A maker of rapid Covid tests recalls nearly 200,000 kits over concerns of false positives.

Ellume, an Australian company that makes a widely available at-home coronavirus test, has recalled nearly 200,000 test kits because of concerns about a higher-than-expected rate of false positives. That represents about 5.6 percent of the approximately 3.5 million test kits Ellume has shipped to the United States. The company, which detected the problem in mid-September, traced the issue to variations […]

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The Delta variant caused a spike in deaths among nursing home residents, study finds.

Although nursing home deaths from Covid-19 remain dramatically down from their peak at the end of last year, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows a significant uptick in August as the Delta variant swept through the country. After declining for months, largely because of the federal effort to vaccinate residents, the number of deaths rose sharply from July to August. […]

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Faced with vaccine mandates, most health workers are getting immunized.

Hundreds of sought-after nurses are leaving some U.S. hospitals that have established vaccine requirements for all employees, involving some protests and legal opposition. But most workers, especially at large hospital chains, appear to be complying with the policies. New York hospitals and nursing homes are grappling with the state’s Monday deadline for workers to have received at least one coronavirus […]

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F.D.A. advisers must grapple with confounding research on booster shots.

Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Friday must confront a range of bewildering scientific questions before deciding whether to authorize coronavirus vaccine booster shots — and if so, for whom. Three important pieces of research landed just this week. On Monday, in the journal The Lancet, an international team of scientists analyzed dozens of studies and concluded that […]

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White House Seeks $65 Billion for ‘Apollo’ Plan to Prepare for Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON — The White House, stepping into delicate negotiations on Capitol Hill over funding to prevent future pandemics, unveiled on Friday a $65.3 billion preparedness plan that it likened to the Apollo missions to the moon, and called on Congress to immediately invest at least $15 billion for the effort. But the $15 billion figure is only half of what […]

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