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Dr. Francisco Garcia, the chief medical officer for Pima County, talks about the Health Department's leading role in deciding how a $48.5 million settlement from a national opioid lawsuit will be spent over the next 18 years.

$48.5 million from an opioid settlement to be paid out through the next 18 years will help Pima County efforts to prevent overdoses from fentanyl and other drugs, and raise awareness about free Narcan available to the public. Read more»

A phase III trial volunteer receives the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a new non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use Wednesday, greenlighting a shot made by Novavax that the government secured 3.2 million doses of earlier this week. Read more»

Hospitalman Brayden Himes, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital’s Pediatrics Department Nov. 8, 2021.

Dr. Robert Malone, who claims he invented mRNA vaccine techonology, mades speeches and did interviews where he said the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe and creates long-term health problems for children. Read more»

Moderna is still approved only for those 18 and older in the U.S. for its two doses of vaccination and booster.

About two years in and 75 million pandemic infections later, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the two-dose regimen of Moderna's newly tagged Spikevax vaccine against the novel virus that causes COVID-19. Read more»

The history of polio suggests that it may be several years before schools across the country mandate a COVID-19 vaccine.

Though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, only two states have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren - the main reason, experts say, is they are wary of opening another front in the wars over mandates. Read more»

Arizona’s vaccination rate sits currently at 58% of the state being fully vaccinated, putting the state in 29th place for it’s vaccination rate by population.

The number of daily reported COVID-19 cases soared to more than 14,000 Monday - amid the surge of the Omicron variant - the second-most since the pandemic began, surpassed only by the 17,000 reported exactly one year ago. Read more»

Critics of the new guidelines have voiced frustration with the CDC not requiring a negative test for someone to end their isolation or quarantine periods, but Walensky said the data doesn't exist to back up a testing requirement.

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»

People exposed to COVID-19 who aren't vaccinated, and those who test positive but don't have symptoms should isolate and quarantine for five days, followed by five days of strict mask use, the CDC announced Monday. Read more»

A Pima County coronavirus testing at the Abrams Public Health Center near the Kino Sport Complex on Tucson's South Side.

President Biden will announce new actions to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, measures that include dispatching 500 million at-home tests to Americans, creating new federal testing sites and deploying 1,000 service members to hospitals across the county. Read more»

Should the three-dose study prove successful, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to hand over data to regulators in support of emergency use authorization for 6-month to 5-year-old children in the first half of 2022.

Studies of coronavirus vaccine efficacy on younger children hit a speed-bump Friday, as Pfizer and BioNTech announced they will alter their clinical trial to include a third shot for children aged 6 months to 5 years after the two-dose regimen failed to live up to expectations. Read more»

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee July 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by

Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases - but officials emphasized that the highly transmissible Delta variant still remains the main threat. Read more»

A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman receives the COVID-19 vaccine.

As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as Omicron, a new COVID variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot. Read more»

As of Nov. 24, more than 196 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System can detect possible safety issues in vaccines, but anyone can submit an unverified report, and viral messages continue to misuse the VAERS data, and flawed calculations, to claim the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children is unsafe. Read more»

International travelers wait to pass through customs at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia in this March 2020 file photo. After travel and holiday gatherings were largely canceled by COVID-19 last year, health experts say holiday get-togethers could be much more normal this year.

Health officials said this week that it should be OK for families to gather over the holidays, as long as people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions against the spread of the disease. Read more»

Federal health officials on Friday moved to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults, in an effort to bolster protection against infections as case counts rise again across the United States. Read more»

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