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High inflation? Low polling? White House blames the pandemic

Nov. 27, 2021 17:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been in free fall. The White House sees a common culprit for it all: COVID-19. Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the...

Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Nov. 19, 2021 19:30 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada’s health regulator approved Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot on Friday and announced it will allow Canadians returning from short trips abroad to use a quicker, less-expensive test for the coronavirus. Health Canada authorized the...

White House: 10% of kids have been vaccinated in 1st 2 weeks

Nov. 17, 2021 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says about 10% of eligible kids aged 5 to 11 have received a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since its approval for their age group two weeks ago. At least 2.6 million kids have received a shot, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff...

US offers investment to boost global COVID vaccine capacity

Nov. 17, 2021 16:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressed to address gaping inequality in global COVID-19 vaccines, the Biden administration took steps Wednesday to make billions of dollars available to drugmakers to scale up domestic production to share with the world and prepare for the next pandemic. ...

COVID-19 hot spots offer sign of what could be ahead for US

Nov. 11, 2021 17:02 PM EST

The contagious delta variant is driving up COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Mountain West and fueling disruptive outbreaks in the North, a worrisome sign of what could be ahead this winter in the U.S. While trends are improving in Florida, Texas and other Southern states...

'Strong' start to kids vaccine campaign, but challenges loom

Nov. 10, 2021 16:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign to vaccinate elementary school age children in the U.S. is off to a strong start, health officials said Wednesday, but experts say there are signs that it will be difficult to sustain the initial momentum. About 900,000 kids aged 5 to 11...

Biden to continue FEMA virus aid for states until April 1

Nov. 09, 2021 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is extending the federal government's 100% reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories through April 1, 2022, the White House is announcing Tuesday. On a conference call Tuesday morning,...

Roll up your sleeves: Kids' turn arrives for COVID-19 shots

Nov. 03, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

Hugs with friends. Birthday parties indoors. Pillow fights. Schoolchildren who got their first COVID-19 shots Wednesday said these are the pleasures they look forward to as the U.S. enters a major new phase in fighting the pandemic. Health officials hailed shots for kids...

COVID vaccine for younger kids already being packed, shipped

Nov. 01, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anticipating a green light from vaccine advisers, the Biden administration is assembling and shipping millions of COVID-19 shots for children ages 5-11, the White House said Monday. The first could go into kids' arms by midweek. “We are not waiting...

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

Oct. 20, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school...