Research shows that two Pfizer vaccine doses offer less protection against Omicron than against Delta

The first major real-world study of how vaccines hold up against Omicron found that two injections from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s Covid-19 vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalization by 70% for patients infected with the highly mutated variant. The study, by South Africa’s largest private health insurer, Discovery Ltd., found that while Omicron reduced … Read more

Covid-19 costs in hospitals can vary by tens of thousands of dollars, WSJ analysis shows

The cost of comparable Covid-19 treatments can vary by tens of thousands of dollars per patient, even within the same hospital, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of pricing data indicating that pandemic care has not escaped the complex economics of the U.S. health care system. One type of patient, with a type of … Read more

Dow makes 275-point U-turn and trades lower as stock market struggles to stop losing slip

The Dow industrials fell and the broader stock market struggled to end a string of losses on Friday as investors weighed in on President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates to fight the coronavirus delta variant that some concerns are slowing the economic recovery. How are stock index futures traded? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, … Read more