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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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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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The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell was set to begin with a federal prosecutor’s opening statement laying out the case against the British socialite accused of acting as a procurer of underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell’s federal trial comes 17 months after her arrest and more than two years after Epstein
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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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The United States will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting on Monday as a new Covid variant emerges. President Joe Biden was briefed on Friday by White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. The briefing came as other nations announced travel restrictions on southern Africa. In addition
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The Biden administration on Friday proposed reforms to the country’s oil and gas leasing program that would raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water. The long-anticipated report stopped short of recommending an end to oil and gas leasing on public lands and did not indicate that the administration would take
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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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President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the administration will tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a global effort from energy-consuming nations to calm 2021’s rapid rise in fuel prices. The coordinated release between the U.S., India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom is the first such move of its kind.
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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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Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen completed his criminal home confinement sentence. Cohen vowed to continue helping law enforcement investigate the ex-president, the Trump Organization, and others in Trump’s orbit. The Manhattan resident, once counted among Trump’s most loyal employees, has become a leading critic of the former president, and a key
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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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Employers in the U.S. are experiencing an unprecedented labor shortage. Supply chains are facing slowdowns. Politicians are looking at every opportunity to keep the economy moving, and one option is the U.S. military. The National Guard has filled in the gaps to help with Covid testing, health care and distribution of personal protective equipment. Some
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