President Biden promotes milestone of 300M vaccine shots in 150 days

Biden is still at risk of failing to meet his self-imposed target to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4. WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in … Read more

US buys another 200 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna said the additional doses could be used to vaccine adults or children, or possibly as a booster shot. WASHINGTON — Moderna announced Wednesday that the United States has purchased an additional 200 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.  The agreement includes the option to buy other COVID-19 vaccines candidates that Moderna is developing, … Read more

Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

For transplant patients, powerful immune-suppressing drugs prevent rejection of their new organs but also leave them extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus. WASHINGTON — A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate … Read more

No, the COVID-19 vaccine can’t make people magnetic

Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine is causing people to become magnetic are still circulating, but they are false. Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine was causing people to become magnetic have circulated for months. A recent event in Ohio is now triggering more questions about that topic. On June 8, the Ohio Legislature held a House … Read more

Novavax COVID vaccine highly effective, study says

The company plans by the end of September to file for emergency use authorization in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. WASHINGTON — Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its shot was highly effective against COVID-19 and also protected against variants in a large, late-stage study in the U.S. and Mexico. The vaccine was about 90% effective … Read more

TSA says over 2 million passengers screened at airports Friday

According to the agency, it’s the first time over 2 million people were screened since March of last year. The Transportation Security Administration said that it screened at least 2.2 million passengers by Friday at airports across the United States, marking the highest passenger levels at airports since March of 2020. It was also the … Read more

Latest Idaho COVID-19 and vaccine data: Interactive graphs tracking the pandemic

We will update this section daily with a summary of the latest COVID-19 data reported in Idaho each day. Anything over a week old will be removed.  New statewide positivity rate data posted for the week of 5/30 – 6/5: The Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and local health experts provide a state … Read more

Malheur County among 11 Oregon counties to stay at high COVID risk level

Any county in Oregon can move to the lower risk level once 65% of its residents have received at least one dose and the county has submitted an equity plan. PORTLAND, Ore. — Editor’s note: During a press conference on June 11, Gov. Kate Brown announced Clackamas County is likely to pass 65% of its residents … Read more

Yes, you can get a free ride to and from your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, and free child care too

Uber, Lyft, and several companies are offering incentives to get people vaccinated by July 4. Several U.S. states and the Biden administration are promoting incentives in an effort to entice more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine during The White House’s National Month of Action. On June 7, second gentleman Doug Emhoff claimed on Twitter: … Read more

AP source: J&J doses to be released, but many will be tossed

The FDA announced that it had determined that two batches from the plant could be released. But it said several other batches are not suitable for use. WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators are allowing for the release of 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but material to make … Read more

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