Biden administration will send Covid vaccines directly to doctors in rural areas to boost shot rates


President Joe Biden is planning to announce Tuesday that coronavirus vaccines will be sent directly to rural areas in the hopes of getting more hospital employees and residents immunized. According to NPR, the Biden administration has created a hand-picked list of physicians enrolled in state vaccine systems who are based in ‘socially vulnerable’ communities. These […]

Biden calls on nearly 40K pharmacies to start giving COVID vaccines without appointments


Biden calls on nearly 40K pharmacies to start giving COVID vaccines to Americans this WEEK – even if they don’t have appointments President Joe Biden called on all pharmacies that have partnered with the government to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines without appointments He also requested that state-run clinics offer walk-in vaccinations for Americans It comes as the average number […]

Pfizer is working on a new version of its Covid vaccine that could be stored in a refrigerator


Pfizer has submitted information to U.S. health regulators about a new version of its coronavirus vaccine that could be stored in refrigerators for up to 10 weeks. In an earnings report on Tuesday, the pharmaceutical company said it sent ‘stability data’ to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday and expects the formulation […]

More people in England and Wales are now dying of flu and pneumonia than Covid


More people are now dying from flu and pneumonia than Covid in England and Wales for the first time since the second wave took off, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed the virus was mentioned on 260 death certificates that occurred in the week ending April 23 — down 30 per […]

Covid: Moderna vaccine 96% effective in teenagers ages 12-17 in early trials


Moderna Inc says its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective among teenagers, early clinical trial data show. In the TeenCOVE study, including children ages 12 to 17, the two-dose shot was 96 percent effective. The results are in line with the 94 percent efficacy Moderna showed among adults in its December 2020 trial that led to […]

Coronavirus: UK urged to scrap vaccine patents like US and EU to help poor countries


The UK is coming under pressure to follow the US and EU lead to call for Covid vaccine patents to be ditched so companies can make cheaper versions to send to poor countries. Jab-makers currently own the rights to their vaccine recipes – known as intellectual property rights or IP rights – and other firms […]

Indian delegation to G7 summit in London ‘goes into self-isolation’


Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab today tried to shrug off the Indian delegation to the G7 foreign ministers’ summit in London going into self-isolation after positive coronavirus cases. The Foreign Secretary said ‘we are all having to adapt in agile ways’ as he kicked off the second day of the gathering after the dramatic news. […]

100 milionë amerikanë plotësisht të vaksinuar


Shtëpia e Bardhë tha të premten se 100 milionë amerikanë tani janë plotësisht të vaksinuar kundër COVID-19, gati dyfishi i 55 milionë vaksinimeve që ishin realizuar deri një muaj më parë. Koordinatori i Shtëpisë së Bardhë për pandeminë e COVID-19, Jeff Zients e quajti “moment historik” arritjen e këtij numri në një konferencë shtypi të […]

Coronavirus: Indian variant cases in the UK rise to 400 and there are now three types


The proportion of UK Covid cases caused by the Indian variant spiked eight-fold in a fortnight at the start of April, MailOnline can reveal. Four hundred cases of the strain – linked to an explosion of cases in India – have now been detected in Britain since it was first spotted in February. While it accounted […]

Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated


Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are going […]

Rate of Americans skipping second shots doubles as first shots fall by half


The number of Americans skipping their second doses of two-shot COVID-19 vaccines has more than doubled since February, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.  Meanwhile, the number of people getting a first dose is falling off even faster than the decline in the number of people completing their vaccine regimens, a […]

Doctors call on the US to send its stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccines to crisis-hit India NOW


Global health experts are calling on the U.S. government to send its stockpile of AstraZeneca-University of Oxford coronavirus vaccines to India immediately as health officials say they don’t anticipate using any of the doses. During a news briefing on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, the White House senior COVID-19 advisor, addressed a report stating that the country […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside


President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?


India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

US states will get 30 MILLION doses of Covid vaccines next week despite falling demand


The White House has said that states will be receiving nearly 30 million coronavirus vaccine doses this week. This is a seven percent increase from the approximately 28 million doses allocated over the previous two weeks and a 248 percent rise from the 8.6 million doses being sent weekly when President Joe Biden took office. […]

CDC is watching for more cases of blood clots in people who got the J&J Covid vaccine


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reviewing additional reports of people who suffered severe side effects after receiving the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. On Tuesday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested clinicians stop using the shot after nine reports of rare, but serious, blood clots out […]

Moderna’s vaccine booster shot that protects against South African variant will be ready by FALL


Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot that protects against South African variant will be ready by FALL, CEO says Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said the company has been testing three coronavirus vaccine booster shots in parallel Two-thirds of the volunteers will be given two different dose of the third dose, which codes for the spike protein of […]

Nearly all children will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by the first quarter of 2022, Fauci says 


Dr Anthony Fauci said he believes nearly all children in the U.S. will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccines by the start of 2022.  Speaking with CNN, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he would not be surprised if high schoolers were vaccinated over the summer before […]

Coronavirus: China knew Wuhan market was a disease risk for years before Covid, scientist says


Chinese health officials knew Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market was a disease risk for years before the Covid pandemic started there, an Australian scientist has claimed. Professor Eddie Holmes, a virologist at the University of Sydney, said he was taken on a tour of the market by public health officials in the now-infamous city in 2014. […]

Less than 0.01% of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have gone on to contract the disease


A small number of Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These-so-called ‘breakthrough cases’ occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their final dose of the vaccine, and which officials say is not […]

US has risen to 7th in world for vaccinating its population – but still lags behind UK’s rollout


A vaccination drive that has begun to pick up speed is propelling the United States ahead in the race to immunize its population against COVID-19. Currently, the U.S. ranks seventh in the world, with 25.7 percent of Americans having received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Covid US: New York opens vaccine eligibility to all over age 30 and to be universal in April


Starting on Tuesday, March 30, all New Yorkers aged 30 and older will be able to schedule appointments for vaccinations, lowering the age threshold from age 50 and older.  The state will join dozens of others expanding eligibility for vaccination against COVID-19 to more Americans as the vaccine stockpile grows.  Beginning on Tuesday, April 6, […]

Health workers 90% less likely to catch coronavirus after they are fully vaccinated, CDC data show 


Two doses of either Moderna‘s or Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine are highly effective at preventing infection, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) real-world study published on Monday finds. Researchers looked at vaccination rates among nearly 4,000 healthcare employees, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers from mid-December 2020 to mid-March 2021. Results […]

Arkansas lifts mask mandate and makes everyone 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccination TODAY


Arkansas has lifted its mask mandate and made everyone aged 16 and older eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday. Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Tuesday that businesses, such as restaurants and stores, will have the option to require masks on their premises  and implored residents to respect those decisions.  ‘Please be respectful and mindful […]

Covid US: 15m doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine ruined by ingredient mix-up by its contractor


The Biden administration knew more than a week ago that 15million doses of Johnson & Johnson had been ruined by its contractor – potentially causing significant delays in the vaccine rollout, senior administration officials said.   Two senior officials on the government’s Covid-19 response team told Politico that it was clear there were serious problems at the […]

Covid US: Pfizer asks FDA to expand emergency use of vaccines to include children aged 12 to 15


BREAKING NEWS: Pfizer asks FDA to expand emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine to include kids ages 12 to 15 Pfizer Inc has asked the FDA to expand emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine to Americans between ages 12 and 15   Recent clinical trial data found that the vaccine was 100 percent safe and […]

Some American adults in states like Alabama and Georgia could be waiting ALL YEAR for their vaccines


Some Americans could be waiting all year to be vaccinated against COVID-19 despite promises from President Joe Biden. On Tuesday, Biden announced that he was speeding up the deadline for states to open eligibility to all adults from May 1 to April 19. With 112 million people already having received at least one dose and […]

Three people in Michigan DIED after contracting COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated


At least 246 people in Michigan who were fully immunized against COVID-19, tested positive for the virus, have tested positive for coronavirus and three have died.  No identifying information was available for the three people who died except that they were aged 65 or older.  This makes Michigan among the first states to report ‘breakthrough cases,’ […]

Covid US: 50% adults will be vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine by weekend


Half of all U.S. adults will receive at least one coronavirus vaccine dose by the end of the weekend. Currently, 41.7 percent of Americans aged 18 or older have gotten at least an initial shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But on CNN‘s Cuomo Prime Time on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, […]

Punëtorët ngatërrojnë përbërësit, shkatërrohen miliona doza të vaksinës kundër COVID-19 të Johnson&Johnson


Prodhuesi i ilaçeve Johnson&Johnson tha të mërkurën se kishte gjetur një problem të cilësisë në një fabrikë në Baltimore. Sidoqoftë, siç shkruajnë mediat e huaja, përcjell Telegrafi, çështja s’ do të ndikojë në afatin kohor të administratës së Joe Biden për të patur doza të mjaftueshme vaksinash për popullsinë e rritur në SHBA deri në […]

Infeksionet ditore me COVID, të larta


ndërsa vazhdon fushata e vaksinimit në Shtetet të Bashkuara kundër COVID-19, nivelet ditore të infeksionit mbeten të larta. Anthony Fauci, këshilltari kryesor i Shtëpisë së Bardhë për pandeminë, shprehu shqetësim të dielën se kjo mund të jetë rezultat i heqjes së disa kufizimeve shumë herët nga disa shtete – veçanërisht në periudhën e pushimeve të […]

OBSH, thirrje për dhurim vaksinash për vendet e varfëra


Kreu i Organizatës Botërore të Shëndetësisë (OBSH) i bëri thirrje komunitetit ndërkombëtar të dhurojë vaksina të COVID-19 për vendet me të ardhura më të ulëta, duke përmendur nevojën urgjente për 10 milionë doza për një program të shpërndarjes së vaksinave të mbështetur nga OBSH-ja. “COVAX është gati të shpërndajë, por ne s’ mund të shpërndajmë […]

Hezitimi ndaj vaksinave, mund të zgjasë pandeminë


Drejtori i Institutit amerikan të Shëndetit Kombëtar Francis Collins tha të enjten se personat që hezitojnë të marrin vaksinat kundër COVID-19 mund të kontribuojnë në zgjatjen e pandemisë. Në një intervistë për rrjetin televiziv “Fox News” zoti Collins tha se ai s’ është i shqetësuar lidhur me furnizimet me vaksina. Ai shtoi se është më […]

SHBA-ja vendos për eksportin e parë të vaksinave, ndihmojnë Meksikën dhe Kanadan


Shtetet e Bashkuara të Amerikës po planifikojnë të dërgojnë një dozë prej 4 milionë vaksinash AstraZeneca në Meksikë dhe Kanada për eksportin e parë të tyre, njofton Independent. Një zyrtar i Shtëpisë së Bardhë konfirmoi të enjten se administrata e presidentit Joe Biden po planifikon të dërgojë 2.5 milionë doza në Meksikë dhe 1.5 milionë […]

Çka është programi COVAX dhe si do t’ua shpërndajë vaksinat vendeve të varfra?


Vendet në zhvillim po rrezikohen në garën globale për t’i dhënë fund pandemisë së coronavirusit me anë të vaksinimeve. Programi COVAX synon të marrë të paktën 20 për qind të dozave për popullsinë e kombeve më të varfra në botë. Çka është programi COVAX? COVAX është programi kryesor botëror që përpiqet t’iu siguroj vaksina kundër […]

ShBA-ja do të blejë 100 milionë doza të vaksinës nga kompania “Johnson & Johnson”


Presidenti i Shteteve të Bashkuara të Amerikës (SHBA), Joe Biden, ka njoftuar se ka udhëzuar Departamentin amerikan të Shëndetit dhe shërbimeve njerëzore për blerjen e 100 milionë dozave të vaksinës “Johnson & Johnson” në kuadër të luftës kundër pandemisë së COVIDIt-19. Bideni, zhvilloi një konferencë shtypi në Shtëpinë e Bardhë, pas takimit të tij me […]

Numri ditor i vdekjeve nga COVID-19 në SHBA nën 1,000 – për herë të parë në disa muaj


Për herë të parë në gati tre muaj e gjysmë, Shtetet e Bashkuara kanë regjistruar më pak se 1.000 vdekje në ditë nga COVID-19, sipas Universitetit Johns Hopkins. Në 24 orët e fundit, 749 njerëz vdiqën nga coronavirusi, shumë poshtë pikut të 4,473 vdekjeve të regjistruara në 12 janar, sipas të dhënave, shkruajnë mediat e […]

Rritet sërish numri i infektuarve me COVID-19 në Evropë


Numri i rasteve të infektimit me coronavirus është duke u rritur sërish në gjithë Evropën, duke i dhënë fund trendit gjashtëjavor të rënies, sipas Organizatës Botërore të Shëndetësisë (OBSH). Evropa ka regjistruar 1 milion të infektuar javën e kaluar, 9 për qind më shumë sesa java paraprake. Rritja e numrit të rasteve është nxitur nga […]

Andrew Cuomo: New York governor faces new allegations that threaten his political future


The new sexual harassment allegation emerged Saturday evening in an article in the New York Times. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former executive assistant and health policy adviser to Cuomo, told the newspaper that during one of several uncomfortable encounters, Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life during a conversation in his State Capitol office […]

Psaki: ‘More effective ways’ to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi’s murder than sanctioning crown prince


“We believe there is more effective ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again and to also be able to leave room to work with the Saudis on areas where there is mutual agreement — where there is national interests for the United States. That is what diplomacy looks like,” Psaki told CNN’s Dana Bash […]

Opinion: Potato Head is getting with the times. So should Congress


Hasbro has announced it is dropping the gendered honorific “Mr.” from the brand name of its popular Potato Head toy. The move, a seemingly innocuous one that follows in the inclusive footsteps of other brands like Mattel and Target, has sparked the fury of the internet mob once again exposing its ugly underbelly of anti-LGBTQ […]

DOJ files appeal of Trump-appointed judge’s ruling on CDC eviction moratorium


Judge John Barker, a Trump appointee in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction but said he expected the CDC to respect his ruling and withdraw the moratorium. But Saturday night, the Justice Department filed an appeal in the case. “The Department of Justice respectfully disagrees with the February 25 […]

CPAC 2021 speeches: 2024 GOP prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated conference


Though it will take years for the 2024 race to fully take shape, this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, offered a window into a GOP primary dominated by a new Republican Party built around the grievances that animated Trump’s campaigns and his presidency.  Speakers embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being rigged. Organizers built this […]

Ben Sasse blasts party for ‘weird worship of one dude’ after Nebraska GOP rebukes him for impeachment vote


The Nebraska GOP’s state central committee formally expressed its disappointment but stopped short of a formal censure, though the resolution said Sasse “stands rebuked” by the Nebraska GOP. The senator, who was reelected last fall with 63% of the vote, dismissed the decision in a statement on Saturday, saying, “Most Nebraskans don’t think politics should […]

Opinion: Biden is walking a tightrope on Saudi Arabia


While the four-page report supports a conclusion already reached in 2018 by the CIA — that the man known as MBS was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder — it sends a new signal: that President Joe Biden is willing to publicly challenge what he once called a “pariah” state. The US State Department also announced on […]

The court of international public opinion long ago found MBS guilty over Khashoggi murder. The US has just caught up


A Turkish intelligence audio recording captured the moments inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that Saudi government agents drugged, suffocated and dismembered the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist. In the 879 days since, the only geopolitical question of consequence is what role Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, played in […]

Fight for transgender right has key week on Capitol Hill


It’s unclear if the Equality Act has any path in the Senate. But that uncertainty doesn’t diminish the bill’s significance. The Equality Act would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as in access to public accommodations. Crucially, […]

Vaksina me një dozë e kompanisë Johnson & Johnson merr mbështetjen e specialistëve


Një panel këshillimor ekspertësh i Administratës Amerikane të Ushqimit dhe Barnave (FDA) votoi të premten në favor të autorizimit të vaksinës me një dozë ndaj COVID-19 të kompanisë Johnson & Johnson për përdorim emergjence, duke e afruar atë një hap më pranë shpërndarjes në Shtetet e Bashkuara. FDA-ja ka të ngjarë të autorizojë vaksinën për […]

Anna Hursey: Table tennis prodigy is helping US President Biden tackle the climate crisis


Yet it isn’t her sporting abilities attracting attention, rather her environmental advocacy, a topic she cares passionately about. That led to the US Embassy getting in touch with Hursey’s mom and dad earlier this year, inviting the youngster to work with US President Joe Biden in his mission to tackle the climate crisis. “I was […]

Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: ‘We’re in it for the long haul’


In his first official trip in the wake of a disaster, the President visited the Harris County Emergency Operations Center and later toured and met with volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, where first lady Jill Biden packaged food and water for the community earlier in the day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, joined […]

Fact checking CPAC’s first day: multiple false claims about the election


The CPAC schedule made clear in advance that the conference — taking place in Orlando instead of its usual home just outside Washington, DC — would feature election-related lying. Over three days, the CPAC agenda includes seven separate panels or speeches under the title of “protecting elections” — plus appearances by other prominent figures, including […]

US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving Khashoggi operation


“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report’s executive summary states. “We base this assessment on the Crown Prince’s control of decisionmaking in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy


Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power to […]

Texas power outages: Mother who lost her three children in a fire after they were trying to stay warm speaks out


Jackie Pham Nguyen lost her mother, Loan Le, and her three children, Olivia, 11, Edison, 8, and Colette, 5 in a fire while trying to stay warm at her home in the Houston suburb of Sugarland during the power outages that crippled the state. When the power went out in her house, the family lit […]

Global stocks routed as inflation fears dominate


Asian markets followed US stocks lower. Japan’s Nikkei 225 (N225) tumbled 4%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) closed down 3.6% — that index’s worst day in nine months. South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) dropped 2.8%, while China’s Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) lost 2.1%. European stocks also dropped sharply in early trading. The FTSE 100 […]

US coronavirus: Another Covid-19 surge hangs in the balance. This is how experts say we keep it from becoming reality


“The question that hangs in the balance right now is, will we have a fourth surge?” the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. “Every uncontrolled spread increases the risk that there will be dangerous variants that can be more infectious, more […]

Why hasn’t Biden given up on Neera Tanden yet?


West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D) announcement last Saturday that he would not support Tanden for the role set off a series of announcements — mostly from Republicans thought to be on the fence — that they would oppose her nomination as well. And the two Senate committees — led by Democrats — with oversight […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Syria air strikes: US carries out strikes in targeting Iranian backed militia structures


The strikes mark the military’s first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias operating in the region. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized not just […]

Analysis: Saudi Arabia is experiencing the downside of betting on the Trump family


“The President’s intention — as is the intention of this government — is to recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia and have counterparts communicate with counterparts,” Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Wednesday before today’s call between her boss and MBS’s father, King Salman. It doesn’t get much blunter than that. The fact that […]

Republicans react to 2020 defeats by trying to make it harder to vote (Opinion)


According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and election officials of both parties, the 2020 election was the most secure and well-run election ever. There was record turnout and zero evidence of massive voter fraud. States made it easier to vote while also ensuring that valuable integrity measures were in place. So, […]

Arizona Republicans propose giving lawmakers — not election officials — final review of election results


The effort by GOP legislators in battleground states to drastically change voting laws comes after last year’s elections saw record numbers of early and mail-in voters, many of them Democrats, after rules were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The high numbers triggered baseless claims of fraud by then-President Donald Trump and other Republicans that […]

The US economy was stronger than we thought last quarter. But it still wasn’t strong enough


The small improvement reflects higher residential and inventory investments and increased state and local government spending. These upticks were partially offset by consumer expenditures being revised lower. In a normal year, an annualized GDP growth rate of 4.1% would be reason to pop some champagne. But in the abnormal world of the pandemic, it leaves […]

Neera Tanden is being treated unfairly (Opinion)


It was bound to happen, and I’m honestly surprised it took this long: the first Very Online woman is facing US Senate confirmation. And she may not make it through. The woman is Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress think tank, and Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management and […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines


How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

US coronavirus: US health leaders are preparing for all scenarios — including another wave of Covid-19 cases


But now is no time to let up on safety measures — for several reasons — according to experts. More than 54,000 people remain hospitalized with the virus nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And more than 57,000 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded this month alone. On Wednesday, California became the first state to […]

Democrats and GOP at odds over scope of commission to investigate Capitol riots


Republicans are balking at a plan put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to create an outside commission with more Democrats than Republicans, and one whose mandate they say would go beyond just the security failures of the January 6 insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Pelosi’s plan […]

Lawyers make progress in reunifying children split from families at the border, latest court filing says


Wednesday’s filing is the first under the Biden administration, which is now responsible for the reunification of families separated at the US-Mexico border as a result of former President Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The new administration has taken a markedly different tone in talking about the Trump-era policy, which called for the […]

‘Top Secret’ Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince


The documents, filed as part of a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier this year, are labeled “Top Secret” and signed by a Saudi minister who relayed the orders of the crown prince, the young de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. “According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince,” the minister wrote according to a […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency


After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though her […]

Uyghurs in China: What Biden should do about China’s atrocities (opinion)


This genocide — that’s what it is — poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law. The term genocide […]

Capitol riot: Justice Department is facing a tougher climb trying to keep rioters locked up


The apparent calculus prosecutors are using to determine whether they ask for jail time came to a head twice in court Tuesday, as they argued for the detention of a member of the pro-Trump extremist group the Proud Boys who carried an axe handle wrapped in a flag, and for an alleged conspirator among the […]

Pence speaks highly of Trump in meeting and plans to launch a political group


Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, told CNN that a group of members met at Pence’s transition office in the Washington area on Tuesday afternoon, talking about the way forward for their party while also touting the accomplishments of the past. Pence harbored no ill will towards Trump […]

Biden administration prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning and SolarWinds hack


Discussions about the response to the devastating security breach of at least nine federal agencies and dozens of private businesses are still ongoing but could come within a matter of weeks, the US official said, noting that the package will likely include sanctions and a cyber component, as well as other options that make clear […]

Biden Cabinet confirmations 2021


President Joe Biden took office on January 20 without key members of his Cabinet in place after the Senate moved more slowly to schedule confirmation hearings than it had for previous presidents. The chamber, now led by Democrats after six years of Republican control, can now confirm Cabinet nominations without Republican support. Vice President Kamala […]

Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward


The idea and, perhaps just as important, the logo, have been circulating on social media since last summer. But after the Capitol riot and swearing-in of President Joe Biden, Patriot Party groups have formed and multiplied, mostly on Telegram, where they share memes, disinformation and commentary in chaotic channels in all 50 states. On February […]

Opinion: What Biden and Pelosi can learn from a 1941-1942 presidential commission


In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the attack on the Capitol. Subsequently, congressional Democrats have drafted an initial plan to create a bipartisan commission that would examine the security failures at the Capitol to ensure that something similar never happens again. Under this plan, the commission’s report […]

The immigration debate has a blind spot


“Without immigration it becomes increasingly impossible to sustain entitlements, much less a functioning health care system, or a local tax base in rural and suburban cities and communities across the country,” says Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum, a centrist immigration advocacy group. After Trump sought to slash legal immigration through legislative and […]

Pence and Trump’s relationship is ‘amicable,’ source says


The source would not provide CNN further details about the relationship, or describe the contents of the calls. One call was initiated by each. CNN previously reported that Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, according to a source familiar with the matter, while Pence declined an invitation […]

What Matters: What America’s next pandemic year will look like


As we enter our second year with Covid, it’s becoming more and more clear that it will take more time to get back to how life looked in February of 2020. There will be permanent changes to the way we interact, work, travel, eat and learn. When you find yourself wondering, as I often do, […]

Joe Biden honors the half million US lives lost to coronavirus


“The people we lost were extraordinary. They spanned generations,” he said. “Just like that, they took their final breath alone, in America.” Biden spoke from experience when it came to describing the grief of losing a loved one. “For the loved ones left behind: I know all too well. I know what it’s like to […]

MyPillow and its CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion


The company is seeking about $1.3 billion in damages for Lindell’s numerous unfounded public statements by allies of former President Donald Trump that Dominion rigged its machines in favor of Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. The 115-page lawsuit filed Monday in Washington, DC, cites Lindell’s media appearances and social media posts pushing […]

GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she won’t support Neera Tanden’s OMB confirmation


Collins, a moderate from Maine, was seen as a potential Republican vote following Manchin’s decision not to support Tanden. Democrats hold the Senate by a 50-50 margin, and Manchin’s announcement was seen as devastating for her chances. She cited Tanden’s past criticisms of her Senate colleagues on social media for her decision and said the […]

Merrick Garland’s 2-day confirmation hearing to be Biden’s attorney general starts Monday morning


Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he’s appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny […]

Opinion: CPAC’s dangerous embrace of Trump


To be clear, I’m not urging CPAC to cancel Trump’s speech. Rather, my hope is that all Americans will use the event to reflect on the dangerous developments for our democracy from the right. First, the majority of GOP members of Congress refused to hold Trump accountable for his two months of nonstop lies about […]

Biden to mark upcoming 500,000 Covid deaths with candle lighting ceremony


With the United States approaching half a million Covid-19 deaths, plans are underway for President Joe Biden to mark the moment this week. The President is planning to deliver remarks and hold a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House around sundown as soon as Monday if the threshold is crossed, a White House official said. First […]

As 500,000 Covid death looms, US reaches pivotal moment


A warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN Sunday that Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 came as leading medical associations pleaded for extended vigilance from people exhausted by months of self-isolating and the punishing economic impact of the worst public health calamity in 100 years. But the national dichotomy between fear and hope […]

Joe Biden is president, but Donald Trump’s election lies are still being amplified by his media allies


USA Today and Suffolk U conducted a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified via 2020 polls, in the past week. The results reaffirm that Donald Trump’s big lies are now part of the bedrock of the Republican Party. Riot denialism, for example: “Most Trump voters embrace a version of events on Jan. 6 that has […]

Iran nuclear deal: IAEA inspections to go ahead over next 3 months


IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said Sunday that the two sides had reached the temporary “technical understanding” following his trip to Iran, which had recently signaled plans to scale back cooperation with the global nuclear watchdog. Iran announced last week it would stop implementing the IAEA’s additional protocol, effectively limiting which facilities nuclear inspectors could scrutinize […]

Protests in Haiti as political standoff continues


“Those of us fighting, who want another Haiti, a Haiti pearl of the Antilles, say no to the dictatorship,” one protester told Reuters in capital city Port-au-Prince, where Haitian opposition and civil society groups had called the demonstration. Another criticized the United States and international organizations for supporting the President. At the heart of protests […]

AOC raises nearly $5 million in Texas relief efforts


The New York Democrat launched her fundraiser Thursday after extreme cold weather, ice and snow caused the power grid managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to fail — leading to rolling blackouts and a boil-water advisory for nearly half of Texas. The fundraiser had hit $1 million by Thursday evening. The next […]

Texas congressman says emergency aid will help Texans pay high energy bills charged after deep freeze


“Yes, that’s the current plan with the federal assistance — be able to help the homeowners both repair, because we have a lot of water leaks, a lot of water damage, pipes bursting, but also their electricity bills as well,” Texas Rep. Michael McCaul told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked […]

Alleged Oathkeeper says she was protecting VIPs at Trump rally


Attorneys for Ohio Oath Keeper Jessica Watkins detail how the efforts among paramilitants who are now accused of conspiracy on January 6 were closer to the apparatus around then-President Donald Trump and his rally than was previously known. By sharing the new details in the filing Saturday, the defense attorney for Watkins, a former Army […]

Fauci: ‘Possible’ Americans will be wearing masks in 2022 to protect against Covid-19


Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” whether he thinks Americans will still need to wear masks next year, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, replied: “You know, I think it is possible that that’s the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality.” The comments from […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas


Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to dip […]

Texas weather: Here’s how a week of frigid weather and catastrophe unfolded in Texas


But many Texans have only just begun recovering from the unprecedented devastation that the brutal winter storms unleashed over the past seven days. At least 26 people died across the state since February 11. Millions lost their power, forcing families to huddle over a fireplace, scavenge for firewood or spend nights in their car trying […]

Dubai’s missing Princess Latifa is “being cared for at home”


“In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position,” the statement by her family said, according to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London. In secret recordings obtained by the BBC […]

Opinion: Biden is racing a ticking clock to fulfill this campaign promise


The appeal didn’t work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical “card-carrying member of the ACLU” who would allow […]