CDC recommends Pfizer booster for children ages 5-11 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By LAURAN NEERGAARD ​​- AP Medical Writer Children ages 5 to 11 should receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. government advisers said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening up a third COVID-19 vaccine to healthy elementary-age children — much like what’s already recommended for … Read more

Number of suspected COVID-19 cases in North Korea approaches 2 million | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reported an additional 262,270 suspected COVID-19 cases on Thursday as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and s is working to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to … Read more

North Korea hails recovery as WHO worries about missing data | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday more than a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after revealing an outbreak it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern about the public health threat. The country’s … Read more

Student protest as discontent mounts over China’s zero-COVID | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEN MORITSUGU and DAVID RISING – Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university backed off plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students under China’s “zero-COVID” strategy after a weekend protest. end at school, according to students on Tuesday. Peking University graduate students staged a rare but peaceful protest on … Read more

New US hospitals face budget crisis over COVID relief money | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JAY REEVES – Associated Press THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole city celebrated in 2020 when, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened its doors, providing cutting-edge drugs that were previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part from Alabama. The timing of the inauguration seemed perfect: new treatment … Read more

North Korea reports new fever outbreak amid COVID-19 crisis | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another large increase in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 as a massive outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military medics were deployed to distribute drugs. State media said the Northern Antivirus headquarters reported another 269,510 people had a … Read more

North Korea reports 270,000 new fever cases amid COVID crisis | Health, Medicine and Fitness

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in North Korea have found an additional 269,510 people with febrile symptoms and reported six more deaths, state media said Tuesday, as the country grapples with a growing but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 epidemic in its unvaccinated population. According to the North’s antivirus headquarters, 56 people have died and … Read more

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak grows | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticized authorities for slow drug deliveries and ordered his military to respond to the growing but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 crisis that has left 1.2 million people sick with fever and 50 dead in a few days, state … Read more

Judge dismisses Hanford workers’ COVID-19 vaccine objections | Health, Medicine and Fitness

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several hundred employees of the Hanford Nuclear Reserve and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., over COVID-19 vaccine requirements . The lawsuit was filed in November to end enforcement of President Joe Biden’s executive orders requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for Department of … Read more

Louisiana judges issue COVID-related charges against pastor | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY – Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday dismissed charges against a pastor who flouted restrictions on gatherings at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, ruling 5-2 that the governor’s executive orders violated freedom of religion. “This is a tremendous victory for religious civil liberties and it … Read more