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COVID-19

CDC mask mandate for travelers struck down by federal judge

CDC mask mandate for travelers struck down by federal judge

NEW YORK — A federal judge in Florida struck down on Monday the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods. US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the statutory authority of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and because its implementation violated administrative law. Former FDA Associate

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

WASHINGTON  — President Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks,” as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases. Biden also announced that starting next week 1,000

Walgreens issues statement on COVID-19 surge

Walgreens issues statement on COVID-19 surge

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has issued the following statement on the COVID-19 surge: “As the nation experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases coinciding with the holidays, we are seeing unprecedented demand for related testing and vaccine services and products. We remain committed to offering convenient access to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing services and products that

White House spends $1 billion to boost COVID testing

White House spends $1 billion to boost COVID testing

NEW YORK — In an effort to keep reining in the pandemic, the Biden administration will invest $1 billion to quadruple the national supply of at-home COVID-19 tests by December. In addition, it is expanding the number of free community-based test sites to 30,000 nationwide, including 20,000 in pharmacies. The White House’s announcement of the

Biden vaccine mandate raises questions

Biden vaccine mandate raises questions

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Biden administration’s announcement of vaccine mandates for businesses raises serious questions for retailers and supplier companies, two trade associations said on Friday. “The announcement yesterday by President Biden of an employer mandate on vaccinations and testing for employees, including fines and penalties for businesses that fail to comply, raises a tremendous

President Biden unveils new plan to combat COVID-19

President Biden unveils new plan to combat COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Biden today unveiled an new six-part plan to combat COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads and some 80 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” he said in a speech from the White House, making clear that he blamed the unvaccinated for the

Walgreens, CVS make statements in support of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

Walgreens, CVS make statements in support of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and CVS  have issued the following statements in support of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses: “Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) public health and medical experts released a joint statement on the plan to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses beginning in mid-September. As we have throughout the pandemic, we

FDA to approve COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised people

FDA to approve COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised people

NEW YORK— According to published reports, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this week. The FDA amendment of the emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer and Modern vaccines would allow anyone with compromised immune systems to get a third dose. The move, which could come as early as today, comes after

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