December 31, 2021

NEW YORK, NY - December 27: Preview of the new Waterford Crystals Gift of Harmony design for the 2019 New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on 42nd Street in New York City on December 27, 2018 Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX

A brief history of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop

By Jacqui Palumbo, On the last day of each year, it has become a ritual for large crowds to gather in the brightly lit chaos of New York’s Times Square to ring in new beginnings. At 11:59 p.m. a dazzling ball descends down a pole, while attendees — and millions of people tuning in from

A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with a vial of the J&J/Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at a temporary vaccination site at Grand Central Terminal train station on May 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Studies indicate J&J Covid-19 vaccine booster protects people against severe illness from Omicron variant

By Maggie Fox, Two reports released Thursday show that people who get booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine are well protected against severe disease and hospitalization from the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the company said. Researchers said the findings indicate that most of the Covid-19 vaccines will protect people against the worst outcomes


Biden administration signals pandemic strategy shift in the face of Omicron

By Stephen Collinson, America is plunging into a fast-worsening and frightening winter bout with Covid-19 that will leave few citizens and communities untouched. But as the highly transmissible Omicron variant roars across the country, the Biden administration is revealing the most tangible signs of a shifting pandemic strategy several weeks in the making. It is preparing a nation exhausted by two years