Biden administration announces new partnership with 50 countries to stifle future pandemics

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration will help 50 countries identify and respond to infectious diseases, with the goal of preventing pandemics like the COVID-19 outbreak that suddenly halted normal life around the globe in 2020. U.S. government officials will work with the countries to develop better testing, surveillance, communication and preparedness for such … Read more

EU releases blocked funds of $6.7 billion to Poland as part of its post-pandemic recovery package

[ad_1] WARSAW, Poland — WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union disbursed 6.3 billion euros (about $6.7 billion) to Poland as a part of the 27-nation bloc’s post-pandemic recovery fund, the biggest single transfer ever to the country, a government minister said Monday. Poland’s former national conservative governmen t, voted out of power in October, … Read more

One-fourth of people dropped from Medicaid still aren’t insured, survey shows

[ad_1] Almost a quarter of people who were dropped from Medicaid during the post-pandemic eligibility reviews are still uninsured and high costs are preventing them from getting on another plan, a new survey from KFF showed Friday. At least 20 million lower-income Americans have lost their federal health insurance since the provision that kept states … Read more

Bringing dental care to kids in schools is helping take care of teeth neglected in the pandemic

[ad_1] CONCORD, N.H. — Tucked away inside the teachers lounge at a New Hampshire elementary school, Amber Warner was having her teeth checked out for the first time. The 5-year-old sat back on what looked like a beach chair and wore a pair of dark sunglasses as certified public health dental hygienist Mary Davis surveyed … Read more

Cases settled: 2 ex-officials of veterans home where 76 died in the pandemic avoid jail time

[ad_1] BOSTON — Two former officials of a veterans home in Massachusetts where at least 76 people died in one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks in a long-term care facility settled their criminal case Tuesday without having to go to jail. Bennett Walsh, the former superintendent of the Veterans’ Home in Holyoke, and Dr. … Read more

Marriages in the US are back to pre-pandemic levels, CDC says

[ad_1] NEW YORK — U.S. marriages have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels with nearly 2.1 million in 2022. That’s a 4% increase from the year before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the data Friday, but has not released marriage data for last year. In 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there … Read more

Report: New Jersey and US were not prepared for COVID-19 and state remains so for the next crisis

[ad_1] TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey and the nation were not prepared when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the state “remains underprepared for the next emergency,” according to an independent report examining New Jersey’s response to the pandemic that sickened nearly 3 million people statewide and killed over 33,000. The report released Monday faults planning, … Read more

White House lifting its COVID-19 testing rule for people around Biden, ending a pandemic vestige

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday lifted its COVID-19 testing requirement for those who plan to be in close contact with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses, bringing to an end the last coronavirus prevention protocol at the White House. The White House said the change aligns its policies … Read more

Federal court dismisses case against Iowa governor’s ban on school mask mandates

[ad_1] DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal court on Tuesday dismissed a legal challenge to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ policy prohibiting schools from instituting mask requirements, which was brought by families of students with disabilities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ruling marks the conclusion of the yearslong court battle, originating in the … Read more

Seth Meyers is in his comfort era as ‘Late Night’ turns 10

[ad_1] Time flies when you’re hosting a late-night show four times a week. But Seth Meyers admits it took a while to feel comfortable as host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” which is marking its 10th anniversary. “It’s a journey everyone takes when you get a show like this,” he said recently in an … Read more