FDA clears second COVID booster for adults 50 and over
Millions of Americans 50 and older are now eligible to receive another booster shot, after the Food and Drug Administration authorized a new round of COVID-19 vaccines for those who want them. But there are questions about both the effectiveness and who will pay for the optional shots. Senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang has the latest.news.yahoo.com
Omicron subvariant BA.2 will soon dominate in the U.S: Here’s what you need to know about it.
An Omicron subvariant, known as BA.2 is estimated to become dominant in the U.S. in the coming weeks. BA.2 is at least 30% more transmissible than its cousin BA.1, and it has been driving new COVID-19 surges in the U.K. and other European countries.news.yahoo.com
How China's soaring COVID numbers put the rest of the world at risk
China is by far the world’s biggest COVID powder keg — and it might be on the verge of exploding. Not since the earliest days of the pandemic has the most populous country on the planet ever reported more than about 200 coronavirus cases per day — dizzying evidence of the blunt, even brutal, effectiveness of Beijing’s “zero COVID” strategy, which requires strict mass lockdowns at the first flicker of an outbreak.news.yahoo.com
Pandemic fears are fading along with omicron: AP-NORC poll
Omicron is fading away, and so are Americans' worries about COVID-19. As coronavirus pandemic case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths continue to plummet, fewer people now than in January say they are concerned that they will be infected after the rise and fall of the wildly contagious virus variant, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 24% say they are “extremely” or “very” worried about themselves or a family member contracting COVID-19, down from 36% in both December and January, when omicron caused a massive spike in infections and taxed public health systems.news.yahoo.com
Biden pivots to home tests to confront omicron surge
President Joe Biden is announcing plans to deliver 500 million free COVID-19 tests to Americans, increase support for hospitals and expand the availability of vaccines to confront a winter surge of coronavirus cases driven by the fast-spreading omicron variant.
'The fire that's here': US is still battling delta variant
While all eyes are on the new and little-understood omicron variant, the delta form of the coronavirus isn’t finished wreaking havoc in the U.S., sending record numbers of patients to the hospital in some states, especially in the Midwest and New England.