Latest from Laurie McGinley

Your questions about coronavirus vaccines, answered

With three coronavirus vaccines receiving federal clearance, we answer your questions — from when you should get vaccinated to how they work and how they were made so quickly.
  • May 13, 2021

CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in many cases

The relaxation of restrictions incentivizes people to get the shots and helps paves the way for a full reopening of society.
  • May 13, 2021

What you should know about coronavirus vaccines for younger adolescents

Now, that the Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children as young as 12, families are sure to have questions about the Pfizer-BioNTech shot and when it will become available.
  • May 12, 2021

Biden administration expected to announce plan to ban menthol cigarettes

The action has been urgently sought by tobacco opponents and civil rights groups who say African Americans have been disproportionately hurt by the industry’s aggressive targeting of Black communities.
  • Apr 28, 2021

Health officials lean toward resuming Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — but with a warning

The position would be similar to one taken by Europe’s drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency, which said this week the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should carry a warning but placed no restrictions on its use.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Civil rights and Black health organizations press Biden administration to ban menthol cigarettes

Advocates demand action against a product that has increased illnesses and death in Black communities.
  • Apr 16, 2021

Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine

Their goal was to protect the public and be transparent, but critics worry they overreacted and might undermine vaccine confidence.
  • Apr 13, 2021

FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots

The agencies said Tuesday that they are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the shot.
  • Apr 13, 2021

Supporters tout anti-parasite drug as covid-19 treatment, but skeptics call it the ‘new hydroxychloroquine’

An NIH trial may settle debate over ivermectin; officials warn people not to take animal formulation of drug.
  • Apr 8, 2021

Johnson & Johnson confirms vaccine production problems at Emergent plant in Baltimore

Johnson & Johnson has grappled with vaccine manufacturing delays associated with production at the Emergent plant in Baltimore.
  • Apr 1, 2021