Fauci pleads with parents to get their children vaccinated as fewer than 1 in 5 eligible American children are protected against COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.AP Photo/Susan Walsh The number of COVID-19 cases in children ages 5-11 has hit 2 million, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. Only 16.7% of US children ages 5-11 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination rates for children vary by state, mirroring the trend of the adult demographic. Citing st...
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Sen. Tom Cotton refused to confirm US attorney nominees in Democratic states until Sen. Dick Durbin apologized for interrupting him nine months ago

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., walks to a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Washington.AP Photo/Alex Brandon Dick Durbin apologized to Tom Cotton in order to confirm five US attorney nominees. Cotton disliked that Durbin interrupted him during a hearing on a Department of Justice nominee. While Durbin apologized to Cotton, he said Republicans attempted to block a vote on the nominee. Last week, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., refused to confirm the Biden administration's US a...
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Dr. Fauci says it's 'tough to tell' if there will be a need for annual COVID-19 booster, but if there is, 'then we'll just have to deal with it'

Pool / Pool/ Getty Images Dr. Fauci can't say for sure whether people will need a yearly vaccine booster shot amid the COVID Omicron variant. Fauci has said that boosters provide the optimal protection against the worst effects of COVID.  Cases of the COVID Omicron variant have been detected in at least 25 states and is on the rise. Dr. Anthony Fauci can't say whether people will need annual COVID-19 COVID-19 boosters, a question being posed by many as new variants of the coronavirus,...
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What makes boosters more effective than the first two Covid jabs?

Analysis: top-up vaccines make key changes to our antibody defences, reducing the threat from Omicron Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19, we should know by now, is a moving target. In autumn the rollout of boosters to older age groups was contentious. Now they’re the single biggest focus. So why do boosters help so significantly compared with first and second jabs, and are we on a conveyor belt towards needing an ever-increasing number of top-ups?Even before Omi...
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A lab worker at Taiwan's leading research institute tested positive for COVID-19 after a mouse that had been infected with the virus bit her

A lab mouse.Kirill Kukhmar/TASS/Getty Images A double-vaccinated woman has caught COVID-19 after a lab mouse bit her, say reports. Taiwan has not seen any community cases of the virus in over a month. The technician took trains and buses, shopped, and dined out before testing positive despite feeling sick. A laboratory worker in Taiwan has caught COVID-19 after being bitten by an infected mouse, according to reports.Taiwan's health officials are still to establish, without doubt, that she...
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Tiny shot hole borer beetle is causing big problems

The invasion of this destructive beetle wiping out trees is only in its infancy and scientists expect ecological and social costs to rack up The post Tiny shot hole borer beetle is causing big problems appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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I’m a long-distance dad so Covid was terrible – but it helped me let go of my guilt

I worried so much about not seeing my son, who lives in Canada, during Covid, but then I realised that he was fine – and being very well looked afterGetting to Canada from the UK in August 2020 was a faff, as you might expect mid-pandemic. There was lots of stress – tests and isolation, rules, regulations and forms. I was doing the preparations at my mum’s. She could see I was getting upset and insisted on taking over, assuming I was being pathetic. Within five minutes, she had lost it as well. ...
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UK has Omicron Covid patients in hospital, government confirms

Top UK medical adviser says growing number of people going to emergency departments diagnosed with OmicronCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople have been admitted to hospital with the Omicron variant in Britain, a government minister has confirmed, as a senior public health adviser said further curbs may be needed.The education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, said he could confirm there were “cases in hospital with Omicron”. “We’ve been able to test people who are in hospi...
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Meta's leaked internal research on child and teen mental health isn't the smoking gun we think it is, according to a top scientist

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images Leaked Meta research on teen mental health isn't the smoking gun we think it is, Andrew Przybylski said. The scientist told Insider it could not be held up as "damning proof" of the ill effects of Instagram. He's among more than 300 scientists who have called on Mark Zuckerberg to open up Meta's mental health research. When Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked internal Instagram research about the effect of the platf...
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Body of evidence: meet the experts working in crime scene forensics

Phone signals, soil samples, tattoo ink, fly larvae… We all know that microscopic traces can play a crucial role in solving crimes. But who are the forensic experts who can read the clues?Before I started out in forensics 20 years ago, I served in the military. I was a communications engineer in the army, radios were my domain. After I left, someone suggested I turn to digital forensics. I was a bit of a sceptic at first, but I just didn’t understand what could be done. In my time, I’ve worked i...
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Omicron is sneaky. It could be fatal for us – or for our faith in government | Francois Balloux

The week ahead will be pivotal as we track the spread of the new variant and discover its potential legacyThe emergence and rapid spread of the Omicron Sars-CoV-2 variant feels like a flashback to last year’s grim festive season when much of the world went into lockdown to avert the worst of the Alpha variant wave. But though the sense of eerie, impending doom feels familiar, the epidemiological and political situations are different from one year ago.The Omicron wave represents a key turning po...
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Will Omicron kill Christmas? How science stacks up in boosters v Covid variant battle

Analysis: UK faces grim winter if vaccines offer poor overall protection, but if the virus has weak powers to evade immunity, hospital cases can be containedTwo competing forces will determine Omicron’s impact on the nation over the next few weeks. The power of booster jabs to give last-minute protection against Covid-19 will be pitted against the new variant’s ability to elude existing immunity. The outcome will decide whether our festive season is going to be muted or miserable.If enough arms ...
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