Researchers in the Netherlands have shown that restricting flights from countries where new COVID-19 variants were emerging did little to stop their spread, according to a study published today in eLife. As countries start to scale down their SARS-CoV-2 surveillance efforts, the results highlight the importance of continuing robust surveillanceContinue Reading

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced today in a news release that NIAID Director and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test. They report that Fauci is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice.Continue Reading

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reports that of the latest batch of samples sequenced, 677 samples, more than 91 percent were the Omicron variant (618) and five percent were the Delta variant of COVID-19 (35). In addition, health officials report the BA.2 sub-lineage was found to be the majorityContinue Reading

Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia after losing a last-ditch court bid to stay in the country. The story has been misrepresented and during the recent NEWS TALK, some of the details are discussed. Djokovic said he was “extremely disappointed” but accepted the ruling. He has left on aContinue Reading

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reissued the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab-etesevimab (administered together) and Regeneron’s REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab) monoclonal antibody treatments, which states these treatments are not authorized for use in any U.S. state, territory, or jurisdiction at this time. FDAContinue Reading

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took two actions this week to expand the use of the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) to certain non-hospitalized adults and pediatric patients for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease. This provides another treatment option to reduce the risk of hospitalization in high-risk patients. Previously,Continue Reading

U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Johnson W. Eustache to five years in federal prison for wire fraud and aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. The court also ordered Eustache to forfeit approximately $700,000 seized from several bank accounts, as well as real propertiesContinue Reading

In a new Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey, we learn that Democrats are all in on restrictive policies, including punitive measures for those who didn’t get vaccinated. For example, the survey finds fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democratic voters would favor a government policy requiring thatContinue Reading

A Houston teacher is facing a felony charge for putting her son in the trunk of her car has been identified as Sarah Beam. UPDATED TO INCLUDE NEWS TALK CLIP – WATCH BELOW Beam, 41, a 10th grade English teacher, now faces charges of felony child endangerment, after she confessedContinue Reading

During an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared unable to say just how many of the over 836,000 Americans whose deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic might have died “with COVID” rather thanContinue Reading

On Thursday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey National Guard will be deploying to long-term care facilities throughout New Jersey to assist with COVID-19 response efforts and to augment facilities’ staffing. “Time and time again, the New Jersey National Guard has stepped up to the plateContinue Reading

Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, measured the immune response to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in both breast milk and theContinue Reading

Yuzhou, which has a population of 1.1 million, officially shutdown overnight, stalling transportation systems except for all but essential food stores. Xi’an, where 13 million have been confined to their homes since December 23, continued to be closed down ahead of the Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics inContinue Reading

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced last week that it will require universal masking to increase protection to individuals, families, and communities during the holidays as the statewide seven-day average COVID-19 case rate has increased by almost half (47%) and hospitalizations have increased by 14%. Starting last Wednesday,Continue Reading

An additional 100,000 elective operations could be cancelled in England this winter as a result of the Omicron wave leading to increased hospital admissions, a new study reveals. The modelling study, published as a peer-reviewed research letter in The Lancet, finds that the number of elective operations performed each week isContinue Reading

Sixty-eight doctors at the Regional University Hospital of Málaga have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Regional Government of Andalusia. Health officials said they were investigating the source of the infection and found the 68 people attended the Christmas party on December 1, which included 173. The victims showedContinue Reading

With 60.4 COVID-19 cases reported in the last seven days per 100,000 population, Florida is reporting the lowest rate in the continental United States and second in the US following only Hawaii (51.4). On December 7, officials reported less than 13,000 cases over the past week. Concerning COVID-19 fatalities, theContinue Reading