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Scores of dead bodies found floating in India's Ganges River

Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections
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Data expert testifies at landmark West Virginia opioid trial

A data expert testifying at a landmark opioid trial in West Virginia says the potency of prescription drugs sent to local communities increased over time, but the three large drug distributors being sued tried to discredit his analysis
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AP PHOTOS: Jumbo Mumbai COVID-19 hospital treats thousands

Inside Mumbai's BKC jumbo field hospital, a health worker adjusts the oxygen mask of a COVID-19 patient as doctors, nurses and specialists keep a close eye and monitor hundreds of sick people. The pop-up mega hospital in India’s financial capital is mounted with tents and metal partitions and looks like a war room. It has a capacity of more than 2,000 beds with state-of-the-art medical facilities, including intensive care units and beds with oxygen and ventilators. It is mostly full. Its doctors and nurses constantly monitor patients, holding the hands of some to calm them as they have problems breathing, or touching them to see how responsive they are. In some cases they help patients use a mobile phone to speak to family members, who are not allowed visit. India’s western Maharashtra state, home to Mumbai, is one of the country’s worst-hit states, grappling with a surge of coronavirus infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and made field facilities like BKC...
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A nurse poses for a photograph inside a ward at the BKC jumbo field hospital, one of the largest COVID-19 facilities in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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'Monster': 7 life sentences for ex-hospital worker in deaths

A former nursing assistant has been sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison for injecting seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin
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FILE - This photo released July 14, 2020, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Reta Mays. Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.V., is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, May 11, 2021, for her guilty plea to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP)
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The Latest: Ore. bill extends deadline for late-rent payment

Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to give tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent
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Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs Andreja Metelko Zgombic, left, speaks with Portugal's European Affairs Secretary Ana Paula Zacarias during a meeting of the General Affairs Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. As strict lockdown measures are loosened across Europe and many EU citizens dream about holidays in the sun, the 27-nation bloc has yet to find an agreement on how to quickly implement a virus certificates scheme to boost travel and tourism during the summer season. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)
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Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Parents, schools and vaccine clinics are rushing to get younger adolescents inoculated after U.S. regulators endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12
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Olivia Edwards, left, 13, of Flourtown, Pa., gets a bandage from registered nurse Philene Moore after getting a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at a Montgomery County, Pa. Office of Public Health vaccination clinic at the King of Prussia Mall, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in King of Prussia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Medicare requires nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

Medicare says it will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff
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In this April 7, 2021 photo, a senior receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Service Center, in Clarksdale, Miss. Medicare will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said Tuesday, in what officials hope will become an incentive to keep giving shots even as the worst ravages of the pandemic ease in facilities across the land.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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US doctors group issues anti-racism plan for itself, field

The nation’s largest doctors group has released a comprehensive anti-racism plan
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a doctor wears a stethoscope around his neck as he tends to patients in his office in Illinois. On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the American Medical Association released a comprehensive plan aimed at dismantling structural racism inside its own ranks and within the U.S. medical establishment. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Internal emails reveal WHO knew of sex abuse claims in Congo

When Shekinah was working as a nurse’s aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, a World Health Organization doctor offered her a job investigating Ebola cases at double her previous salary _ in exchange for sex
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Dutch move toward further easing of coronavirus lockdown

The Dutch government says zoos and theme parks will be allowed to re-open next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes can extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces, if hospital and ICU admissions continue to fall
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 27, 2021 file photo, people gather despite authorities urging people to stick to coronavirus social distancing regulations, as they celebrate King's Day in the center of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch zoos and theme parks will be allowed to re-open next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes can extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces, if coronavirus infections and hospital admissions continue to fall, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)
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Mexico: Russia's Sputnik V shortages mean limited 2nd doses

Mexican authorities say Russia has been having so many problems producing second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that there won't be enough to give people who got the first dose a second shot
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2021 file photo, a medical worker holds up a vial of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, as the city health department conducts a mass vaccination campaign for Mexicans over age 60, at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Mexico will begin bottling and packaging the Russian vaccine, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Wednesday, April 28, 2021, during a visit to Russia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
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US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge

U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate
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A student walks between classes at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan., on the first day of in-person learning Wednesday, March 30, 2021. The school, like other schools nationwide, has made extra efforts to keep kids at risk of dropping out engaged as classes went virtual due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Europe's rights body fears virus measures hurting democracy

Europe's human rights watchdog is warning that democratic rights and personal freedoms have been eroded during the coronavirus pandemic
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NIH vaccine designer takes coronavirus research to Harvard

The U.S. government scientist who helped design one of the first COVID-19 vaccines and then tackled skepticism of the shots in communities of color is getting a new research home
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In NYC, vaccinations are coming to a subway station near you

Pop-up sites at subway and train stations will offer walk-in shots this week.
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A passenger wearing a protective mask reads while riding on the L subway train in New York, April 13, 2021.
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CDC advisory committee to discuss authorizing vaccinations for children ages 12-15

The first shots could be administered as soon as Thursday if the panel approves Pfizer’s vaccine for use in the age group.
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VIDEO: CDC advisory committee to discuss authorizing vaccinations for children ages 12-15
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Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms

European affairs ministers gathered in Brussels Tuesday to assess progress in discussions with EU lawmakers about a virus certificates scheme to boost travel and tourism during the summer season
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A tram is reflected in a puddle after the city is almost empty shortly after the end of the curfew in central Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Some parents still skeptical as FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15

Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci says we could see masks return seasonally.
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VIDEO: Some parents still skeptical as FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15
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Biden: 1M sign up for health care during special enrollment

1 million have signed up for health insurance under “Obamacare” during pandemic.
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Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the economy, in the East Room of the White House, May 10, 2021, in Washington.
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Scores of dead bodies are found floating in the Ganges River in India as country battles surge in coronavirus infections

Scores of dead bodies are found floating in the Ganges River in India as country battles surge in coronavirus infections
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Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing: Poll

No, COVID-19 vaccines won’t cause infertility.
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Patients sit in an observation area after receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, bottom, at a mass vaccination site at the Lumen Field Event Center in Seattle, March 13, 2021.
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China issues total ban on synthetic cannabinoids

China says it will add all synthetic cannabinoids to its list of banned drugs, in what it described as a first in the world, to curb their manufacturing, trafficking and abuse
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Deng Ming, deputy director of China's National Narcotics Control Commission, attends a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. China on Tuesday said it will add all synthetic cannabinoids to its list of banned drugs, in what it described as a first in the world, to curb their manufacturing, trafficking and abuse. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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AIDS virus used in gene therapy to fix 'bubble baby' disease

Doctors say a gene therapy that makes use of the AIDS virus has given a working immune system to 48 babies and toddlers who were born without one
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Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms

European affairs ministers gathered in Brussels Tuesday to assess progress in discussions with EU lawmakers about a virus certificates scheme to boost travel and tourism during the summer season
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A tram is reflected in a puddle after the city is almost empty shortly after the end of the curfew in central Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Hong Kong won't mandate vaccine for foreign domestic workers

Hong Kong officials have dropped a plan to make it mandatory for foreign domestic workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, after the move drew criticism that it was discriminatory
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In this Saturday, May 1, 2021, photo, domestic helpers from the Philippines line up at the temporary testing center for COVID-19, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong officials have dropped a plan to make it mandatory for foreign domestic workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, after the move drew criticism that it was discriminatory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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WHO official denies lying to Italy prosecutors over report

A top World Health Organization official has strongly denied making false statements to Italian prosecutors about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response
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Lawyer Roberto De Vita, representing WHO's deputy director General Ranieri Guerra, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his law firm in Rome, Monday, May 10, 2021. A top World Health Organization official has strongly denied making false statements to Italian prosecutors about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response, doubling down on his assertions in court documents obtained by The Associated Press. Dr. Ranieri Guerra, a WHO special adviser, outlined his position in a 40-page response, with a 495-page annex, to prosecutors who placed him under investigation last month for having allegedly made false statements to them when he voluntarily went to be questioned Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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In Argentina, doctors adapt as COVID-19 strains hospitals

Many doctors in Argentina have become experts at intubation during the current outbreak of coronavirus cases that has filled clinics in Buenos Aires and nearby towns with patients
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In India's northeast there's fear of a virus surge to come

With experts saying the coronavirus is likely spreading in India’s northeastern state of Assam faster than anywhere else in the country, authorities are preparing for a surge in infections by converting a massive stadium and a university into hospitals
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An Indian paramilitary person guards during a night curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus in Gauhati, Assam, India, Sunday, May 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

The U.S. is expanding use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12
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FILE - This Jan. 24, 2021, file photo shows a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Seattle. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 10, 2021, expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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AGs urge Facebook to drop 'Instagram for kids' proposal

Attorneys general from across the U.S. have written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to drop company plans for a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13
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US expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving way for children as young as 12 to get shots

US expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving way for children as young as 12 to get shots
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Czechs light nearly 30,000 candles to honor COVID-19 victims

Czechs have lit candles at Prague Castle as the hard-hit nation pays its respects to the country's nearly 30,000 dead
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A young girl walks to light up candles to commemorate victims of the COVD-19 pandemic at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, May 10, 2021. The Czech Republic is massively relaxing its coronavirus restrictions as the hard-hit nation pays respect to nearly 30,000 dead. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Sentencing set in insulin injection deaths of 7 VA patients

Sentencing is set this week for a former nursing assistant who admitted to killing seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin at a West Virginia hospital
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FILE - This photo released July 14, 2020, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Reta Mays. Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.V., is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, May 11, 2021, for her guilty plea to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP)
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Why Indian Americans are feeling helpless right now: OPINION

Many are calling the situation in India "grim."
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A relative of a patient who contracted the coronavirus rests by his bedside inside the emergency ward of a Covid-19 hospital in New Delhi, May 3, 2021.
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Consultant: West Virginia city was bombarded with opioids

A new analysis of opioids in West Virginia shows the city of Huntington and its surrounding county were overwhelmed with shipments of prescription drugs
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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, left, and lawyer Rusty Webb enter the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse in Charleston, W. Va., Monday, May 3, 2021, for the start of the opioid trial. The trial is set to start in a lawsuit filed in West Virginia accusing three drug distributors of fueling a local opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers over several years. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
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Drug overdoses skyrocket in Washington state amid COVID

Washington state health officials say preliminary data shows more people died of drug overdoses in 2020 in the state than any year in at least the past decade
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Spain: Expert warns that virus surge could follow parties

Spain’s top coronavirus expert has delivered a stern warning to citizens who are acting as if the pandemic has ended now that the government has relaxed measures against the spread of contagion amid an accelerating rollout of vaccines
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Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, welcomes his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Monday, May 10, 2021. Sanchez is in Athens as part of a Delphi Economic Forum meeting.(AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
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Hugs to be allowed in England as part of lockdown easing

In less than a week, people in England will be able to give someone outside their household bubble a hug for the first time since restrictions were put in place in March last year when the coronavirus
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after speaking to the media with Conservative Party candidate Jill Mortimer, who won the Hartlepool by-election, at Hartlepool Marina, in Hartlepool, north east England, Friday, May 7, 2021. Britain's governing Conservative Party made further inroads in the north of England on Friday, winning a by-election in the post-industrial town of Hartlepool for a parliamentary seat that the main opposition Labour Party had held since its creation in 1974. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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EU: Pandemic measures to total about $5.85 trillion

The European Union’s top economy official says that the recovery measures the EU and its 27 member states have in the works to emerge from the pandemic total around $5.85 trillion
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 28, 2021 file photo, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni addresses the plenary chamber at the European Parliament in Brussels. The European Union's top economy official said Monday, May 10, 2021 that the measures the EU and its 27 member states have in the works to come out of the pandemic total some US dollars 5.85 trillion. EU economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni told a European Parliament Committee said that if comparisons are made with U.S. President Biden pandemic stimulus relief package, the 27-nation EU can confidently stand next to to Washington when all efforts are counted together. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP, File)
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'Last hurrah': 2020 college grads finally get ceremonies

Scores of college campuses around the U.S. are offering their 2020 graduates a chance to experience the in-person commencements they missed out on because of the pandemic
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In this March 12, 2021, photo, Kaitlin Chambless, left, celebrates after taking her symbolic diploma during a Texas A&M University makeup graduation ceremony for spring and summer 2020 graduates, at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Scores of campuses around the U.S. are offering last year's graduates a chance to experience the in-person commencements they missed out on when the pandemic upended life. Some are inviting them to join in festivities for the Class of 2021, while others are hosting separate commencements for them this spring or special events later this year.(Michael Miller/College Station Eagle via AP)
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Greece welcomes young students back to school; courts reopen

Primary schools and junior highs have reopened for in-person classes in Greece for the first time in months as the country ease coronavirus restrictions despite daily infections and deaths remaining stubbornly high
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Students wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, wait to check their temperature at a junior high school in Athens, Monday, May 10, 2021. More than 1.1 million pupils and 127,300 teachers returned to school on Monday as primary and junior high school reopened its doors with mandatory home self-tests. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
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Hindu temple in UAE ships oxygen aid to crisis-hit India

Volunteers from the Hindu community in the United Arab Emirates are heeding distress calls from their country, shipping oxygen cylinders to help India battle its catastrophic coronavirus surge
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Brahmavihari Swami, the head of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the main Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, throws rose petals during a blessing ceremony before shipping hundreds of liquid oxygen cylinders and massive containers of compressed oxygen to India, in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 10, 2021. The organizers, Indian owners of Global Gases Group, a Dubai helium factory, shifted production to oxygen when the latest surge in virus cases hit India. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Vaccine maker BioNTech says no need to waive patents

The head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that there is no need to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines because manufacturers will be able to produce enough shots to supply the world over the coming year
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 file photo the logo on the BioNTech biotechnology company displayed at the building where production of the COVID-19 vaccine has started, in Marburg, Germany. German pharmaceutical company BioNTech reported a net profit of 1.13 billion euros, about 1.37 billion US dollars, in the first quarter of this year on the back of strong revenues from its coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
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Australian judge upholds temporary ban on Indian travel

An Australian judge has rejected a challenge to a temporary COVID-19 ban on citizens returning from India
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A technician prepares a Pfizer vaccine in the pharmacy area of the newly opened COVID-19 Vaccination Centre in Sydney, Australia, Monday, May 10, 2021. (James Gourley/Pool Photo via AP)
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Prost! Bavaria opens some of its famous beer gardens again

Bavarians are now able to enjoy a tall beer in the spring sun in several areas in the southern German state where the spread of the coronavirus has been successfully slowed
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People enjoy the sunny weather and drink beer on the re-opening day of beer gardens, following the lifting of measures to avoid the spread of the corona virus, at lake 'Ammersee' in front of the alps in Inning, Germany, Monday, May 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Indian virus variant found in Thai travelers from Pakistan

Health authorities in Thailand say they have confirmed the country’s first cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, in a Thai woman and her 4-year-old son who have been in state quarantine since arriving from Pakistan
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A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a resident of the Klong Toey area, a neighborhood currently having a spike in coronavirus cases, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, May 10, 2021. The health authorities in Thailand said Monday they have confirmed the country’s first cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, in a Thai woman and her 4-year-old son who have been in state quarantine since arriving from Pakistan. (AP Photo/Vichan Poti)
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US to protect gay and transgender people from sex discrimination in health care, breaking with Trump policy

US to protect gay and transgender people from sex discrimination in health care, breaking with Trump policy
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The Latest: Employee sickness rates below average in Germany

A large German health insurance provider says the number of days working-age people called in sick during the first three months of 2021 hit a 13-year low as hygiene and distancing rules prevented the spread of other illnesses
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A technician prepares a Pfizer vaccine in the pharmacy area of the newly opened COVID-19 Vaccination Centre in Sydney, Australia, Monday, May 10, 2021. (James Gourley/Pool Photo via AP)
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China denounces US appeal for Taiwan to join WHO meeting

China has criticized U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for urging the World Health Organization to invite Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, to take part in a meeting this month
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