US Surpasses 300,000 COVID Deaths

The United States surpassed 300,000 recorded deaths from COVID-19 Monday — the same day the first American was vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes the disease. The grim number comes about two weeks after millions of Americans defied warnings to avoid travel and gathered with family members for the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the Johns […]

US Launches Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution, First Inoculations Possibly Monday    

Super-cooled shipments of a newly approved coronavirus vaccine rolled out of a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sunday for rapid air freight distribution to regional hubs across the United States. Inoculations against the virus that causes the deadly COVID-19 disease will begin “very expeditiously, hopefully Monday,” Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the U.S. Food […]

Nations Break Daily COVID-19 Records for Cases and Deaths

Daily records continue to tumble for COVID-19 cases and deaths in many parts of the world, forcing governments to impose restrictions or consider lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus. In Europe, Germany is heading for a second lockdown starting on Wednesday amid rising coronavirus infections. According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center […]

First Coronavirus Vaccine Doses to Arrive in US States Early Monday

The first coronavirus vaccine will begin arriving early Monday in U.S. states after the government approved a vaccine late Friday for emergency use as the COVID-19 death toll approached 300,000. The chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program, Army Gen. Gustave Perna, said at a news conference Saturday that […]

Italy Poised to Lead Europe in Coronavirus Deaths

Italy is poised to overtake Britain as the European country with the most COVID-19 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Italy has suffered 25,418 deaths since November 1, a larger toll than the one from April 2 to October 31, when it reported 25,463. “Obviously there needs to be some […]

US On Verge of Launching COVID Vaccinations

The United States could be hours away from starting its COVID-19 vaccination program. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly could authorize on Friday or Saturday the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. An FDA advisory panel voted to recommend approval of the vaccine late Thursday. With the U.S. on the verge of its inoculation program, human rights group Amnesty International’s director of economic and social justice issued a warning.  Steve Cockburn told The New York Times, “Rich countries […]

Scotland Reduces COVID-19 Isolation Time

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced Friday that beginning Monday, the self-isolation period after contact with confirmed COVID-19 carriers will be shortened from 14 to 10 days in the nation. At her COVID-19 news briefing in Edinburgh, Sturgeon also said that the four-day reduction in the self-isolation period would apply to travelers returning from high-risk […]

US Nearing Approval of First COVID-19 Vaccine

After more than 15.3 million total infections, the United States is on the verge of obtaining a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. A special panel of the Food and Drug Administration was meeting Thursday to consider whether to grant emergency use authorization to the new vaccine developed by U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. […]