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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends getting Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot five months after completing the brand’s initial two-dose vaccination series. The CDC, which announced its new policy Tuesday, had previously recommended people who received the first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine to wait six months before getting a booster. The announcement was made a day ...

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President Joe Biden on Monday told governors from both parties to ask for federal help in the fight against COVID-19 as omicron fuels an unprecedented surge in caseloads and a run on testing. As the White House coronavirus task force held its latest meeting, Biden told leaders of 25 states that the federal government is anxious to help with testing and medical surge teams. “If you need ...

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear arguments on an expedited basis on President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 shot-or-test rule for large employers and his separate vaccine mandate for health-care workers. The justices will take up both cases on Jan. 7. One involves an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that requires employers with 100 or more workers to make them get ...

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The Biden administration expects to take delivery of 4 million courses of COVID-19 treatments by the end of January, including 265,000 courses of Pfizer Inc.’s newly authorized pill, according to officials familiar with the matter — sharply ramping up therapies for the disease as the omicron variant spreads. Pfizer’s pill was authorized Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, and ...

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The omicron variant of COVID-19 may be less likely to land patients in the hospital than the delta strain, according to a trio of studies of preliminary data. Researchers in Scotland suggest omicron is associated with a two-thirds reduction in the risk of hospitalization when compared with the earlier variant, though omicron was 10 times more likely than delta to infect people who’d already ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, just four days before Christmas, sought Tuesday to convince a country craving a normal holiday season that a largely unknown COVID-19 variant will not undo two years of pandemic progress. “Are we going back to March 2020?” Biden said as the omicron variant threatens to deluge hospitals with sick patients. “The answer is absolutely no.” Biden sought to draw a ...

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MIAMI — Forty-eight passengers and crew members tested positive for COVID-19 on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas ship, which docked at PortMiami on Saturday, the cruise company said. Miami-based Royal Caribbean said in a statement Sunday that each person who tested positive immediately went into quarantine. Six people who had tested positive disembarked the ship mid-voyage and were ...