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'Great day for America': Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings
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FILE - In this May 11, 2021 photo, Rochelle Walensky, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)
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Philly health official forced to resign over MOVE cremations

Philadelphia’s top health official is out of a job after the mayor said he learned human remains from the 1985 bombing of the headquarters of the group MOVE had been cremated and disposed of without notifying family members
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, Philadelphia Health commissioner Dr. Tom Farley, left, speaks with members of the media as Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney listens during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Kenney said in a statement Thursday, May 13, 2921, that Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley decided to cremate and dispose of the remains several years ago. Farley was forced to resign after Kenney said he learned human remains from the 1985 bombing of the headquarters of a Black organization had been cremated and disposed of without notifying family members. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Manchin courtship: WVa senator joins Jill Biden at clinic

The White House’s courtship of Joe Manchin has followed the U.S. senator to his home state of West Virginia
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First lady Jill Biden waves as she walks to board an aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 13, 2021. Biden is traveling to West Virginia. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
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The Latest: NMexico gives Pfizer vaccine to kids 12 to 15

New Mexico is now administering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, as state health officials push for more people to get vaccinated
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People wearing face masks walk through an underpass tunnel in Tokyo on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The Japanese capital confirmed more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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EXPLAINER: Ohio offers $1M weekly prize as vaccine incentive

Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement of a weekly $1 million prize to entice Ohioans to get coronavirus vaccines is raising questions and objections
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses the most recent data on Ohio's soaring coronavirus cases during a news briefing at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine is ready to address Ohioans in his fourth primetime speech about the state's progress against the coronavirus pandemic. DeWine planned his address for late Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
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West Virginia trial puts spotlight on sprawling opioid cases

Local governments seeking to hold drugmakers, pharmaceutical distributors and other companies accountable for the U.S. opioid crisis in the U.S. are finally getting the chance to make their cases in court
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Texas lawmakers approve abortion ban as early as 6 weeks

Texas lawmakers have approved a measure that would ban abortions after as early as six weeks and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits against doctors and others
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For Muslims in America, Eid al-Fitr comes as pandemic eases

As they celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are once again seeking ways to balance social and religious rituals with coronavirus concerns
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A worshipper helps a child with a mask before he and others perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Masjidullah Mosque in Philadelphia, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Millions of Muslims across the world are marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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CDC: Fully vaccinated people can shed their masks, even indoors

What the new recommendations mean for schools, businesses, public transportation and more.
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VIDEO: CDC: Fully vaccinated people can shed their masks, even indoors
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Ontario keeps ban on outdoor recreation for 2 more weeks

Ontario’s premier is keeping outdoor recreational activities like golf courses closed for at least two more weeks despite calls by health officials to resume them for physical and mental health
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A closed Lakeview Golf Course facility is shown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ontario, on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Ontario government has deemed golf courses and other outdoor recreational sports unsafe to open at this current time. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Philadelphia health commissioner out over cremation, disposal of victims' remains after 1985 bombing of Black group

Philadelphia health commissioner out over cremation, disposal of victims' remains after 1985 bombing of Black group
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Twin MDs battle entrenched racism in the medical world

Identical twin doctors who have fought bigotry all their lives have a lofty new mission: dismantling racism in medicine
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Missouri governor drops voter-approved Medicaid expansion

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid program after the Legislature declined to provide money for a measure approved by voters
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FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, campaign workers David Woodruff, left, and Jason White, right, deliver boxes of the Healthcare for Missouri campaign initiative petitions signatures to the Missouri secretary of state's office in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid program after the Legislature declined to provide money for the measure approved by voters. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)
May 13

Fully-vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks, CDC says

In making the decision, the CDC pointed to additional data from the last few weeks that show the vaccines work in the real world and stand up to the variants.
May 13
In making the decision, the CDC pointed to additional data from the last few weeks that show the vaccines work in the real world, stand up to the variants and make it unlikely vaccinated people can transmit the virus.
May 13

Nurses, nonprofits, others take vaccine to homebound people

Local health offices are ramping up efforts to find and reach homebound people.
May 13
Pharmacist Stella Kim, foreground left, administers the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Socorro Franco-Martinez, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, in her apartment as Torrance firefighters, Trevor Borello, rear left, and Alessandro Demuro watch Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Torrance, Calif. Teamed up with the Torrance Fire Department, Torrance Memorial Medical Center started inoculating people at home in March, identifying people through a city hotline, county health department, senior centers and doctor's offices, said Mei Tsai, the pharmacist who coordinates the program. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 13

Johnson 'anxious' over rise of Indian virus variant in UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he's “anxious” about the rise in the U.K. of the coronavirus variant first identified in India
May 13
Caroline Nicolls receive an injection of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine administered by nurse Amy Nash, at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, England, Tuesday April 13, 2021. Moderna is the third vaccine to be approved for use in the UK, and is being given to patients in England from Tuesday. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
May 13

Poll: For unvaccinated Latinos, hesitancy isn't the problem

Many Latinos are forgoing COVID-19 shots because of concerns about losing work hours, getting a bill, and for some, immigration worries
May 13
May 13

AP Source: CDC to issue guidance Thursday allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch masks indoors in many instances

AP Source: CDC to issue guidance Thursday allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch masks indoors in many instances
May 13
May 13

Mobile soup kitchens take food, vaccine to Detroit's poorest

Salvation Army mobile soup kitchen trucks are rolling through some of Detroit's poorest neighborhoods delivering food and COVID-19 vaccines
May 13
Registered nurse Lillye Neal administers a syringe of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Keenon Carreker in Detroit, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In three weeks, more than 40 people have received vaccinations through the program to reach people who normally have little to no access to churches, community centers or other places where vaccines are being given. Mobile care teams consisting of two nurses and a peer support specialist accompany The Salvation Army's Bed & Bread trucks as they cruise Detroit, which lags far behind the state and nearby communities in percentage of people vaccinated. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
May 13

School nurses, health service corps part of $7.4B virus plan

The government is providing $7.4 billion to expand the nation’s public health capacity
May 13
Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
May 13

When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available globally?

Experts say it could be 2023 or later before COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in some countries
May 13
When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available globally? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
May 13

Some proms are back, with masks, testing and distancing

A year after the pandemic canceled most proms, school districts around the country are considering whether they can once again hold the formal dance for seniors
May 13
May 13

Tunisia to reopen economy despite hospital strain

Tunisian authorities plan to reopen the economy next week amid public pushback against virus restrictions
May 13
La Marsa district, just outside Tunis, is deserted Monday, May, 10, 2021. Tunisia announced on Friday strict new measures to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, with the prime minister saying that the health system risks collapsing if something is not done. Houses of prayer are being ordered closed starting Sunday for a week, along with outdoor markets and large stores and malls. Shops selling food can remain open. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
May 13

Wealthy nations once lauded as successes lag in vaccinations

Some of the countries that were most praised last year for controlling the coronavirus are lagging far behind in getting their populations vaccinated
May 13
May 13

Most states have reopened. Here's where new COVID outbreaks happened.

Health experts say the data can help with future pandemic planning.
May 13
Workers wearing protective masks and food processing clothing perform quality checks at an Amy's Kitchen facility in Santa Rosa Calif., June 24, 2020.
May 13

COVID-19 vaccinations finally starting to stem pandemic's tide in US: Analysis

ABC News analyzed coronavirus case and vaccination data from all 50 states.
May 13
A man receives a shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination center at the beach, in South Beach, Fla., May 9, 2021.
May 13

Dealing with COVID catastrophe, India now reporting 'black fungus'

The fungal infection may be hitting harder due to steroids used to treat COVID.
May 13
Health workers wearing personal protective equipment suits attend to COVID-19 coronavirus patients inside a temporary COVID care facility in New Delhi on May 2, 2021.
May 13

Meeting kids where they are located key to getting newly eligible vaccinated

The Pfizer vaccine is now authorized for everyone 12 and older.
May 13
Middle school student Elise Robinson receives her first coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group.)
May 13

How MDMA could treat PTSD in ways current therapy can't

Initial research into treating PTSD with ecstasy shows impressive results.
May 13
A pill stands on a reflective surface illuminated by multi-colored lights in an undated stock image.
May 13

Political turmoil returns as Nepal suffers worst COVID surge

Political turmoil has returned to Nepal as it experiences its worst COVID-19 surge
May 13
A paramedic attends to a COVID-19 patient outside an emergency ward of a government run hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
May 13

Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers

Dozens of school districts around the country have eliminated requirements for students to wear masks, and many more are likely to ditch them before the next academic year
May 13
Christie Black, middle, with her two children, Angela and Luke, left, and the family dog Teddy, pose at their home, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz. The students, a third grader and a kindergartner, attend a school where mask wearing is optional. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 12

Vaccine Watch: Can vaccines help long-haulers?

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff reports on some long-haulers, who have long-term COVID-19 symptoms, who say getting the vaccine has helped ease symptoms.
May 12
VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: Can vaccines help long-haulers?
May 12

Australia signs deal for 25M Moderna doses through next year

Australia has reached a supply agreement for 25 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in a deal the government hopes will ensure all Australian adults have access to inoculation this year
May 12
Australia's Health Minister Greg Hunt speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Australia has reached a supply agreement for 25 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
May 12

Ohio governor unrolls $1M lottery prizes to urge vaccination

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has announced the end of coronavirus health orders in Ohio as of June 2
May 12
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses the most recent data on Ohio's soaring coronavirus cases during a news briefing at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine is ready to address Ohioans in his fourth primetime speech about the state's progress against the coronavirus pandemic. DeWine planned his address for late Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
May 12

California likely to keep some mask mandates, governor says

Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will likely keep some mask mandates in place this summer
May 12
FILE - In this March 10, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wears a mask during a visit to a vaccination center in South Gate, Calif. Gov. Newsom said Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the nation's most populous state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, describing a world he said will look "a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 12

The Latest: Louisiana kids can start vaccinations Thursday

Children as young as 12 can expect to start getting Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday in Louisiana
May 12
Middle school student Meredith Rogers, center, waits to receive her first coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
May 12

CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer vaccine authorization for ages 12-15

One step remains before the vaccine is authorized, but some states have already started vaccinating young teens.
May 12
VIDEO: CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer vaccine authorization for ages 12-15
May 12

US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

Federal health advisers have endorsed use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12
May 12
Nouf Albarakati, left, of Narberth Pa., comforts her son Manaf Albarakati, 14, before he receives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination from registered nurse Alicia Jimenez 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, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
May 12

Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

COVID-19 deaths in the United States have tumbled to an average of about 600 per day, the lowest level in 10 months
May 12
FILE - In this May 5, 2021, file photo, a group of friends, who said they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, mingle on the beach in the Venice section of Los Angeles. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of just over 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
May 12

EXPLAINER: How COVID-19 vaccines will work for kids in US

Children ages 12 and older can now get COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., offering parents and schools a chance to relax their pandemic precautions
May 12
Middle school student Elise Robinson receives her first coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
May 12

US health advisers endorse Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 and up

US health advisers endorse Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 and up
May 12
May 12

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
May 12
May 12

New vaccine pass allows vaccinated residents to travel between Hawaiian islands

Fully vaccinated islanders can skip pre-travel testing and quarantine.
May 12
State officials check to be sure all arriving visitors and residents alike had answered a health questionnaire, had their temperatures taken and shown proof of a negative COVID test, at Honolulu International Airport on Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu.
May 12

UK's Johnson urged to bring forward inquiry into pandemic

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that an independent public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will start hearing evidence next year
May 12
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for a debate on the Queen Speech at House of Commons in London, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
May 12

UK economy showed resilience ahead of big lockdown easing

Official figures show that the British economy contracted by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2021, a relatively modest contraction given that the country was in the midst of a strict lockdown to combat a second wave of the coronavirus
May 12
FILE - In this Friday, March 26, 2021 file photo, a person walks past a temporarily closed clothes shop on Regent Street in central London, where non-essential shops are closed during England's third coronavirus lockdown. The British economy contracted by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2021, a relatively modest contraction given that the country was in the midst of a strict lockdown to combat a second wave of the coronavirus. The Office for National Statistics also said Wednesday May 12, 2021, that the economy even managed to grow by 2.1% in March when the country began easing some restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 12

Slovakia plans to keeping using AstraZeneca despite pause

Slovakia's health minister says the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine should remain part of his country's vaccination program
May 12
Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger receives his first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination at the National Soccer Stadium in Bratislava, Slovakia, Saturday, May 1, 2021. The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine should remain part of Slovakia’s vaccination program the country’s Health Minister said on Wednesday, May 12. Slovakia on Tuesday halted use of the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine after Slovakia’s State Institute for Drug Control concluded last week that the death of a 47-year-old woman who received the AstraZeneca was “likely” linked to the vaccine. (Jakub Kotian/TASR via AP)
May 12

COVID-19 infections surge among prisoners in Bangkok

Nearly 3,000 inmates at two prisons in Thailand’s capital have tested positive for COVID-19 as the country battles a new wave of the coronavirus
May 12
In this photo released by Department of Corrections, COVID-19 prisoners sit inside a field hospital set up at Medical Correctional Institution to treat COVID-19 inmates, in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 8, 2021. Almost 3,000 inmates incarcerated at two prisons in Thailand’s capital Bangkok have tested positive for COVID-19, the Corrections Department said Wednesday, May 12, 2021 as the Southeast Asian nation battles a virulent third wave of the coronavirus. (Department of Corrections, Thailand via AP)
May 12

Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics

A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has published its final report, listing an array of recommendations about how the world can better prepare for another
May 12
May 12

How booster shots could help in global fight against COVID-19

It's unclear if everyone will need boosters, but early results are promising.
May 12
A healthcare worker holds syringes with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 at a vaccination centre, in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021.
May 12

Official says fire at ICU in Egypt hospital kills 2 patients

An Egyptian official says a fire broke out in an intensive care unit of a government-run hospital, leaving two patients dead
May 12