On COVID Vaccinations, Pope Says Health Care is a ‘Moral Obligation’

On COVID Vaccinations, Pope Says Health Care is a ‘Moral Obligation’

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on February 26, 2014. (Shutterstock) By NPR ROME — Pope Francis suggested Monday that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation” and denounced how people had been swayed by “baseless information” to refuse one of the […]

Our Relationship With COVID Vaccines is Just Getting Started

We probably will need additional shots. But just how many depends on our immune systems, the virus, and how often they collide.

Our Relationship With COVID Vaccines is Just Getting Started

By Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic Walter Barker has, since the fall of 2020, had five doses of COVID-19 vaccine. He’s already starting to ponder when he might need a sixth. Barker, a 38-year-old office worker in New York, received his first two doses a year ago, as part of an AstraZeneca vaccine trial. But […]

They were so careful, for so long. They got Covid anyway.

‘I’d just ruined everybody’s Christmas, including my own family’s’.

They were so careful, for so long. They got Covid anyway.

By Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post Fareha Ahmed had been cautious since the beginning of the pandemic. She had eaten in restaurants only three times. She and her husband were vaccinated and boosted, and their 7-year-old got vaccinated in November as soon as he was eligible. In mid-December, Ahmed, 39, who lives in Brightwood Park in […]

Leaders Urge Americans to Cancel New Year’s Plans: ‘Omicron and Delta are Coming to Your Party’

Leaders Urge Americans to Cancel New Year’s Plans: ‘Omicron and Delta are Coming to Your Party’

By Reis Thebault, Washington Post Leaders and public health experts across the country are urging Americans to scrap their New Year’s Eve plans and stay home for the second year in a row as new cases of the coronavirus spread at a record-setting pace. The volley of warnings serves as yet another reminder that the […]

Omicron: South African Scientists Probe Link Between Variants and Untreated HIV

Omicron: South African Scientists Probe Link Between Variants and Untreated HIV

By Andrew Harding, BBC News South African scientists – hailed for their discovery of Omicron – are investigating the “highly plausible hypothesis” that the emergence of new Covid-19 variants could be linked, in some cases, to mutations taking place inside infected people whose immune systems have already been weakened by other factors, including, though not […]

Full Vaccination Against Covid-19 and a Breakthrough Infection Builds ‘Super Immunity,’ Study Finds

Full Vaccination Against Covid-19 and a Breakthrough Infection Builds ‘Super Immunity,’ Study Finds

By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY A study by Oregon researchers finds that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who have a breakthrough infection end up with what the authors call “super immunity.” They caution the vaccinated should not seek COVID-19 infection, but the “hybrid immunity” offers some solace for those who catch one despite having been […]

Keeping Our Kids Safe With Vaccination

Keeping Our Kids Safe With Vaccination

By Dr. Dave A. Chokshi As a father of a young child and the City’s doctor, it has been especially meaningful for me to see so many brave children roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I have had the privilege of being present when some have gotten their first dose. I remember […]

Expecting a Surge

Expecting a Surge

By David Leonhardt, NY Times Get ready for the Omicron surge, and take it seriously. But remember that the vaccines appear to provide strong protection against what matters most: severe Covid illnesses. That’s my reading of experts’ reactions to the latest developments on the Omicron variant. Today, I will walk through them. Highly contagious The […]