limited capacity if preapproved by the state's Department of Health, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.Stadiums that seat 10,000 or more people will be limited to 10% capacity and everyone entering the buildings must present a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event, he said. Face coverings, social distancing and temperature checks upon arrival also will be required, Cuomo said."Any large stadium or arena — hockey, basketball, football, soccer, baseball, music shows, performances — any large arena...

Feb 10
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New York will begin offering Covid shots to people with underlying health conditions in mid-February

New York will begin offering Covid shots to people with underlying health conditions in mid-February

Key PointsNew York state plans to take unused Covid-19 vaccine doses from hospitals and give them to city and county health departments to distribute to people with underlying health conditions beginning Feb. 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.The state has been focused on vaccinating its health-care workers and residents of long-term care facilities with its initial allotments of Covid-19 shots. Now, hospitals will have one more week to use up their doses for employees before the state transfers the vials to local health departments for people with pre-existing health conditions that...

Feb 5
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UPS shares jump on strong fourth-quarter earnings as Covid drives online shopping

UPS shares jump on strong fourth-quarter earnings as Covid drives online shopping

Key PointsShares of rose more than 4% on Tuesday after the company reported better-than-expected revenue and profits over the busy holiday shopping season, reflecting a boom in online shopping due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Revenue for the Atlanta-based logistics and delivery company jumped 21% to $24.9 billion during the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, a record for UPS as it navigated over the holidays. The company posted revenue of $20.6 billion during the same quarter in 2019.The domestic package division saw a 17.4% increase in year-over-year revenue as its network filled to the brink with...

Feb 2
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South Carolina health officials detect first-known U.S. Covid cases of more problematic variant from South Africa

South Carolina health officials detect first-known U.S. Covid cases of more problematic variant from South Africa

Key PointsThe first Covid-19 cases in the U.S. of a new, highly contagious strain of the virus first found in South Africa have been detected in South Carolina, the state's health department said Thursday.The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the strain, known as B.1.351, was found in two adults with no history of travel or connection to one another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified South Carolina health officials late Wednesday that a sample that was tested at LabCorp was the B.1.351 variant, the health department said Thursday.The...

Jan 28
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Dr. Fauci says new data shows Covid vaccines appear to be less effective against some new strains

Dr. Fauci says new data shows Covid vaccines appear to be less effective against some new strains

Key PointsFauci: It appears the vaccine will still be effective against Covid variantsNew data shows that the Covid-19 vaccines currently on the market may not be as effective in guarding against new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, giving "all the more reason" to vaccinate people faster, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday.A handful of new strains of the coronavirus have emerged overseas that have given scientists some cause for concern. Some variants that have been identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil appear to be more...

Jan 21
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CDC chief warns U.S. headed for 'impending doom' as Covid cases rise again: 'Right now I'm scared'

CDC chief warns U.S. headed for 'impending doom' as Covid cases rise again: 'Right now I'm scared'

Key PointsIn this articleCDC director says she's extremely concerned about the U.S. Covid trajectoryThe U.S. is facing "impending doom" as daily Covid-19 cases begin to rebound once again, threatening to send more people to the hospital even as vaccinations accelerate nationwide, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday."When I first started at CDC about two months ago I made a promise to you: I would tell you the truth even if it was not the news we wanted to hear. Now is one of those times when I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will...

Mar 29
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