Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update: BFHD surpasses 17,000 confirmed cases

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Today's coronavirus update from the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) confirmed the region has surpassed 17,000 infections to date. By adding 134 new COVID-19 cases, Benton County reached 9,557 coronavirus infections. Franklin County added 78 coronavirus cases, bringing…

White House threatens Hahn's job over vaccine approval

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has pressed Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn to grant an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by the end of Friday or face possible dismissal. The vaccine won an endorsement Thursday from an FDA panel of outside advisers, and agency signoff is the next step needed to get the shots to the public. Meadows spoke to Hahn by telephone on Friday, according to a senior official familiar with the call but not authorized to discuss private conversations on the record. A second official says Meadows threatened Hahn's job. Hahn later disputed the characterizations of the conversation with Meadows, saying only that the FDA was working rapidly. 

Washington could get COVID-19 vaccines as early as Monday

SEATTLE - Washington could get COVID-19 vaccines in the state as early as Monday or Tuesday after an advisory committee voted Thursday to endorse Pfizer’s version. A group of scientists independent of the Food and Drug Administration voted 17-4…

Ellen DeGeneres announces she has Covid-19

Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid-19. The popular talk show host tweeted the news from her verified Twitter account. "Hi Everyone," DeGeneres wrote. "I want to let you all know that I tested positive…