COVID-19

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccinations are filled during MU Health Care's vaccination clinic.

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, moving the country one step closer to having shots for all age groups.  The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before parents can begin getting […]

‘No live controversy exists’: Judge rules against Schmitt in Columbia schools mask case

BY: - June 16, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday lost on almost every point raised to prevent dismissal of his office’s lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools over its mask mandate. Circuit Judge Josh Devine, in a ruling in one of the highest-profile mask cases, wrote that the district had not required students to wear masks for more than […]

FDA outside advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. The 21-person Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend the FDA approve emergency use […]

Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?

BY: - June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]

Missouri governor signs law shielding doctors prescribing ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine

BY: - June 7, 2022

A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson Tuesday will shield healthcare providers from losing their medical licenses when prescribing ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, two medications that have not been shown to be effective in treating COVID-19. The language was included in a bill dealing with professional licensing regulations, and it was not highlighted in […]

OSHA requires JBS to implement disease preparedness measures at seven plants

BY: - June 6, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring JBS, one of the largest meatpacking companies in the country, to take steps to prevent future disease outbreaks at seven of its plants. The settlement announced Friday signals the resolution of two OSHA citations issued to JBS for failing to protect […]

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of […]

Shannon County vaccination clinic sign

Study finds 8,500 COVID deaths may have been prevented if more Missourians were vaccinated

BY: - June 2, 2022

If all of Missouri’s adults were vaccinated against COVID-19, more than half of the over 14,000 deaths attributed to the virus since January 2021 may have been prevented, a new analysis concluded. The analysis, performed by researchers at the Brown School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health […]

Remote voting in the U.S. House hits a second anniversary, but it may be its last

BY: - May 26, 2022

After two years of a temporary provision to allow remote voting in the U.S. House, the top 36 users of the proxy voting system are all Democrats, though Republicans have also taken advantage of it. Proxy voting was meant to keep crowds of House members smaller and thereby limit the spread of COVID-19, back in […]

Missouri Attorney General files six new lawsuits against school mask rules

BY: - May 19, 2022

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Thursday that his office has filed six new lawsuits challenging school masking requirements. Schmitt’s office hinted during a hearing in Columbia earlier this week that more lawsuits were forthcoming. The lawsuits challenge rules school districts established allowing mask mandates to be reimposed if COVID cases reach a certain threshold. […]

Attorney General Eric Schmitt preparing new round of school mask lawsuits

BY: - May 18, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt is preparing for a new round of lawsuits challenging school mask rules if districts reinstate orders in the face of an uptick in COVID-19 cases. During a hearing Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court, assistant attorney general James Atkins said the new cases would involve districts that have policies triggered by […]

Tyson Foods wrote draft of Trump order keeping meatpacking plants open during pandemic

BY: - May 17, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest.  Lawyers for Tyson Foods, one of America’s largest meatpacking companies, drafted an early version of a 2020 executive order that allowed plants to continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Congressional report based on company emails shows. It’s been reported that the meatpacking industry wrote a draft […]