• WATCH: White House COVID-19 task force holds briefing as omicron cases emerge

    WATCH: White House COVID-19 task force holds briefing as omicron cases emerge

    Dec 03, 2021 03:52 PM EST

    The White House COVID-19 task force is expected to update reporters about the nation's pandemic response as a growing number of cases of the new omicron variant are confirmed in the United States. Watch the briefing stream live in the video player above at 11 a.m. ET ...

  • Does South Africa's COVID uptick signal greater threat from omicron? Here's what we know

    Does South Africa's COVID uptick signal greater threat from omicron? Here's what we know

    Dec 02, 2021 11:35 PM EST

    While we don't know whether the omicron variant will lead to more severe cases of COVID-19, its ability to spread is becoming clearer. Cases in South Africa are spiking at the fastest rate since the pandemic began, and European officials said their modeling found that omicron would likely be responsible for more than half of...

  • What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.?

    What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.?

    Dec 02, 2021 06:12 PM EST

    What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.? It's on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require the shots. To control the spread of COVID-19, President Joe Biden previously said businesses with 100 or more employees would need ...

  • WATCH: President Biden gives remarks on COVID-19 at the National Institute of Health

    WATCH: President Biden gives remarks on COVID-19 at the National Institute of Health

    Dec 02, 2021 05:24 PM EST

    ... 150 million people with private insurance would see easier and cheaper access to the at-home tests. The administration said it is making 50 million COVID-19 tests free for older people and other vulnerable groups for pickup at senior centers and community sites.Beginning next week, the White House ...

  • With threat of omicron variant, Biden to launch winter COVID-19 booster and testing campaign

    With threat of omicron variant, Biden to launch winter COVID-19 booster and testing campaign

    Dec 02, 2021 03:51 PM EST

    ... 150 million people with private insurance would see easier and cheaper access to the at-home tests. The administration said it is making 50 million COVID-19 tests free for older people and other vulnerable groups for pickup at senior centers and community sites. Beginning next week, the White House ...

  • First U.S. case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified in California

    First U.S. case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified in California

    Dec 01, 2021 07:06 PM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A person in California became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the COVID-19 omicron variant, the White House announced Wednesday as scientists continue to study the risks posed by the new strain of the virus. The Biden administration moved late last ...

  • WATCH: White House COVID task force holds news briefing amidst threat of new omicron variant

    WATCH: White House COVID task force holds news briefing amidst threat of new omicron variant

    Nov 30, 2021 05:13 PM EST

    The White House COVID task force will hold a news briefing on Tuesday amidst news of the new omicron variant and criticism of the travel ban against South Africa and several other African nations. Watch the briefing in the player above. This is a developing story and will be updated.

  • FDA panel review final hurdle for Merck's COVID-19 pill

    FDA panel review final hurdle for Merck's COVID-19 pill

    Nov 30, 2021 04:30 PM EST

    ... benefit. Still, it may be impractical for doctors to screen out those patients. The Merck drug works best when given within five days of first COVID-19 symptoms, underscoring the need for speedy treatment. Merck tested the drug in adults with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who were considered higher ...

  • How unresolved grief could haunt children who lost a parent or caregiver to COVID

    How unresolved grief could haunt children who lost a parent or caregiver to COVID

    Nov 29, 2021 11:40 PM EST

    The number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 775,000. But left behind are tens of thousands of children — some orphaned entirely — after their parents or a grandparent who cared for them died. In this report co-produced with the NewsHour, Kaiser Health News correspondent Sarah Varney looks at the risks these grieving children...

  • CDC recommends COVID boosters for all adults as omicron variant spreads

    CDC recommends COVID boosters for all adults as omicron variant spreads

    Nov 29, 2021 10:59 PM EST

    While the majority of omicron infections recorded around the world have been in travelers arriving from abroad, cases in Portugal and Scotland have raised fears that the variant may already be spreading locally. “Many of us might think we are done with COVID-19. It’s not done with us ...