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Pfizer starts clinical trial for omicron-specific Covid vaccine

The study will look at how well the modified vaccine works in unvaccinated people, as well as people who are already vaccinated and boosted.
A nurse with Northern Light Health fills a syringe with a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine dose at a vaccine clinic at Memorial Middle School in South Portland, Me., on Nov. 19, 2021.
A nurse with Northern Light Health fills a syringe with a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine dose at a vaccine clinic at Memorial Middle School in South Portland, Me., on Nov. 19, 2021.

Who will get long Covid? Study may offer clues

If confirmed, the findings could one day lead to the development of a test to predict a patient's risk.
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 test in San Francisco on Jan. 10, 2022.
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 test in San Francisco on Jan. 10, 2022.
12h ago

Biden to use $2 billion from Provider Relief Fund as besieged hospitals push for aid

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the latest funding as health care groups emphasized how the coronavirus had overwhelmed hospitals.
Image: Medical workers treat a patient who is suffering from the effects of Covid-19 in the ICU at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., on Jan. 18, 2022.
Image: Medical workers treat a patient who is suffering from the effects of Covid-19 in the ICU at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., on Jan. 18, 2022.
12h ago

Despite surge in hospitalizations, omicron is causing less severe illness

A smaller percentage of Covid patients are winding up in intensive care units, the CDC reported. A combination of vaccinations and a less virulent variant may be factors.
Medical staff treat a Covid-19 patient in their isolation room on the Intensive Care Unit at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 2022.
Medical staff treat a Covid-19 patient in their isolation room on the Intensive Care Unit at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 2022.
14h ago

Biden administration withdraws vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers

The mandate would have covered more than 80 million workers and prevented more than 6,500 deaths and a quarter-million hospitalizations in the next six months, the administration said.
Image: A woman is tested for Covid-19 at a free testing site in Farragut Square in downtown on Jan. 10, 2022 in Washington, DC
Image: A woman is tested for Covid-19 at a free testing site in Farragut Square in downtown on Jan. 10, 2022 in Washington, DC
14h ago

Some evidence shows omicron appears in your throat first. Should at-home Covid tests change?

At-home rapid antigen tests in the U.S. are not designed for throat swabbing. A new study found that when using only a throat sample, the tests missed half of positive cases.
Image: A healthcare prepares a swab test at a Michigan Health Professionals drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in Farmington Hills, Mich., on Nov. 29, 2021.
Image: A healthcare prepares a swab test at a Michigan Health Professionals drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in Farmington Hills, Mich., on Nov. 29, 2021.
16h ago

'Listen to your body': Why experts say breaking Dry January is OK

Managing alcohol consumption during stressful times like the pandemic can be particularly challenging.
16h ago

FDA halts use of antibody drugs that don’t work vs. omicron

The regulatory move was expected because the Regeneron and Eli Lilly treatments are less able to target omicron because of its mutations.
Image: A monoclonal antibody infusion.
Image: A monoclonal antibody infusion.

Maps: Track hospital ICU stress levels in your state

As omicron surges, track hospital ICU stress levels among adult patients across the country.

States are rolling out vaccination plans. Track the number of inoculations across the country.

NBC News is tracking administered doses in each state by surveying health departments and examining daily reports.