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New York Gov. Cuomo briefs the press on Covid pandemic

New York Gov. Cuomo briefs the press on Covid pandemic

[The stream is slated to start at 11:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a press briefing on the coronavirus Tuesday following his announcement that the state has identified its first Covid-19 …

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb says eligibility should be expanded

How CFOs feel about 2021 hiring, spending with vaccine on the way

The U.S. should expand coronavirus vaccine eligibility in order to ensure more Americans receive shots in the coming weeks, Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday. “Right now, every shot in an arm is a win,” Gottlieb said on “Squawk Box.” The U.S. fell far short of its year-end 2020 …

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Oxford researcher says future strains can be protected against

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to immunize the planet 'more effectively,' Lancet editor says

Sir John Bell, a professor at Oxford University in the U.K., told CNBC on Wednesday he was confident that Covid-19 vaccines could be retooled to provide effective protection against future coronavirus mutations. Bell’s comments on “Closing Bell” come as global attention focuses on a strain of the virus widely circulating …

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Operation Warp Speed chief says distribution ‘should be better’

Operation Warp Speed chief says distribution 'should be better'

The United States will not inoculate as many people against the coronavirus by the end of the year as federal officials originally estimated, President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 vaccine czar said Wednesday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest count, more than 11.4 million doses of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s …

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U.S. needs to vaccinate 3 million people per day to hit goal

U.S. needs to vaccinate 3 million people per day to hit goal

Dr. Carlos del Rio warned “The News with Shepard Smith” that the effort to vaccinate Americans needs to “change dramatically,” as the United States missed its vaccination goals two weeks after Americans started receiving shots.  “If we’re going to get to have every single American who needs a vaccine and …

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California extends stay-at-home order for two regions

California extends stay-at-home order for two regions

Clinicians work in the former lobby of Providence St. Mary Medical Center, which has been converted into a care space to treat suspected COVID patients, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Southern California on December 23, 2020 in Apple Valley, California. Mario Tama | Getty Images California will extend …

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U.S. confirms first case in Colorado

U.S. confirms first case in Colorado

A person gestures towards a sign with a public health information message, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as new restrictions come into force, in London, Britain, December 20, 2020. Toby Melville | Reuters The first case of a new and potentially more infectious strain of Covid-19 has …

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New warnings of a Covid ‘Christmas wave and New Year’s wave’

New warnings of a Covid ‘Christmas wave and New Year’s wave'

Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of Kaiser Permanente’s nationwide Covid response, warned that new coronavirus case surges are imminent unless Americans change their behavior during a Tuesday evening interview on “The News with Shepard Smith.”  “If we don’t make the choice now to change the future, then what I’m worried about …

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U.K. government confirms second strain of coronavirus

U.K. government confirms second strain of coronavirus

A pedestrian wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks in central London on December 23, 2020. Tolga Akmen | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — A second new and potentially more infectious variant of the novel coronavirus identified in South Africa has emerged in the United …

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Dubai offering Pfizer, Sinopharm Covid vaccines to residents for free

Dubai offering Pfizer, Sinopharm Covid vaccines to residents for free

A traveler passes through immigration control by walking through a “smart tunnel ” at Dubai International Airport. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP The United Arab Emirates’ commercial capital Dubai is making the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine available to its residents for free as of Wednesday, its government has announced. The news comes after the …

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Will the U.S. trust it?

Require Covid-19 vaccine for work return? Here's what Americans say

The U.S. began vaccinating the population against the coronavirus last week, but mass adoption is not a guarantee.  Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say they would “definitely” or “probably” not get a vaccine, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 12,648 U.S. adults from Nov. 18 to 29. While …

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Some level of herd immunity may be reached by end-2021

Some level of herd immunity may be reached by end-2021

SINGAPORE – The world must remain vigilant for the next six months, while the coronavirus vaccine is rolled out as it will take time before most of the population receive their vaccinations, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist told CNBC. “We are going to approach the beginning of the end, …

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Pfizer nears deal with U.S. government for more doses

Pfizer nears deal with U.S. government for more doses

Walgreens Pharmacist Jessica Sahni holds the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at The New Jewish Home in New York, December 21, 2020. Yuki Iwamura | Reuters The U.S. government is close to a deal with Pfizer for an additional 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, a source told CNBC’s …

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5 things to know about virus spreading in the U.K.

5 things to know about virus spreading in the U.K.

A notice informing people of ‘Tier 4’ coronavirus restrictions lights up a digital advertising screen on Oxford Street in London, England, on December 21, 2020. David Cliff | NurPhoto | Getty Images The U.K. has identified a new variant of the coronavirus that appears to spread more quickly, sparking new …

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Take first one available to you, says Mayo Clinic CEO

Take first one available to you, says Mayo Clinic CEO

Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, is urging Americans to take the first Covid-19 vaccine available to them. “My message is very simple: Don’t wait for a particular vaccine,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “Get the first vaccine that is offered because their benefits far outweigh …

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‘This is already in the U.S.,’ says Dr. Gottlieb

'This is already in the U.S.,’ says Dr. Gottlieb

Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned that the highly contagious, new mutation of Covid-19 found in the United Kingdom “is already in the U.S.” as more than 40 countries ban travel to and from the U.K. for 48 hours or more.  “I don’t think a travel ban, at this …

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U.S. plans to study allergic reactions from Pfizer shots

U.S. plans to study allergic reactions from Pfizer shots

The U.S. is looking at why a handful of people have suffered from severe allergic reactions shortly after receiving Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine shots, a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases official told CNBC on Monday. The study – which is still in the early planning phases – is expected …

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WHO says new Covid strain in U.K. appears more contagious

WHO says new Covid strain in U.K. appears more contagious

World Health Organization (WHO) Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan on January 12, 2020 in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP via Getty Images World Health Organization officials said Monday that the coronavirus is mutating “at a much slower rate” than seasonal influenza, even as officials in the U.K. announced this weekend that …

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Covid vaccines likely to protect against new virus strain: Dr Gottlieb

Covid vaccines likely to protect against new virus strain: Dr Gottlieb

Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday that existing Covid-19 vaccines will likely provide protection against the new strain of the coronavirus circulating in the U.K. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday implemented strict lockdowns in London and large parts of southern England in response to rising coronavirus infections. He said …

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European Medicines Agency authorizes Pfizer vaccine for use in the EU

Hospital CEOs say they are ready to receive it soon

A healthcare worker holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine vial at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, California, U.S., December 17, 2020. Lucy Nicholson | Reuters Europe’s medicines regulator on Monday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for conditional use, opening the door to an inoculation …

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Covid vaccinations ‘won’t be chaos,’ assures Walgreens executive

Covid vaccinations ‘won’t be chaos,’ assures Walgreens executive

Rick Gates, senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, told CNBC that getting vaccines to the general public “won’t be chaos” as the FDA authorized Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use and set plans in motion to get states nearly 6 million doses by early next week.    “What you’re going to see, is we’re going …

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Moderna Covid vaccine FDA approved for emergency use

U.S. plans to ship 6 million Moderna doses once FDA gives OK

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine — the second approved for use in the U.S. behind Pfizer and BioNTech‘s — bolsters the U.S. supply of doses. The potentially lifesaving shots are desperately needed to fend off the pandemic that has taken …

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb expects shortages to last through next week

Dr. Scott Gottlieb expects shortages to last through next week

Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday he expects a shortage of Covid-19 vaccine doses to continue past next week, even if the Food and Drug Administration issues emergency use authorization for Moderna’s vaccine. “I’ve talked to hospitals. They’re vaccinating far fewer health-care providers than what they could be because they …

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FDA panel recommends emergency approval

FDA panel recommends emergency approval

An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday overwhelmingly backed Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccine, a key step paving the way to distribute the second Covid-19 vaccine in the United States next week. The nonbinding decision, which was adopted 20 to 0 with one abstention, from the FDA’s Vaccines and …

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FedEx (FDX) earnings Q2 2021

FedEx (FDX) earnings Q2 2021

A FedEx worker unloads packages from his delivery truck on March 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer | Getty Images News FedEx generated better-than-expected profits and revenue during its most recent quarter as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bolster high volume of U.S. and international package deliveries, the company …

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You can’t sue Pfizer or Moderna over side effects

You can't sue Pfizer or Moderna over side effects

If you experience severe side effects after getting a Covid vaccine, lawyers tell CNBC there is basically no one to blame in a U.S. court of law.  The federal government has granted companies like Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines. “It is …

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5 things to know before FDA panel votes on Moderna

5 things to know before FDA panel votes on Moderna

Medical syringes are seen with Moderna company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on October 12, 2020. Jakub Porzycki | NurPhoto | Getty Images A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to recommend …

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FDA authorizes Abbott’s rapid $25 Covid test for at-home use

FDA authorizes Abbott's rapid $25 Covid test for at-home use

Abbott Laboratories’ BinaxNow kit Abbott Labs The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced that it has authorized Abbott Labs‘ rapid Covid-19 test for at-home use, though doctors must prescribe the test for patients. The test, which is an antigen test that delivers results in about 15 minutes, had previously …

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Biden advisor urges trust, says politics didn’t sway approval

Biden advisor urges trust, says politics didn't sway approval

A health advisor to President-elect Joe Biden on Monday urged Americans to have confidence in Covid-19 vaccines, telling CNBC the regulatory review for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine adhered to scientific protocols. “We know that this process that has been used by the U.S. to evaluate and to approve the vaccine for …

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Relief Therapeutics shares have soared 38,000% in 2020

Relief Therapeutics shares have soared 38,000% in 2020

Medical staff examine a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Nov. 16, 2020. Go Nakamura | Getty Images LONDON — Swiss biotech firm Relief Therapeutics has seen its share price climb by 38,000% so far this year, as it develops a …

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How and when will I get it?

How and when will I get it?

The first Covid vaccine has just been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus inoculation for distribution across the country.  Within hours, FedEx and United Parcel Service will begin shipping 2.9 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer plants …

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CDC panel clears Pfizer Covid vaccine for people over age of 16

CDC panel clears Pfizer Covid vaccine for people over age of 16

CDC headquarters in Atlanta Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg via Getty Images A key U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel voted unanimously to recommend Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 16 years and older on Saturday, clearing another pivotal hurdle for the drug before vaccinations begin in the coming days. …

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Pfizer’s Covid vaccine approved by FDA for emergency use

Dr. Archana Chatterjee explains her FDA panel 'no' vote on Pfizer Covid vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer and BioNTech‘s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, a monumental turning point in the once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken nearly 300,000 American lives in less than a year and wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy. FDA Chief Scientist Denise Hinton told Pfizer in …

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WHO holds press conference on the coronavirus outbreak

WHO holds press conference on the coronavirus outbreak

[The stream is slated to start at 11:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference on Friday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 69.7 …

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Why the Covid vaccine rollout will be ‘a Herculean operation’

Why the Covid vaccine rollout will be ‘a Herculean operation’

President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande told CNBC that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout “is a Herculean operation” with potential hitches along the way as Pfizer’s Covid vaccine just took a big step toward FDA approval for emergency use. “The biggest challenge is going to be both production …

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FDA panel recommends approval for emergency use

FDA panel recommends approval for emergency use

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday recommended the approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in people over 16 years old, the last step before the FDA gives the final OK to broadly distribute the first doses throughout the United States. If the …

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6 things to know before FDA panel votes today

6 things to know before FDA panel votes today

A vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Liam McBurney | Reuters A Food and Drug Administration panel is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to recommend the approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The non-binding decision from the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, …

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China may be using its vaccines to expand its soft power

China may be using its vaccines to expand its soft power

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the progress on scientific research on a coronavirus vaccine and antibody during his visit to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, capital of China, March 2, 2020. Ju Peng | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images SINGAPORE – As the vaccine race …

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China’s Covid vaccine from Sinopharm is 86% effective, UAE says

China vaccines have an 'appeal' in developing countries

An exhibitor shows inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate from China National Biotec Group of Sinopharm Group during the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services at the Beijing Olympic Park on September 5, 2020 in Beijing, China. Han Haidan | China News Service | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates …

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The potentially crushing toll of rationing health care

Revised CDC data shows higher relative Black, Hispanic Covid death rate

The chief medical officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Dr. Jason Mitchell, told CNBC that doctors are doing “everything we can do” to prevent rationing care as his state’s governor signed an executive order that moved New Mexico a step closer to rationing care at any place where patients are being …

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What it’s like in Pfizer, Moderna trials

What it's like in Pfizer, Moderna trials

The Pfizer–BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is both safe and effective, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a report released Tuesday morning, the FDA indicated that it could greenlight the country’s first Covid-19 inoculation within days.  If Pfizer’s shot is granted an emergency use authorization, or EUA, the immunizations …

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Privacy challenges Trump administration’s effort to track Covid vaccinations

Privacy challenges Trump administration's effort to track Covid vaccinations

President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a tour of the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ Innovation Center, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant where components for a potential coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate are being developed, in Morrrisville, North Carolina, U.S., July 27, 2020. Carlos Barria | Reuters The Trump administration’s plan …

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U.S. hasn’t seen full Covid brunt from Thanksgiving, Fauci warns

U.S. hasn't seen full Covid brunt from Thanksgiving, Fauci warns

Passengers depart Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 23, 2020. Chris Aluka Berry | Reuters As the Christmas season inches closer, the U.S. has yet to see the worst from the coronavirus outbreaks driven by people traveling …

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Fauci says virus could be under control in ‘back half of 2021’

Fauci says virus could be under control in 'back half of 2021'

Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies during a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on the federal response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 23, 2020. …

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U.S. declined Pfizer offer for more doses, says Scott Gottlieb

Why Pfizer's Covid vaccine has been authorized in the U.K. but not the U.S. yet

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a member of Pfizer’s board, told CNBC on Tuesday the company’s offers to provide the U.S. additional doses of its coronavirus vaccine in 2021 was declined by the Trump administration. The government in July agreed to a deal with Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech for 100 million doses …

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U.S. should be a Covid disaster mindset for two months

U.S. should be a Covid disaster mindset for two months

Intensive-care unit and lung doctor Dr. Vin Gupta told CNBC that the next two months in the United States should have everyone in a “disaster mindset” as Covid-19 cases explode across the nation. “Doctors in the reserves, U.S. Air Force Reserves, we haven’t leveraged all of our capabilities, we should …

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Shares surge 34% on market debut

Shares surge 34% on market debut

A woman stands next to signage incorporating the logo of JD.com, and the company’s mascot ‘Joy,’ at the company’s headquarters in Beijing, China. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — Shares of JD Health, the health-care arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, surged on their debut in …

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FDA may authorize Pfizer’s this week

FDA may authorize Pfizer's this week

Dr. Joseph Varon, left, and other medical staff member talk to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 6, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration could authorize a coronavirus vaccine as early as the …

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Can you be fired if you refuse the Covid vaccine?

Can you be fired if you refuse the Covid vaccine?

Vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and medical syringe with the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and BioNTech German biotechnology company logos. Vincent Kalut | Photonews | Getty Images The country’s first Covid vaccine could be authorized for emergency use as soon as Thursday. If Pfizer and BioNTech get the green …

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WHO holds press conference on the coronavirus outbreak

WHO chief Tedros says countries that let Covid run unchecked 'are playing with fire'

[The stream is slated to start at 11:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference on Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 67.1 …

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WHO warns Covid reinfections may occur as data suggests antibodies wane

WHO warns Covid reinfections may occur as data suggests antibodies wane

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus R speaks at a daily briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. Chen Junxia | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images World Health Organization officials on Friday warned that, though rare, recent data suggests people who were once infected with the coronavirus could be infected again …

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Fauci walks back critical remarks of UK’s authorization

Fauci walks back critical remarks of UK's authorization

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attends a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020. Leah Millis | Reuters White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci …

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IBM uncovers global email attack on Covid vaccine supply chain

IBM uncovers global email attack on Covid vaccine supply chain

Joachim Kuhn, chief executive officer of Vac-Q-Tec, looks at global distribution screens at the company’s factory in Wurzburg, Germany, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Alex Kraus | Bloomberg | Getty Images IBM cyber security analysts on Thursday said they uncovered an email phishing scheme targeting global coronavirus vaccine supply chains, …

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U.S. reports record 2,800 Covid deaths in a single day

U.S. reports record 2,800 Covid deaths in a single day

El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office staff lock-up the mobile morgues before moving bodies that are in bags labeled “Covid” from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in El Paso, Texas, U.S. November 23, 2020. Ivan Pierre Aguirre | Reuters The United States reported …

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Warp Speed’s supply director urges patience on Covid vaccine

Warp Speed's supply director urges patience on Covid vaccine

Operation Warp Speed’s director of supply production and distribution put out an estimated timetable on Covid-19 vaccine availability across the United States. In an interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Wednesday evening, Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski (Ret.) assured that everyone who wants a vaccine would be able …

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JD Health Hong Kong IPO raises $3.5 billion

JD Health Hong Kong IPO raises $3.5 billion

Several boxes of goods, bought from JD.com, are stacked on the floor. Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — JD Health, the health-care unit of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, has raised $3.5 billion in a Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), CNBC has confirmed. The company issued …

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Obama will take doses, might film to build confidence

Obama will take doses, might film to build confidence

Former President Barack Obama speaks in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a drive-in rally at the Florida International University on November 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will take a coronavirus vaccine once one is …

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WHO says Covid vaccine approval is a first step, demand must be created

WHO holds briefing on pandemic after Moderna finds vaccine is highly effective

Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergencies program Mike Ryan speaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland. Denis Balibouse | Reuters Approving a coronavirus vaccine is only the first step toward suppressing the pandemic, as countries race to build distribution networks to …

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CDC offers shorter 7- and 10-day Covid quarantine guidelines

CDC offers shorter 7- and 10-day Covid quarantine guidelines

Women walk past a novel coronavirus testing site in Los Angeles, California, December 1, 2020. Lucy Nicholson | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced shortened alternatives to its recommended quarantine for people who were exposed to someone with Covid-19, Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s Covid-19 …

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CDC panel votes today on who gets the Covid vaccine first

CDC panel votes today on who gets the Covid vaccine first

[The stream is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an outside group of medical experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is scheduled to vote …

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Hospital CEOs say they are ready to receive it soon

Hospital CEOs say they are ready to receive it soon

Hospital leaders in North Carolina and Ohio told CNBC on Tuesday they will soon be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once emergency use authorization is granted by U.S. regulators. Atrium Health CEO Eugene Woods said the Charlotte-based health network is “locked and loaded” to combat the Covid-19 pandemic through …

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CDC panel set Tuesday to vote who gets vaccine first

CDC panel set Tuesday to vote who gets vaccine first

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel is set to vote Tuesday on who will be first in line to get the coronavirus vaccine. The meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, an outside group of medical experts that advises the CDC, comes a day after …

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Biden Covid advisor ‘relieved’ about Dr. Scott Atlas resignation

Biden Covid advisor 'relieved' about Dr. Scott Atlas resignation

President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid advisory board member Dr. Celine Gounder told CNBC that she is “relieved” upon hearing news that President Donald Trump’s special advisor on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Scott Atlas, formally resigned from his post. “I am relieved that in the future that people who are qualified, people …

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China vaccines have an ‘appeal’ in developing countries

China vaccines have an 'appeal' in developing countries

An exhibitor shows inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate from China National Biotec Group of Sinopharm Group during the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services at the Beijing Olympic Park on September 5, 2020 in Beijing, China. Han Haidan | China News Service | Getty Images SINGAPORE – Developing countries …

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More data needed on AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine trials

Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine shows an average effectiveness of 70%

A test tube labelled vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. Dado Ruvic | Reuters More data will be needed from AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trials to determine the drug’s safety and efficacy following concerns from experts in the U.S., scientists from the …

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Singapore-Arcturus coronavirus vaccine candidate on track for 2021 delivery

Singapore-Arcturus coronavirus vaccine candidate on track for 2021 delivery

Arcturus Therapeutics is co-developing a vaccine candidate for Covid-19 in collaboration with Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, called ARCT-021. Jakub Porzycki | NurPhoto | Getty Images SINGAPORE — A Covid-19 vaccine candidate co-developed by Singapore scientists has shown positive interim results and could be available as early as 2021. That’s …

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Ultra-cold freezer maker sees surge in demand

Ultra-cold freezer maker sees surge in demand

So-Low Environmental Equipment, a maker of ultra-cold freezers, is seeing a surge in demand for its products in anticipation of coronavirus vaccine distribution, leading to an inventory backlog despite its efforts to prepare. “Right now, we are out of everything,” Dan Hensler, vice president of the Cincinnati-based company, said Wednesday …

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CDC expected to shorten recommended time

CDC expected to shorten recommended time

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering shortening it’s recommended two-week quarantine period for people who have come in contact with people who have it — a change welcomed by some medical experts who say the relaxed guidelines would be easier for people to follow. Current CDC …

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Pentagon Covid briefing as military struggles to contain outbreaks

Pentagon Covid briefing as military struggles to contain outbreaks

WASHINGTON — Department of Defense officials are slated to address the spike in coronavirus cases within the U.S. military at a press briefing on Tuesday. In the past week, U.S. Defense officials recorded more than 1,300 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 among members of the armed forces. Nearly a quarter of the roughly 300 …

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Biden team receives Operation Warp Speed briefing after weeks of delays

Biden team receives Operation Warp Speed briefing after weeks of delays

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden‘s transition team has been briefed on America’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters Tuesday. Azar said that on Monday evening Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz, the official leading the transition planning effort, briefed the Biden team on Operation Warp Speed, …

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Democrat on House antitrust panel sets sights on Big Pharma

Democrat on House antitrust panel sets sights on Big Pharma

After wrapping up a more than year-long investigation into Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, a top Democrat on the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust has his sights set on a new industry: Big Pharma. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., vice chairman of the subcommittee, is calling for a hearing to probe …

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