The US Food and Drug Administration authorised Pfizer’s Covid pill for high-risk people aged 12 and over, calling it an important milestone in the pandemic that will allow millions to access the treatment. Stay here for real-time updates on news across the US:Read Less
NYC adds testing; no decision on Times Square New Year’s Eve
New York City officials say they’re opening more Covid-19 testing sites and restricting visitation at city-run hospitals and jails
Oklahoma appellate court rejects death row inmate’s appeal
A state appeals court has rejected the appeal of an Oklahoma death row inmate who was sentenced for killing a 16-year-old girl in 2012
White House Covid-19 response coordinator Zients says anti-viral treatments will be provided to states, localities at no charge
Around 265,000 treatment courses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 anti-viral pill will be available in January, says CDC
US CDC director Walensky says 7-day average of Covid-19 cases up 25% over previous week
US CDC: 204,818,717 people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of December 22 VS 204,578,725 till December 21
US administers 499 m doses of Covid-19 vaccines: CDC
US weapons exports decreased 21% to $138.2 billion in fiscal 2021
US House committee probing January 6 Capitol attack seeks interview with Republican representative Jim Jordan
Multiple major companies have announced they will cancel or limit their attendance to the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, the tech industry’s annual mass gathering in Las Vegas, due to Covid-19 variant Omicron’s rapid spread
US accuses Russia of further escalation on Ukraine border
The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of continuing to escalate its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine, and renewed its warnings against any “aggression” by Moscow.
President Biden spending Christmas at the White House
Joe Biden will spend his first Christmas as president at the White House with family and is giving up his New Year’s tradition of sun and St. Croix for the chill of Delaware this year.
Launch of NASA’s new space telescope delayed until Christmas Day
Trucker’s 110-year sentence draws outcry, clemency calls
The family of a trucker sentenced to 110 years in prison after an explosive brake-failure accident that left four people dead has held a rally in Denver Wednesday to plead for clemency. Read more
California to give rapid Covid-19 tests to all public school students after winter break: Governor
Biden says government averted US holiday supply chain ‘crisis’
President Joe Biden argued Wednesday that by working with shipping firms and unions, his administration helped prevent a feared shortage of gifts for the holidays.
Biden signs bill to allow Capitol Police to request help without prior approval in crisis
US President Joe Biden signed a legislation on Wednesday that will allow the Capitol Police to request assistance without prior approval during emergencies, the White House said.
Build Back Better talks with holdout Manchin to continue, White House says
US authorises certain transactions with Taliban to maintain flow of aid to Afghanistan
White House says Biden wants schools to stay open, different districts will make own decisions