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COVID-19 booster drive is faltering in the US

The COVID-19 booster drive in the U.S. is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious omicron variant
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FILE - Pharmacist Kenni Clark injects Robert Champion, of Lawrence, Mass., with a booster dosage of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at City of Lawrence's "The Center," which serves seniors, families and the community, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Lawrence, Mass. The COVID-19 booster drive in the U.S. is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Judge temporarily restores New York's mask mandate

An appeals judge has restored New York’s mask mandate
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FILE — Kelly Sheridan, left, and her first grade students wear face masks as one of the students makes a presentation during class in a hallway at the Milton Elementary School, May 18, 2021, in Rye, N.Y. The New York State Education Department is telling schools to continue to require masks despite a judge’s ruling overturning the state's mask mandate.  But some school districts already are rushing to drop the requirement.  The Education Department said in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 that the state was appealing the ruling, which could temporarily halt it, and that schools should follow the mask rule in the meantime. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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EXPLAINER: What's known about 'stealth' version of omicron?

Scientists and health officials are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the omicron variant that has been found in at least 40 countries
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Judge leaves indoor mask mandate for New York in place while governor's office appeals decision to toss it

Judge leaves indoor mask mandate for New York in place while governor's office appeals decision to toss it
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DeSantis blasts FDA for halting drugs ineffective on omicron

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to fight a decision from federal health regulators to block two coronavirus antibody treatments after the drugs were found to be ineffective against treating the widespread omicron variant
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FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. DeSantis has vowed, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, to fight a decision from federal health regulators to block two coronavirus antibody treatments after the drugs were found to be ineffective against treating the widespread omicron variant. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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RFK Jr. apologizes after condemnation for Anne Frank comment

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is broadcast on a large screen as he speaks during an anti-vaccine rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule

The Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements
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FILE - Protesters gather for a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. On Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, the Biden administration said it has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Idaho activates crisis standards of care in 3 districts

Idaho continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases.
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Registered nurse Ann Enderle checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 31, 2021.
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Official: Haiti sees rise in COVID-19 cases; few vaccinated

Haiti's health minister says the country is fighting a rise in COVID-19 cases as the government struggles to convince people to get vaccinated
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FILE - A medical worker prepares a shot of the Moderna vaccine during a vaccination campaign at Saint Damien Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Haiti's health minister said Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, that the country is fighting a rise in COVID-19 cases as the government struggles to convince people to get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph, File)
January 25

National Guard sees troops reupping despite COVID, hard year

All over the U.S., state National Guard units are seeing dramatic reenlistment rates, even as their troops juggle near constant duties with COVID-19, natural disasters and other military deployments
January 25
FILE - Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell gives the Condition of the National Guard address in the House Chambers at the Iowa Capitol Building on Jan. 14, 2021. State Guard units are seeing dramatic re-enlistment rates, even as their troops juggle near constant duties with COVID-19, natural disasters and other military deployments.(Bryon Houlgrave//The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
January 25

WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes him

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has laid out more plans to fight the virus and other priorities as he pitched his case for a new five-year term
January 25
FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), removes his protective face mask prior to speaking to the media regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and WHO's global health priorities in 2022, during a new press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Ghebreyesus has laid out his plans and goals to further fight the coronavirus and other priorities as he pitched his case for a new five-year term. It came as he has faced criticism from the government of his own country Ethiopia over his comments about the embattled Tigray region. Tedros is running unopposed for a second five-year term that he is all but certain to win at the WHO's annual assembly in May. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
January 25

Children, teens in California could be required to get COVID-19 vaccine

A proposal would require children in grades K-12 to be vaccinated against the disease.
January 25
A proposal would require children in grades K-12 to be vaccinated against the disease.
January 25

Algerian minister urges COVID vaccination amid virus surge

Algeria's health minister has urged people to get vaccinated and save the country’s hospitals from collapse as COVID-19 infections soar
January 25
January 25

Georgia bill would ban abortion pills by mail, require exams

Republicans in Georgia have introduced a bill prohibiting the delivery of abortion pills by mail
January 25
Georgia state Sen. Bruce Thompson, a Republican from White, poses for a portrait at the capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Thompson on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 introduced a bill that would ban abortion pills from being delivered by mail in Georgia and require a physician to perform a physical exam and ultrasound 24 hours before dispensing the pills. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
January 25

Dutch government eases lockdown despite soaring infections

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has further eased his country’s coronavirus lockdown
January 25
FILE- A lone girl waits for a tram in a near-deserted street full of closed restaurants, bars and shop under a partial lockdown in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The new Dutch government was meeting Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, to discuss whether to extend or ease its coronavirus lockdown amid growing anger and plans for civil disobedience from businesses that have been shuttered for weeks. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
January 25

Pfizer opens study of COVID shots updated to match omicron

Pfizer has begun a study comparing its original vaccine with new doses.
January 25
FILE - Pharmacist Sima Manifar prepares a children's dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at City of Lawrence's "The Center," which serves seniors, families and the community, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Lawrence, Mass. Pfizer has begun a study comparing its original COVID-19 vaccine with doses specially tweaked to match the omicron variant. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced the study on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 25

London police investigating Downing Street lockdown parties

The “partygate” scandal that threatens to derail U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration has deepened as police opened an investigation into gatherings at government offices that allegedly violated COVID-19 lockdown rules
January 25
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
January 25

Pfizer announces trials for omicron-specific booster

Dr. John Brownstein discusses Pfizer’s variant-specific booster and how the N95 masks distributed by the White House will help fight COVID-19.
January 25
VIDEO: Pfizer announces trials for omicron-specific booster
January 25

EU seeks to streamline cross-border travel during pandemic

The European Union is seeking to streamline the sometimes chaotic travel between its member states during pandemic times by relying more clearly on a person’s vaccine or  infection status rather than where a traveler came from
January 25
January 25

Child abuse report: Deaths of Black children up in pandemic

The latest national child welfare report shows an increase in the number of Black children who died, even though fewer abuse-related fatalities were investigated in the yearlong period that included the first several months of the pandemic
January 25
January 25

Czech virus hospitalizations rise amid record omicron surge

The number of COVID-19 patients in the Czech Republic has begun to grow amid a record surge of infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant
January 25
FILE - Health care workers transport a COVID-19 patient, in Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic, Thursday, March 18, 2021.The number of COVID-19 patients in the Czech Republic has begun to grow amid a record surge of infections driven by the highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant. According to the figures released by Health Ministry on Tuesday Jan. 25, 2022. The number of hospitalized jumped to 1,695 on Monday and was on the rise for the second straight day, up from 1,537 the previous day. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
January 25

23 Australians on ship delivering aid to Tonga have virus

Nearly two dozen sailors on an Australian ship going to deliver aid to Tonga are infected with the coronavirus, raising fears they could bring COVID-19 to a nation that has managed to avoid any outbreaks
January 25
In this photo released by the Tonga Red Cross Society, Red Cross teams set up a temporary shelter in Kanokupolu, western Tongatapu, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, as the Tonga island group grapples with the aftermath from the recent underwater volcanic eruption. (Tonga Red Cross Society via AP)
January 25

FDA halts use of antibody drugs that don't work vs. omicron

U.S. health officials say COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they don't work against the omicron variant
January 25
FILE - A doctor holds a Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion bag during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration said COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they are unlikely to work against the dominant omicron variant. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
January 25

Abortion opponents eye priorities as high court ruling looms

Opponents of abortion rights insist their work won't end even if the Supreme Court decides to dismantle the Roe v
January 25
FILE - This artist sketch depicts Marc Hearron, petitioner for Whole Woman's Health, standing while speaking to the Supreme Court, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Washington. Seated to Hearron's left is Judd Stone II, Texas Solicitor General. Justices seated from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associated Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Dana Verkouteren via AP, File)
January 25

Cyprus court upholds vaccination certificate requirements

A Cypriot District court has rejected a petition by 64 people to strike down as unconstitutional government regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccination certificates to enter indoor and outdoor venues
January 25
January 25

London police say they are now investigating Downing Street parties during lockdown

London police say they are now investigating Downing Street parties during lockdown
January 25
January 25

S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

South Korea has recorded more than 8,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time as health authorities reshape the country’s pandemic response to address a surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant
January 25
Medical workers in booths take nasal samples from people at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 25

Hong Kong virus cluster in housing prompts partial lockdown

Hong Kong has expanded a partial lockdown and tightened pandemic restrictions after more than 200 cases of COVID-19 were discovered at a public housing estate
January 25
FILE - Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Lam announced Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022, that Hong Kong is expanded a partial lockdown and tightened pandemic restrictions after more than 200 cases of COVID-19 were discovered at a public housing estate. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
January 24

Extra cash for low-income mothers may influence baby brains

New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development
January 24
FILE - This April 3, 2019, file photo shows U.S. currency in New York. U.S. scientists have shown that payments to reduce poverty can enhance infants’ brain development in the first rigorous study of its kind. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 24

David Perdue tests positive for COVID-19 after campaign stop

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue has tested positive for COVID-19
January 24
January 24

Seattle hospitals at breaking point as COVID-19 patients increase

Doctors say they are dealing with a wave of new COVID-19 patients amid the latest surge fueled by the omicron variant.
January 24
Doctors say they are dealing with a wave of new COVID-19 patients amid the latest surge fueled by the omicron variant.
January 24

Hospitals in Seattle are at their breaking point amid COVID crush of patients

Weekly hospitalizations have increased 460% from one month ago.
January 24
Registered nurse Estella Wilmarth tends to a patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle.
January 24

Hope seen once the omicron wave increases global immunity

World health officials are offering hope that the ebbing of the omicron wave could usher in a new, more manageable phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
January 24
Workers walk over London Bridge towards the City of London financial district during the morning rush hour, in London, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The British government have asked people to return to working in offices starting Monday as they ease coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 24

UK to lift travel test requirements for the vaccinated

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will remove coronavirus testing requirements for vaccinated people arriving in England
January 24
Workers walk over London Bridge towards the City of London financial district during the morning rush hour, in London, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The British government have asked people to return to working in offices starting Monday as they ease coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 24

Germany keeps COVID restrictions as omicron infections soar

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany’s 16 state governors have decided to keep existing coronavirus restrictions in place and examine how best to use strained PCR test capacities as the highly contagious omicron variant fuels a steep rise in infections
January 24
A woman walks past a Covid-19 test center in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the day when German politicians discusses further measures to avoid the outspread of the coronavirus. Slogan read "Corona? test here". (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
January 24

Kosovo tightens COVID measures for people entering country

Kosovo has tightened COVID-19 measures for people coming into the country amid a surge in coronavirus infections
January 24
January 24

WHO chief warns against talk of 'endgame' in pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization has warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and says it’s dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.”
January 24
FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 9, 2020 . The head of the World Health Organization is warning that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and says it’s dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also says the acute phase of the pandemic could still end this year — if some key targets are met. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
January 24

Belgium OKs 4th vaccine shot for immunocompromised people

Belgium’s health ministers have approved a recommendation to use a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine to better protect people with a weakened immune system against the virus
January 24
Two people help a woman overcome by tear gas during a demonstration against COVID-19 measures in Brussels, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Demonstrators gathered in the Belgian capital to protest what they regard as overly extreme measures by the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including a vaccine pass regulating access to certain places and activities and possible compulsory vaccines. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
January 24

Graduation rates dip across US as pandemic stalls progress

An analysis shows high school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states.
January 24
Counselor Carly Lott stands outside her office at Procter R. Hug High School in Reno, Nev., Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Lott became concerned about the hours students were working outside the classroom early in the pandemic and its potential effect on graduation rates, which are dipping in many states for the first time in decades. (AP Photo/Samuel Metz)
January 24

S. Korea to expand testing, shorten quarantine for omicron

South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant
January 24
A medical worker in a booth wears plastic gloves at a temporary screening clinic for the coronavirus in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
January 24

Minnesota COVID patient transferred to a Texas hospital dies

A family attorney thanked the public for its "outpouring of love."
January 24
Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., is pictured in an Aug. 2021 image taken from Google Maps Street View.
January 24

Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on China's Xi'an

Authorities have lifted a monthlong pandemic lockdown on the northern Chinese city of Xi'an and its 13 million residents
January 24
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a child gets a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a residential area in Fengtai District in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. People in a Beijing district with some 2 million residents were ordered Sunday to undergo mass coronavirus testing following a series of infections as China tightened anti-disease controls ahead of the Winter Olympics. (Tang Rufeng/Xinhua via AP)
January 23

Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on northern Chinese city of Xi'an, allowing 13 million residents to travel freely

Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on northern Chinese city of Xi'an, allowing 13 million residents to travel freely
January 23
January 23

Youth's overdose death renews pleas for Narcan in schools

The death of a Connecticut seventh grader from an apparent fentanyl overdose has renewed calls for schools to carry the opioid antidote naloxone
January 23
Students at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy return to school, Jan. 19, 2022 in Hartford, Conn. The school has been closed since last week after a student died from a fentanyl overdose. The death of the seventh grader has renewed calls for schools to carry the opioid antidote naloxone. The 13-year-old student in Hartford died after falling ill in school two days earlier. The school did not have naloxone, which is known by the brand name Narcan. But now city officials are vowing to put it in all schools. Fatal overdoses among young people in the U.S. have been increasing amid the opioid epidemic but remain relatively uncommon. (Mark Mirko/ The Hartford Courant via AP)
January 23

Water cannon, tear gas at COVID-19 protests in Brussels

Police in Brussels have fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse violent demonstrations against COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictions
January 23
Police set off a water cannon against protestors during a demonstration against COVID-19 measures in Brussels, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Demonstrators gathered in the Belgian capital to protest what they regard as overly extreme measures by the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including a vaccine pass regulating access to certain places and activities and possible compulsory vaccines. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
January 23

Russia sets another daily virus record amid omicron surge

It's the third consecutive daily record as omicron spreads through the country.
January 23
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride a a subway car in an underground in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia have reached an all-time high and authorities are blaming the highly contagious omicron variant, which they expect to soon dominate the country's outbreak. Record numbers of new cases were reported  in Moscow and in St. Petersburg, where health officials on Friday limited elective outpatient care.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
January 23

New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people
January 23
FILE - Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people. Medical experts say the opposition is misleading. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
January 23

How does COVID-19 cause people to lose sense of smell? And how many regain it?

Some studies suggest up to 96% of COVID patients are affected.
January 23
Food editor Leah Holzel smells aromatic spices on March 22, 2021 in New York City. Holzel, who had lost her sense of smell from 2016 to 2019, now coaches people who have lost their sense of smell due to Covid-19.
January 23

Omicron spreads in New Zealand, spoiling PM's wedding plans

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is postponing her wedding after announcing new COVID-19 restrictions following the discovery of nine cases of the omicron variant in a single family that flew to Auckland to attend a wedding
January 23
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks about the COVID-19 situation while visiting New Plymouth on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday an outbreak was inevitable and the nation would tighten restrictions as soon as one was detected. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
January 22

With new AG, Virginia takes new position on abortion case

There is a closely watched abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 22