US drugstores under pressure due to vaccine demand, staff shortages

A flood of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are putting pressure on US drugstores, leading to exhausted employees and temporary pharmacy closures. Druggists are normally busy with flu shots and other vaccines at this time of year, but now pharmacists are dispensing a growing number of COVID-19 injections and giving coronavirus tests. The urge for … Read more

Omicron: Orange County health officials prepared for new COVID-19 variant

The discovery of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Los Angeles and other parts of California means it’s only a matter of time before it shows up in Orange County, local health officials say. The best defense against that probability, they note, is vaccination. “We shouldn’t panic,” County Supervisor Katrina Foley said. “The good news is … Read more

What we know about US ommicron cases

On November 30, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey, a COVID-19 testing facility will be advertised at Newark Liberty International Airport. Spencer Platt | Getty Images More than 20 people in 11 US states have tested positive for the ommicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. The patients vary in age, vaccination status and travel … Read more

A new study finds that most COVID-19 boosters boost immunity, even though there’s no winning shot

The first study directly comparing COVID-19 boosters found that most injections improved immune responses in fully vaccinated people, but there’s no clear “winner” to help make a decision. “In terms of a ‘best’ booster, there is no definitive winner, but there are some losers,” analysts from SVB Leerink told investors on Friday. The study, published … Read more

We have to live with COVID. That’s how we get our lives back.

Two years after the pandemic, the emergence of yet another COVID-19 variant has made it clear that the virus can no longer be ignored. That means the world must find long-term strategies to coexist with delta, omicron and the coming species. With governments reopening at varying speeds, there are things individuals and businesses can do … Read more

Omicron Variant Notifies Businesses During the Holiday Season

Concerns over a new Covid-19 variant are prompting some US companies to double down on vaccine mandates and rethink organizing holiday festivities this month, while many others are taking a wait and see approach as they look to government agencies for more guidance. Since the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant was announced last week, … Read more

The huge promise of mRNA technology

Are Covid-19 Vaccines a Failure? That is the view in some media circles amid breakthrough infections and new virus variants. It’s also false. Vaccinated people are more susceptible to mild infections than public health authorities initially expected. But the injections continue to provide strong protection against serious diseases, and in particular the mRNA vaccines – … Read more

Covid-19 Vaccine Question Strains CVS, Walgreens

The US has many Covid-19 vaccines, but retail pharmacies are struggling to deliver them quickly in some places. Vaccine seekers in some states face wait times of days or weeks for doses as local health officials work to improve access to meet rising demand. CVS Health Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Walmart Inc., which … Read more

DocuSign Shares Drop Over 40% as Customer Behavior Changes

The shares of DocuSign Inc. fell 42% Friday after the company warned consumers were returning to more normalized buying patterns with the widespread rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and the gradual return to the workplace. The e-signature software maker missed a key earnings metric during the October quarter, raising $565.2 million in bills, falling short of … Read more

A new study finds that most COVID-19 boosters boost immunity, even though there’s no winning shot

The first study directly comparing COVID-19 boosters found that most injections improved immune responses in fully vaccinated people, but there’s no clear “winner” to help make a decision. “In terms of a ‘best’ booster, there is no definitive winner, but there are some losers,” analysts from SVB Leerink told investors on Friday. The study, published … Read more