'The war has changed': US documents sound alarm on Delta variant
An internal CDC document said the variant, first detected in India and now dominant across the globe, is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. It can be passed on even by vaccinated people, and may cause more serious disease than earlier coronavirus strains.
Biden names Indian-American to be religious freedom ambassador
US president Joe Biden on Friday nominated Indian-American Rashad Hussain as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Hussain is the first Muslim to be nominated to head US diplomacy for advancing religious liberties.
US approval of Covid-19 shots could boost vaccination numbers, Fauci says
US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday he hopes regulators could as soon as next month start granting full approval for the use of Covid vaccines, a move he said could spur unvaccinated Americans to get the shots. Use of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna two-dose vaccines and Johnson & Johnson's one-dose shot are currently authorized on an emergency use basis by the US FDA