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Unlike vaccines, used to prevent illness in those exposed to COVID-19, the pill treats those already infected.

The first pill to treat COVID-19 received approval from U.S. regulators on Wednesday, giving way to a new pandemic therapy in treating patients who are at high risk of being hospitalized or dying that can be deployed to adults and children ages 12 and older. Read more»

A nurse administers a nasopharyngeal swab to test a patient for coronavirus.

Pfizer joins pharmaceutical giant Merck in seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a COVID-fighting pill after clinical trials showed the pill prevented 89% of hospitalizations and deaths, and the the United States is primed to have millions of doses of the pill in hand. Read more»

The push for a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for patients with certain immune conditions is not moving fast enough for some vaccine advisors, and other countries have already gone ahead with third-dose recommendations. Read more»

Vaccinations at Tucson Medical Center on Jan. 15, 2021.

Variation between states, and even local areas, create an opportunity for future coronavirus surges to develop and open the door to mutations that may become new variants. Read more»

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the program. The 5-4 decision — which found the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA arbitrary and capricious — came out of just one of many legal battles over the president’s push for anti-immigration policies.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to reinstate the immigration program offering deferred action for children entering the United States illegally. Read more»