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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 […]

Teka77/iStock (WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 18 and older who is already considered fully vaccinated, teeing up many Americans to gain extra protection ahead of a possible winter surge in cases. “The FDA has determined that the currently available […]

Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith (WASHINGTON) — The government’s top doctor released a step-by-step toolkit Tuesday morning to help people combat misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines in their own close circles. “We need people in communities all across our country to have these conversations,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said in an interview with […]

uschools/iStock (WASHINGTON) — With the nation’s top public health officials as their audience, Senate Republicans on Thursday aired complaints about a new wide-reaching vaccine mandate for large businesses being implemented by the Biden administration. “I’m just telling you it’s a hard sell to tell people who have had COVID that they’re now under a mandate […]

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