EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday.

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  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

Kemp: COVID-19 vaccinations to start within weeks in Georgia

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

  Tree of Life ceremony in Tifton goes virtual

  Dougherty Judicial Circuit prepares for trials to resume or possible shutdown

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  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Rep. Austin Scott tests positive for COVID-19

Kemp extends state’s public health emergency into new year

Northern Ohio hospital orders refrigerated truck to serve as extra morgue space

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Small businesses change operations for COVID-19 Christmas season

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

Phoebe releases Thursday COVID-19 numbers

“We hope Thanksgiving gatherings won’t lead to a dramatic increase in cases and hospitalizations, but we must assume that a surge will affect our area and plan accordingly," said Phoebe's CEO

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

Health experts urge shoppers to stay vigilant on Black Friday

If you plan to go to public areas over the weekend, the health officials urge you to stay vigilant.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Voices of COVID-19, Episode 12: ‘Maddie’s new normal’

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the strength and resiliency of South Georgia. To recognize that, WALB is bringing you a new podcast called “Voices of COVID-19."

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

Some people still weary about COVID-19 vaccine, sociologists say there’s history behind concerns

In recent weeks companies like Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca have announced that their trials have produced anywhere from 70 to 95 percent efficacy, but for some people it’s still not enough.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Valdosta public safety personnel to give youth a happier holiday with shopping events

The Valdosta police and fire departments will brighten the holiday season for a group of kids in the community.

  Downtown Valdosta shops looking forward to Small Business Saturday

Downtown Valdosta is preparing for small business Saturday this weekend. Valdosta’s Mayor Spoke in Downtown today to highlight the importance of shopping local for the holidays.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

  COVID-19 reality: A skeptic’s story

Many viewers say they’re tired of hearing reports of coronavirus numbers and dire warnings from health officials. Perhaps you should hear it from a COVID patient, struggling to breathe in the ICU.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  South Health District shares tips to celebrate Thanksgiving safely during pandemic

The holidays may appear as a chance for some normalcy this year. But with numbers still on the rise in Lowndes County, South Health District wants to remind everyone to celebrate safely.

  GSP encourages safe driving during Thanksgiving holiday travel time

Georgia State Patrol is preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

  COVID protocols in place for 2021 Snickers Marathon

The race is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2021.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is releasing its COVID-19 numbers.

Phoebe releases latest COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Health System has seen almost 1,400 patients recover from COVID-19 as the holiday season approaches amid the pandemic.

WATCH LIVE: Dougherty Co. leaders hold Friday COVID-19 press conference

Dougherty County leaders are addressing the latest developments on COVID-19.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

Voices of COVID-19, Episode 11: A pandemic through the eyes of a man who is a pastor, teacher and commissioner

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the strength and resiliency of South Georgia. To recognize that, WALB is bringing you a new podcast called “Voices of COVID-19."

  Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as it has done for 65 years. But there will be some changes.

  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.

Texas boy, 4, loses both parents to COVID-19 just months apart

As they mourn, the family is urging others to do their part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying safe.

  Albany doctors report rise in COVID-19 but slim signs of flu

COVID-19 cases are on the rise at one doctor’s office in Albany, but there’s some good news on the fight against this year’s flu.

VSU hosts DeStress Fest to help students with end of semester rush

Valdosta State University (VSU) helped students relieve some stress as the end of the semester nears.

  Pfizer files for authorization on coronavirus vaccine

Last week, the company announced its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective.