U.S. renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect.
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U.S. renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect
Updated boosters rolled out by Pfizer and rival Moderna in September have been a hard sell for vaccine-weary Americans. Read more
Outbreaks test China’s efforts to limit the cost of ‘zero COVID’
In Shanghai, many neighborhoods have begun requiring frequent COVID tests again only days after telling residents that the tests were seldom needed. Read more
China anti-COVID curbs spur fears of global economic impact
The past week’s average of 22,200 daily cases is double the previous week’s rate. Read more
Editorial: Dial back demand for HPD hazard pay
Police officers were among the first-responder workers who were on the front lines of the COVID-19 health emergency, many of them in ways that put them at greater risk than what others might have faced during the worst, least-protected phase of the pandemic. Read more
China’s Guangzhou locks down millions in ‘zero-COVID’ fight
China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing. Read more
China announces 1st COVID-19 death in almost 6 months
The death of the 87-year-old Beijing man was the first reported by the National Health Commission since May 26, bringing the total death toll to 5,227. The previous death was reported in Shanghai, which underwent a major surge in cases over the summer. Read more
Elon Musk’s Twitter reinstates Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Greene’s reinstatement comes after Musk over the weekend reinstated the account of former President Donald Trump, who was banned in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riots. Read more
The end of vaccines at ‘warp speed’
Efforts to test and produce next-generation COVID vaccines are bogged down by bureaucratic problems and funding shortfalls. Read more
China’s COVID-19 restrictions hit historic Beijing theater
The Jixiang Theater in the downtown Wangfujing shopping district was originally built in 1906 and recently moved to its present location on the 8th floor of a shopping mall. Read more
U.S. envoy Kerry gets COVID as UN climate talks drag
The United States appeared isolated in opposing a dedicated loss and damage fund after the European Union produced a surprise offer on the issue. Read more
VIDEO: Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char joins ‘Spotlight Hawaii’
Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char joined the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” livestream show today and answered viewer questions. Read more
Ringleaders in massive COVID fraud extradited to U.S.
Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, were extradited from the Balkan country of Montenegro, where they were living in a luxury seaside villa before their arrest in February. Read more
Health officials push bivalent boosters ahead of Thanksgiving
While the daily average of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii has become less of a concern, health officials are now keeping an eye on the rise of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections approaching winter. Read more
USDA program keeps extra COVID-era money for fruits, veggies
The effort is aimed at expanding the number and type of healthy foods available to families who get assistance from the Agriculture Department’s program known as WIC, officials said. Read more
Hawaii records 1,169 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths
The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases increased slightly to 149 compared with 142 reported on Nov. 16. Read more
Workers protest, beaten at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory
Videos that said they were filmed at the factory in the central city of Zhengzhou showed thousands of people in masks facing rows of police in white protective suits with plastic riot shields. Read more
COVID lockdown chaos sets off rare protest in Chinese city
The psychological toll of China’s “zero-COVID” policy is mounting. Read more
5 unusual COVID-19 symptoms — and what to do about them
Doctors aren’t sure why only some people develop these unusual symptoms. Read more
Longs Drugs pharmacists now prescribing Paxlovid
Those seeking a Paxlovid prescription need to attest to having tested positive for COVID and be within five days of symptom onset. Read more
Hawaii records 1,049 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths
The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases declined to 142 compared with 154 reported on Nov. 9. Read more
In ‘zero-COVID’ China, 1 case locks down Peking University
Nationwide, China reported about 20,000 cases, up from about 8,000 a week ago. Read more
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