Merck entered into multiple agreements to support efforts to expand manufacturing capacity and supply of SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 medicines and vaccines.

LightDeck Diagnostics was awarded a $5.65 million contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to develop an rapid antigen test to detect SARS-CoV-2.

New York state will allow large stadiums and arenas, such as Citi Field and Madison Square Garden, to reopen for sports and concerts in February, with sharply limited capacity and other measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

A special fund for vaccine research that was set aside by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 has been misused to pay for unrelated expenses, a government report shows.

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to boost the Covid-19 vaccine rollout – including by spending $20 billion to create mass vaccination centers – should help speed up putting shots into the arms of millions of Americans, experts and officials told Reuters.

More than 10 million Americans had received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Jan. 13, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the year-old pandemic roared on unchecked.

The Trump administration plans to release Covid-19 vaccine doses it had been holding back for second shots and will urge states to offer them to all Americans over age 65, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Nearly 9 million Americans had been given their first Covid-19 vaccination dose as of Jan. 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, as states scrambled to step up inoculations that have yet to slow the roaring pandemic.

As the events that unfolded in Washington on Jan. 6 captured the nation’s attention, the raging coronavirus pandemic claimed its highest U.S. death toll yet, killing more than 4,000 people in a single day according to a Reuters tally.

A federal appeals court upheld a White House-backed rule to require hospitals to disclose the prices they negotiate with insurers for an array of common tests and procedures.