US & Canada

US President Joe Biden posing for a selfie with guests at the White House on September 13. Photo: Reuters

Biden says pandemic ‘is over’, as hundreds die in US every day

Nearly 400 people a day continue to die from Covid-19 in the United States.

19 Sep 2022 - 12:04PM
A poster advertising “The Phantom of the Opera” is displayed at closed Majestic Theatre in New York in March 2020. Photo: AP

Phantom of the Opera to close on Broadway after 35 years

The hit musical, a Broadway fixture since 1988, will end its run in February, becoming the biggest victim yet of New York’s pandemic-hit theatre scene.

18 Sep 2022 - 3:10PM
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Alexander Zverev, of Germany, during the semi-finals of last year’s US Open. Photo: AP

Unvaccinated Djokovic out of US Open, as he can’t travel to US

The tennis star’s refusal to receive Covid-19 jabs means he has to drop out of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

26 Aug 2022 - 10:17AM
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert who became a household name, and the subject of partisan attacks, during the pandemic, announced on Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than five decades of service. PhotoAP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

Can we eradicate Covid-19? US disease expert Fauci says no

Biden’s chief medical adviser says the best protection against the coronavirus is mass vaccination.

25 Aug 2022 - 5:50AM
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attends a news conference in Riga, Latvia on August 10. Photo:  EPA-EFE

US defence chief Lloyd Austin positive for Covid for second time

The Pentagon head, who is vaccinated and received 2 boosters, says he is experiencing mild symptoms and will quarantine at home.

16 Aug 2022 - 3:25AM
President Joe Biden continued to recover from his rebound Covid-19 case this week. Photo: AFP

US stuck in a ‘horrible plateau’ of Covid-19 deaths, experts say

‘Covid is over’ might trend within social media circles, but weekly US death tolls tell a different story.

4 Aug 2022 - 12:55PM
US President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time in the past 9 days. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus: Joe Biden again tests positive for Covid-19, returns to isolation

Biden’s positive test is believed to be ‘rebound’ positivity experienced by some Covid-19 patients, according to White House doctor Kevin O’Connor.

31 Jul 2022 - 7:18AM
US President Joe Biden. Photo: AFP

Biden ends Covid-19 isolation after testing negative twice

The White House doctor said the president, who is fever-free, will wear a mask for 10 full days when he is around others.

28 Jul 2022 - 2:13AM
Joe Biden last Wednesday, the day before he tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: AP

Biden’s Covid-19 symptoms improve ‘significantly’, throat still sore

US president’s cough and body aches have diminished since he tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.

25 Jul 2022 - 9:22AM
US President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 symptoms continue to improve, his doctor said on Saturday. Photo: Abaca Press / TNS

Joe Biden’s Covid-19 symptoms continue to improve, says doctor

The US president’s lungs remain clear and his oxygen saturation ‘continues to be excellent on room air,’ the president’s doctor said on Saturday.

24 Jul 2022 - 12:50AM
Donald Trump and Joe Biden. File photo: AFP

Biden and Trump: a tale of 2 presidents with Covid-19

Joe Biden isn’t the first US president to get Covid-19. That dubious honour goes to his predecessor, Donald Trump. But this time, things are different.

22 Jul 2022 - 3:37PM
Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, waves at the start of a House subcommittee hearing in May. Photo: AP

Top US Covid adviser Fauci expects to retire by end of Biden’s current term

The doctor has been the face of the US pandemic response, a role that put him in conflict with Trump and drew him and his family harassment and death threats.

19 Jul 2022 - 8:14AM
Summer music festivals in Europe are increasing the risk of Covid-19 variants being spread. Photo: AFP

Europe and US can’t shake off Covid-19 variant spike

The Super-transmissible BA.5 subvariant of Omicron is fuelling a fresh increase in infections, with cases climbing across the UK, the continent and the US.

17 Jul 2022 - 3:44AM
A doctor administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a 5-year-old boy in Los Angeles. Photo: Los Angeles Times / TNS

Coronavirus: vaccine roll-out for US children under 5 close after vote

US President Joe Biden’s administration plans to roll out the vaccines to the under-5 age groups as early as next week.

19 Jun 2022 - 2:44AM
Dr Anthony Fauci attends the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in January 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE

Anthony Fauci, Biden’s top Covid-19 adviser, tests positive

The US top scientist, 81, is experiencing mild symptoms, and will work from home while he recovers.

16 Jun 2022 - 6:13AM
A Lufthansa Airlines Boeing 747-8 lands at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, in March 2020. Photo: AFP

US dropping Covid-19 tests for incoming air travel

The move marks a major step in the country’s gradual lifting of pandemic restrictions, just over a month after it crossed the threshold of 1 million deaths.

11 Jun 2022 - 6:50PM
Workers produce surgical masks at a factory in Shanghai in April 2020. Photo: Xinhua

US extends tariff exemption on imported Chinese surgical masks for 6 months

As infections rise again in the US, additional exclusions are granted for Chinese products that help prevent spread of Covid-19.

28 May 2022 - 7:00AM
The White House is planning for what it calls ‘dire’ contingencies that could include rationing supplies of vaccines and treatments. Photo: AP

Coronavirus: US faces ‘dire’ risk of vaccine rationing

Biden administration officials have been warning for weeks that the US has spent nearly all the US$1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan dedicated to coronavirus response; ‘I think we would see … loss of life,’ doctor said.

22 May 2022 - 12:50AM
Only eligible passengers of direct flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Detroit will be issued with the green health QR code needed for entry to China. Photo: Xinhua

No more 7-day PCR or antibody tests for flying to China from the US

As of Friday, US travellers to China need only show two PCR test results and a negative antigen report, Chinese mission says, citing changing nature of virus.

19 May 2022 - 2:19AM
US flags are lowered to half-staff on the National Mall in Washington on Thursday to mark 1 million US Covid-19 deaths. Photo: EPA-EFE

Virtual global Covid-19 summit yields US$3 billion in new funding

US President Joe Biden warns other nations there’s ‘still so much left to do’, as US marks 1 million coronavirus deaths.

13 May 2022 - 5:00AM