In a report Thursday, the U.N. agency’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the figure as “sobering,” saying it should prompt countries to invest more in their capacities to quell future health emergencies.
Moderna submitted data to the Food and Drug Administration that it hopes will prove two low-dose shots can protect babies, toddlers and preschoolers -- albeit not as effectively during the omicron surge as earlier in the pandemic.
Some travelers found the hasty toppling of rules confusing, and others were angry they weren’t given any warning, especially since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continued to recommend masking on transportation.
Experts warn that the coming wave – caused by a mutant called BA.2 that’s thought to be about 30% more contagious – will wash across the nation and push up hospitalizations in a growing number of states in the coming weeks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was extending the order to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.
ABC’s Chief Medical Correspondent Jennifer Ashton said the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is still going strong. “As much as we would like to rename the phase we are in right now, really there is no indication that we are there yet. We should not be surprised when we hear a headline that there is a new variant or that cases are starting to go up a little bit,” she said. Ashton made these comments and other observations about the current state of the pandemic as she joined Jeremy G. Butler on East Texas Now Tuesday morning.