Fauci Warns of COVID ‘Surge Upon a Surge’

The top U.S. infectious disease expert warned Sunday of a possible, upcoming spike of the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking on “This Week” on ABC-TV, said the infection rate would not “all of a sudden turn around” and in the coming weeks, following the recent Thanksgiving holiday, “We may see a surge upon a surge.” Also Sunday, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the

Moderna to Seek Quick Approval of Coronavirus Vaccine in US, Europe

WASHINGTON – Drugmaker Moderna said Monday it is seeking emergency authorization in the United States and Europe to distribute its coronavirus vaccine after tests showed it is 94% effective. The U.S. biotechnology company’s request could mean that health workers will be able to inoculate patients against the virus as soon as mid-December with either of

WHO Raises Alarm Over Virus Spread in Brazil, Mexico

The World Health Organization says it is very worried about the rapidly growing surge of coronavirus cases in Brazil and Mexico. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at his regular briefing in Geneva on Monday, “I think Brazil has to be very, very serious,” in combating the surge there. He echoed the same concern

Pandemic Calls off Christmas Markets in Europe

BERLIN, GERMANY – The European plazas where people would usually gather at crowded stalls to partake in hot mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages and other delicacies are just empty squares. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of annual traditions that were canceled or diminished this year because

New York City Elementary Schools to Reopen With Increased Testing

New York City schools will reopen for in-person learning of elementary school children with increased testing, the city’s mayor announced Sunday. With 1.1 million students, the largest public school system in the country closed two weeks ago as confirmed cases of the coronavirus spiked in the city. “Upon reopening, weekly #COVID19 testing will be in

Hundreds of ‘Zombie Mink’ Resurfacing from Mass Graves

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Denmark’s government said on Friday it wants to dig up mink that were culled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after hundreds resurfaced from mass graves. Denmark ordered all farmed mink to be culled early this month after finding that 12 people had been infected by a mutated strain of the