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The latest news and commentary on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

NOTE: As the world adjusts to COVID-19, research continues on its origins, the effectiveness of masks, vaccines and boosters, new variants, workplace policies, politics and much more. The Washington Times is committed to accuracy in our reporting of the coronavirus. We continue to explore how COVID-19 affects us here in the United States and around the world. 

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Recent Stories

In this image from video posted on the Children’s Health Defense website on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., talks about anti-vaccine stickers he’s urging supporters to use, including one that reads “IF YOU’RE NOT AN ANTI-VAXXER YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION.” Kennedy, now running for president, insists he’s not anti-vaccine, though his record shows he has made his opposition to vaccines clear. (AP Photo, File)

RFK Jr. says he's not anti-vaccine. His record shows the opposite. It's one of many inconsistencies

- Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic because of his strident opposition to vaccines. Yet, he insists he's not anti-vaccine. He has associated with influential people on the far right - including Tucker Carlson, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn - to raise his profile. Yet, he portrays himself as a true Democrat inheriting the mantle of the Kennedy family.

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., arrives to testify before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Thursday, July 20, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats try to halt RFK Jr. testimony before House panel

- The Washington Times

House Democrats attacked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the chief party rival to President Biden in the 2024 race, Thursday by accusing him of trading in antisemitic tropes and spurring doubts about vaccines within the Black community even though he vaccinated his own children.

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Maine moves to drop COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers

Associated Press

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers is expected to be dropped soon in Maine, with a state agency saying the mandate met its goal of limiting the spread of the coronavirus at the pandemic's height but is no longer needed based on evolving scientific evidence.

Recent Commentary Columns

A man walks by Pfizer headquarters, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Big Pharma's outrageous, despicable multibillion-dollar tax dodge

- The Washington Times

Americans who earn well may have to pay as much as 37% of income in taxes each year. But not so the pharmaceuticals. For 2022, eight Big Pharma companies scooped a combined $110 billion in profits, but they only paid a combined $2 billion in U.S. taxes. That's about 2%. They exploit the free market.

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

COVID 'surge,' COVID 'uptick' and leprosy -- and so it begins

- The Washington Times

Headlines are ablaze with alerts about a summertime COVID-19 "uptick," and worse, a summertime COVID-19 "surge," and as the medical experts everywhere are advising: Keep a face mask handy; stay on the COVID-19 shot schedule; listen up for lockdowns. Hmm. An important election must be coming.

Linsey Jones, a medical assistant working at a drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic, wears an N95 mask, Jan. 4, 2022, in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Face masks bans -- finally

- The Washington Times

In-N-Out, a fast-food burger franchise, sent around a notice to employees -- which was then posted by a critic of the company policy on Twitter -- that said the wearing of face masks was prohibited at work, save for those who could show a doctor's note advocating otherwise. Finally. A return to common sense.

This Monday, May 29, 2023, satellite image released by NASA shows Typhoon Mawar approaching the Philippines&#x27; northern provinces. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System — EOSDIS — via AP)

Climate 'hottest day' lies ratchet, and lockdowns loom again

- The Washington Times

The news cycle is filled with headlines about the "hottest day ever recorded," and the "Earth's hottest day" -- and so forth, and so on, and so we go. Make way for the spontaneous combustion of earth and with it, all of humanity, right? Not so fast. Pay your mortgage. The hysteria is based on lies.