At a meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, President Biden announced that the U.S. will donate 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to the African Union. Biden said the move would supplement an earlier 50-million dose donation from the U.S. to the AU.
On Thursday, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted unanimously to recommend Moderna booster shots at a half dose of 50 micrograms for emergency use authorization for similar at-risk groups as the Pfizer booster vaccine. The decision now goes to the FDA, which is expected to make a final decision in the coming days.
Covid vaccines for US children are coming but challenge will be persuading parents. Authorization for kids aged 5-11 is inching closer but only a third of parents plan to take up the shots as soon as vaccines are ready
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked why she thinks Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is banning federal vaccine mandates, to which she replied that he is putting politics over the health of the people he is governing.
NHS Test and Trace failed in its objectives and was not good value for the taxpayer, the report concluded.
Cabinet Office minister Stephen Barclay dodged repeated calls for an apology for the government's handling of the pandemic.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff that “it’s a heartbreaking thing to see” asylum seekers continuing to be turned away from the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump-era Title 42 authority. During the discussion, which was originally broadcast as part of the Soufan Center’s 2021 Global Security Forum in Doha, Qatar, Mayorkas added that Title 42 “is not an immigration policy that we in this administration would embrace, but we view it as a public health imperative as the Centers for Disease Control has so ordered.”
Parents at Tretherras School, in Newquay, Cornwall, have signed a "cease and desist" legal notice.
Staffordshire County Council has reportedly recommended that COVID measures including bubbles and contact-tracing should be reintroduced in schools in the county.
On Thursday, President Biden delivered remarks in Chicago and highlighted the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements in the workplace. He said that Americans have a plan and the tools, “we just have to finish the job.”
Experts have voiced concerns over rising COVID rates among schoolchildren, including hospitalisations.
The "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" has a plan for how to handle the unvaccinated.
On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced its plans to boost rapid at-home COVID-19 tests with an additional $1 billion investment. Jeffrey Zients, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, said the number of at-home tests available to Americans is on track to quadruple by December.
Police are investigating after the alleged incident outside St Thomas More Catholic School in Blaydon, Tyne and Wear.
Health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shot as well as the COVID-19 vaccine if they are eligible in an effort to prevent hospitals from being even more overwhelmed than they already are by COVID. Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, says “it’s definitely possible” that we may see a double whammy of the flu season and COVID-19. Wen explains why it’s important to get the flu shot now and how it comes into play with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Joe McCarron, 67, was rushed back into hospital days after being urged to leave Letterkenny University Hospital by anti-vaxxers and later died.
Steve Cooke was left struggling to breathe for hours while self-isolating at his home in Chatham, Kent, on Christmas Day.
On Tuesday, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients cited new findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation that showed vaccination rate gaps were closing among ethnic groups: 71 percent of white Americans, 70 percent of African Americans and 73 percent of Latinos have all received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.