US faces a double coronavirus surge as omicron advances
The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, as it threatens to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row.
A retro feel to Biden's plan for covering OTC virus testing
The Biden administration’s plan for health insurers to reimburse consumers for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests is recalling the model of a bygone era when the companies processed large volumes of claims from individuals — with paper receipts.
The Latest: Mississippi hospital to require masks
Mississippi’s only level-one trauma hospital and academic medical center will require all employees and students who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear an N95 mask while inside, a decision that a top official acknowledged would not be popular with everyone in the country’s least vaccinated state and may result in the loss of employees.
Australia to reveal big-spending plan for next fiscal year
The Australian government will release its big-spending economic plan for the next fiscal year on Tuesday designed to create jobs and repair pandemic damage and with an eye toward winning votes at looming general elections. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the economy was already recovering from the pandemic and his economic blueprint for the fiscal year starting on July 1 would create more economic strength.news.yahoo.com
Travel industry urges Biden to set health passport standards, plan to lift international travel bans
U.S. airlines and more than two dozen other industry groups on Monday urged the Biden administration to form a plan by May to lift international travel restrictions, including digital vaccine passport standards, after cross-border travel was devastated in the Covid pandemic. In the meantime, airlines and officials have been looking at ways to use digital vaccine or health passports to help spur travel and eventually replace travel restrictions. The European Union last week proposed a digital health certificate with a QR code that contains vaccine and Covid-19 test results. Delta Air Lines' CEO Ed Bastian last week told "NBC Nightly News" that he expects digital vaccine passports will be required for international travel. The White House declined to comment and pointed to a recommendation against travel that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave Monday.cnbc.com
Biden’s closest advisors have ties to big business and Wall Street with some making millions
President Joe Biden's closest advisors have ties to big business and Wall Street, with some making millions of dollars in their careers leading up to entering the White House, new financial disclosures show. These disclosures were provided by the White House to CNBC early Saturday morning after requesting the documents a day earlier. A White House spokesperson did not return a follow up request for comment. His new financial disclosure form shows that Sullivan, from 2017 until last year, was a member of the Microsoft advisory council. The report says Sullivan was on the "policy advisory council advising the president of Microsoft on key policy developments."cnbc.com
Biden administration partnering with pharmacies on COVID-19 vaccinations
The Biden administration will be delivering the COVID-19 vaccine directly to retail pharmacies across the country, the White House and federal health officials announced Tuesday. For now, however, the supply is limited, and vaccinations will initially only be available at a few thousand sites. And in the early phase, many pharmacies across the country will not have vaccine or may have very limited supply." The Biden administration says it wants reach 100 million vaccinations within President Biden's first 100 days in office. While some pharmacies have already been involved in distributing the vaccine, the Biden administration intends to supply pharmacies with the vaccine directly, rather than going through states.cbsnews.com
Biden unveils national COVID strategy with slate of executive orders
Mr. Biden promised that his administration's 200-page plan matches the gravity of the moment, calling it a "war-time undertaking." But 100 million doses only means 50 million people vaccinated, since both authorized vaccines require two injections to be effective. "The brutal truth is, it's going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated," Mr. Biden reiterated Thursday. Under the Biden administration, vaccine doses will no longer be held back by the government, except for a small strategic reserve. The Biden administration is also putting a spotlight on racial and geographic disparities in healthcare.cbsnews.com
Watch Live: Biden to unveil national COVID strategy with slate of executive orders
Washington — President Joe Biden is signing 10 executive orders Thursday as part of his strategy to combat COVID-19, which has now claimed 400,000 American lives. How to watch Biden sign executive orders on COVID-19 todayWhat: President Joe Biden signs 10 executive orders as part of his strategy to combat COVID-19President Joe Biden signs 10 executive orders as part of his strategy to combat COVID-19 Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time: 2 p.m. "What we're inheriting [from the Trump administration] is so much worse than we could have imagined," Zients said. Under the Biden administration, vaccine doses will no longer be held back by the government, except for a small strategic reserve. The Biden administration is also putting a spotlight on racial and geographic disparities in healthcare.cbsnews.com