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Category Archives: COVID-19

After Biden’s First Year, the Virus and Disunity Rage On

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen,…

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FDA Expands Pfizer Boosters for More Teens as Omicron Surges

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the Food and Drug Administration allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12. Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they’re also warranted for 12- to 15-year-olds once enough…

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Pentagon Chief Austin Says He has Tested Positive for COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms while quarantining at home. In a statement Sunday night, Austin said he plans to attend key meetings and discussions virtually in the coming week “to the degree possible.” He said Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks would…

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VIDEO: Mayor Jerry Demings Calls Out Governor Ron DeSantis for Being MIA on New COVID-19 Outbreak

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings held a press conference Tuesday with Dr. Raul Pino, director of Florida Department of Health in Orange County to provide an update on COVID-19 and the County’s response. The Mayor also discussed the County’s efforts to monitor the Omicron variant, along with an update on testing,…

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Secret Service: Nearly $100B Stolen in Pandemic Relief Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly $100 billion at minimum has been stolen from COVID-19 relief programs set up to help businesses and people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, the U.S. Secret Service said Tuesday. The estimate is based on Secret Service cases and data from the Labor Department and the Small Business Administration,…

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White House Press Secretary Psaki Says She Has COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday she has contracted COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. Psaki, 42, said she was last in contact with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, when she met him in the White House, where they were more than 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Biden, who…

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Colin Powell Dies, Trailblazing General Stained by Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, the trailblazing soldier and diplomat whose sterling reputation of service to Republican and Democratic presidents was stained by his faulty claims to justify the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell spent 35 years in the Army…

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