Two Penn professors win 2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine for mRNA research that led to COVID-19 vaccines

BY: - October 2, 2023

Two professors at the University of Pennsylvania were awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday, for their research that led to the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.  Katalin Karikó is an adjunct professor of neurosurgery and Drew Weissman is the Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research, both at Penn’s Perelman School of […]

An illustration of the COVID-19 virus. (Image by Fotograzia/Getty Images)

Former COVID-19 czar: The virus ‘new normal’ points to larger public health mission

BY: - October 2, 2023

With COVID-19 still a public health reality but no longer considered a public health emergency, it’s time for policymakers, health care systems and the public to think more broadly about public health, a former White House COVID-19 czar said Thursday. There is a new normal, said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the school of public […]

Food and Drug Administration approves COVID boosters for upcoming season

BY: - September 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the latest round of COVID-19 boosters, as public health officials brace for another cold and flu season. An advisory panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to vote on recommendations Tuesday, the final step in the process before people will […]

Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19; President, testing negative, maintains schedule

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Monday night, the White House said in a statement. Biden has mild symptoms and will spend the week at home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the White House said. President Joe Biden tested negative Monday night and Tuesday. He will continue to be tested “at a […]

Timing and cost of new vaccines vary by virus and health insurance status

BY: - August 28, 2023

As summer edges toward fall, thoughts turn to, well, vaccines. Yes, inevitably, it’s time to think about the usual suspects — influenza and COVID-19 shots — but also the new kid in town: recently approved vaccines for RSV, short for respiratory syncytial virus. But who should get the various vaccines, and when? “For the eligible […]

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines. 

Pa. Health Dept.: Three-day total of 14K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2.6K hospitalized

BY: - November 15, 2021

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 10.3 percent, and 73.2 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated.

Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters now available in Pa., Health Dept. says

BY: and - October 22, 2021

The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters earlier this week. 

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

BY: - October 6, 2021

As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 4,939 new COVID cases; 2,386 hospitalized

BY: - September 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,939 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases of the virus. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, increasing from 2,337 on Monday to 2,386 on Tuesday, according to state data.   Of those hospitalized with the virus, 602 are […]

Pa. Health Dept: More than 12,686 new COVID cases; 2,337 hospitalized

BY: - September 20, 2021

The new cases bring the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases, according to state health data. 

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot campaign as soon as Monday, and the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee’s decision threw up a roadblock for that goal.