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Biden to receive updated Covid-19 booster shot Tuesday
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Biden to receive updated Covid-19 booster shot Tuesday

Washington CNN  —  President Joe Biden will receive the updated Covid-19 booster shot Tuesday, White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz said Sunday evening. It has been more than three months since Biden contracted Covid-19, which is the amount of time the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people may consider waiting before getting boosted. The bivalent boosters target the original coronavirus strain as well as the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants. The shots are available for people ages five and up, as long as they have completed all primary doses in their vaccine series. People who are boosted have more protection against Covid-19 illness and even infection com...
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Will Cost $110-$130 Per Dose
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Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Will Cost $110-$130 Per Dose

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health WriterPfizer will charge $110 to $130 for a dose of its COVID-19 vaccine once the U.S. government stops buying the shots, but the drugmaker says it expects many people will continue receiving it for free.Pfizer executives said the commercial pricing for adult doses could start early next year, depending on when the government phases out its program of buying and distributing the shots.The drugmaker said it expects that people with private health insurance or coverage through public programs like Medicare or Medicaid will pay nothing. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover many recommended vaccines without charging any out-of-pocket expenses.A spokesman said the company also has an income-based assistance program that helps eligible U.S. residents wit...
China Reports 921 New COVID Cases for Oct 16 Vs 1,026 a Day Earlier
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China Reports 921 New COVID Cases for Oct 16 Vs 1,026 a Day Earlier

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported 921 new COVID-19 infections on Oct. 16, of which 245 were symptomatic and 676 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Monday.That is compared with 1,026 new cases a day earlier – 244 symptomatic and 782 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.There were no new deaths, the same as a day earlier, keeping fatalities at 5,226.As of Oct. 16, mainland China had confirmed 256,018 cases with symptoms.The capital Beijing reported 13 symptomatic and two asymptomatic cases, compared with 17 symptomatic and three asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government data showed.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Financial hub Shanghai reported no symptomatic and 32 symptomatic cases, compared with zero symptomatic and 28 asymptom...
China Urges ‘Patience’ as COVID Cases Rebound Ahead of Key Congress
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China Urges ‘Patience’ as COVID Cases Rebound Ahead of Key Congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called for "patience" with its COVID policies and warned against any "war-weariness" as local cases soared to their highest since August, days ahead of a pivotal Communist Party congress.Many parts of the world are learning to co-exist with COVID-19, but China has repeatedly quashed any speculation of a let-up in its tough counter-epidemic policies, which can range from locking down a local community to sealing an entire city, even though fatalities remain low by global standards and symptoms, if any, are mostly mild.Pressure on local officials to stop outbreaks as soon as they spring up has risen in recent weeks as the highly transmissible Omicron sub-variants BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 appeared in mainland China for the first time, ensnaring travellers during a just-e...
What we learned from a massive survey on America’s mental health
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What we learned from a massive survey on America’s mental health

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN  —  The vast majority of Americans of all ages, races, generations and backgrounds say the US has a mental health crisis. Nine in 10 Americans in a new survey from CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation say the country as a whole is facing a crisis on this front and about half of adults say they’ve experienced a severe mental health crisis in their family. CNN published a series of stories this week based on the poll in conjunction with KFF. Read the main report here. And read this from CNN’s polling team about how the survey was conducted. There’s also 988 ...
CDC: Omicron Subvariants BA.4.6, BF.7 Increasing While BA.5 Declines | Health News
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CDC: Omicron Subvariants BA.4.6, BF.7 Increasing While BA.5 Declines | Health News

A pair of omicron subvariants are making inroads in the U.S. as BA.5 continues to decline, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.At its peak in August, BA.5 was responsible for nearly 87% of new coronavirus cases. This week, the CDC estimates that it caused about 79% of infections.While BA.5 remains dominant, other omicron subvariants are spreading. BA.4.6 and BF.7 – an offshoot of BA.5 – were responsible for over 13% and 4% of infections this week, respectively. BA.2.75 caused nearly 2% of infections.These omicron subvariants are likely to continue to increase and contribute to a winter wave of COVID-19, says JT McCrone of Helix, a genetic sequencing company tracking COVID-19 variants.Cartoons on the Coronavirus“Given that we'll see a relatively ...
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta jump to nearly 1,000
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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta jump to nearly 1,000

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta took a jump in the past week, adding more than 100 patients to already stressed hospital resources. For the week ending Sept. 26, COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 137 to 980 total. The last time Alberta hospitals were this full of COVID-19 patients was May 27.COVID ICU numbers saw a 50 per cent increase from the week prior, up 13 to 39 – matching mid-May numbers.A total of 4,905 Albertans have had their death attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a number that increased by 33 over the past week. The oldest age cohort tracked by the province — people over 80 years old — bore the brunt of those deaths, with 25 more octogenarians added to the death toll in the week of Sept. 20. Read more: End of COVID-19 bord...
Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement
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Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing truck drivers in North America and a New York lawmaker on Monday asked the Biden administration to rescind a requirement for foreign visitors to be vaccinated.The United States in June rescinded its requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19 but has not lifted vaccination requirements for nearly all foreign visitors arriving by air or at land ports.Canada said Monday it will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers starting Oct. 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains.Representative Brian Higgins, a Republican who represents a New York district on the Canadian border, said Monday "the end of restrictions is overdue. Canada’s decision is the right one. The U.S. should f...
COVID-19 cases and deaths down in Ontario from week before
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COVID-19 cases and deaths down in Ontario from week before

Public Health Ontario says COVID-19 cases and deaths are down in the most recent week of data available, but outbreaks in nursing homes are on the rise. The agency says there were 6,968 cases of COVID-19 recorded during the week of Sept. 4 to 10, compared to 8,175 the previous week.There were 54 deaths in the latest week of data, and 70 deaths the week before. Trending Stories The agency says there were 47 long-term care homes in outbreak compared to 30 the week prior.Public Health Ontario says there was a notable increase in hospitalizations for infants under one year old, from 17 children that week compared to eight the week prior. Story continues below advertisement It says the overall per cent positivity is in the moderate range a...