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US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21

Canada’s public safety minister says border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21
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Customs and Border Protection officers direct a driver on who missed the last turn before entry into Canada on how to turn around at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S., Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to examine the FY 2022 budget request for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
2 hours ago

Israel to send 1M coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority is calling off an agreement whereby Israel would transfer 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to it in exchange for a similar number later this year
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A health care worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a Palestinian man during a vaccination campaign, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

The date for legalizing marijuana possession is drawing near in Virginia, and people have questions
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Jake Crisco, general manager of the Green Leaf Medical Cannibis facility holds a mature bud of marijuana at the company's plant in Richmond, Va., Thursday, June 17, 2021. The date for legalizing marijuana possession is drawing near in Virginia, and advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what becomes legal in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
June 18

Father gives daughter life-saving gift as living organ donor

Mississippi dad Rhett Shaffette says he’s already had the best Father’s Day gift: His daughter is thriving, eight months after getting part of his liver
June 18
Cecilia Shaffette and her father Rhett Shaffette touch noses as they pose for a portrait in their home in Carriere, Miss., Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The 12-year-old is thriving, eight months after getting a portion of her father's liver. She received the transplant after nearly losing her life to internal bleeding. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 18

Brazil still debating dubious virus drug amid 500,000 deaths

The official COVID-19 death toll in Brazil is about to hit 500,000, the second-highest in the world
June 18
June 18

AP Interview: India says it hopes to resume vaccine exports

An Indian health official says the country, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus doses but can’t do so until its domestic needs are met
June 18
Dr. V.K. Paul, the head of India's COVID-19 task force, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 18, 2021. Paul says making vaccines available globally is still “very much on the radar”, but that curbs on exports won’t ease until domestic needs are met. “It is a matter of time, I believe, that once our immediate needs of vaccinating a significant proportion of Indian people is achieved and vaccine stockpiles are visible from multiple sources, we would then like to play the role of serving others and providing vaccines to them,” he said. (AP Photo)
June 18

Indian COVID-19 official says the country wants to resume coronavirus vaccine exports but can't until its needs are met.

Indian COVID-19 official says the country wants to resume coronavirus vaccine exports but can't until its needs are met.
June 18
June 18

Germany hits vaccination milestone but wary of delta variant

Germany has now given at least one coronavirus vaccine shot to more than half of its population, a milestone in what is now a fast-moving vaccination campaign
June 18
FILE - In this Saturday, May 15, 2021 file photo, people queue at a vaccination centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Germany's health minister Jens Spahn says today the country has now given a first coronavirus vaccine shot to more than half of its population. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
June 18

Italy to require 5-day quarantines for travelers from UK

Italy is requiring persons who arrive from Britain to do five days of quarantine as well as take a COVID-19 swab test
June 18
Visitors enjoy a ride on a roller coaster at Cinecitta World amusement park in the outskirts of Rome in the day of its reopening, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Amusement parks have been closed since Oct. 25 2020, when Italy's second national lockdown started. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 18

CDC director warns delta variant could soon become dominant coronavirus strain in US

"I anticipate that is going to be what happens with the delta strain here."
June 18
Rhode Island Army National Guard Sgt. Juan Gomez looks over the post inoculation waiting area at a coronavirus mass-vaccination site at the former Citizens Bank headquarters in Cranston, R.I., June 10, 2021. As cases fall and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other inducements failing to persuade some Americans to get vaccinated.
June 18

EXPLAINER: How India is changing vaccine plan amid shortages

Starting Monday, every adult in India will be eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government
June 18
FILE - In this June 12, 2021, file photo, Rajkumar Haryani, 38, who painted his body to create awareness about vaccination against the coronavirus poses for photographs after getting a dose of Covishield vaccine in Ahmedabad, India. Starting June 21, 2021, every Indian adult can get a COVID-19 vaccine dose for free that was purchased by the federal government. The policy reversal announced last week ends a complex system of buying vaccines that worsened inequities in accessing vaccines. India is a key global supplier of vaccines and its missteps have left millions of people waiting unprotected. The policy change is likely to address inequality but questions remain and shortages will continue. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)
June 18

Many Americans resuming pre-virus activities: AP-NORC poll

Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted
June 18
A new AP-NORC poll finds Americans are more likely now than they were in May 2020 to return to activities they were doing regularly before the pandemic, including going to restaurants, traveling and seeing live events.
June 18

GOP needs new health care target; 'Obamacare' survives again

The Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” is another sign that the GOP must look beyond repealing that law if it wants to hone the nation’s health care problems into a winning political issue
June 18
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” is the latest sign that the GOP must look beyond repealing that law if it wants to hone the nation’s health care problems into a winning political issue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 17

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots
June 17
FILE- This Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, shows the Curevac company headquarters in Tuebingen, Germany. German vaccine maker CureVac said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, that interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP, File)
June 17

US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan is locking down because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees
June 17
June 17

US to spend $3.2B on treatments for COVID-19, other viruses

The United States is devoting more than $3 billion to speed development of treatments for COVID-19 and other dangerous viruses
June 17
FILE - In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fauci has been a lightning rod since the early days of the pandemic, when he was lionized by the left as a beacon of truth and villainized by the right as a misguided, spotlight-seeking bureaucrat who too often sought to undermine then-President Donald Trump. But since the release of a trove of his emails obtained by news outlets, Republicans have sharply escalated their attacks on the nation's top government infectious diseases expert. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP, File)
June 17

'Obamacare' survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

The Supreme Court has dismissed a third major challenge to “Obamacare," preserving health insurance coverage for millions of Americans
June 17
President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. The Supreme Court has dismissed a third major challenge to "Obamacare," preserving health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. Though the court has become increasingly conservative with justices nominated by former President Donald Trump, it nonetheless left the entire law intact Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 17

As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some seeking 9/11-style commission

A push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation.
June 17
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, two nurses put a ventilator on a patient in a COVID-19 unit in Orange, Calif. With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still raging about the origin of the virus and the government's response, a push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation of the crisis by a national commission like the one that looked into 9/11. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 17

Russian regions make vaccines mandatory for many workers

Authorities in four Russian regions have made coronavirus vaccines mandatory for people working in retail, education and other service sectors
June 17
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, a Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to a patient in a vaccination center in Moscow, Russia. Authorities in four Russian regions this week made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those working in certain sectors of the economy in a bid to boost Russia’s slow immunization rates as coronavirus infections continue to soar. Moscow was the first to announce the measure on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and the surrounding Moscow region, the Siberian region of Kemerovo and the far eastern Sakhalin promptly followed suit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 17

Delta COVID-19 variant is now in more than 80 countries, WHO says

"It can overburden the health system and fill beds very quickly," expert warned.
June 17
A health worker inoculates a youth with a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive in Siliguri, India on June 17, 2021.
June 17

UK records over 10,000 virus cases for first time since Feb

The U.K.’s latest surge in coronavirus infections is gathering pace
June 17
People walk in Piccadilly Circus, in London, Monday, June 14, 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm Monday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
June 17

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

Some of the most desperately poor countries in the world are seeing a two-headed crisis: a surge in COVID-19 cases and a critical shortage of vaccine
June 17
Medical staff wearing protective equipment attend to patients affected by the COVID-19, at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Machakos County Level-5 hospital in Machakos, Kenya, Thursday June 17, 2021. Africa, whose 1.3 billion people account for 18% of the global population, has received only 2% of all vaccine doses administered globally. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
June 17

Lisbon ringed off at weekends as Portugal fights virus surge

Travel in and out of the Lisbon metropolitan area is to be banned over coming weekends as Portuguese authorities respond to a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the region around the capital
June 17
FILE - In this March 11, 2021 file photo, a group of young people wearing face masks chat at a viewpoint overlooking Lisbon's old center. Travel in and out of the Lisbon metropolitan area is to be banned over coming weekends as Portuguese authorities respond to a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the region around the capital, officials announced Thursday, June 17. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 17

Official: US to invest more than $3 billion in COVID-19 antiviral pill, could arrive by year’s end

Official: US to invest more than $3 billion in COVID-19 antiviral pill, could arrive by year’s end
June 17
June 17

AP Interview: Official says Nepal desperately needs vaccines

Nepal's health minister says the country has significantly reduced coronavirus infections after its worst outbreak but is in desperate need of vaccines
June 17
Nepalese Health Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Nepal has been able to significantly lower reduce new coronavirus infections after its worst outbreak, but is in desperate need of vaccines, the health minister said Thursday. (AP Photos/Bikram Rai)
June 17

Nepal's health minister tells AP the country has significantly reduced virus cases but is in desperate need of vaccines.

Nepal's health minister tells AP the country has significantly reduced virus cases but is in desperate need of vaccines.
June 17
June 17

Black community has new option for health care: The church

Members of Black communities across the U.S. have disproportionately fallen sick or died from the virus, so some church leaders are using their influence and trusted reputations to fight back
June 17
In this photo taken May 5, 2021, Melanie Paige closes her eyes as she gets her first COVID-19 vaccination at her church, St. Matthew Christian Methodist Episcopal, in Milwaukee. It's one of the churches that was part of an effort with Pastors United, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Souls to the Polls and the local health clinic Health Connections to get people vaccinated directly in churches. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
June 17

CureVac: Vaccine data are 'sobering,' full results in weeks

The chief executive of CureVac says interim results from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot are “sobering.”
June 17
FILE- This Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, shows the Curevac company headquarters in Tuebingen, Germany. German vaccine maker CureVac said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, that interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP, File)
June 17

WHO warns of fresh Indonesia surge fed by virus variants

Indonesia’s president has ordered authorities to speed up the country’s vaccination campaign, while World Health Organization is warning of the need to increase social restrictions in the country
June 17
A woman receives a shot of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination at a soccer stadium in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Indonesia's president ordered authorities to speed up the country's vaccination campaign as the World Health Organization warned Thursday of the need to increase social restrictions in the country amid a fresh surge of coronavirus infections caused by worrisome variants. (AP Photo/Bukbis Candra)
June 17

Get a jab, win a condo: Hong Kong tries vaccine incentives

Vaccine incentives offered by Hong Kong companies include a condo raffle.
June 17
In this Tuesday, June 15, 2021, photo, a man walks in front of the Grand Central residential building complex where one of the HK$10.8 million (US$1.4 million) 449 square feet single-room flats will be offered as a prize in a lucky draw. Coronavirus vaccine incentives offered by Hong Kong companies, including a lucky draw for an apartment, a Tesla car and even gold bars, are helping boost the city’s sluggish inoculation rate. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 17

AP PHOTOS: Mumbai doctor recounts harrowing COVID-19 surge

Dr. Kedar Toraskar hasn't been able to sleep much over the last few months. His mind would constantly turn to the young COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives in the ICU ward he oversees at Wockhardt Hospital in the western Indian city of Mumbai. The recent coronavirus surge in India affected young people on a scale his team of critical care doctors hadn’t previously seen, Toraskar said. “We saw a lot of deaths, a lot of young people who succumbed to the disease,” he said. “It was really, truly very depressing.” India is slowly emerging from the darkest days of the pandemic. After declining last year, cases began surging in March, surpassing 400,000 new infections per day in May. The impact was immediate -- hospitals were overwhelmed with patients struggling to breathe. Demand for oxygen outran supply. Television news ran stories of patients dying on stretchers waiting outside hospital gates and dying at home before test results could even confirm they had caught the virus....
June 17
A nurse holds the light as Dr. Kedar Toraskar, head of critical care, center, operates on a COVID-19 patient at the Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, India, June 5, 2021. The recent coronavirus surge in India affected young people on a scale his team of critical care doctors hadn’t previously seen. Toraskar and his team of ICU doctors are still drained from the incredibly challenging last few months. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
June 16

Man who declined COVID-19 vaccine speaks out after undergoing double lung transplant

The Texan is hoping to inspire others to get the shot now.
June 16
Joshua Garza talks about getting severely ill with COVID-19 in January 2021, in Sugarland, Texas, on June 16, 2021. Garza recovered, but needed a double lung transplant.
June 16

Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry
June 16
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha holds samples of the Sinovac vaccine during a ceremony to mark the arrival of 200,000 doses in a shipment at the Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Prayuth on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, declared that the country is planning to fully reopen to foreign visitors without restrictions by mid-October, as the government seeks to restart the crucial tourist industry, heavily hit by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
June 16

As US COVID death toll reaches 600,000, the pandemic ‘is still very real’

As the country reopens, health care workers on the front lines and family members who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 provide a reminder of the pain still being caused by the pandemic.
June 16
VIDEO: As US COVID death toll reaches 600,000, the pandemic ‘is still very real’
June 16

Interim trial data shows low effectiveness for CureVac shot

German vaccine maker CureVac says interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19
June 16
FILE- This Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, shows the Curevac company headquarters in Tuebingen, Germany. German vaccine maker CureVac said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, that interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP, File)
June 16

Man declines COVID-19 vaccine, needs double lung transplant

Joshua Garza, 43, said he passed up opportunities to get vaccinated thinking he did not really need it.
June 16
Joshua Garza, 43, said he passed up opportunities to get vaccinated thinking he did not really need it.
June 16

In California, get a vaccination, ride a roller coaster

California is giving away more goodies and plans to make it easier to show who has been vaccinated against the coronavirus as officials and businesses encourage people to get their shots while the state tries to reopen its economy
June 16
June 16

Universities can't require vaccines: Arizona governor

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order that prohibits public universities and community colleges from requiring students to get vaccinated.
June 16
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order that prohibits public universities and community colleges from requiring students to get vaccinated.
June 16

Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban

A federal appeals court has ruled North Carolina’s ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy must remain unenforceable
June 16
June 16

The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time
June 16
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen talks during a media conference with European Council President Charles Michel at the end of the EU-US summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
June 16

COVID-19 cases delay long-awaited Royal Caribbean cruise

Royal Caribbean International is postponing for nearly a month one of the highly anticipated first sailings from the U.S. since the pandemic began because eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19
June 16
FILE - In this March 14, 2020 file photo, Royal Caribbean International cruise ship docked at PortMiami, among other cruise ships, as the world deals with the coronavirus outbreak in Miami. Royal Caribbean is postponing the initial voyages by one of its cruise ships after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19. The company said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, that the Odyssey of the Seas' first trip is being pushed back from July 3 to July 31. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
June 16

UK to require COVID-19 shots for nursing home workers

Britain’s government says it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for  nursing home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the jab
June 16
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
June 16

Court voids ruling that sperm donor must pay child support

A North Carolina appeals court says a judge should have relied on Virginia’s paternity laws when ruling whether a man must pay child support to a woman who had a baby with his sperm donation, not North Carolina law
June 16
June 16

France eases mask rules; will end nightly virus curfew

France is easing mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June 20
June 16
Teddy bears, set up by Philippe Labourel, who wants to be named 'Le papa des nounours' (Teddy Bears father) are pictured inside American vintage cars driving through Paris, Sunday, June, 13, 2021. The event took place in a show of support for the tourism industry which was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
June 16

EU members agree to lift travel restrictions on US tourists

The European Union is recommending that member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States
June 16
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shows her EU Digital Covid Certificate as she gives a press statement on the new COVID-19 digital travel certificate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Johanna Geron/Pool Photo via AP)
June 16

France's prime minister halts mandatory mask wearing outdoors; will end an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June 20

France's prime minister halts mandatory mask wearing outdoors; will end an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June 20
June 16
June 16

AP Interview: Adviser says New Zealand used virus luck well

A scientist who has played a key role in New Zealand’s lauded coronavirus response says the nation used it’s luck well to stamp out the disease and is now eyeing other countries to determine when it can reopen its borders
June 16
Juliet Gerrard, the chief science advisor to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, poses for a photo in Wellington, New Zealand on June 11, 2021. Gerrard who has played a key role in New Zealand's lauded coronavirus response says the nation used its luck well to stamp out the disease and is now eyeing the experiences of other countries to determine when it can reopen its borders. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
June 16

California's virus reopening met with cheers and caution

California's reopening after 15 months of coronavirus restrictions has been met with exuberance but also caution
June 16
People pose for pictures on a cable car at the Hyde Street cable car turnaround in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The mayor announced Tuesday that the famed cable cars would be running again in August after being halted at the start of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez)
June 16

NY lifts more COVID-19 rules as it hits vaccination mark

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks
June 16
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, applauds with others as representatives for various essential jobs receive plaques to recognize their work during the pandemic during a news conference at One World Trade in New York, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Cuomo said Tuesday that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)