Category: COVID-19

GOP gets scalps in COVID probe, but origin of virus still a mystery

The GOP-controlled subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic appears to be swaying the Biden administration with its exhaustive examinations targeting groups and individuals with links to the unproven COVID-19 lab leak theory. In the past month, the subcommittee has heard testimony from EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak and Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the National […]

‘His campaign is falling apart’

Former President Trump took a swing at Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Saturday, after the independent presidential candidate criticized his response to the COVID-19 pandemic while in the White House. “Don’t waste any Republican or Conservative votes on Junior,’” Trump wrote Saturday on Truth Social. “He’s one of the most Liberal Lunatics ever to run for […]

Early signs of rising COVID in California as new FLiRT subvariants dominate

California may be headed to an earlier-than-normal start to the summer COVID-19 season, with coronavirus concentrations in sewage rising in some areas along with the statewide positive-test rate. The trend comes as the latest family of coronavirus subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, have made significant gains nationally. The FLiRT subvariants — officially known as KP.2, KP.3 […]

RFK Jr. pointedly attacks Trump over COVID response in Libertarian Party speech

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. targeted former President Trump over his administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as he spoke to Libertarians during their party convention Friday. Kennedy argued that the former president and his administration had violated people’s First Amendment rights when they instituted health guidelines to combat the coronavirus pandemic. “I think he had […]

State visit, Gaza aid, Covid-19, College sports, Mortgage rates

Memorial Day weekend is upon us — a time to honor members of the US armed forces who died serving our country. Most major retailers will remain open on Monday’s federal holiday, but post offices and banks will be closed. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with […]

Space guard, COVID amnesty and other House Defense bill highlights

The House has advanced its mammoth $883.7 billion Defense policy bill for fiscal 2025, legislation that includes a number of controversial measures including the rehiring of troops kicked out for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine and one giving state governors veto power over a Space Force transfer. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was approved Wednesday […]

Explainer-What are the FLiRT COVID variants and are they more contagious?

By Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) – The so-called FLiRT variants of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that cause COVID-19 have been the dominant forms of the virus circulating this year globally, according to the World Health Organization The moniker FLiRT is an acronym for the locations of the mutations the variants share on the virus’ spike protein. […]

Long COVID advocates hammer Biden over ‘minimal funding’ in budget request

Long COVID advocates slammed the Biden administration over “minimal funding” for long COVID in its budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2025. “The Long COVID Campaign, in partnership with Long COVID Moonshot and Patient Led Research Collaborative, has called on Congressional leaders to appropriate at least $1.2 Billion in […]

Vaccines lower risk of long COVID: Study

A new study has found that patients vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus were less likely to experience symptoms of post-COVID condition, or long COVID. Researchers evaluated the link between vaccinations and long COVID symptoms by examining individuals across eight large health care systems in the United States. The study, published Wednesday in Nature Communications, used […]