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United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy addresses a briefing at the White House in Washington on July 15, 2021.

Surgeon general defends Biden’s response to steep COVID-19 surge

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy defended the Biden administration’s response to the surge of COVID-19 infections caused by the omicron variant, conceding though that health officials need to “close that gap” in the severe shortage of testing.

People enter the art museum ARoS, in Aarhus, Denmark.

Denmark lifts COVID restrictions, opens many public venues

Denmark lifted a number of coronavirus restrictions and allowed the reopening of certain venues Sunday despite the spread of the omicron variant in the country.

A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the COVAX Facility arrives in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries

The World Health Organization said Sunday that an UN-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many poor countries has now delivered 1 billion doses, but that milestone “is only a reminder of the work that remains” after hoarding and stockpiling in rich countries.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a Senate hearing in Washington on Nov. 4.

After a rough first year, CDC director Rochelle Walensky tries to correct course

A series of stumbles by the former Mass General star have underscored just how rough the transition from running an infectious disease department at a hospital to a sprawling, public-facing government agency has been.

A CVS store in Manhattan, Jan. 8, 2021.

CVS and Walgreens temporarily shut some stores as Omicron cases soar

CVS and Walgreens, two of the biggest pharmacy chains in the United States, are temporarily closing some stores this weekend because of staff shortages complicated by the soaring number of people infected with the omicron variant.

Pedestrians walk past parked Metrobuses on Friday.

Omicron deepens bus driver shortage, frustrating passengers as transit agencies pare back service

A surging Omicron variant has sent ailing transit agencies into a heightened sense of crisis, prompting a fresh round of service cuts that have left passengers unsure whether they have a ride to work or school.

A vaccination site in San Francisco on Monday.

Expect more worrisome variants after Omicron, scientists say

Omicron might not be the last COVID-19 variant as the coronavirus continues to spread and possibly mutate.

Sharon Desbecker was supposed to have a procedure on her spine earlier this week at Brigham and Women’s, but it was canceled.

Hospitals postponing thousands of surgeries amid onslaught of COVID and other patients

The situation is so bad that it’s forcing hospital administrators to make heartbreaking choices to limit all but the most urgent surgeries and procedures.