Merck agrees to let other drug makers make its COVID pill

Pharmaceutical company Merck agreed to allow other drug makers to produce its COVID-19 pill, in a move aimed at helping millions of people in poorer countries get access to the potentially life-saving drug, a United Nations-backed public health organization said on Wednesday. The Medicines Patent Pool said in a statement that it had signed a … Read more

UPDATE: Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger Shut Down for Repeatedly Defying COVID Health Order

PLEASANT HILL (CBS SF) — The Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger location was shut down Tuesday by Contra Costa County officials after repeated violations of COVID health orders, according to authorities. According to Contra Costa Environmental Health (CCEH), the commercial food permit for the In-N-Out Burger located on 570 Contra Costa Boulevard in Pleasant Hill was … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Survey suggests staff worried about bias towards on-site workers if working remotely

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:10 a.m.: A new survey by technology company Cisco suggests nearly half of Canadian workers are worried that they would be viewed less favourably if they worked remotely in … Read more

COVID spread plummeting in North Carolina, state data shows

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 has dropped substantially in recent weeks, according to data released Tuesday by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.   What You Need To Know For the first time since mid-July, the state reported two consecutive days of new daily cases below 1,500 K-12 schools … Read more

Covid face masks made compulsory for everyone in Parliament – except MPs

Parliament has reimposed mandatory face coverings but is unable to force MPs to wear them – and several Tories are still refusing to be drawn on the issue, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tory MPs during tributes to Sir David Amess ( Image: PA) Boris Johnson faces fresh claims of ‘one rule for … Read more

Thirteen ‘mostly unvaccinated’ pregnant women DIED from Covid since July, study shows

Thirteen ‘mostly unvaccinated’ pregnant women have DIED from Covid since July, study shows – and expectant mothers are STILL being turned away from clinics despite medical advice that jabs are safe A new study shows at least 13 pregnant women died with Covid between July and September this year It is understood that 85 per … Read more

Coronavirus news live: UK watchdog criticises £37bn test and trace service; Australia approves Covid booster shot rollout

2.09am EDT 02:09 Arwa Mahdawi has written her latest column for us, and today she says that telling anti-vaxxers to get the jab should not be controversial – even Fox News is doing it: Telling people to get vaccinated during a pandemic shouldn’t be controversial. Neil Cavuto’s employer Fox News has worked overtime to ensure … Read more

Bay Area Health Experts Weigh In After FDA Advisers Back Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5 To 11

WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS/KPIX) — Pfizer’s request to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for Americans as young as 5 years old cleared a key regulatory hurdle Tuesday, after a panel of the Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers voted by a majority to back Pfizer’s request.The vote paves the path for 28 million American kids to … Read more

Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger Shut Down for Violating COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Contra Costa County health officials on Tuesday shut down an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Pleasant Hill for violating the county’s vaccine mandate on indoor dining, according to a county statement. Contra Costa Environmental Health suspended the commercial food permit of the In-N-Out Burger at 570 Contra Costa Blvd. “for creating a public health hazard by … Read more

Americans are drinking more during the pandemic – and liver transplants for alcoholic hepatitis are rising

Demand for transplants tied to alcohol-related liver inflammation has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend that corresponds to a surge in heavy drinking.  Both registrations for the national organ transplant waiting list related to alcoholic hepatitis and the number of deceased donor liver transplants for the inflammatory liver condition have been higher than their … Read more