Carelessness may be fueling rapid spread of coronavirus mutation in UK, say WHO experts

NEW YORK: World Health Organization (WHO) officials on Monday said the novel coronavirus is mutating “at a much slower rate” than the seasonal flu. They added that research is continuing into a new, mutated strain of the virus in the UK that is reportedly much more contagious —

Biden receives COVID-19 vaccine live on TV

NEWARK, United States: US President-elect Joe Biden received a COVID-19 vaccine live on television Monday in a campaign to boost Americans’ confidence in the jabs.The 78-year-old incoming president got the Pfizer vaccine at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. His wife Jill received

U.S. CDC reports 316,844 deaths from coronavirus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported 17,790,376 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 197,616 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,584 to 316,844. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known

US officials monitor new Covid-19 strain as UK flights continue

US authorities are looking "very carefully" into the virus variant spreading in the United Kingdom, top health officials said on Sunday, while indicating that a ban on UK travel was not currently in the cards. The news came as a US expert panel recommended those 75 and older should be the ne

Judge orders George Floyd trial to be livestreamed

A US judge has upheld his decision to livestream the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Judge Peter Cahill said he would allow video coverage because of immense global interest in the case and limited courthouse space, the Star Tribune

Congress poised to vote on COVID aid package after Fed compromise

 The U.S. Congress appeared poised to vote on Sunday on a $900 billion coronavirus aid package after senators struck a late-night compromise to clear one of the final hurdles, a dispute over Federal Reserve pandemic lending authorities. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters a

Trump plays down government cyber attack as Pompeo blames Russia

President Donald Trump on Saturday played down a massive cyber attack on US government agencies, declaring it "under control" and undercutting the assessment by his own administration that Russia was to blame. "I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control," Mr Trump said on

US General Sorry for 'Miscommunication' over Vaccine Shipments

The Army general in charge of getting COVID-19 vaccines across the United States apologized on Saturday for “miscommunication” with states over the number of doses to be delivered in the early stages of distribution. "I failed. I'm adjusting. I am fixing and we will move forward from

Pence Gets COVID Shot on TV as US about to Approve Second Vaccine

US Vice President Mike Pence received his COVID-19 vaccine live on television on Friday, seeking to shore up public support for vaccinations as US regulators were on the cusp of approving a second vaccine for emergency use. Pence said he “didn’t feel a thing” after he, his wife Ka

FDA panel approves use of Moderna vaccine in US

A vaccine review panel has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration issue a second emergency use authorisation for the Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna. The panel members voted 20-0 in approval, with one abstention. They believed the vaccine is safe enough for people over the age of 18

Biden picks US Representative Deb Haaland to be interior secretary

US president-elect Joe Biden will nominate Deb Haaland to serve as his interior secretary, making her the first Native American in the US Cabinet. Ms Haaland has been the leading candidate for the job of overseeing the department, a source said. It employs more than 70,000 people across the US a

US lawmakers scramble to provide Covid relief ahead of shutdown deadline

The US Congress faced a deadline on Friday to agree to a fresh round of Covid-19 aid as part of a sweeping government funding bill, pass a third stopgap spending bill so negotiations can continue, or let the government shut down at midnight. After months of partisan finger-pointing and inaction,

Biden and Pence to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccinations

Vice President Mike Pence and president-elect Joe Biden are planning to publicly receive immunisations against Covid-19 to instil confidence in the vaccine. Mr Pence and his wife Karen will be vaccinated at the White House on Friday, his office said. The two will "publicly receive a Covid-19 vac

White House sources: Donald Trump planning special investigation into Hunter Biden

President Donald Trump is considering pushing to have a special counsel appointed to advance a federal tax investigation into the son of president-elect Joe Biden, setting up a potential showdown with incoming acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen. Mr Trump – allegedly angry that outgoing A

Vaccine distribution raises questions for wary Americans

The distribution of the first coronavirus vaccines was celebrated in the US this week as the country began to fight back against the virus that has killed more than 300,000 people, caused mass layoffs and stoked political divisions. As intensive care nurse Sandra Lindsay rolled up her s

Trump’s attorney general resigns as Justice Department investigates president

US Attorney General Bill Barr resigned on Monday after a series of high-profile disagreements with President Donald Trump, including his refusal this month to back the president’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the election. But Mr Barr’s departure could

Joe Biden to nominate Pete Buttigieg for US transport secretary

President-elect Joe Biden is nominating former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Pete Buttigieg, as secretary of transport. The decision leaves the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, poised to become the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a US Cabinet post. The

Republican leader Mitch McConnell congratulates Joe Biden on presidential win

President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election hit another snag on Tuesday as a growing number of senators from his party acknowledged and even congratulated president-elect Joe Biden on his win. The highest-ranking Republican in the US Senate, Majo