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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday is expected to recommend a return to masks indoors for the fully vaccinated in some areas of the country.

The latest decision is a sharp reversal from one the agency announced just two months ago, when it said that vaccinated people could shed their masks while inside.

Reports of a rise in mild "breakthrough" infections ...

COVID-19 cases in Britain have fallen for six days in a row, even though the government lifted all but a few social distancing restrictions last week.

The shift has scientists scratching their heads, as many of them predicted a powerful surge in cases after the government reopened the country.

The steady decrease may be due to short-term factors such as the school summer break, the ...

In a sign that the United States has reached a "tipping point" in its campaign to vaccinate Americans, California and New York City announced vaccine or testing mandates for their employees on Monday while the Department of Veterans Affairs said its frontline health care workers must get immunized or face possible termination.

The VA becomes the first federal agency to issue a

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • July 27, 2021
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  • Pfizer and Moderna are expanding trials of their COVID-19 vaccines in children ages 5 to 11, to more closely measure the risk of heart inflammation and other rare side effects that occurred in teens and young adults who received the vaccines.

    The companies made the move after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told them that the initial size and scope of their studies were not enough t...

    TUESDAY, July 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) – If you're a rare case of someone who had an allergic reaction to your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, here's reassuring news: It's safe for you to get that necessary second dose.

    That's according to a team of allergists working at several U.S. hospitals. They examined second-dose vaccine reactions among patients who, aft...

    COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among American adults fell by one-third in the first five months of 2021, a new study finds, but distrust of vaccines and the government are still keeping many people from getting vaccinated.

    Researchers analyzed data gathered from about 1 million Americans a month between January and May as part of an ongoing national COVID-19 survey. Those who said they would ...

    The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world means that the United States will continue with COVID-19 international travel restrictions for now, a White House official said Monday.

    The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all U.S. coronavirus cases, according to the U.S. Ce...

    All health care workers should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, dozens of major U.S. medical groups said in a joint statement released Monday.

    "Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-1...

    Even if they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, certain people may need to take extra precautions to prevent "breakthrough" infections with the highly transmissible Delta variant, experts say.

    The Delta variant is causing most of the new COVID cases in the United States, and older people and those with immune-compromising conditions may be at greater risk than others, say researchers....

    In an effort to avoid another pandemic in the coming years, Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to launch an ambitious plan to make prototype vaccines that could protect against pathogens from 20 families of viruses that threaten human lives.

    It won't come cheap, with the cost totaling "a few billion dollars" a year, Fauci said, and the first round of results wouldn't emerge for at least five years. ...

    • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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    • July 26, 2021
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    Eight in 10 American adults who haven't received a COVID-19 shot say they are unlikely to get one, a new survey shows.

    The results mean "that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths," Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, told the Associated Press.

    Among those ...

    As a new school year approaches, U.S. parents are nearly evenly split on whether they'll vaccinate their young kids when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for their age group, a new survey finds.

    "It's important that parents and providers don't wait for full COVID vaccine approval to begin discussions about vaccination," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Nati...

    In a sign that vaccine-hesitant Americans are starting to worry about the rapid spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday.

    Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters that several states with the highest proportions of new infections have seen residents get v...

    COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated NFL players could result in forfeited games and loss of pay, the league announced Thursday.

    The policy sends a strong message about COVID-19 vaccines and is likely to be followed by others in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, told CBS News.

    The NFL has pushed players to get vaccinated, bu...

    One day before the official start of the Tokyo Olympics, the city has recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in six months.

    The 1,979 cases reported on Thursday are the most seen since 2,044 cases were recorded on Jan. 15, according to the Associated Press.

    Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the pandemic began, most of them this year....

    Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine provides surprisingly robust protection against the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 -- but only if you've gotten both doses.

    Fresh data out of England shows that two doses of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine is 88% effective in protecting people against the Delta variant, compared with about 94% effectiveness against the original strain of COVID.

    As he urged Americans who are still hesitant to get vaccinated, President Joe Biden told an Ohio town hall on Wednesday night that he expected the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would soon give final approval to COVID-19 vaccines.

    At the moment, all three vaccines being used in this country have only emergency use approval. But many medical professionals have pushed for the final ...

    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be produced for the first time in Africa by a South African firm, Pfizer announced Wednesday.

    The Biovac Institute in Cape Town will produce the vaccine for distribution across Africa, which is in desperate need of more COVID-19 vaccines as cases surge, the Associated Press reported.

    Biovac will receive large-batch ingredients for the vaccin...

    It takes two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to "wake up" cells that play a very important role in the body's immune response, with the second dose increasing their numbers 100-fold, according to new research.

    The Stanford University study may help explain why getting the second dose of mRNA vaccines, such as the Pfizer or Moderna shots, is so crucial to building a strong im...

    Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine is much less effective against the highly contagious Delta variant than it is against the original virus, new research claims.

    "The message that we wanted to give was not that people shouldn't get the J&J vaccine, but we hope that in the future, it will be boosted with either another dose of J&J or a boost with Pfizer or Moderna," study ...

    • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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    • July 21, 2021
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    Unlike many others in his party, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged unvaccinated Americans to get COVID-19 shots as new coronavirus cases climb and the country risks the return of shutdowns.

    During his weekly press conference call at the Capitol, McConnell said people should ignore the "demonstrably bad advice" coming from those who oppose the vaccines, the Asso...

    The U.S. government issued its most dire warnings against travel to Britain on Monday as coronavirus cases surged in that country while nearly all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in an effort to restart the economy.

    Both the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Level 4 travel alerts and urged all Americans to avoid visiting the U.K...

    Indiana University's mandate that most students be vaccinated in order to attend classes was upheld by a federal judge on Monday in what may be the first such ruling in the United States.

    The decision came in a lawsuit involving eight students who claimed the vaccine requirement violated their right to bodily integrity and autonomy, and that COVID-19 vaccines should not be considered pa...

    COVID-19 vaccination rates in Canada have now beaten those in the United States.

    As of Saturday, more than 49% of eligible people in Canada were fully vaccinated, and 70% had received at least one dose of vaccine, according to figures from the Our World in Data project, The New York Times reported. The rates in the United States are about 48% and 55.5%, respectively. In the Europ...

    U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Sunday that he supports reinstating local mask mandates when they are needed to curb the spread of COVID-19 among unvaccinated people.

    "It's very reasonable for counties to take more mitigation measures like the mask rules you see coming out in L.A., and I anticipate that will happen in other parts of the country, too," Murthy said on the ABC...

    • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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    • July 19, 2021
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    Even a mild or asymptomatic case of COVID-19 triggers a strong antibody response in children and teens, new research shows.

    "These findings are encouraging, especially because we cannot yet vaccinate children under the age of 12 against the virus," said study co-lead author Jillian Hurst, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine in Durh...

    Pfizer Inc. announced on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review to its COVID-19 vaccine, positioning the vaccine for full approval by January.

    The Pfizer vaccine has been administered to more Americans than any other shot so far in the U.S. vaccination campaign. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 85 milli...

    Giving a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines to adults with weakened immune systems — the immunocompromised — will be up for discussion during a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel meeting next week.

    At the meeting scheduled for July 22, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will focus on the 2% to 4% of U.S. adults with weakened immune systems. These...

    Fully vaccinated Americans may be able to visit Canada by mid-August, and fully vaccinated travelers from all countries may be able to visit by early September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada closed its land border with the United States in March 2020 and later restricted entry to other foreign visitors, the Washington Post

    Public health officials and government workers are trying everything they can to promote COVID-19 vaccination — advertisements, news releases, cash lotteries, and even incentives like free beer, joints or doughnuts in some places.

    But nothing sways a vaccine-hesitant person more than a word with a family member, friend or their own doctor, a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll revea...

    U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Thursday called on tech companies, health care workers, journalists and even ordinary Americans to do more to fight vaccine misinformation.

    In a 22-page advisory, Murthy wrote that false claims have prompted people to reject coronavirus vaccines, masks and social distancing, undermining efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic and presenting an...

    Surging coronavirus cases have prompted Los Angeles County to once again require people to wear masks indoors, even if they're vaccinated.

    The nation's largest county has had more than 1,000 new cases each day for a week, with more than 400 hospitalizations, the Associated Press reported.

    The new mask order will take effect just before midnight Saturday in "an all-hands-on-...

    Language barriers and distrust of the health care system are among the reasons why many Black and Hispanic Americans are reluctant to get COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

    The two groups -- which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic -- have followed safety precautions such as mask use and testing, but are hesitant about getting vaccinated.

    To find out why, Rut...

    As schools around America begin to prepare for reopening this fall, many states are taking steps to stop public schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccination or proof of vaccination.

    At least seven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma and Utah -- have already passed such laws, while 34 more have introduced bills that would limit requiring someone to demonstr...

    Vaccine advocate Ethan Lindenberger, now 20, had to wait until age 18 to get the vaccinations that he knew he needed to protect his health.

    "I knew growing up my mom was very anti-vaccine. Because of the legal restrictions, I really wasn't trying to fight her on getting me vaccinated," Lindenberger recalled. "She believed vaccines could kill me, and so it was not going to be an easy time....

    THURSDAY, July 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People who've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have a much stronger immune system response against the new coronavirus than those who've previously been infected, according to a new study.

    "Vaccinated individuals had the highest antibody levels, nearly three times higher than that of convalescent individuals recovering f...

    New coronavirus infections are once again climbing in the United States, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, lingering vaccine resistance and Fourth of July celebrations.

    Over the past three weeks, new cases per day have doubled, with data from Johns Hopkins showing that confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23. All b...

    What's the best way to help your young child handle the stress of getting shots? New research claims that perfectly timed encouragement makes all the difference with vaccinations.

    "What we found is that in the first minute after the needle, the more parents said coping-promoting statements, such as, 'You can do this' and 'It will be over soon' or tried to distract them with talking about...

    Pfizer made its case for quick U.S. approval of a third booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine during a meeting with the country's top scientists and federal regulators on Monday.

    The online meeting, convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), came the same day that Israel began to give third doses of the Pfizer vaccine to heart transplant patients and others with...

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    • July 13, 2021
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    Breathing in protection: Scientists say an experimental inhaled COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in animal tests.

    "The currently available vaccines against COVID-19 are very successful, but the majority of the world's population is still unvaccinated and there is a critical need for more vaccines that are easy to use and effective at stopping disease and transmission," said study co-leader ...

    MONDAY, July 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A flu shot might offer some protection against severe effects of COVID-19, a new study suggests.

    If you are infected with COVID-19, having had a flu shot makes it less likely you will suffer severe body-wide infection, blood clots, have a stroke or be treated in an intensive care unit, according to the study.

    "Our work is ...

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandra Banner was an active octogenarian. She enjoyed going to movies, traveling from her Palm Desert, Calif., home to Los Angeles for Dodgers baseball games and having friends over for happy hours.

    Early on, she avoided isolation by teaching outdoor tai chi classes and staying engaged online, but once she was fully vaccinated, Banner, 85, was ready to get ba...

    Pfizer Inc. said it will meet with U.S. officials on Monday to discuss possible authorization for a third booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine.

    Last week, Pfizer cited data from Israel that found its vaccine is showing declining effectiveness at preventing milder coronavirus cases as the highly contagious Delta variant circulates in that country. But some American scientists and health of...

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    • July 12, 2021
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    Black churches could prove crucial in improving COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black Americans, a new study suggests.

    The COVID-19 death rate among Black Americans is three times higher than among white Americans, and health officials had hoped that vaccines would narrow that gap.

    However, Black communities are disproportionately affected by barriers to vaccination, such as limite...

    When schools open their doors this fall, teachers and students who are vaccinated can enter without masks, according to a new guidance issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The relaxed recommendation comes as a national vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 can get COVID-19 shots unfolds, accompanied by a general decline in coronavirus hospi...

    COVID-19 vaccines have prevented at least 279,000 deaths and 1.25 million hospitalizations in the United States, but the Delta variant poses a significant threat to that progress, researchers say.

    "The vaccines have been strikingly successful in reducing the spread of the virus and saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States alone," said study author Alison Galvani, directo...

    Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced Thursday they would seek approval for a booster COVID-19 shot and begin studies on a reformulated vaccine that targets the highly contagious Delta variant.

    "We continue to believe that it is likely, based on the totality of the data we have to date, that a third dose may be needed within 6 to 12 months after full vaccination," the companies ...

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    • July 9, 2021
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    A double dose of China's CoronaVac vaccine is 83.5% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, researchers say.

    Their phase 3 trial included more than 10,000 people, aged 18 to 59, in Turkey who received either two doses of CoronaVac 14 days apart or an inactive placebo.

    An immune response analysis of 981 participants who got the vaccine found that it triggered a strong immune response...

    The worldwide coronavirus death toll topped 4 million on Thursday, with the highly contagious Delta variant spotted in more than 100 countries and the World Health Organization warning against nations relaxing restrictions too quickly.

    "The numbers may not tell the complete story, and yet they're still really staggering numbers globally," Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Ho...

    The highly contagious Delta variant now accounts for more than half of all new coronavirus infections in the United States, new government data shows.

    The dangerous variant that crippled India recently currently makes up 51.7% of new infections in this country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, the Alpha variant, which first surfaced ...

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