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CDC chief defends shortened isolation and quarantine guidelines amid Omicron surge

One day after the number of COVID-19 cases reached a pandemic high in the United States, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky defended this week's announcement of shortened isolation and quarantine stints for people who have tested positive for or been exposed to the virus. ... Read more»

Pfizer says kid-size doses of COVID-19 vaccine are about 91% effective

Pfizer released a study Friday showing that its vaccine prevented symptomatic COVID-19 in 90.7% of children ages 5 to 11 in a clinical trial - a report currently under review by the Food and Drug Administration in the first step toward authorization.... Read more»

Biden COVID data director on plugging deadly information gaps in a pandemic

Emergency physician Dr. Cyrus Shahpar is the White House’s COVID-19 data director and leads a team reporting to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients. In his first tweet on the new job, he announced that the Biden administration would release state pandemic reports that the previous administration refused to publish and that the Center for Public Integrity first uncovered and collected weekly to share with readers and local reporters. ... Read more»

Game-changing one-dose COVID vaccine could be in states' hands shortly

The game-changing Johnson & Johnson vaccine is awaiting emergency-use authorization from a critical Food and Drug Administration panel on Friday, with the agency's final decision expected shortly after. By requiring just one dose, individuals won’t need to return several weeks later for an additional shot and the vaccine does not require extra-cold storage temperatures, significantly helping vaccination efforts in rural areas. ... Read more»

Biden holds up Arizona’s mass vaccination sites as a model for nation

President Joe Biden called Arizona’s around-the-clock COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium a “model for the nation” Monday, as the administration pushes its goal of administering 100 million shots in its first 100 days. Arizona Department of Health Services said it has administered more than 920,000 doses of vaccine.... Read more»