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The FDA’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee voted 13 to 10 to recommend emergency authorization of molnupiravir. Molnupiravir is an oral antiviral drug designed to treat adults with mild to moderate symptoms of Covid-19 who are at high risk of severe disease. Most committee members agreed it was a difficult vote, with unanswered questions about the
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White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that 226 cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant have been detected across 20 countries so far, but U.S. officials haven’t yet confirmed a case in the states. The variant, which first emerged in South Africa about a week ago, has more than 30
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National Retail Federation CEO Matt Shay said Tuesday that the new Covid-19 variant could direct more dollars toward electronics, toys, apparel and other items instead of vacations and movie tickets. News of the omicron variant came during a key time for holiday shopping. The trade group reiterated that its forecast of between $843.4 billion and
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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told all U.S. adults to get a booster shot. The strengthened recommendation comes as public health officials worry that the omicron variant could exacerbate an expected winter infection surge. The variant has not yet been detected in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strengthened its recommendation
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The U.S. on Friday said it would ban visitors from South Africa and 7 other southern African nations after the detection of the omicron variant. Japan, the U.K. and Israel are among the countries that have also put travel restrictions in place to stem the spread of the variant. The variant has already been detected
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Cancellations were minimal compared with mass disruptions earlier this year. Southwest and American were among the airlines that offered staff extra bonus pay for holiday trips. Concern over the omicron variant sparked new travel restrictions in the U.K., U.S., Japan, Israel and elsewhere. U.S. airlines over Thanksgiving week had some of their busiest days since
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Reviewing South Africa’s research will help the U.S. better understand whether the variant can evade the antibody protection provided by vaccines and previous infection, Fauci said. Fauci added that analyzing the data could help determine whether travel restrictions against countries in southern Africa might also be necessary in the U.S. The new strain has now
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The U.K. said it would suspend flights from South Africa and surrounding countries because of the new variant. The European Commission recommended a pause on travel between the EU and southern Africa. The new restrictions highlight how new variants of Covid-19 can quickly disrupt travel, just as many airlines and aircraft manufacturers like Boeing were
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The World Health Organization is monitoring a new Covid variant, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said. The variant, called B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers. South African scientists have detected 30 mutations to the spike protein, the part of the
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“Even if you’re vaccinated, continue to take precautions to prevent becoming infected yourself, and to infecting someone else who could die,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “That means wearing a mask, maintaining distance, avoiding crowds and meeting others outside if you can, or in a well-ventilated space inside,” he said. Though the majority
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The World Health Organization’s office for Europe said Covid deaths could rise by 700,000 over the coming months. The 53-country region is facing a surge of infection which has led to a lockdown in Austria and curbs in the Netherlands. Germany is also weighing tougher measures. The WHO said masks, physical distancing, testing and contact
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The Detroit automakers are asking their roughly 153,000 plant employees represented by the United Auto Workers to voluntarily submit their Covid-19 vaccination status. The voluntary submission process is a step below the automakers mandating non-union salaried employees submit their vaccination status. The UAW has encouraged members to get vaccinated, but it has not been supportive
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“We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said. “We have 82% of people now with one shot and more and more people getting vaccinated each week,” Zients said. Austria’s lockdown began Monday and will last for at
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member, told CNBC that people should get their boosters as soon as possible because breakthrough infections are occurring more than the public realizes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared Pfizer and Moderna boosters for all adults on Friday. The agency previously cleared Johnson & Johnson boosters. Anyone
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The “vast majority of those employees” are fully vaccinated, a senior administration official said. The federal workforce has reached 95% compliance with the requirement between those who have received at least one dose and employees who’ve filed for an exception. Federal personnel who haven’t gotten immunized or submitted proof of vaccination could eventually be fired,
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Automaker Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, will require U.S. non-union, salaried employees to be vaccinated by Jan. 5 or possibly face termination. Nearly 80% of Stellantis’ U.S. salaried workforce already has self-reported that they are vaccinated fully, according to the company. DETROIT – Automaker Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, will require U.S. non-union, salaried employees to be
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The CDC still has to authorize distribution of the booster doses before people can start receiving the shots, which could start this weekend. The CDC’s independent panel of vaccine experts is scheduled to meet on Friday to review the new data. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Wednesday said the public health agency would “act swiftly”
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it “suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement” of the requirements “pending further developments in the litigation.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, considered one of the most conservative in the country, ordered OSHA last week to “take no steps to implement or enforce
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Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia are promoting the widespread rollout of boosters for any fully vaccinated adult. New York and Rhode Island are asking adults in high-transmission areas to get boosted, while New Jersey and Minnesota are planning to expand eligibility in the days ahead. California’s also asking
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Brian Castrucci is an epidemiologist, public health practitioner and president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. Frank Luntz is a Republican pollster and communication advisor. It’s not what you say that matters. It’s what people hear. And what people are hearing on social media regarding Covid-19 in general, and the vaccines in particular, should
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President Joe Biden is betting that his unprecedented coronavirus vaccine mandate will prevail against a flurry of lawsuits aiming to strike it down. The legal battle is likely to reach the Supreme Court. The vaccination rules are “unprecedented in scope,” but are built on an extensive framework of legal public health and safety regulations, an
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A monoclonal antibody Covid treatment from Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline “stands up well” to all variants of the virus, Vir President and CEO George Scangos told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Wednesday. Scangos’ comments came after the two companies announced contracts to sell $1 billion worth of their antibody, sotrovimab, to the U.S. government. The Food
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Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center polled 2,042 adults nationwide from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 on Covid precautions over the holidays. They found that 51% would ask partygoers to wear masks, down from 67%, the survey published Monday shows. Half of those surveyed would ask their guests’ vaccination status while 46%
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Business travel spending rose more slowly than expected this year, according to a new industry report. Covid variants, uneven vaccination rates and case surges slowed growth. Business travel will likely surge next year but a recovery to pre-pandemic levels isn’t likely until 2024. Business travel spending worldwide will likely jump more than 37% next year
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