Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas issued a broad executive order on Monday that bars virtually any coronavirus vaccine mandate in the state. Mr. Abbott, a Republican, has been among the most vocal political leaders in the United States opposing vaccine mandates. His latest executive order includes private employers, which hadContinue Reading

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas on Monday issued a broad executive order that bars virtually any vaccine mandate in the state. Mr. Abbott, a Republican, has been among the most vocal political leaders in the United States opposing vaccine mandates. His latest executive order includes private employers, which had beenContinue Reading

The political battle in Florida over masks in schools escalated this week, as the state Board of Education voted to authorize sanctions on eight local school districts for not following instructions from Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration that make masks optional. The eight districts, whose boards all voted to require masksContinue Reading

President Biden is traveling to Chicago on Thursday to talk about vaccine mandates. Chicago was picked in part because it is the home of United Airlines, which became one of the first major carriers to require shots for its 67,000 U.S. employees. Other airlines have followed with similar requirements, includingContinue Reading

Canada will make vaccination mandatory as of next Tuesday for air and rail passengers, and as of Oct. 29 for federal government workers, including members of the military and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday. “We have covered a lot of ground against Covid-19,”Continue Reading

The Justice Department signaled its support on Wednesday for the families of children with disabilities in Texas who are suing to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in the state’s schools. The department filed a formal statement on Wednesday with the federal district court in Austin that isContinue Reading

Covid cases and hospitalizations are rising again in the U.S., and deaths are starting to rise, too. In response, many people are understandably asking what the country can do to minimize the virus’s toll in the weeks ahead. So far, a lot of discussion has focused on mask mandates. SchoolsContinue Reading

As coronavirus cases have increased across the United States, some universities and public school systems have reimposed indoor mask mandates on their campuses, a sign that while the academic year may be coming to a close, the pandemic is still not. The University of Hawaii’s mandate was expanded Wednesday onContinue Reading