Category Archives: Coronavirus

Teachers say they want the Covid-19 vaccine before they head back to the classroom

CHICAGO – Children who have been marooned at home for months by the pandemic are slowly returning to classrooms, but many teachers say they won’t go back until they’ve received the Covid-19 vaccine. Especially in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest public school district, where teachers who were supposed to return to classrooms Wednesday worked from home again and

Timing of second Covid vaccine doesn’t need to be exact. Just get it, experts say.

The slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccines — including delayed deliveries, states receiving fewer doses than expected and difficulty scheduling appointments — has led to some consternation that people may not be able to get their second dose within the prescribed time frame of 21 or 28 days. While potentially worrisome, public health experts across the

Fauci says new vaccines could be ready for possible approval within weeks, not months

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s foremost public health experts, said Sunday that the U.S. is “weeks away, not months away” from considering the approval of new coronavirus vaccines. In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will

Washington state taps Starbucks for help with Covid vaccine rollout

Aiming to boost the slow pace of administering Covid-19 vaccinations, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that the state has turned to Starbucks for help streamlining logistics and setting a new goal to dole out 45,000 doses a day Starbucks has assigned 11 employees with expertise in labor and deployment, operations, and research and development

Moderna announces vaccine upgrades to protect against emerging variants

Moderna is tweaking its coronavirus vaccine to make it more effective against emerging variants of the virus, the company announced Monday. The upgrades will be designed to better protect against the different strains and could be used as a booster shot. The announcement comes as scientists around the world scramble to get ahead of a

Vaccine tourism on the rise as wealthy international tourists eye an opportunity in the U.S.

Shortly before the Covid-19 vaccine made its debut last month in the United States, an Indian travel agency called Gem Tours & Travels announced it was registering customers for an exciting new package: a four-day trip from Mumbai to New York City with a coronavirus shot thrown in for about $2,000. “Vaccine tourism,” Nimesh Shah,

Biden likely to delay executive orders on immigration, including a task force to reunite families

WASHINGTON — The White House is likely to delay its roll out of a string of executive orders on immigration, including the long-awaited announcement of a task force to reunite migrant families separated under the Trump administration, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden ran ads promising to

Both Biden and Putin put to the test after mass protests across Russia

LONDON — The tens of thousands of protesters who flooded Russia’s streets over the weekend not only piled pressure on Vladimir Putin, but they also put another president on the spot: Joe Biden. Biden’s new foreign policy team is grappling with a myriad of domestic as well as foreign challenges — not the least of which is what to

Here’s the full list of Biden’s executive actions so far

In his first days in office, President Joe Biden moved to dismantle a slew of Trump-era regulations and make sweeping measures to bolster the nation’s Covid-19 response. The new president also ordered the establishment a variety of environmental protections and changes to immigration policy. As he embarks on his first full work week as president, Biden is poised

Biden sits out Covid briefing as part of a new plan to talk to Americans

WASHINGTON — When the Biden administration held its first coronavirus briefing Wednesday, there were no cameos from the president, no speakers behind the White House podium jousting with reporters, and no data coming from outside the federal agencies involved in the pandemic response. And in a sign of the awareness of the risks of putting people in a room together, the briefing