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Coronavirus

EXPLAINER: What we know and don’t know on new COVID variant

December 3, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 holds a child on her back on a crowded sidewalk in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new variant of COVID-19, scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified…

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Germany locks unvaccinated out of public life; mandate looms

December 2, 2021

By FRANK JORDANS BERLIN (AP) — Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections. Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with federal and state leaders, as the nation…

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The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday broadened its recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is identified in more countries. The agency had previously approved boosters for all adults, but only recommended them for those 50 years and older or if they live in…

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U.S. restricts travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region

November 26, 2021

Restrictions will begin on Monday Nov. 29 By RAF CASERT BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown. A World Health Organization…

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Racial disparities in kids’ vaccinations are hard to track

November 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Cameron West, 9, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Englewood Health in Englewood, N.J., Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community leaders fear that Black and Latino kids are falling behind. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) By Annie Ma and Mike Melia ASSOCIATED…

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Are you vaxxed? Some families face fraught divide over jabs

November 19, 2021

By Leanne Italie ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK — Thanksgiving is Jonathan Mitchell’s favorite holiday, usually spent with his wife co-hosting up to 20 loved ones. He’d been looking forward to the gathering this year after calling it off in 2020 due to the pandemic, but one of the most pressing issues of the times got…

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Universal Family of Schools hosts vaccine clinics

November 12, 2021

Universal Family of Schools are hosting a series of community vaccine clinics in conjunction with Penn Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots will be available to the general public.  Universal invites anyone interested in receiving their COVID-19 vaccine or booster to join them at the following schools:  Universal Daroff, 5630…

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Appeals court stays vaccine mandate on larger businesses

November 8, 2021

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted the Biden administration’s vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face mask…

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EXPLAINER: What to know about vaccines for kids aged 5-11

November 5, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5, to the relief of some parents even as others have questions or fears. Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final OK for youngsters age 5 to 11 to get kid-size doses of the vaccine…

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