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The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, originally scheduled to meet and possibly make a recommendation about the need for boosters on August 24( Emily Elconin/Bloomberg)(Bloomberg)

US CDC delays review of Covid booster shots as debate swirls over third jab

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2021 08:49 PM IST
The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it plans to allow most fully vaccinated adults to get a third shot of vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. eight months after their second dose
A family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.(AP / File)
A family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.(AP / File)

Disney World and other US theme parks update mask rules

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2021 09:26 AM IST
The CDC on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places.
The United States has also detected cases of a variant first discovered in South Africa that is thought to be resistant to some Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.(USA TODAY Sports)
The United States has also detected cases of a variant first discovered in South Africa that is thought to be resistant to some Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.(USA TODAY Sports)

UK variant of Covid-19 now most common strain in United States, says CDC

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 05:59 AM IST
The strain, known as B.1.1.7, was identified in Britain last fall and has since been detected in 52 jurisdictions in the United States, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
People wearing protective face masks are seen inside a movie theater, as cinemas in Argentina reopen amid an easing of new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections, in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 3, 2021. (Reuters)
People wearing protective face masks are seen inside a movie theater, as cinemas in Argentina reopen amid an easing of new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections, in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 3, 2021. (Reuters)

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

AP | , New York
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 06:12 AM IST
“With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
An Air Force member closes her eyes while getting a shot of Pfizer's vaccine for COVID-19 at a military base in Lima, Peru, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)(AP)
An Air Force member closes her eyes while getting a shot of Pfizer's vaccine for COVID-19 at a military base in Lima, Peru, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)(AP)

Vaccinated people can visit each other mask free, says CDC

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:44 PM IST
The agency issued its long-awaited guidance for what fully vaccinated people can safely do, as inoculations rise but as health experts warn that the risk of the virus remains, especially with new variants.
FILE PHOTO: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, now director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes her mask to speak as Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, now director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes her mask to speak as Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo(REUTERS)

Don’t let down guard on virus, CDC head warns amid lethal Covid-19 strain

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 09:46 PM IST
The US has seen more than 1,000 cases of the strain first identified in the UK, said Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The deaths are real deaths,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC News’ This Week(REUTERS)
“The deaths are real deaths,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC News’ This Week(REUTERS)

‘The deaths are real deaths’: Anthony Fauci rejects Donald Trump’s claim of coronavirus death toll being ‘exaggerated’

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 11:00 PM IST
Anthony Fauci and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, defended the accuracy of coronavirus data published by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after Trump attacked the agency’s tabulation methods.
People rest after receiving coronavirus vaccines at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel.(AP)
People rest after receiving coronavirus vaccines at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel.(AP)

Mixing of Covid-19 vaccines: Where do health agencies stand?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:37 PM IST
The UK government’s vaccine guidance contradicts the norms published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for two Covid-19 vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration.
COVID-19 vaccines being adminstered at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.(Reuters/ File photo)
COVID-19 vaccines being adminstered at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.(Reuters/ File photo)

US distributed over 13.07 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines; 4.2 million administered: CDC

Washington | By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 04:42 AM IST
The agency also reported 20,061,818 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 168,637 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 2,428 to 346,925.
Hundreds wait in line at Lakes Park Regional Library to recieve the Covid-19 vaccine in Fort Myers, Florida.(via REUTERS)
Hundreds wait in line at Lakes Park Regional Library to recieve the Covid-19 vaccine in Fort Myers, Florida.(via REUTERS)

Florida becomes 3rd US state to report new Covid-19 variant case

Florida | By Asian News International | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Florida Department of Health said that the individual is a male in his 20s with no history of travel.
President Donald Trump has been trying to deflect the blame on the states for failing to achieve the vaccination target.(AP)
President Donald Trump has been trying to deflect the blame on the states for failing to achieve the vaccination target.(AP)

‘Stunned’ by ‘level of incompetence’ in US vaccine rollout: Public health expert

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:45 PM IST
US President Donald Trump has been trying to deflect the blame on the states for failing to achieve the vaccination target.
The country surpassed 100,000 deaths in May, and 200,000 four months later.(REUTERS)
The country surpassed 100,000 deaths in May, and 200,000 four months later.(REUTERS)

CDC forecasts 400,000 US Covid deaths before Trump’s exit

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:23 PM IST
The predicted pace would mean an additional 65,000 deaths in coming weeks. The numbers are a reminder of the increasing speed with which the virus claims lives in the US, underscoring the urgency of vaccine distribution efforts.
The United States has, so far, reported nearly 332,000 Covid-19 related deaths.(AP)
The United States has, so far, reported nearly 332,000 Covid-19 related deaths.(AP)

Covid-19: December deadliest month in US, January projections more worrisome

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 03:56 PM IST
The projections for the next two months are even more worrisome as another possible surge stemming from Christmas and New Year gatherings could worsen the situation.
A report by CDC scientists suggests that testing on the day of departure can reduce the risk of transmission by 37% to 61%.(REUTERS)
A report by CDC scientists suggests that testing on the day of departure can reduce the risk of transmission by 37% to 61%.(REUTERS)

US testing requirement for UK travellers may not be enough to contain Covid-19 variant. Here’s why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The CDC acknowledged in its order that testing “does not eliminate all risk”, but when combined with other measures like self-monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms, wearing masks, and social distancing, “it can make travel safer.”
Dr Anthony Fauci indicated that there could be a requirement to test travellers before they arrive in the country.(AP)
Dr Anthony Fauci indicated that there could be a requirement to test travellers before they arrive in the country.(AP)

‘Assume it’s already in US’: Dr Fauci calls UK travel ban ‘dramatic step’ to contain new Covid variant

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:20 PM IST
Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the new variant has not been identified in the United States through sequencing efforts.
Moderna’s is the second Covid-19 vaccine to receive approval in the United States after a similar vaccine from Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE got the green light for emergency use.(Reuters)
Moderna’s is the second Covid-19 vaccine to receive approval in the United States after a similar vaccine from Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE got the green light for emergency use.(Reuters)

Moderna says CDC panel recommends its Covid-19 vaccine for adults

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 10:26 AM IST
The vote result came a day after the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization for emergency use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.
Nurse Mark Carey receives one of the first vaccinations at Mt. Sinai Hospital from Pfizer-BioNTech during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US.(Reuters)
Nurse Mark Carey receives one of the first vaccinations at Mt. Sinai Hospital from Pfizer-BioNTech during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US.(Reuters)

At least 128,000 people in US get Covid-19 vaccine: Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 09:39 AM IST
The federal government in the US, which continues to be the worst-affected country in the world by the pandemic, expects to initially deliver enough vaccine for 2.9 million people to receive a first dose.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccination(AP)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccination(AP)

US issues guidelines on Covid-19 vaccination after allergic reactions

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Anyone who had a severe reaction to a Covid-19 vaccine should not get the second dose, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, defining severe as needing the medication epinephrine or treatment in a hospital.
The Washington Monument is pictured as the sun rises, in Washington, US.(Reuters/ File photo)
The Washington Monument is pictured as the sun rises, in Washington, US.(Reuters/ File photo)

Iconic Washington Monument shut after Covid-infected interior secretary’s visit

Washington | By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:00 PM IST
“The Secretary was recently at the Washington Monument. In working with our public officials and out of an abundance of caution, a couple of employees have quarantined resulting in a temporary workforce reduction at the monument and its temporary closure,” Interior spokesman Nicholas Goodwin said.
The latest data showed an acceleration of overdose deaths since the pandemic took hold at the start of the year.(AP)
The latest data showed an acceleration of overdose deaths since the pandemic took hold at the start of the year.(AP)

Drug overdose deaths in US rise during Covid-19

Washington | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 06:09 AM IST
More than 500,000 Americans have died of opioid overdoses -- both prescription and non-prescription -- since 1999.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been expected to attend President Donald Trump’s Cabinet meeting later Wednesday.(REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been expected to attend President Donald Trump’s Cabinet meeting later Wednesday.(REUTERS)

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo quarantines after coronavirus exposure

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:37 PM IST
The state department said Pompeo had tested negative for the virus but was being monitored by medical professionals. It said it would not identify the infected person with whom Pompeo came into contact for privacy reasons.
The US authorized the first Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE , making it available for emergency use to patients aged 16 and older.(Reuters/ Representational)
The US authorized the first Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE , making it available for emergency use to patients aged 16 and older.(Reuters/ Representational)

US has authorized the first Covid-19 vaccine. What happens next?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 10:15 AM IST
The federal government plans to release the nation’s first 2.9 million doses within days of the authorization to 64 states, US territories and major cities, as well as five federal agencies.
A healthcare worker stands by as a man takes a test for Covid-19 in Staten Island, New York.(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker stands by as a man takes a test for Covid-19 in Staten Island, New York.(REUTERS)

Will the US ever have a national Covid-19 testing strategy?

New York | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 10:14 PM IST
Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and spot surges before they take off. The health experts say it would be an improvement from the current practice.
The CDC expects about 5 million to 10 million doses to be shipped per week in the first weeks of the US vaccine distribution effort.(REUTERS)
The CDC expects about 5 million to 10 million doses to be shipped per week in the first weeks of the US vaccine distribution effort.(REUTERS)

First US delivery of Covid-19 vaccine will leave out many high-risk workers

New York | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:11 PM IST
The first shipment is expected to cover inoculations of 3.2 million people, nowhere near enough for the 21 million US healthcare workers.
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries a laboratory transport bag at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in Martinez, California, US.(Bloomberg)
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries a laboratory transport bag at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in Martinez, California, US.(Bloomberg)

Covid-19: US CDC recommends shorter self-quarantine periods

Washington | By Agence France Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 10:58 PM IST
Health authorities currently call for a 14-day quarantine after close contact with a person who has Covid-19 in order to curb the transmission of the virus.
The Hill reported that the day before Thanksgiving, travel rates reached the highest they have been since March, with nearly 1.1 million passengers passing through airport security.(Pixabay)
The Hill reported that the day before Thanksgiving, travel rates reached the highest they have been since March, with nearly 1.1 million passengers passing through airport security.(Pixabay)

Uptick in Covid-19 cases due to Thanksgiving travel likely in US, says Dr Fauci

Asian News International | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Dr Anthony Fauci said that there will almost certainly be an uptick in Covid-19 cases after Americans travelled for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings by public health officials.
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Caribbean resorts get starring role in US airlines’ Covid-19 holiday playbook amid coronavirus pandemic

Chicago | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:05 PM IST
U.S. airlines are adding flights, and in some cases Covid-19 testing programs, for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, a region central to carriers’ strategies to tap into pockets of holiday demand before a vaccine makes its way around the world.
In many cases, Americans are still crowding airports and boarding planes.(Pixabay)
In many cases, Americans are still crowding airports and boarding planes.(Pixabay)

Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas

Providence, R.I. | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 11:22 AM IST
Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday.
Officials said they were also posting recommendations on their website on how to stay safe during the holidays for those Americans that do choose to travel.(Bloomberg Photo)
Officials said they were also posting recommendations on their website on how to stay safe during the holidays for those Americans that do choose to travel.(Bloomberg Photo)

CDC recommends Americans don’t travel for Thanksgiving to limit spread of Covid

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 11:40 PM IST
The travel recommendation is a “strong recommendation,” not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters Thursday. The government agency said it was making the recommendation after many states across the country have experienced a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Wearing a mask could keep you from catching coronavirus: CDC

United States | By Associated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 10:49 AM IST
Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people to wear masks because of evidence that it stops people who are infected with coronavirus — whether they know it or not — from spreading it to others.
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