Tag: Vaccination and Immunization

Biden Can Do Better on Covid

A moment’s sympathy, please, for Joe Biden. Five months ago, when he basically declared victory over the pandemic in a big July 4 speech, it seemed possible that a kind of victory really was at hand: not the eradication of the virus, but a world where rising vaccination rates and pre-existing immunity would soon reduce […]

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The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa’s Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations

NTUZUMA, South Africa — A few months ago, Sizakele Mathe, a community health worker in this sprawling hillside township on the edge of the city of Durban, was notified by a clinic that a neighbor had stopped picking up her medication. It was a warning sign that she had likely stopped taking the antiretroviral tablet […]

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Omicron Variant Spreading Twice as Quickly as Delta in South Africa

Underscoring increasing concerns about Omicron, scientists in South Africa said on Friday that the newest coronavirus variant appeared to spread more than twice as quickly as Delta, which had been considered the most contagious version of the virus. Omicron’s rapid spread results from a combination of contagiousness and an ability to dodge the body’s immune […]

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In Africa, Dealing With Vaccine Challenges and the Omicron Variant

To the Editor: Re “As Omicron Spreads, Vaccine Supply in Africa Is Better but Wariness Persists” (news article, Dec. 2): I am a doctor in charge of a health center in a remote area of South Sudan. When Covid-19 vaccinations began this summer, people were inundated with misinformation. Some thought the shot would make them […]

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Upstate New York Hospitals Are Overwhelmed as Covid Cases Surge

Covid-19 is widespread in Warren County, where there are 93 cases per 100,000 residents, about 5 times the rate in New York City. The virus test positivity rate is 12 percent, compared to 2 percent in New York City. Yet masking in local stores in Glens Falls appeared uncommon, even as urgent care centers and […]

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Vaccine Hesitancy Is About Trust and Class

Recent research has shed light on this problem. Jennifer Reich, a sociologist at the University of Colorado, Denver, has spent years studying families who refuse to vaccinate their children against diseases like measles. She found that mothers devoted many hours to “researching” vaccines, soaking up parental advice books and quizzing doctors. In other words, they […]

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Emphasizing Tests, Biden Vows to Fight Omicron With ‘Science and Speed’

Much remains unknown about Omicron, which was spotted by scientists in southern Africa last week and is now known to be present in more than 30 countries. It has mutations that scientists say may allow it to spread more quickly and cause more breakthrough infections in vaccinated or previously infected people, though neither characteristic has […]

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Omicron Variant Reinfects People Who Have Had the Coronavirus

A past coronavirus infection appears to give little immunity to the new Omicron variant rippling across the globe, South African scientists warned on Thursday, potentially tearing away one layer of defense that humanity has won slowly and at immense cost. Just a week after its existence was revealed to the world, the heavily mutated variant, […]

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How the G.O.P. Became Saboteurs, Threatening a Government Shutdown

With everything else going on — the likely imminent demise of Roe v. Wade, the revelation that Donald Trump knew he had tested positive for the coronavirus before he debated Joe Biden, and more — I don’t know how many readers are aware that the U.S. government could be forced to shut down this weekend. […]

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Most Covid Vaccines Will Work as Boosters, Study Suggests

People looking for a booster shot of a Covid-19 vaccine probably don’t need to fret about what brand it is: Many combinations of shots are likely to provide strong protection, according to a large new study. In a comparison of seven different vaccine brands, British researchers found that most of them prompted a strong immune […]

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Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]

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New York City Sets Vaccine Mandate for Religious and Private School Workers

New York City will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of the city’s latest push to expand vaccine mandates. The new directive, which was announced on Thursday, is expected to affect roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials said. They will have […]

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Omicron Is Here. Should You Cancel Your Trip?

David Freedman, the president-elect of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, said that the type of mask one wears while traveling is particularly important. Dr. Freedman discourages people from wearing cloth or homemade masks; N95 or KN95 masks are preferable, he said. Updated  Dec. 2, 2021, 5:27 p.m. ET It is difficult to […]

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Anti-Vaccination Ad Mysteriously Appears at N.Y.C. Bus Stop

At first glance, it looked just like an official New York City public service announcement that listed the top 10 reasons people should get vaccinated against Covid-19. But a closer reading revealed that the poster at a B43 bus stop in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn displayed 10 reasons NOT to get vaccinated. Reason […]

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Why Hasn’t the U.S. Found More Omicron Cases?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]

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Germany Requires Vaccines for Store and Restaurant Customers

BERLIN — Germany announced tough new restrictions on Thursday to exclude unvaccinated people from much of public life, seeking to break a soaring fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic and blunt the worrisome new Omicron variant. The new rules, which stopped short of enforcing a complete lockdown on the unvaccinated, followed an agreement hammered out […]

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Fears About the Future of Abortion

To the Editor: Re “Justices Indicate They Will Uphold Curb on Abortion” (front page, Dec. 2): One hundred years ago, my grandmother died from sepsis after a botched street abortion. I am afraid that a reversal of Roe v. Wade will send us back to those times, leaving many women with no choice but to […]

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Will High Vaccination Rates Help Spain Weather Omicron?

MADRID — A month ago, Spain was riding high on its successes against Covid-19. The country’s caseload was among the lowest in Europe, and nearly 80 percent of the country had been vaccinated, leaving few eligible people to give a shot to. Then came the Omicron variant, and success gave way to uncertainty. Three cases […]

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Another Omicron Case is Detected in the US, This Time in a Minnesota Resident

Minnesota health officials said on Thursday that a man who lives in the state was infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The man, who officials said had recently traveled to New York City, represents the second known case of the variant in the United States. Leaders in Minnesota said the discovery was unsurprising, […]

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Government Shutdown Still Looms Despite Lawmakers’ Spending Deal

But both parties agreed to provide $7 billion for Afghan evacuees, who fled the country after American troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban regained control. The additional funding includes about $4.3 billion for the Defense Department to care for evacuees on military bases, $1.3 billion for the State Department and $1.3 billion for the […]

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Lawmakers Strike Spending Deal but Government Shutdown Still Looms

WASHINGTON — Top lawmakers announced a deal on Thursday to keep the government funded through mid-February, but a group of Senate Republicans was still threatening to force a shutdown over the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large employers. With less than 48 hours before funding is set to lapse, the House was expected to vote […]

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Germany Announces Restrictions on Unvaccinated People

Top German officials said on Thursday they had agreed on tough new coronavirus restrictions that would leave unvaccinated people out of many aspects of public life, as the country tries to fight a monthlong surge in infections that has been breaking daily case records. “You can see from the decisions that we have understood that […]

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U.S. Reports Its 1st Omicron Case, in a California Traveler

WASHINGTON — The Omicron coronavirus variant was reported in the United States for the first time on Wednesday in a traveler who had been in South Africa, as scientists around the world study whether the variant is more transmissible or virulent than its predecessors. The patient, a resident of San Francisco, is in isolation, and […]

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Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists

As recently as last week, many public health experts were fiercely opposed to the Biden administration’s campaign to roll out booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines to all American adults. There was little scientific evidence to support extra doses for most people, the researchers said. The Omicron variant has changed all that. Scientists do not […]

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Is New York City Ready for the Omicron Variant?

The increase, epidemiologists say, is likely caused by the changing of the seasons, with colder weather pushing people indoors and prompting them to close windows, raising the risk of transmission. Cold, drier air may also benefit the coronavirus by helping viral particles to survive and linger in the air for longer. Holiday travel and gatherings […]

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Marcus Lamb, a Christian Broadcaster and Vaccine Skeptic, Dies of Covid

Marcus Lamb, a Christian broadcaster in Dallas who had been dismissive of Covid-19 vaccinations, died on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, his family said. Mr. Lamb, 64, who frequently suggested on his Christian television network that people pray instead of getting inoculated, had to be rushed to the hospital when his oxygen levels dropped “all […]

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Lakers Search for Answers, With and Without LeBron James

Before the start of the N.B.A. season, LeBron James acknowledged one of the hard realities facing the Los Angeles Lakers. The team had once again rebuilt its roster in pursuit of a championship, and James said he knew that forming chemistry would be a process, that nothing would come easily — at least not right […]

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Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Republicans is threatening to delay action on a spending bill needed to avert a lapse in federal funding on Friday unless it also bans enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine-and-testing mandate for large employers, heightening the threat of a government shutdown. With Congress lagging behind on finalizing the dozen […]

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W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty.

The World Health Organization’s member states on Wednesday took the first step toward what many governments hope will be a legally binding treaty aimed at strengthening global defenses against pandemics. A rare special session of the W.H.O.’s governing body agreed to set up an intergovernmental negotiating body that is to meet no later than March […]

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Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

JOHANNESBURG — The detection of the Omicron variant in southern Africa signals the next stage of the battle against Covid-19: getting many more people inoculated in poorer nations where vaccines have been scarcest in order to deter new mutations from developing. But while world leaders sometimes talk about this as if it were largely a […]

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How to Store Your Covid Vaccine Card or Test Results on Your Phone

The state of the digital Covid vaccine card — the bar code that we store on our phones and present to businesses and venues as proof of inoculation — is chaotic. While some states, like California and New York, accept digital records as proof of vaccination to allow entry into restaurants and other businesses, states […]

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