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The Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson & Johnson‘s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the United States a third tool to fight the pandemic as highly contagious variants start to take root across the country. The FDA’s emergency use authorization Saturday kickstarts the federal government’s plan to distribute nearly 4 million doses of
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A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta. Tami Chappell | Reuters A 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
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images New, highly transmissible Covid-19 variants “stand to reverse” the nation’s control of the pandemic and could “undermine all of our efforts” against the disease if the virus is left to proliferate in different parts of the globe, the
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” “we got to do a better job there” when it comes to delivering Covid vaccines to underserved communities.  “People of color are twice as likely to get infected and suffer complications and half as likely to get vaccinated,” said Lamont during a Tuesday
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Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned Americans to steel themselves against a sense of Covid-19 complacency even as coronavirus infections plummet and some scientists predict that herd immunity is just around the corner. “The slope that’s coming down is really terrific — it’s very steep, and it’s coming down very, very quickly. But we are
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People wearing protective masks wait in line to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a large scale vaccination site in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Scientists and health officials told Congress Friday the federal government needs to ramp up its supply of
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The second dose of Covid-19 vaccine is crucial in creating longer and complete immunity as well as preventing variants of the virus, according to Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We need to know that this is a two-dose vaccine, period,” Offit told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard
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Prioritizing teachers in Covid vaccine distribution will continue to be a challenge until more doses are readily available, Andy Slavitt, senior advisor to the White House Covid-19 Response Team, said Wednesday. President Joe Biden has made reopening the nation’s schools for in-person instruction one of his top priorities. On Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The two burgeoning Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea require swift action “to avoid catastrophic consequences,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday. It’s the first official statement from the White House on the reemergence of Ebola in the two African countries. Psaki said President Joe Biden has been
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A medic holds Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin vials during the countrywide inoculation drive, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Vishal Bhatnagar | NurPhoto | Getty Images India could become the world’s second largest Covid vaccine maker, and analysts say the country has the capacity to produce for both its own population and other developing
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s appointee to run the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listens as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 8, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Dr. Rochelle
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Critical care workers insert an endotracheal tube into a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, February 11, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters Some Covid-19 patients are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches and “brain fog” for months to nearly a year after their
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A lab technician uses a single channel pipette dropper to test material during Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test processing at a laboratory in the Dunkeld suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Waldo Swiegers | Bloomberg | Getty Images Preliminary reports from South Africa show people who have recovered from Covid-19
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An Obamacare sign is seen outside of the Leading Insurance Agency, which offers plans under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) on January 28, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images The Department of Justice notified the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it no longer considers Obamacare to be unconstitutional, the
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Richard Besser, who served as acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under former President Barack Obama, said the U.S. is better off continuing to focus on getting patients both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine despite the slow rollout. On CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith,” Besser agreed with comments made earlier
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Close-up of Moderna vaccine at the Park County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinic for seniors 80 years and older on January 28, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. William Campbell | Getty Images Some health-care providers have been regularly holding back Covid-19 vaccine doses to ensure there will be supply when people come back to get their
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Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding Iran-U.S. relations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON – A group of 10 Republican senators called on President Joe Biden to consider a smaller, alternative
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