As governments around the world grapple with the spread of a more virulent variant of the coronavirus — first identified in South Africa — top health officials in the United States said Friday the new coronavirus variants present a “wake-up call” to move faster on vaccinating the population.
Limited vaccine supplies in the European Union undergird much of the region’s restrictions on travel. The E.U.’s regulator on Friday recommended authorization of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as E.U leaders planned to announce details of a new mechanism designed to restrict vaccine exports outside the bloc.
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Coronavirus: What you need to know
Where do things stand? See the latest covid numbers in the U.S. and across the world. In the U.S., pandemic trends have shifted and now White people are more likely to die from covid than Black people.
The state of public health: Conservative and libertarian forces have defanged much of the nation’s public health system through legislation and litigation as the world staggers into the fourth year of covid.
Grief and the pandemic: A Washington Post reporter covered the coronavirus — and then endured the death of her mother from covid-19. She offers a window into grief and resilience.
Would we shut down again? What will the United States do the next time a deadly virus comes knocking on the door?
Vaccines: The CDC recommends that everyone age 5 and older get an updated covid booster shot. New federal data shows adults who received the updated shots cut their risk of being hospitalized with covid-19 by 50 percent. Here’s guidance on when you should get the omicron booster and how vaccine efficacy could be affected by your prior infections.
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