Fauci Warns of COVID ‘Surge Upon a Surge’

The top U.S. infectious disease expert warned Sunday of a possible, upcoming spike of the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking on “This Week” on ABC-TV, said the infection rate would not “all of a sudden turn around” and in the coming weeks, following the recent Thanksgiving holiday, “We may see a surge upon a surge.” Also Sunday, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the […]

Moderna to Seek Quick Approval of Coronavirus Vaccine in US, Europe

WASHINGTON – Drugmaker Moderna said Monday it is seeking emergency authorization in the United States and Europe to distribute its coronavirus vaccine after tests showed it is 94% effective. The U.S. biotechnology company’s request could mean that health workers will be able to inoculate patients against the virus as soon as mid-December with either of […]

WHO Raises Alarm Over Virus Spread in Brazil, Mexico

The World Health Organization says it is very worried about the rapidly growing surge of coronavirus cases in Brazil and Mexico. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at his regular briefing in Geneva on Monday, “I think Brazil has to be very, very serious,” in combating the surge there. He echoed the same concern […]

New York City Elementary Schools to Reopen With Increased Testing

New York City schools will reopen for in-person learning of elementary school children with increased testing, the city’s mayor announced Sunday. With 1.1 million students, the largest public school system in the country closed two weeks ago as confirmed cases of the coronavirus spiked in the city. “Upon reopening, weekly #COVID19 testing will be in […]

WHO: Coronavirus Threatens to Reverse Gains Made in Malaria Control

On World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up the fight against malaria, saying the coronavirus pandemic threatens to reverse important gains made in efforts to control this deadly disease. Since 2000, the U.N.’s World Health Organization reports 1.5 billion malaria cases and 7.6 million deaths have been averted […]

Hundreds of ‘Zombie Mink’ Resurfacing from Mass Graves

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Denmark’s government said on Friday it wants to dig up mink that were culled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after hundreds resurfaced from mass graves. Denmark ordered all farmed mink to be culled early this month after finding that 12 people had been infected by a mutated strain of the […]

Britain’s Johnson Asks Lawmakers to Back a Tougher Lockdown

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is asking lawmakers to support new, tiered restrictions to keep the nation’s hospitals from becoming overwhelmed before a vaccine for the coronavirus can be approved and distributed. The new measures would put 99% of the country under the two highest restriction levels when the current rules end Tuesday. […]

South Korea Agency Says North Korea Executed People, Shut Capital

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Friday. Kim’s government also ordered diplomats overseas to […]

British AstraZeneca to Conduct Another Trial Before Widely Distributing COVID-19 Vaccine

British drug maker AstraZeneca is cooperating with government regulators in investigating a manufacturing error of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The pharmaceutical company and Oxford University have admitted that a lower dosage of the vaccine performed better than a full dosage, according to a spokesman who spoke after AstraZeneca’s CEO said a further global trial was […]