Washington and Oregon rank in the top ten states for the longest life expectancy, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The high rankings come with the caveat that the pandemic has thrown lengthening human lifespans into reverse in the U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration is planning to authorize a new generation of Covid-19 boosters this week that for the first time will target the omicron variant.
Washington state is planning for the rollout of a new Covid-19 booster this fall. Drugmakers have asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize bivalent shots that target the omicron subvariants, which are dominant in Washington and across the country.
The vaccine maker alleges that its rivals Pfizer and BioNTech used some patented features of its mRNA technology to develop their COVID vaccines.
When schools shut down at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress put aside just over $13 billion in grant money for state educational agencies. New rounds of funding were approved in December 2020 and March 2021. But roughly half of the $2.6 billion allocated for schools here in Washington hasn’t been claimed yet, data published by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction from July shows.
Hospital staffing shortages across the state have some nurses taking their skills on the road.
Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Publicola's Erica Barnett, The Everett Herald's Isabella Breda, and The Seattle Times' Elise Takahama.
About a month and a half after Covid-19 vaccines became available to kids under five in Washington state, just under 9 percent have had their first shot.
That’s significantly lower than all other age groups.
More than 13,500 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 in Washington state. And deaths continue.
That leaves many families grappling with the grief of a recent Covid death while the rest of the world moves on.