Doctors urge delay in next lockdown easing in England
Britain’s main doctors’ union has joined calls for the next planned lockdown easing in England to be delayed as figures showed new coronavirus cases across the U.K. running at their highest level since late February.
US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom
The U.S. is confronted with an ever-growing surplus of COVID-19 vaccines, looming expiration dates and stubbornly lagging demand at a time when the developing world is clamoring for doses to stem a rise in infections.
Some J&J vaccine doses can be used, but many must be tossed
U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory.
VP Harris making Southern stops to promote vaccination
Vice President Kamala Harris and the Biden administration’s top environmental official are making stops in several Southern states to promote an intensive White House coronavirus vaccination effort.
WHO, UNICEF declare end of polio outbreak in the Philippines
Two U.N. agencies have declared the end of a polio outbreak in the Philippines and praised the government's efforts to continue fighting the disease despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
China's children may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines
If China is to meet its tentative goal of vaccinating 80% of its population against the coronavirus by the end of the year, tens of millions of children are going to have to start rolling up their sleeves.
Mystery over claim world's 1st 'decuplets' born in S. Africa
South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman has, as has been claimed, actually given birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world’s first recorded case of decuplets.
UK's health minister denies claim he lied during pandemic
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic following a series of damaging allegations from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former top adviser.
The Latest: Illinois lifting capacity limits for businesses
Illinois is lifting all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues Friday, nearly 15 months after the first stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.
Celebrations (and questions) greet US vaccine donation plan
U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries are being met with both celebration and hesitation.
N. Carolina ban on Down syndrome abortions goes to governor
North Carolina's Senate has approved a measure to prohibit doctors from performing abortions if a woman is seeking it because of race, sex or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
DEA: Companies had 'systematic failure' in monitoring pills
A retired high-ranking official with the Drug Enforcement Administration has testified that three large opioid distributors had a “systematic failure” in monitoring suspicious pill orders.
Haiti fights large COVID-19 spike as it awaits vaccines
Haiti has long perplexed experts with seemingly low infection and death rates from COVID-19 despite its rickety public health system, a total lack of vaccines and a widespread disdain for safety measures.
Pandemic shows risk of obesity, and challenge of weight loss
Health officials have warned since early on in the pandemic that obesity and related conditions such as diabetes were risk factors for severe COVID-19.
France is back: Borders reopen to American tourists, others
France is back in business as a tourist destination after opening its borders Wednesday to foreign visitors who are inoculated against the coronavirus with vaccines approved by the European Union’s medicines agency.
Billionaire philanthropist: vaccine hoarding hurts Africa
Billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is criticizing vaccine hoarding by wealthy nations, urging the international community to “walk the talk” as Africa desperately lags behind in vaccinating against COVID-19.
US increasingly unlikely to meet Biden's July 4 vax goal
For months, President Joe Biden has laid out goal after goal for taming the coronavirus pandemic and then exceeded his own benchmarks.
UN urges action to end AIDS, saying COVID-19 hurt progress
The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a declaration calling for urgent action to end AIDS by 2030, noting “with alarm” that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and pushed access to AIDS medicines, treatments and diagnosis further off track.
South Africa's health minister put on leave over contract
South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize has been placed on special leave over a corruption scandal involving an irregular government contract.
Library of Congress gets health workers’ audio COVID diaries
The Library of Congress has acquired a digital archive of the real-time impressions of more than 200 frontline health care workers documenting the country’s descent into the COVID-19 pandemic.
WTO panel considers easing protections on COVID-19 vaccines
Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.
EXPLAINER: How will insurers cover a new Alzheimer's drug?
Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment.
To the beach! Spain opens borders to tourists, cruise ships
Spain is jump-starting its summer tourism season by welcoming vaccinated visitors from most countries as well as European visitors who can prove they are not infected with coronavirus.
Polio: When vaccines and re-emergence were just as daunting
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered haunting memories for Americans who lived through an earlier time when the country was swept by a virus that appeared to have no cure.
India to provide free vaccines to all in major policy shift
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government will provide free coronavirus shots to any adult starting later this month and will take back control of the country’s vaccination drive, marred by delays and shortages.
The Latest: Hawaii's eviction moratorium extended 60 days
Hawaii's governor is extending for two more months an eviction moratorium that he implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, but says he doesn’t expect to keep it longer than that.
As India's surge wanes, families deal with the devastation
Two months ago Radha Gobindo Pramanik and his wife threw a party to celebrate their daughter’s pregnancy and the upcoming birth of their long-awaited grandchild.
Toyota reaches settlement over bullied engineer's suicide
Japanese automaker Toyota has reached a settlement with the family of an engineer whose suicide was ruled a job-related death due to harassment from his boss.
France tackles virus variants as it readies for tourists
French health authorities are racing to contain scattered cases of the more contagious delta virus variant, as France prepares to reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors.
UK urges commitment to vaccinate the world by end of 2022
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the Group of Seven wealthy democracies’ summit this week to urge world leaders to commit to vaccinating the global population by the end of 2022.
Pres. Biden turns to Obama to help boost health care enrollment
President Joe Biden has turned to his old boss for help encouraging Americans to sign up for the Obama-era health law during an expanded special enrollment period in the pandemic.