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Coronavirus

Israel to ban travel to US, Canada over omicron variant

December 20, 2021

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli ministers on Monday agreed to ban travel to the United States, Canada and eight other countries amid the rapid, global spread of the omicron variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office announced the decision following a Cabinet vote. The rare move to red-list the U.S. comes amid rising coronavirus infections in Israel…

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Philadelphia to require vaccine proof for indoor dining

December 17, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP–Philadelphia will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine indoors at bars, restaurants, indoor sporting events and other food-related establishments starting Jan. 3, city and public health officials announced Monday. Public Health Director Cheryl Bettigole said Philadelphia has seen infection rates double in the last few weeks and hospitalizations increase…

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CDC panel recommends Pfizer, Moderna vaccines over J&J shot

December 16, 2021

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MIKE STOBBE Most Americans should be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of the Johnson & Johnson shot that can cause rare but serious blood clots, U.S. health advisers recommended Thursday. The strange clotting problem has caused nine confirmed deaths after J&J vaccinations — while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines…

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Philadelphia mandate: Must be fully vaccinated against COVID to enter any establishment that serves food in Philly

December 13, 2021

City of Philadelphia: Starting Monday January 3, Philadelphia establishments that sell food or drink for consumption onsite will require that everyone who enters has completed their COVID vaccinations. Completing vaccinations means that they have received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   Employees and children aged 5 years and 3 months through 11 will…

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Pennsylvania high court throws out mask mandate for schools

December 10, 2021

By MARK SCOLFORO HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A statewide mask mandate for Pennsylvania schoolchildren was thrown out by the state Supreme Court on Friday, raising the prospect that at least some students in the state may soon be allowed to attend classes without a face covering. The justices announced their decision to invalidate the Wolf…

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The AP Interview: Scientist says omicron was a group find

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Sikhulile Moyo, virologist at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, speaks at a study team meeting for the Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP) in Botswana. Moyo, who may well have discovered the omicron variant, says he’s been through a “rollercoaster of emotions” — the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the…

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Judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors

December 7, 2021

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and DAVID A. LIEB A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors, the latest in a string of victories for Republican-led states pushing back against Biden’s pandemic policies. U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker, in Augusta, Georgia, issued…

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Canadian drugmaker says its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine is effective

December 7, 2021

A Canadian drugmaker said its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine showed strong protection against the virus and will soon seek authorization at home and elsewhere. Medicago announced Tuesday that its two-dose vaccine was 71% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in a large, late-stage study that included several variants including the delta variant. The company’s results did not…

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NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private sector employers

December 6, 2021

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and KAREN MATTHEWS NEW YORK (AP) — All private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the mayor announced Monday, imposing one of the most aggressive vaccine rules in the nation. The move by Mayor Bill de Blasio comes as cases are…

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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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