White House officials address Biden’s positive COVID status

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, something the White House had taken extra steps to avoid as highly transmissible strains struck top aides, Cabinet members and the vice president. Biden is experiencing “very mild” symptoms and is taking…

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Elmo receives COVID-19 vaccine in PSA with Sesame Street, CDC | USA TODAY

3½ year-old Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine but some aren’t happy with the message it sends. Senator Ted Cruz criticized it for “aggressively” advocating. RELATED: ‘SNL’ gives Ted Cruz own ‘Sesame Street’ with Big Bird, Rogan, Greene https://bit.ly/3bCCDLf The coronavirus…

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Judge blocks Title 42 ending, COVID restrictions to continue at border | USA TODAY

A U.S. District Judge on Friday blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, which expelled more than 1 million migrants in 2021. RELATED: Title 42, a Trump-era immigration policy is being rescinded. Here’s why. https://bit.ly/3GavBZK A federal judge in…

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US COVID deaths top one million: What does that number look like? | USA TODAY

One expert described the lives lost from the coronavirus pandemic as “an epidemic of deaths among the unvaccinated.” RELATED: How COVID-19 has changed our society after two years https://bit.ly/3wmG9l0 As the U.S. mourns an unfathomable 1 million COVID-19 deaths, a…

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Biden honors COVID-19 deaths as US verges on 1 million | USA TODAY

President Biden is directing flags on government buildings to be flown at half-staff for five days. RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine: A reflection on the first shot in the U.S. https://bit.ly/3PgtHuz President Joe Biden on Thursday marked the “tragic milestone” of 1…

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Secretary Blinken tests positive for COVID-19 after attending WH Correspondents’ Dinner | USA TODAY

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, has tested positive for COVID-19, but has not seen President Joe Biden “for several days,” the State Department says. RELATED: Fauci: COVID-19 global pandemic not over https://bit.ly/3P0Gtxe Secretary of…

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Could the mask mandate come back? Here’s what travelers should know | USA TODAY

Masks are now optional on most major modes of transportation in the U.S., but what does that really mean for your future travel plans? RELATED: Singing flight attendant celebrates end mask mandate for travelers https://bit.ly/3xJJawX The past few days proved…

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Planes, trains, busses lift mask mandates and travel restrictions | USA TODAY

Passengers on flights across the country cheered as mask mandates were lifted for airplanes and other forms of public transportation. RELATED: COVID-19: Here’s why the CDC is reconsidering masks, other mandates https://bit.ly/3xD4pjO United, American, Southwest, Delta, Alaska and other airlines…

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COVID-19 vaccine second booster: Here’s who can get the 4th shot | JUST THE FAQS

Here’s what you should know about the second COVID-19 booster shot and if there could be more doses in the future. RELATED: Here’s what COVID-19 case increases in Europe and Asia mean for the US https://bit.ly/3Dp89pX In a flurry of…

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Here’s what COVID-19 case increases in Europe and Asia mean for the US | JUST THE FAQS

COVID case rates are rising in Europe and Asia. Here’s what that means for the United States. RELATED: Dying for care: How nursing homes failed during COVID-19 https://bit.ly/3ioxre4 Five times in the last two years coronavirus cases spiked in Europe…

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