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How can I protect myself from the new omicron variant?

Dec. 06, 2021 09:39 AM EST

How can I protect myself from the new omicron variant? The same way you guard against COVID-19 caused by any other variant: Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, get a booster if you’re eligible and step up other precautions you may have relaxed, like wearing a mask and...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Dec. 03, 2021 18:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Dec. 01, 2021 13:31 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. Nov. 29, 2021. Editorial: How North Carolina can prepare for the COVID omicron variant There’s yet another coronavirus variant out there that could pose a new threat. The World Health Organization has...

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Nov. 28, 2021 21:16 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other...

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

Nov. 28, 2021 18:18 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Nov. 27, 2021 11:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr, Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Gov. Tate Reeves, R-Miss.;...

Virus researchers, integration leader among NC Award winners

Nov. 19, 2021 12:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Developers of COVID-19 treatments, a champion of public school integration, a folk musician and authors are among the nine latest recipients of North Carolina's highest civilian honor. Gov. Roy Cooper emceed Thursday night's formal presentation of...

New FDA chief can't come soon enough for beleaguered agency

Oct. 08, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading agencies in the government's fight against COVID-19 is finally on the verge of getting a new commissioner. After nearly nine months of searching,...

Nobel in chemistry honors 'greener' way to build molecules

Oct. 06, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding an ingenious and environmentally cleaner way to build molecules — an approach now used to make a variety of compounds, including medicines and pesticides. The work of Benjamin List...

The Latest: Health official: Booster use may be expanded

Sep. 19, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health director says a government advisory panel’s decision to limit Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe disease is a preliminary step and predicts broader approval for most Americans “in...