Latest Pandemics News

Kennedy blasts Biden, Trump over pandemic measures in pitch at Libertarian convention

May. 24, 2024 22:08 PM EDT

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accused Joe Biden and Donald Trump Friday of trampling on personal liberties in response to the pandemic that spanned their presidencies. Kennedy, who has long claimed to be a victim of government and media censorship of his...

Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency

May. 24, 2024 18:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed — for now — to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic. After COVID-19...

Kentucky awards contract to replace unemployment insurance system that struggled during the pandemic

May. 24, 2024 18:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has awarded a long-awaited contract to replace its decades-old unemployment insurance system, which showed its shortcomings during the COVID-19 pandemic when a record surge of jobless claims resulted in processing backlogs, the state said Friday. The...

Many remember solid economy under Trump, but his record also full of tax cut hype, debt and disease

May. 20, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a time of fear and chaos four years ago. The death count was mounting as COVID-19 spread. Financial markets were panicked. Oil prices briefly went negative. The Federal Reserve slashed its benchmark interest rates to combat the sudden recession. And the...

Rock band Cage the Elephant emerge from loss and hospitalization with new album 'Neon Pill'

May. 16, 2024 09:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To say Cage the Elephant's latest album had a turbulent birth would be an understatement. The band dealt with the deaths of loved ones, the pandemic and their lead singer's arrest and hospitalization. “It’s no secret that I had a medical crisis,” Matt Shultz...

Status of Chinese citizen journalist who reported on COVID unknown on day of expected prison release

May. 13, 2024 23:15 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The whereabouts of a Chinese citizen journalist who served four years in prison for reporting on the early days of the pandemic in Wuhan and was expected to be released Monday are unknown, raising concern from activists. Zhang Zhan, who had been sentenced to four...

Long-haul carrier Emirates sees $4.7 billion profit in 2023 as airline takes flight after pandemic

May. 13, 2024 07:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The long-haul carrier Emirates announced Monday it saw record profits of $4.7 billion in 2023 as the airline fully took flight after the turbulent years of the coronavirus pandemic disrupted its operations. Emirates, owned by Dubai's government,...

Countries struggle to draft 'pandemic treaty' to avoid mistakes made during COVID

May. 10, 2024 06:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After the coronavirus pandemic triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions, leaders at the World Health Organization and worldwide vowed to do better in the future. Years later, countries are still struggling to come up with an agreed-upon plan for...

1 lawmaker stops South Carolina health care consolidation bill that had overwhelming support

May. 09, 2024 19:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would have consolidated six South Carolina heath care agencies and was overwhelmingly passed by both chambers of the General Assembly died on the session's final day Thursday in a procedural move by a member angry he was mocked by his colleagues. ...

A man claims he operated a food truck to get a pandemic loan. Prosecutors say he was an inmate

May. 01, 2024 17:12 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who obtained a government loan during the pandemic after falsely claiming he was operating a food truck despite being an inmate at the time has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison, prosecutors said Wednesday. Anton Demetrius...