COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in? Overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone.“The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of...
Assembling a large pool of vaccinators is key to widely administering COVID-19 vaccines. But in Virginia, it’s been a challenge — mostly because of stringent requirements for many would-be volunteers.It’s an issue that a bipartisan group of state legislators is working to address. Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico (a practicing...
The Lord Fairfax Health District vaccinated more than 2,000 people last week at two walk-up clinics in Clarke County. The first, on Monday, was open to anyone 75 and older. The second, on Friday, covered anyone 65 and up — as well as most of the county’s educators.In the...
Here we go again, Virginia, trailing the pack at yet another critical turn in combating the global coronavirus pandemic — the rollout of the lifesaving vaccine that could finally break the back of COVID-19. And if you’re a Democrat in Virginia, particularly one who’s seeking statewide office this fall,...
By Tinglong DaiThe urgency of vaccinating nursing home residents is evident in the numbers. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 136,000 residents and employees of long-term care facilities in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all U.S. deaths linked to the disease.Echoing...
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday sketched out his proposal for overhauling the country’s slow and uneven effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, pledging to open more centers for administering those shots, boost the public health workforce, and improve the information flow to states so they can better plan.Biden...
News that the federal government has already exhausted its supply of “reserve” COVID-19 vaccines sent Virginia officials scrambling on Friday — less than 24 hours after Gov. Ralph Northam outlined plans to expand vaccine eligibility.The Washington Post reported Friday that there was no federal stockpile of additional vaccines, despite...
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is calling on Congress to approve a sweeping package for economic and pandemic relief with a price tag twice that of the emergency aid passed in December after months of acrimonious negotiations.Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal, which he outlined in a speech Thursday evening, is...
By Dr. William Petri  In December I was vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which brought to mind some frequently asked questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.I am a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Virginia, where I care for patients with COVID-19 and conduct...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest message to local school systems is to start thinking about reopening — and soon.“In the short term, all of our school divisions need to be making plans for how to reopen,” he said at a news briefing on Thursday. “It’s not going to happen next...