HEALTH

Shanghai allows 4 million out of homes as virus rules ease

BEIJING  — Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes Wednesday as anti-virus controls that shut down China’s biggest city eased, while… Read more

US to ease nationwide mask mandate on planes, buses, transit

WASHINGTON  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing guidance that will ease the nationwide mask mandate on airplanes, buses… Read more

UK to scrap all remaining COVID restrictions next week

LONDON  — The British government confirmed Saturday that people with COVID-19 won’t be legally required to self-isolate starting next week, as part… Read more

Vaccines pushes Pfizer beyond expectations in final quarter

COVID-19 vaccine sales boosted Pfizer earnings well past analyst expectations in the final quarter of 2021, but the drugmaker is setting a lower-than-expected… Read more

US death toll from COVID-19 hits 900,000, sped by omicron

Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 900,000 on Friday, less than two months after eclipsing… Read more

Omicron drives US deaths higher than in fall’s delta wave

Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the country, is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall’s… Read more

WHO: global COVID cases up 11% last week, omicron risk high

BERLIN — The World Health Organization says the number of COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide increased by 11% last week compared with the previous week,… Read more

FDA expands Pfizer COVID booster, opens extra dose to age 16

The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters, ruling that 16- and 17-year-olds can get a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.

The U.S. and many other… Read more

Pfizer says COVID booster offers protection against omicron

Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster of its COVID-19 vaccine may offer important protection against the new omicron variant even though the initial… Read more