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Coronavirus

EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?

October 29, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard and Mike Stobbe ASSOCIATED  PRESS  Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing — and adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can get a different type of vaccine for that extra dose. A number of factors, including…

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More than 120,000 US kids had caregivers die during pandemic

October 15, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Zavion Guzman hugs his sister Jazzmyn while playing Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Belleville, N.J. Lunisol Guzman adopted the two as babies but died last year from COVID-19 along with her partner at the start of the violent first wave of the pandemic in the U.S. Northeast. The children’s older sisters now care…

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Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

October 15, 2021

By Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks…

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South Africa’s vaccine train takes doses to poor areas

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Siboniso Nene, head of the vaccination program, briefs people who came for the COVID-19 vaccination at the Swartkops railroad yard outside Gqeberha, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. South Africa has sent a train carrying COVID-19 vaccines into one of its poorest provinces to get doses to areas where healthcare facilities are stretched….

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Department of Health, physicians answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine in new educational video

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Inserts – Dr. Paul Offit (Photo/chop.edu)  and Dr. Denise A. Johnson (Photo/prnewswire.com) Pennsylvania Department of Health Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics Dr. Paul Offit developed a video resource for Pennsylvanians answering questions about vaccine safety. Anyone can…

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Pennsylvania releases data on ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases

September 24, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) By Michael Rubinkam ASSOCIATED PRESS  Pennsylvania residents who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus were far more likely to contract COVID-19, become hospitalized and die than those who got…

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First responders nationwide resist COVID vaccine mandates

September 20, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Amethyst, the five-year old daughter of Erin “Toke” Tokley, a Philadelphia cop who died from COVID-19 in March, poses with a portrait of her father on Aug. 29, 2021, in Secane, Pa. Tokley was scheduled to be vaccinated on March 11 – which turned out to be his funeral. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) By…

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Young Africans struggle with jobs, education amid pandemic

September 10, 2021

By Farai Mutsaka and Andrew Meldrum ASSOCIATED PRESS HARARE, Zimbabwe — The future looked promising for Tinashe Mapuranga, an intern at a leading bank in Zimbabwe who appeared set to get a staff position as soon as he completed his college degree. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Amid the lockdowns, the 24-year-old was one of…

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What can employers do if workers avoid COVID-19 vaccines?

September 10, 2021

ASSOCIATED PRESS They can require vaccination and fire employees who don’t comply, or take other actions such as withholding company perks or charging extra for health insurance. Businesses for months have been encouraging workers to get vaccinated, in some cases offering incentives like time off or gift cards. But more are taking a harder stance…

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US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

August 27, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Florida International University student Rico Rozier gets the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a site on campus, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence…

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