Biden says no lockdowns, won’t expand vaccine mandates this winter

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s plan to combat coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with the emergence of the Omicron variant, during his visit to the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, December 2, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden said Thursday that his plan to fight Covid during the … Read more

Minnesota reports second U.S. omicron case in resident who traveled to NYC

A sign outside a hospital announcing a COVID-19 test on November 19, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Minnesota public health authorities on Thursday confirmed what appears to be the second case in the United States of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in a resident who recently returned from New York … Read more

Thousands could lose or sell homes

Contemporary housing development in New Mexico. Bim | E + | Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of homeowners could lose or sell their homes soon as Covid-related mortgage bailout programs expire. The federal government, major banks and mortgage service providers began emergency programs when the pandemic hit early last year, shutting down large swathes of … Read more

Biden asks businesses to proceed with vaccine mandate after omicron variant arrives in U.S.

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s efforts to ease supply chain problems during the holiday season, at the White House in Washington, December 1, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden on Thursday asked companies to voluntarily press ahead with the administration’s Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements, even as the rule was … Read more

First U.S. omicron patient fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms

Governor Gavin Newsom takes questions during a news conference about COVID-19 vaccination and housing for homeless veterans at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Sarah Ringwertz | Media News Group | Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images US health officials said Wednesday that the individual in … Read more

Economic outlook is strong for next 6 months, top CEOs say in survey

A customer holds his purchases while shopping on Black Friday at Fashion Outlets in Chicago in Rosemont, in the greater Chicago area, Illinois, United States, on November 26, 2021. Joel Lerner | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Strong consumer demand has fueled a wave of CEO optimism about the economy over the next six … Read more

Omicron Covid variant found in 20 countries but not yet in U.S.

In this photo illustration, a hand holds a medical syringe with the words omicron covid-19 variant in the background. Rafael Henrique | Light Rocket | Getty Images White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that 226 cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant have been detected in 20 countries so far, … Read more

FDA advisory panel narrowly endorses Merck’s oral Covid treatment pill, despite reduced efficacy

A pill with the Merck logo and the words “Molnupiravir” and “COVID-19” displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration taken in Poland on November 5, 2021. Jacob Borzeki | Norfoto | Getty Images An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday narrowly supported the use of oral Covid pills … Read more

Elizabeth Warren ally Richard Cordray under discussion for Fed bank supervisor

The Democratic chair of the Senate Banking Committee said Tuesday that he is speaking with the White House about the nomination of Richard Cordray, who was the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to be the Federal Reserve’s top banking regulator. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, told CNBC that he has spoken to the … Read more

Global markets rattled by omicron vaccine worries

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, October 27, 2021. Brendan McDermid | Reuters LONDON – Global markets have been shaken again by fears that the new alternative, Omicron, to Covid-19 may evade vaccines. Although health authorities have said it will take several weeks to get … Read more