Fort Gordon begins to implement COVID-19 vaccination following guidance from Army command
All active duty units are expected to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 15, while reserve and National Guard units by June 30, 2022.
US air base on Okinawa reports 38 new coronavirus cases; Tokyo announces 25 deaths
Four US military bases in Japan reported a total of 54 new coronavirus cases.
COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West
One in every 201 Idaho residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The mostly rural state ranks 12th in the U.S. for newly confirmed cases per capita.
US agencies spent years testing pandemic responses, but didn’t learn lessons for coronavirus, GAO finds
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report details the problem: Despite experiencing various biological emergencies and running numerous exercises to prepare for more, federal agencies failed to learn numerous lessons that might have helped in the pandemic.
US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before.
HPCON Charlie status restricts DOD travel to Wright-Patterson
Local COVID conditions have restricted travel to dozens of Department of Defense installations — and after its recent shift to a stricter health protection condition, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base finds itself on that list.
Idled Thai taxis go green with mini-gardens on car roofs
Two taxi cooperatives now have just 500 cars left plying Bangkok's streets, with 2,500 sitting idle at a number of city sites.
US booster shot campaign in question as FDA prepares for key decision
A planned booster shot campaign in the United States is dividing experts, as the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory committee prepares to meet Friday for a nonbinding vote on whether the agency should approve a third dose of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Senate hopeful flexes power of AG's office through lawsuits
Missouri's Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued China over the coronavirus. He signed on to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, as he positions himself for a Senate run, he's suing to stop mask mandates in the state's liberal cities and Missouri schools.
Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID?
There is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite claims suggesting otherwise, according to an Associated Press fact checker.