Ron DeSantis: Trump says Florida governor is trying to ‘rewrite history’ on his Covid-19 record

CNN  —  Former President Donald Trump took aim at Ron DeSantis Saturday, claiming the Florida governor and his team are “trying to rewrite history” regarding their Covid-19 pandemic response, and called the potential presidential run by his GOP rival “very disloyal.” “There are Republican governors that did not close their states,” Trump told reporters while … Read more

Fact check: Biden makes false and misleading claims in economic speech

Washington CNN  —  President Joe Biden delivered a Thursday speech to hail economic progress during his administration and to attack congressional Republicans for their proposals on the economy and the social safety net. Some of Biden’s claims in the speech were false, misleading or lacking critical context, though others were correct. Here’s a breakdown of … Read more

Children’s immune systems do not develop ‘adaptive’ memory to protect against second time SARS-CoV-2 infection

Children have largely avoided severe COVID-19 symptoms because they have a strong initial ‘innate’ immune reaction that quickly defeats the virus. And now, researchers led by scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have uncovered what this might mean for the immune system. Unlike those of adults, children’s immune systems don’t remember the virus … Read more

CDC urges immunocompromised to take precautions after Evusheld pulled

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urged people with weak immune systems to take extra precautions to avoid Covid after the dominant omicron subvariants knocked out a key antibody treatment. These precautions include wearing a high quality mask and social distancing when it’s not possible to avoid crowded indoor spaces, according to … Read more

CDC Study Reports Bivalent Boosters Protect Against COVID-19 Variants | News

A new study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the new bivalent COVID-19 boosters add protection against the new variants of the virus. Another study showed that the bivalent vaccine also protects against severe disease. Wastewater surveillance shows that those variants, XBB and XBB.1.5, make up about 25% … Read more

New booster falls short on US protection against COVID: CDC report

Americans who got their COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine are not fully protected against getting sick, according to a new report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that said the updated boosters were just 48% effective at preventing symptomatic infection from the XBB variant of the disease. The World Health Organization has a … Read more

FDA pulls Evusheld because it’s not effective against subvariants

Evusheld (tixagevimab and cilgavimab) injection, a new COVID-19 treatment that people can take before becoming symptomatic. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Chris Sweda | Tribune News Service | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday pulled its authorization for AstraZeneca‘s Evusheld, an antibody injection that people with weak immune systems … Read more

China looks past Covid as tourist bookings surge for the Lunar New Year

BEIJING — People in China are moving past the pandemic and going out to travel, preliminary data for the Lunar New Year holiday show. “Pent-up demand is being released as many people rush to scenic spots, watch firework shows and crowd into restaurants and hotels,” Nomura’s chief China economist Ting Lu said in a report … Read more

FDA vaccine advisers vote to harmonize Covid-19 vaccines in the United States

CNN  —  A panel of independent experts that advises the US Food and Drug Administration on its vaccine decisions voted unanimously Thursday to update all Covid-19 vaccines so they contain the same ingredients as the two-strain shots that are now used as booster doses. The vote means young children and others who haven’t been vaccinated … Read more

Here’s where mainland Chinese traveled overseas for the Lunar New Year

BEIJING — Travelers from mainland China stuck close to home in Asia during the Lunar New Year, the first holiday after Beijing relaxed its Covid-related border controls. Hong Kong and Macao were the most popular spots, said Trip.com, citing flight bookings on its platform for the first four days of the Lunar New Year. The … Read more