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Following the Delta surge, FL lawmakers hear about the emerging Mu variant ‘not being responsive to the vaccine’

BY: - September 14, 2021

More COVID-19 mutations are emerging globally including the so-called Mu variant, raising concerns from state lawmakers about whether the strain is resistant to current vaccines used to provide protection against the virus. The World Health Organization has designated the Mu variant as a “variant of interest” and cited that the mutation may potentially reduce vaccine […]

Delta variant seeps into FL; health experts warn it could be more transmissible than other strains

BY: - June 21, 2021

A new coronavirus mutation — the so-called Delta variant — has seeped into Florida and dozens of other states, with federal officials saying it could become the dominant strain in the country. First identified in India, Delta is classified as a “variant of concern” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of […]

Congressional Republicans urge State Department to declassify documents related to origins of the coronavirus

BY: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee are pushing for Secretary of State Antony Blinken to declassify documents from a research facility in China relating to the origins of the coronavirus. Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, the top Republican on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, along with other GOP lawmakers wrote a letter to Blinken […]

‘Vaccine passports’ that show you’re inoculated are on the way

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 70 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — and along with that shot, a small paper card with the CDC’s label detailing the timing and manufacturer of the dose. Those paper cards at the moment are the only proof readily available to Americans of their […]

Biden to states: Make all adults eligible for COVID vaccines by May 1

BY: - March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, according to a White House memo ahead of his first primetime address Thursday evening. Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access the vaccine by the end of […]

CDC: It’s OK for vaccinated grandparents to visit family if no risk for severe disease

BY: - March 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely socialize inside with other vaccinated individuals without wearing masks or maintaining distance, federal health officials advised Monday in their first formal guidance for vaccinated Americans. Perhaps more critically at a time when more than 90% of Americans are still waiting to be fully vaccinated, the […]

U.S. Senate Democrats slam Trump officials for coronavirus response

BY: - March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators want Trump administration officials to be more forthcoming about coronavirus amid concerns the White House has given misinformation on the disease. A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. […]

Gov. DeSantis, V.P. Pence to huddle over coronavirus campaign

BY: - February 28, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis was to meet in South Florida with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday afternoon to discuss efforts to contain coronavirus, the governor’s office announced. The meeting was set for 3 p.m. at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the governor’s daily schedule. DeSantis’ press office had no immediate reply to a request […]

Health experts discuss transparency surrounding coronavirus; another patient tested in an Orlando hospital

BY: - February 17, 2020

With a large population of seniors and a bustling tourism mecca, the Orlando health community is preparing for a potential coronavirus threat, and health officials want the public to know what’s going on. At a roundtable discussion on Monday, health experts and officials tackled issues surrounding transparency and discussed reliable sources available to the public, […]

State health officials confirm that CDC has sent kits to Florida, to test for deadly coronavirus

BY: - February 14, 2020

The state Department of Health has confirmed that Florida is one of the select states issued kits to test people for the deadly coronavirus. Florida health officials told the Florida Phoenix on Friday that the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had sent the kits, though Florida has not had any confirmed cases […]

FL appears to be on a list for coronavirus test kits; UF students on alert

BY: - February 13, 2020

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent coronavirus diagnostic test kits to select states – but officials would not confirm that Florida is on the list, though the Miami Herald has reported that the state did receive some testing kits. “I don’t have a detailed breakdown…the Florida Department of Health should have […]

As a California patient tests positive for coronavirus, Florida officials release few details regarding infections

BY: - February 11, 2020

Another case of the potentially fatal coronavirus has been detected in San Diego, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed, increasing the number of U.S. cases to 13. Meanwhile, Florida hasn’t reported any cases, and state health officials remained silent about individuals being tested for the virus. “No cases of [coronavirus] have […]