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Biden year one takeaways: Grand ambitions, humbling defeats

Jan. 18, 2022 11:10 AM EST

Joe Biden's long arc in public life has always had one final ambition: to sit behind the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office. He achieved it — albeit, at 78, as the oldest person to assume the presidency. After the turbulence and chaos of his predecessor, Donald Trump, Biden was seen...

COVID-19 pill rollout stymied by shortages as omicron rages

Jan. 13, 2022 13:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two brand-new COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections. The problem, in part, is that production is still being...

Soaring COVID-19 cases renew US debate over mask mandates

Jan. 12, 2022 16:08 PM EST

Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows ever wearier of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation's schools, some of which have closed due to...

EXPLAINER: Where are the COVID-19 tests that Biden promised?

Jan. 08, 2022 00:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced last month that the federal government will buy half a billion COVID-19 rapid test kits and distribute them free to people to use at home. But despite high public demand for tests, it will still be several more weeks before these kits are available...

EXPLAINER: Where are the COVID-19 tests that Biden promised?

Jan. 07, 2022 18:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced last month that the federal government will buy half a billion COVID-19 rapid test kits and distribute them free to people to use at home. But despite high public demand for tests, it will still be several more weeks before these kits are available...

CDC urges 'up to date' shots; no 'fully vaccinated' change

Jan. 05, 2022 13:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Wednesday they are not changing the qualifications for being “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, but they are urging Americans to stay “up to date” on their protection against the virus by getting booster shots when eligible. ...

Surging COVID-19 cases bring a 2020 feel to the end of 2021

Dec. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials intensified calls Friday for unvaccinated Americans to get inoculated in the face of the new omicron variant that contributed to a record number of infections in New York and threatened to wipe out a second holiday season in Europe. Though the...

Soaring infections rattle Europe, fuel dread about holidays

Dec. 16, 2021 17:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Soaring infections in Britain driven in part by the omicron variant of the coronavirus rattled Europe on Thursday, prompting new restrictions on the Continent and fueling a familiar dread on both sides of the Atlantic about entering a new phase of the pandemic just in time for the...

US faces a double coronavirus surge as omicron advances

Dec. 15, 2021 20:22 PM EST

The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, threatening to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row. The White House on Wednesday insisted...

A retro feel to Biden's plan for covering OTC virus testing

Dec. 15, 2021 05:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan for health insurers to reimburse consumers for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests echoes a bygone era when the companies processed large volumes of claims from individuals — with paper receipts. It’s unclear if the buy-first,...