Biden Will Address Nation on Omicron Surge

President Joe Biden will address the nation on Tuesday afternoon about the Omicron surge, the new highly contagious variant of the coronavirus that has caused hospitals across the country to overflow.

“In the briefing, the President will hear about the latest resources and personnel being sent to states and local communities to help with staffing needs and hospital capacity, and the ongoing work to expand access to COVID-19 treatments,” a White House official said. read more

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn Tests Positive for COVID-19

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, has tested positive for COVID-19, the latest breakthrough case among members of Congress.

“Tonight, I received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a breakthrough case, and I am asymptomatic,” Clyburn tweeted. “America is in a new phase of this pandemic. No one is immune. I urge anyone who has not done so to protect themselves by getting vaccinated and boosted.” read more

NIH Director Says Trump, GOP Pressured Him to Back Unproven Covid Remedies

Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), says former President Donald Trump and Republicans pressured him to back unproven COVID-19 remedies.

“I have done everything I can to stay out of any kind of political, partisan debates, because it really is not a place where medical research belongs,” he said, adding that despite this, he often found himself in conflict with Trump. read more

House Panel: Trump Administration Deliberately Undermined U.S. Covid-19 Response

Trump claims the Spanish Flu ended World War II

A House panel investigating the United States’ COVID-19 response issued a staff report saying that the Trump administration deliberately undermined the country’s pandemic response.

The panel found that in weakening testing guidance and interfering with public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), championing “herd immunity,” failure to respond to supply shortages, blocking public officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci from speaking openly, and prioritizing and promoting lies about the 2020 election over the pandemic response, the Trump administration ultimately damaged the country’s ability to effectively control the pandemic from the start. read more

Army Announces That 98% of Active Duty Troops Received Covid Vaccine Before Deadline

The United States Army announced today that 98% of its active duty troops have received a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of this week’s deadline to get inoculated.

“The United States Army announced today that 468,459 active-component Soldiers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, fewer than 120 days after a vaccination mandate went into effect for all U.S. service members,” the Army said in a press release. “That number represents 98 percent of the active-duty force who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 96 percent – a total of 461,209 Soldiers – are fully vaccinated. The Army is still processing thousands of exemption requests for those seeking medical or administrative exemptions, including religious exemptions.” read more