Coronavirus

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.

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  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

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  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

Palm Beach County sending doses of COVID-19 vaccine to cities

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Tens of thousands backlogged to get COVID-19 vaccine in St. Lucie County

State emergency chief points finger at feds on vaccinations

The federal government is mostly to blame for what some people see as a slow distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Florida, state Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz told a House panel Thursday.

200 vaccine doses available Friday in Palm Beach Gardens

The city of Palm Beach Gardens has established a website for seniors 65 and older to sign up and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

  Martin Co. skipped in latest round of vaccine distributions

WFLX learned that Martin County was one of the very few counties to be overlooked this week to receive more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

  DeSantis announces more Publix COVID-19 vaccine sites

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced more Publix partnerships with the state and its efforts to get the COVID-19 vaccine to more seniors.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

  Florida teachers continue to wait for vaccine priority

The pressure is mounting as more teachers want Gov. Ron DeSantis to make them a priority for the COVID-19 vaccine. State officials, however, maintain they're focused on those 65 and older, giving little indication Wednesday as to who comes next.

  Florida’s deaths rise by 169 from 156 day before, cases by 13,990 from 14,896

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 13,990, around 1,000 less than the day before, as deaths increased by 169, compared with 156 Tuesday. Total daily tests: 157,923. Daily first-time positivity rates drop: Florida to 10.17%, Palm Beach County to 9.66%.

Palm Beach County superintendent wants teachers to get COVID-19 vaccine

The head of the School District of Palm Beach County wants teachers prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Palm Beach creates COVID vaccination waiting list

The town of Palm Beach has created a waiting list for residents 65 years and older who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

DeSantis announces more Publix COVID-19 vaccine sites

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced more Publix partnerships with the state and its efforts to get the COVID-19 vaccine to more seniors.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

  Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner and Governor DeSantis meet to discuss COVID vaccine distribution

Tuesday afternoon Governor Ron DeSantis is seen walking to a vehicle after a meeting with Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner. He didn't speak with the media, but Kerner did.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

  State’s cases rise by 14,896, pass 1.5 million; deaths up 156

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 14,896, passing 1.5 million six days after surpassing 1.4 million, as deaths increased by 156. Florida's daily tests: 161,444. State's daily first-time positivity rate rises to 10.62, Palm Beach County up to 10.22%

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

DeSantis: Nearly 350,000 seniors have gotten COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a news conference in The Villages.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

  Teen’s tutorial helping seniors apply for COVID vaccine appointments

Many seniors continue to express frustration and confusion as they try to request a COVID-19 vaccine in Palm Beach County.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  City of West Palm Beach suspends event permits through January 24, 2021

The city of West Palm Beach is suspending all existing permits for events occurring through January 24, 2021.

  COVID-19 taking toll on Los Angeles EMTs

EMTs in Los Angeles County are facing demanding shifts while helping COVID-19 patients.

  State’s deaths rise by 159, toll passes 23,000 residents; cases up 11,576 after 12,313 day before

Florida's coronavirus deaths rose by 159, most for a Monday, with total toll passing 23,000 residents, 7 days after surpassing 22,000 as cases were up 11,576. Total daily tests: 128,795. Daily first-time positivity rates rise: Florida from 10.42% to 10.6, Palm Beach County from 8.57% to 8.85

  China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

A culture of secrecy, fostered by the Chinese government, is believed to have delayed warnings about the pandemic, blocked the sharing of information with the WHO and hampered early testing.

Football nixes COVID-19 testing at Hard Rock Stadium

There will be no coronavirus testing Monday at Hard Rock Stadium.

Heat-Celtics game postponed because of COVID-19 protocols

Sunday's NBA game between Boston and Miami has been postponed because of contact tracing concerns within the Heat.

Governor: 7 new vaccination sites opening for seniors

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the Lynn Haven Senior Center in Lynn Haven, where about 500 seniors were being vaccinated.

  Pope’s doctor dies from COVID-19 complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor has died as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

  Wis. teacher says she caught COVID-19 in classroom, leading to husband’s death

Within two weeks of her return to in-person learning, the teacher contracted COVID-19, which she then passed on to her husband and her mother. Her husband died.

  State’s cases rise by 15,445 after two days above 19,000; deaths up 138 after 185 day before

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 15,445 after two days above 19,000, as deaths rose by 138, which was 47 less thanday before. Daily tests: 162,481. Daily first-time positivity rates down: Florida 10.79%, Palm Beach County 9.61%

  Queen Elizabeth II and husband receive COVID-19 vaccinations

The injections were administered at Windsor Castle, where the queen and her husband have been spending their time during the lockdown in England.

  Florida’s case rise by 19,530, just 286 from record; 185 increased deaths most in 4 months

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 19,530, just 286 behind the one-day record set the day before, including Palm Beach County with a record 1,205, as deaths increased by 285, the most since 202 on Sept. 23, as the total toll including residents passed 23,000.

  U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

The U.S. has recorded more than 4,000 daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time.

  Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

  London mayor seeks help as UK sees record new virus deaths

Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident,″ as the rapid spread of the virus pushed hospitals to breaking point.

  UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus

So far, Britain has inoculated 5 million people with two other vaccines.

  Indian River County to offer COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 and over

The Florida Department of Health Indian River County announced Thursday it will hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics for people 65 and older.

  US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The virus is surging in virtually every state, with California particularly hard hit.

  There are new coronavirus strains: Can our vaccines stop them?

New variants of the coronavirus seem to make it more easily spread, but scientists say they haven't made the vaccine obsolete yet.

  US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months.

West Palm Beach nursing home residents getting vaccinated

There's now hope for many seniors who have been isolated inside their nursing homes and assisted living facilities for months.

  UK leader to use ‘every second’ to vaccinate the vulnerable during return to lockdown

Britain reported more than 60,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the first time on Tuesday. More than 391,000 people have tested positive in the past seven days, up 44% from the previous week.

  State’s cases rise by one-day record 17,783, pass 1.4 million; deaths increase by 129

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by a one-day record of 17,783 as total fatalities passed 1.4 million, taking eight days to grow by more than 100,000, and deaths increased by 129, which was 31 more than the day before.

  Hospitals struggle to keep up in COVID-19 hotspot California

Some hospitals have had to close their doors at times because they’ve become so overwhelmed, leaving ambulances waiting up to eight hours and diverting others to different emergency rooms.

Florida to add additional phone operators to improve COVID-19 vaccine appointment process

In an effort to increase the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens in Florida, the state is planning to offer shots at places of worship like churches.

Snowbirds looking to get vaccinated in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis is discouraging people to travel to Florida solely for the vaccine, he explained Monday.

Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions

The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

Health department in Palm Beach County in final stages of testing portal for vaccine appointments

FOX 29 contacted the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County to ask about the frustration some seniors say they’re experiencing in trying to get an appointment to get vaccinated, including the use of an email address and a phone number that’s closed.

Kid Rock gives $100,000 to support small businesses impacted by COVID

The Barstool Fund has raised more than $18 million to support small business owners, according to its website.

  An FDA-approved COVID-19 test is available on Amazon

If you need to take a COVID-19 test, you can now do so from the comfort of your own home.

  Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

January is going to be “a tough one,” Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, told The Associated Press.

  State’s cases rise by 15,431, second highest for single day; deaths increase by 98

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 15,431,the second-highest single-day increase, as deaths went up by 98. Daily tests were 138,399. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 12.74% and Palm Beach County's was 10.83%.

  Is the COVID-19 vaccine right for you? Here’s what medical experts are advising

Pregnant? Nursing? Have food allergies? When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to everyone, you may be wondering if it's right for you. Here's what medical experts are advising.

Palm Beach County parents voice concerns over progress letter

Parents were warned that they might get a serious letter about their child’s progress in School District of Palm Beach County, urging them to switch from virtual learning to in-person.

COVID likely 3rd leading cause of death in US for 2020

More than 350,000 people died from COVID-19 in 2020.