Federal Panel Recommends Booster Shots, Opening New Campaign Against the Virus

Scientific advisers to the C.D.C. endorsed additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for older Americans but not for health care workers, in a possible rift with regulators.

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Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?

Half the country is locked down, and its borders remain closed. But most Australians are willing to make these sacrifices in pursuit of a collective freedom from fear of the virus.

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At Covid Summit, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals for Vaccinating the World

But his plans face a tough road as pressure grows for big pharmaceutical companies to share their vaccine technologies with poorer nations.

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High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

In areas inundated with coronavirus patients, hospitals have postponed treatments and surgeries for people with other serious conditions.

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Will A Mask Protect You From Covid If Nobody Else is Wearing One?

Masks work best when everyone in the room has one on, but you’ll still benefit from masking up even when those around you aren’t.

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Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response in Younger Children, Pfizer Says

Vaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 showed evidence of protection against the virus, the company said. The data must be reviewed by the F.D.A. before children can be inoculated.

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Booster Shots for Covid Leave Africa Hanging in Wind

Just 20 percent of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries have received a first Covid-19 vaccine dose — compared to 80 percent in high-and upper-middle income countries.

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Study of Covid Booster Shot Benefits Fans Debate Over Extra Doses

Independent experts, including government scientists, were skeptical of the research from Israel, which included limited data over a short period.

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U.S. Booster Policy Is in Flux as Studies Add to Dissent

A week before President Biden’s plan is to roll out, scientists are at odds about whether extra coronavirus shots are needed and for whom.

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India’s I.C.M.R. Is a ‘Political Weapon’ Under Modi, Some Scientists Say

The country’s top science agency tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s optimistic narrative despite a looming crisis, researchers say.

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N.Y.C. Virus Cases Appear to Plateau. Could an Uptick Lie Ahead?

As students head back to school, experts say that the city’s third coronavirus wave may be ebbing.

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Republican Governors Infuriated by Biden’s Vaccine Mandates

Some employers and business groups welcomed the new coronavirus requirements, but many G.O.P. leaders issued outright condemnations.

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Why Federal Research Bolsters the Case for Coronavirus Vaccine Mandates

Scientists believe the administration’s new measures may tamp down the pandemic, although the effects will not immediately be obvious.

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Will vaccine mandates slow the pandemic? Yes, scientists say — but not immediately.

Some experts cautioned that the results from President Biden’s aggressive plan would take many weeks to unfold.

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Science Alone Can’t Heal a Sick Society

The political dysfunction that holds America hostage also holds science hostage.

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The Delta Variant and China’s Need to Change Its Covid-19 Policy

The benefits of the zero-infections policy have dropped in relation to the costs of implementation, and there are signs it is becoming counterproductive.

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Covid Ravaged South America. Then Came a Sharp Drop in Infections.

South America was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic early this year. Experts are trying to find out why new infections and deaths are falling so fast.

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Covid Deaths Surge Across a Weary America as a Once-Hopeful Summer Ends

Cases are starting to fall in some hard-hit Southern states, but nearly half of Americans are not fully vaccinated, allowing the Delta variant to persist.

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Hospitalizations for Children Sharply Increase as Delta Surges

Vaccinations, however, have made a difference.

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When Vaccines Aren’t an Option: Life for Families With Children Under 12

About 48 million American children are not eligible for a coronavirus shot. Their parents face difficult choices as school starts.

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What Vaccinated People Need to Know About Breakthrough Infections

If you’re vaccinated, you should think about a number of variables, including your overall health, where you live and the risks you take.

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Vaccinated People and Breakthrough Infections: What to Know

If you’re vaccinated, you should think about a number of variables, including your overall health, where you live and the risks you take.

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When Will the Delta Surge End?

The variant retreated unexpectedly in Britain and India, but has begun to rebound. The United States may take an even bumpier path, scientists said.

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Many Republicans Are Anti-Vax. Are They Also Pro-Covid?

It sure feels that way sometimes.

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What Went Wrong With the Coronavirus Pandemic in Florida

Even a large state that emphasized vaccinations in treating the coronavirus can be crushed by the Delta variant when no other measures are put in place.

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Coronavirus in UK: Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

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Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

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How the Delta Variant Infiltrated an Elementary School Classroom

A detailed study in California found that the variant easily spread from an unvaccinated teacher to children and, in a few cases, their families.

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At a Children’s Hospital, a Wave of Young Patients Struggling to Breathe

A federal “surge team” is helping exhausted doctors and nurses through one of most trying periods in the history of Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

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Covid Spreads in Clusters. We Need to Track Them.

The public health response to a Covid outbreak in Provincetown shows a better way to monitor the disease.

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Show Me the Data!

A lack of systematic evidence has kept scientists one step behind in the pandemic.

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Facing Its Worst Virus Surge, Oregon Adopts Some of Nation’s Toughest Restrictions

The National Guard has been deployed. Health care workers are pleading for help. Now the state is ordering masks for everyone who gathers closely in public, even outdoors.

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Breakthrough Covid Cases: Uncommon and Often Mild, but Not Always

Vaccination remains the best defense, health experts say. But some infections occur regardless, and can come as a traumatic surprise.

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Caught in the Crossfire Over Covid’s Origins

Alina Chan suggested last year that the coronavirus was “pre-adapted” to humans. Critical reaction was swift and harsh.

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Good, but Not Great: Taking Stock of a Big Ten University’s Covid Plan

The University of Illinois says an aggressive testing program prevented deaths on and off campus during the last academic year. Now the university is contending with the Delta variant.

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As Childhood Covid Cases Spike, School Vaccination Clinics Are Slow Going

Districts are heeding President Biden’s call to host pop-up vaccination clinics. But promoting vaccines is politically difficult, and persuading parents isn’t easy.

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Senators Wicker, King and Hickenlooper Test Positive

Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, Angus King, independent of Maine, and John Hickenlooper, Democrat of Colorado, said on Tuesday that they were experiencing symptoms.

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Those Anti-Covid Plastic Barriers Probably Don’t Help and May Make Things Worse

Clear barriers have sprung up at restaurants, nail salons and school classrooms, but most of the time, they do little to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Why Anti-Covid Plastic Barriers in Classrooms and Restaurants May Make Things Worse

Clear barriers have sprung up at restaurants, nail salons and school classrooms, but most of the time, they do little to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Crowded Events. No Masks. Then a Covid Diagnosis for Gov. Abbott of Texas

The announcement that Gov. Greg Abbott had tested positive for the coronavirus came amid a pitched battle over public health measures in schools and a new surge in hospitalizations.

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Vaccine Effectiveness Against Infection May Wane, C.D.C. Studies Find

Federal health officials said the new data justified a campaign of booster shots. But some scientists disagreed, saying not every American needs another dose.

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Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections

One of the most vaccinated societies, Israel now has one of the highest infection rates in the world, raising questions about the vaccine’s efficacy.

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Vaccines’ protection against virus infection is waning, C.D.C. studies suggest.

Some scientists pushed back, saying the new research does not indicate that all Americans need boosters, as federal officials have said.

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In a Handful of States, Early Data Hint at a Rise in Breakthrough Infections

With the arrival of the contagious Delta variant, Covid hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated Americans also may have increased, according to preliminary figures.

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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba’s Vaunted Health System Is Reeling

“The funeral homes can’t cope, the hospitals can’t cope, the clinics can’t cope,” said a Cuban doctor who was fired for publicly lamenting the distressed state of medical care.

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Can the Vaccinated Develop Long Covid After a Breakthrough Infection?

While the vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, the risk of developing post-Covid health problems after a breakthrough infection isn’t known.

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Are Delta Symptoms Different?

We asked experts to describe the most prevalent symptoms they’re seeing right now among people with Covid-19.

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Bangladesh Reopens Economy Despite Covid Third Wave

The government is lifting a lockdown despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak could worsen.

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Breakthrough Infections and the Delta Variant: What to Know

Scientific understanding of the coronavirus variant is changing quickly. Here’s a recap of the most important findings.

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Covid, the Unvaccinated and Where to Direct Our Rage

We can start by being honest about our anger and where it comes from.

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