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Swiss bask in reopened shops as COVID-19 cases drop

Shoppers and store owners alike were basking in Switzerland's reopening of nonessential shops like bookstores and clothing vendors
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Customers wearing face masks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, in an Ikea store on its reopening day, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, March 1, 2021. Swiss authorities last week gave a go-ahead to what they called a “cautious” reopening despite a new, more-transmissible COVID-19 variant that first appeared in Britain that is increasingly circulating in the rich Alpine country. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
27 minutes ago

WHO: 'Premature,' 'unrealistic' COVID-19 will end soon

The World Health Organization's emergencies chief says it's “premature” and “unrealistic” to think that the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Michael Ryan, left, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies programme, next to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, right, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The emergencies chief of the World Health Organization said on Monday March 1, 2021, it was “premature” and “unrealistic” to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
35 minutes ago

Germany reopens hairdressers, considers way ahead on virus

Hairdressers across Germany have reopened for business after a 2½-month closure, another cautious step as the country balances a desire to loosen restrictions with concern about the impact of more contagious virus variants
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Muhammet 'Memo' Akbas cuts Aleksandar Petrovic's hair in a barber shop in Freiburg, Germany, Monday, March 1, 2021. Hairdressers across Germany are reopening for business after a two and a half month closure, another cautious step as the country balances a desire to loosen restrictions with concern about the impact of more contagious coronavirus variants. (Philipp von Ditfurth/dpa via AP)
1 hour ago

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement aimed at getting most public school children back in classrooms by the end of March
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, Assistant Principal Janette Van Gelderen, left, welcomes students at Newhall Elementary in Santa Clarita, Calif. California's public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday, March 1, 2021, between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's legislative leaders. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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UK: Poorer nations should get 'gold-standard' COVAX vaccines

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says he understood the “conundrum” faced by developing countries as they wait for vital supplies of coronavirus vaccine
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Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab walks across Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Tensions over vaccine equity pit rural against urban America

Questions about how a limited supply of vaccine should be distributed have now found a new focus in rural America
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Senate Democrats consider changes to House virus relief bill

Senate Democrats are considering reshaping parts of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed by the House
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Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill being prepped in Congress includes a provision that over five years would hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Chicago schools open doors to thousands more students

Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students have returned to schools for in-person learning after almost a year of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic
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The Latest: Slovakia receives 200K Sputnik V vaccine doses

Slovakia has signed a deal to acquire 2 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine
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Marco Trapani is standing next to one of his first customers shortly after midnight in Dortmund, Germany early morning March 1, 2021. After about a two-and-a-half-month of closing to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the first hairdressers return to work at night night. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)
3 hours ago

Detroit PE teacher navigates pandemic with charity assist

Student physical activity has dipped during the pandemic
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Ronda Brodsky, a physical education and health teacher at David Ellis Academy, leads a P.E. class via Zoom from her home in West Bloomfield Township, Mich., Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Student physical activity has dipped during the pandemic, and schools have struggled to help kids maintain an active lifestyle. Physical education teachers have an extra challenge adapting their classes for remote and/or hybrid learning environments due to the active nature of their curriculum. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
3 hours ago

Johnson & Johnson plans to deliver 20 million vaccines by end of March

Vaccinations rise as U.S. sees downward trend in COVID-19 cases.
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VIDEO: Johnson & Johnson plans to deliver 20 million vaccines by end of March
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Countries call on drug companies to share vaccine know-how

Governments are calling on Pharma firms to share vaccine know-how.
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Production personnel perform a visual inspection of filled vaccine vials inside the Incepta plant on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh Saturday Feb. 13, 2021. In an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangladesh's largest city lies a factory with gleaming new equipment imported from Germany, its immaculate hallways lined with hermetically sealed rooms. Yet the factory is operating at just a quarter of its capacity. It is one of three factories that The Associated Press found on three continents whose owners say they could start producing hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines on short notice if only they had the blueprints and technical know-how. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)
4 hours ago

China says it aims to vaccinate 40% of population by June

Chinese health experts say China is lagging in its coronavirus vaccination rollout because it has the disease largely under control, but plans to inoculate 40% of its population by June
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March 01

California governor, legislative leaders reach deal that could put most kids back in classrooms by the end of March

California governor, legislative leaders reach deal that could put most kids back in classrooms by the end of March
March 01
March 01

AP Interview: Nepal worried about supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Nepal has had a successful start of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, but authorities are worried about future supplies as the country competes with other nations for much-sought vaccines produced by a handful of manufacturers
March 01
Nepal's health minister Hridayesh Tripathi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, March 1, 2021. Nepal has had a successful start of the COVID-19 vaccine campaign, but the country's health minister is worried about future supply as the country competes with dozes of other countries for the much-sought vaccines produced by handful of manufacturers. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
March 01

US begins rollout of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

The pharmaceutical company will ship close to 4 million doses Monday.
March 01
Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen coronavirus disease vaccine candidate are seen in an undated photograph.
March 01

Czechs send 30,000 police, soldiers to enforce travel limits

A tight new restriction that bans people from traveling to other counties.
March 01
Police officers check cars on a road between the towns, Ceske Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov, near Kosov, Czech Republic, Monday, March 1, 2021. Limits for free movement of people are set in place in the Czech Republic. Travelling to other counties unless they go to work or have to take care about relatives is prohibited.(Vaclav Pancer/CTK via AP)
March 01

India giving COVID-19 vaccines to more people as cases rise

India is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination drive beyond health care and front-line workers, offering the shots to older people and those with medical conditions that put them at risk
March 01
FILE- In this Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi, India. India has expanded its COVID-19 vaccination drive, beyond health care and frontline workers to the general population. Now, those who are older than 60 and people, above the age of 45 — with ailments like heart disease or diabetes that make them vulnerable to the virus — can get the shots. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
March 01

Philippines launches virus vaccinations amid supply problems

Country is trying to contain one of Southeast Asia’s worst coronavirus outbreaks
March 01
In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, third from left, poses with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian, second from left, as they stand in front of a Chinese military plane carrying Sinovac vaccines from China at the Villamor Air Base in Manila, Philippines on Sunday Feb. 28, 2021. The Philippines received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, among the last in Southeast Asia to secure the critical doses despite having the second-highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the hard-hit region. (Toto Lozano/ Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)
February 28

Asia Today: India expands its vaccination drive

India is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination drive beyond health care and front-line workers, offering the shots to older people and those with medical conditions that put them at risk
February 28
FILE- In this Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi, India. India has expanded its COVID-19 vaccination drive, beyond health care and frontline workers to the general population. Now, those who are older than 60 and people, above the age of 45 — with ailments like heart disease or diabetes that make them vulnerable to the virus — can get the shots. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
February 28

Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

GOP lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency actions since outbreak began
February 28
February 28

Philippines opens vaccination campaign to contain one of Southeast Asia’s worst virus outbreaks but faces supply trouble

Philippines opens vaccination campaign to contain one of Southeast Asia’s worst virus outbreaks but faces supply trouble
February 28
February 28

What you need to know about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine only requires one shot, and it’s effective and safe.
February 28
FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and syringe are seen in front of displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021.
February 28

The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday
February 28
Members of the activist group Men in Black protest in a street against the government's COVID-19 restrictions, in Copenhagen, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
February 28

CDC advisory committee recommends J&J vaccine for people 18 and older

The CDC director has signed off, allowing doses to be shipped and administered.
February 28
A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Martin Luther King Senior Center in North Las Vegas.
February 28

Germany limits travel from French region over virus variant

Germany has announced that travelers from France’s northeastern Moselle region will face additional restrictions because of the high rate of variant coronavirus cases there
February 28
Dominik uses a banner that is set up together with fitness equipment on a field on the outskirts of Berlin, Saturday, Feb.27, 2021. The fitness chain McFit has set it up for open-air training for anyone who wants to work out here. This is also to protest against the ongoing closures of fitness centers. (Jens Kalaene/dpa via AP)
February 28

'My lifeline': Doctor's pilot program bridges divide between COVID patients, families

"Dr. Moor became almost like my guardian angel ... my gateway of information."
February 28
Dr. Ben Moor, an anesthesiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, stands outside the hospital in Plymouth, Mass., Feb. 22, 2021. Dr. Moor started a pilot program where he enlists volunteer hospital staff who have been fully inoculated to sit in with COVID-19 patients and other patients at the hospital who can't have visitors. The program is called "Vaccinated Volunteers."
February 28

AP PHOTOS: Turkish vaccine teams target isolated villages

Traveling across roads covered with ice and snow, vaccination teams have been going to Turkey's isolated mountain villages as the government seeks to inoculate 60% of the country's people against coronavirus over the next three months. After much effort, medical workers arrived Friday to vaccinate older villagers in Gumuslu, a small settlement of 350 in the central province of Sivas that lies 140 miles (230 kilometers) from the provincial capital. “It’s a difficult challenge to come here,” said Dr Rustem Hasbek, head of Sivas Health Services. “The geography is tough, the climate is tough, as you can see.” Turkey rolled out the Chinese Sinovac vaccine on Jan. 14 and has so far given out 8.2 million doses. The vaccine is given in two doses 28 days apart. Ankara has also ordered 4.5 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that Turkey aims to vaccinate 52.5 million people by the end of May. To date, around 10% of Turkey’s 83 million...
February 28
February 28

Philippines receives COVID-19 vaccine after delays

Philippines receives the COVID-19 vaccine after delays.
February 28
A health worker wearing a face mask and shield holds a slogan as they call on the government to give them a vaccine with the safest, highest efficacy and effectivity during a protest outside the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The group is opposing a plan by the government to have health workers vaccinated with China's Sinovac which is expected to arrive this weekend. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
February 27

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19
February 27
FILE - This July 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine in Belgium. The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.(Johnson & Johnson via AP, File)
February 27

The Latest: U.S. FDA approves J&J single-shot vaccine

The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19
February 27
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Sergio Scariolo calls a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Scariolo is filling in for head coach Nick Nurse, who is missing the game due to coronavirus protocol. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
February 27

US clears Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 shot, adding a third vaccine option to the race against the virus

US clears Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 shot, adding a third vaccine option to the race against the virus
February 27
February 27

Pandemic leaves tribes without US recognition at higher risk

Tribe leaders say pandemic poses more risk to tribes without federal recognition
February 27
February 27

Experts notice pandemic's mental health toll on German youth

Psychiatrists, psychologists and pediatricians in Germany have voiced growing alarm that school closings and social distancing are magnifying the fear, disruption and stress of the coronavirus pandemic for the country's 13.7 million children and teenagers
February 27
Nine-year-old girl Pollina Dinner poses for a photo at the Arche, or Ark, an organization that supports children, youth and families, in the Hellersdorf neighbourhood, on the eastern outskirts of Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. After two months of lockdown, Pollina Dinner went back to school for the first time on Monday, Feb. 22. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Arche has had to reduce their real face-to-face assistance or traditional classroom schooling as an offer for children, mainly from underprivileged families, drastically. Some kids are still allowed to come over in person, but only once every two weeks. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
February 27

Ukraine sees 2nd fatal oxygen blast at hospital this month

Explosion occurred in a Ukraine hospital ward treating COVID-19 patients.
February 27
February 27

Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

Communities across the U.S. are seeing plummeting demand for coronavirus testing
February 27
Sgt. Richard Grant of the Air National Guard helps point a patient in the right direction at a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Augusta Civic Center, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Augusta, Maine. Gov. Janet Mills said Mainers ages 60 and older may get the vaccine starting Wednesday, March 3. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
February 27

US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

U.S. health advisers have endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson that's expected to provide an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic
February 27
February 27

Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package.
February 27
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 27

Third US vaccine could raise question: Which shots are best?

Health officials are girding for questions about which one is best.
February 27
February 27

Asia Today: S. Korea allows workers to squeeze extra doses

South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency has allowed health workers to squeeze extra doses from vials of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Pfizer
February 27
Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan, fourth left, and Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip, fourth right, with Cathay Pacific and Fosun Pharma Co. representatives gesture after the delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jerome Favre/Pool Photo via AP)
February 27

House passes Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill, setting stage for Senate fight over Biden vision for battling pandemic

House passes Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill, setting stage for Senate fight over Biden vision for battling pandemic
February 27
February 26

The Latest: Navajo Nation new virus cases on downward trend

The Navajo Nation has continued on a downward trend in the number of daily coronavirus cases
February 26
View of an empty street as the 6 p.m curfew starts in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The curfew is to cover the whole country, including zones like Paris, where it previously hadn't started until 8 p.m. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
February 26

California to spend $28M to help arriving asylum-seekers

California is freeing up as much as $28 million to help immigrants arriving from Mexico and being released in the U.S. until their court dates
February 26
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Honduran asylum seekers are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, in California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. The state of California is freeing up to $28 million to help asylum-seekers released in the U.S. with notices to appear in court with hotels, medical screenings, and transportation. California's generosity is a stark contrast to Arizona and Texas, where border state officials have challenged and sharply criticized President Joe Biden's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
February 26

Tennessee: Vaccines stolen, given to children in 1 county

Tennessee’s top health officials have revealed the state has requested federal law enforcement to investigate alleged theft of coronavirus vaccine doses in the state’s most populous county
February 26
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right, speaks with reporters about vaccine distribution problems in the state's most populous county on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
February 26

US expert panel endorses Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine; FDA will make final decision soon

US expert panel endorses Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine; FDA will make final decision soon
February 26
February 26

Things to Know: $1.9T package heads toward House approval

A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seems headed toward House passage
February 26
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives for a news conference where he criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democratic $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 26

Canadian regulator authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine

Canadian regulators have authorized AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for all adults
February 26
Passengers are screened and get a COVID-19 test as they enter Canada from the United States at the land border crossing in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 26

SF takes back vaccine supply from One Medical after claims of line skipping

The San Francisco Department of Public Health directed the medical provider to return their supply of Pfizer vaccines after reports that claimed they allowed ineligible patients to get vaccinated.
February 26
VIDEO: San Francisco takes back vaccine supply from One Medical after claims of line skipping
February 26

National Guard deployed to help administer COVID-19 vaccines to seniors in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott wants to inoculate all seniors by March.
February 26
Texas National Guard wait for people people to drive up for COVID-19 tests in the parking lot of Memorial Swimming Pool, May 18, 2020, in El Paso, Texas.
February 26

One Medical cut off from vaccine supply in 5 counties

In San Mateo County 70 ineligible people were vaccinated.
February 26
San Francisco-based One Medical reportedly allowed ineligible patients to get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.