Coronavirus

Republicans Renew Efforts to End Mass Telework, Call for Hearings

Maximum telework has "outlived its usefulness to protect federal employees," a group of Republicans says.

Will Federal Employee Unions Challenge Biden’s Vaccine Mandate in Court?

Several major labor groups said they won’t, but some are leaving open the possibility.

Evidence Shows That, Yes, Masks Prevent COVID-19 – and Surgical Masks Are the Way to Go

Since the coronaviurs first began spreading around the globe, people have debated how effective masks are at preventing COVID-19. A year and a half in, what does the evidence show?

GovExec Daily: Booster Shots and More Vaccine News

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the latest COVID-19 news that she has been covering.

Potential Traps for Federal Contractors with the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Implementation won’t be easy and companies that do business with the government should prepare.

Coronavirus Roundup: HHS Watchdog Nominee Testifies; Union Calls For Vaccine Mandate at All Points of Entry

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

Public Health Experts ‘Flabbergasted’ That Biden Still Hasn’t Picked an FDA Chief

The Food and Drug Administration has been mired in controversies related to drug approvals and covid vaccines, all without a permanent leader.

What Are Offices Good For, Anyway?

The pandemic disrupted “soft work”—the gossip, eavesdropping, and casual relationship-building that aren’t a formal part of your job.

Guess How Many People Worked From Home Last Year

A misconception about the prevalence of remote work explains a lot about confirmation bias in America.

Coronavirus Roundup: Booster Shot News; Reality TV Star Sentenced for Paycheck Protection Program Fraud

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

FDA Panel Recommends Limiting Pfizer Booster Shots to Americans 65 and Older, and Those at High Risk of Severe COVID-19

An FDA panel has voted against recommending approval of a booster COVID-19 shot for the general population – disappointing some public health officials.

How Fauci and the NIH Got Ahead of the FDA and CDC in Backing Boosters

With real-time data streaming in from highly specialized researchers in the U.S. and abroad, NIH scientists became convinced that boosting the COVID-19 vaccine was needed to save lives. A meeting Friday will determine what happens next. Here’s the story from behind the scenes.

Sorry, a Coronavirus Infection Might Not Be Enough to Protect You

Anyone who’d rather have COVID-19 than get vaccinated is taking two gambles: that immunity will stick around, and that symptoms won’t.

Biden Administration Details Who Is Covered By the Federal Employee Vaccine Mandate, Exemptions and Discipline

Update released Thursday notes that the requirement holds for all federal employees regardless of whether they are working in the office.