Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration will launch a new website on Wednesday that Americans can use to request free at-home rapid COVID tests mailed to their doorsteps, senior White House officials said on Friday. People will be able to order four tests per household at They won’t be […]

JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Pfizer boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds. The moves comes as schools reopen after the holiday break. In a release, the FDA said it has amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to also shorten the time between the […]

Newsday LLC/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — For weeks now, as public health experts have warned about the COVID-19 omicron variant and its incredible ability to infect people, they’ve followed the bad news with good: booster shots available to every adult in the U.S. drive protection against omicron back up. One of a few glimmers of scientific […]

SOPA Images/Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized Merck’s COVID-19 pill for certain adults. The authorization is limited to adults who have a high risk of severe illness and for whom alternative FDA-authorized treatment options are not accessible or medically appropriate. This is the second COVID-19 treatment in pill form after Pfizer’s […]

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — An at-home treatment for COVID-19 that can prevent serious illness was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, offering a note of optimism for the future of the pandemic as the world faces the omicron variant. When taken early, Pfizer’s pill was 89% effective at […]

NurPhoto/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The White House’s chief coordinator for the U.S. coronavirus response has a strong warning for unvaccinated Americans ahead of a projected surge in cases over the next few weeks. If you’re vaccinated, “we’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this,” White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients said. “For […]

Joe Raedle/Getty Images (ATLANTA) — The CDC’s advisory committee recommended Thursday that people who have a choice should get an mRNA vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna, over the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a review of new CDC data on rare blood clots linked to J&J. The rare blood clots are not a new […]

Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The Department of Education on Thursday urged districts to combat pandemic-fueled teacher shortages by offering them more money from the pot of federal COVID-relief aid, in a letter sent to schools nationwide. Schools are facing dire staffing losses as droves of teachers leave their posts, exhausted by the stresses of […]

Kilito Chan/iStock (WASHINGTON) — Two senators are taking aim at the widespread issue of fake and ineffective masks flooding the U.S. market. A new bill announced Thursday and obtained exclusively by ABC News will grant more authority to the Food and Drug Administration to enforce and punish counterfeiters in the mask industry. It’s a bipartisan […]

Milan Markovic/iStock (NEW YORK) — Millions more vaccinated adults across the U.S. became eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot on Friday. And yet, the vast majority of vaccinated Americans were already eligible — many just didn’t know it. According to an October survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 in 10 vaccinated […]

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