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FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

U.S. regulators are extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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Bay Area county fines burger chain over vaccine verification

California’s popular In-N-Out hamburger chain is in trouble with yet another San Francisco Bay Area county over vaccine verifications
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A customer carries food while exiting an In-N-Out restaurant in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers' vaccination status. The company's Fisherman's Wharf location, its only one in San Francisco, was temporarily shut by the Department of Public Health on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week

Britain, Russia and Turkey accounted for the most cases.
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People wear face masks as they sit on a bus, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Many scientists are pressing the British government to re-impose social restrictions and speed up booster vaccinations as coronavirus infection rates, already Europe's highest, rise once more. The U.K. recorded 49,156 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, Oct. 18, the largest number since mid-July. New infections averaged 43,000 a day over the past week, a 15% increase on the week before.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
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Neurologist arrested on federal charges in sex assault probe

A neurologist who already faces rape charges in New York and New Jersey has been arrested on federal charges alleging he sexually abused pain management patients for the last 15 years
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FILE — In this Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, Neurologist Dr. Ricardo Cruciani walks from the center for criminal justice, in Philadelphia, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a clinic. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, charged Cruciani with sexually abusing multiple patients that he induced to travel to his offices in Manhattan, Philadelphia and Hopewell, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Auditor: Iowa's privatized Medicaid illegally denies care

A state audit has found that Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system has illegally denied services or care to program recipients, and both private insurance companies managing the system have violated terms of their contracts with the state
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Largest nurses union applauds possible OSHA action over PPE

The agency is considering action against Arizona, Utah and South Carolina.
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Registered nurse Kelsey Simons pauses while putting on her personal protective equipment (PPE) gear before treating a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, Sept. 21, 2021.
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US regulators allow mixing of COVID-19 shots for boosters and clear booster Moderna, J&J doses

US regulators allow mixing of COVID-19 shots for boosters and clear booster Moderna, J&J doses
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Judge denies police union's effort to recuse her from case

A judge who ordered the president of the Chicago police officers' union to stop encouraging his members to disobey the city's COVID-19 mandate will remain on the case
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Chicago police union takes fight against vaccine mandate to court

About 2,000 police officers have not complied.
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Chicago police officers patrol downtown as the city celebrates the Chicago Sky's WNBA title, Oct. 19, 2021, in Chicago. The city has started to place police officers on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with the city's requirements that they report their COVID-19 vaccination status. Only about 65 percent of the city's police have complied with the order.
October 20

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

Kids aged 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school
October 20
FILE - In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. The pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If authorized, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to be get immunized against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
October 20

Florida chief fired for not forcing firefighter vaccinations

A fire chief in Florida has been fired for insubordination
October 20
October 20

Russians to stay off work for a week as virus deaths rise

President Vladimir Putin has ordered many of Russia's workers to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising coronavirus infection and death numbers
October 20
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the State Council Presidium to discuss the country's transport strategy until 2030 via video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Evgeny Paulin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
October 20

UK encourages booster jabs, resists new virus restrictions

With coronavirus cases rising in Britain, the government is urging millions of people to get booster vaccine shots
October 20
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 20

Czech Republic imposes new restrictions as infections soar

The Czech Republic has been hit by a steep rise in coronavirus infections that have reached levels unseen since late April
October 20
FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo a young man wearing a face mask walks across an empty Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech Republic has been hit by a steep rise in COVID-19 infections that have reached the levels unseen since late April, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021. The day-to-day increase in new cases reached 3,246 on Tuesday, more than double the cases a week ago when it was 1,507. It was the highest number since April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
October 20

Pig-to-human transplants come a step closer with new test

Scientists have temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work
October 20
October 20

Gates Foundation to spend $120M on access for COVID-19 pill

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill for lower income countries, if the drug gets approved by regulators
October 20
FILE - This May 5, 2019 file photo shows Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in Omaha, Neb. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill in lower income countries, if the drug gets approved by regulators. The private foundation said in a statement released Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 it hasn’t determined how it will allocate the money, but will use the funds to “support the range of activities required to develop and manufacture generic versions” of the drug, molnupiravir. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
October 20

Serbia introduces evening COVID passes amid infection surge

Serbia has introduced COVID passes for indoor venues in late evening hours following weeks of surging infections and relatively low vaccination rates
October 20
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 file photo, medical workers wearing protective gear wait to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, at Belgrade Fair makeshift vaccination center, Serbia. Serbia on Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021, introduced COVID-19 passes for indoor venues late at night following weeks of surging infections and relatively low vaccination rates. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
October 20

Virus: Morocco suspending UK, Germany, Netherlands flights

Morocco is suspending until further notice all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries
October 20
October 20

White House details plan for 28M children to get COVID-19 vaccine in pharmacies, doctors' offices, as soon as next month

White House details plan for 28M children to get COVID-19 vaccine in pharmacies, doctors' offices, as soon as next month
October 20
October 20

NYC announces new vaccine mandate

The move comes after certain workers had been required to be vaccinated.
October 20
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio at the 2021 Global Citizen Live concert at Central Park in N.Y., Sept. 25, 2021.
October 20

US Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rules

The Biden administration is threatening to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety regulations because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19
October 20
October 20

San Francisco shuts burger spot for not checking vaccination

In-N-Out shut down indoor dining over not checking customers vaccine status.
October 20
In-N-Out Burger signs fill the skyline on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Calif. The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers’ vaccination status. The company's Fisherman’s Wharf location — its only one in San Francisco — was temporarily shut by the Department of Public Health on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Adam Lau)
October 19

Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan

U.N. agencies say Afghanistan's Taliban rulers have agreed to a nationwide polio vaccination campaign for the first time in three years
October 19
Dr. Hamid Jafari, WHO EMRO Director of Polio Eradication speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. U.N. agencies are gearing up to vaccinate all of Afghanistan’s children under 5 against polio for the first time since 2018, after the Taliban agreed to the campaign, the World Health Organization says. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
October 19

Union Pacific and its unions sue each other over vaccine

Union Pacific and its labor unions are suing each other to determine whether the railroad has the authority to require its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus
October 19
FILE - In this July 31, 2018, file photo, a Union Pacific train travels through Union, Neb. Union Pacific and its labor unions are suing each other to determine whether the railroad has the authority to require its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
October 19

Southwest: We won't put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave

Southwest Airlines is backing away from a plan to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave
October 19
A Southwest Airlines flight lands at General Mitchell International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Milwaukee. Southwest will let unvaccinated employees keep working past early December instead of putting them on unpaid leave if they apply for an exemption on medical or religious grounds. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
October 19

Businesses nervously await fine print of vax-or-test rule

President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day
October 19
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2021, file photo a healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day. The government is close to publishing the details of a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering more than 80 million Americans at companies with 100 or more workers. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
October 19

US high court won’t block vaccines for Maine health workers

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block a vaccine requirement for Maine health care workers
October 19
Nurse Kayla Mitchell, left, of Maine Medical Center’s COVID ICU unit in Portland, Maine, becomes the first person in the state to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 15, 2020.
October 19

Alabama only state to limit media to 1 witness at execution

Alabama will be the third state to carry out a death sentence during the COVID-19 pandemic and is the only one to limit the number of witnesses to a single reporter
October 19
October 19

US Homeland Security secretary tests positive for COVID

The Department of Homeland Security says Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for COVID-19
October 19
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 19

Texas nurse convicted of killing 4 men with air injections

A Texas nurse has been convicted of capital murder in the deaths of four patients who died after prosecutors say he injected them with air following heart surgeries
October 19
October 19

South African regulator rejects Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

The South African drug regulator has rejected the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, citing some safety concerns the manufacturer wasn’t able to answer
October 19
FILE - In this Friday, April 9, 2021 file photo, vials containing Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 are seen at the San Marino State Hospital, in San Marino. The South African drug regulator has rejected the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, citing some safety concerns the manufacturer wasn't able to answer. In a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 the country's regulator, also known as SAHPRA, said the request for Sputnik V to be authorized could “not be approved at this time,” referring to past failed HIV vaccines that used a similar technology. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
October 19

Vaccinations help protect families: National Institutes of Health

"This is a chance to love your family -- and love your neighbor"
October 19
A nurse gives a boy a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a vaccine clinic in Longwood, Fla., on Sept. 8, 2021, the day before classes begin for the 2021-22 school year.
October 19

Children's mental health crisis a 'national emergency,' pediatric groups declare

There has been a "shocking" rise in urgent mental health help for kids.
October 19
A stuffed bear placed in window to give children a fun and safe activity during the COVID-19 lockdown, April 6, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
October 19

US expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots

Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week
October 19
October 19

Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

For more than 55 years, Medicare has followed a simple policy with covered benefits the same, no matter if you’re rich, poor, or in-between
October 19
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes questions from reporters about the politics surrounding the debt limit vote this week, and about the way forward on on President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 19

Police hesitant to receive COVID vaccine despite toll taken by the disease

The president of the National Fraternal Order of Police discusses vaccine hesitancy amongst police and the effect COVID has had on policing.
October 19
VIDEO: Police hesitant to receive COVID vaccine despite toll taken by the disease
October 19

Chicago's mayor and police officers face off over vaccine mandates

Police officers in Chicago who refuse to disclose their vaccination status face suspension or termination as they stand off against the city’s vaccine mandate.
October 19
VIDEO: Chicago's mayor and police officers face off over vaccine mandates
October 19

As deaths rise, Russian doctors despair at low vaccine rate

Facing a surge of seriously ill COVID-19 patients, the head of an intensive care unit at a Moscow hospital says the situation could easily have been avoided if more Russians were vaccinated
October 19
An employee of the Federal State Center for Special Risk Rescue Operations of Russia Emergency Situations disinfects Leningradsky railway station in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Russia registered another daily record of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as rapidly surging contagion raised pressure on the country's health care system. The daily coronavirus mortality numbers have been surging for weeks and topped 1,000 for the first time over the weekend amid sluggish vaccination rates and the government's reluctance to toughen restrictions. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)
October 19

Bulgaria makes virus pass mandatory for indoor venues

Bulgaria is introducing a COVID-19 “Green Certificate” as a mandatory requirement for access to restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, gyms, clubs and shopping malls as the country faces a surge in coronavirus infections
October 19
October 19

Why breakthrough COVID deaths can be misunderstood

The unvaccinated are 11.3x more likely to die than those who are vaccinated.
October 19
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell listens to a question from a reporter outside the front doors of the State Department in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2003.
October 19

Romania hits record infections, deaths amid vaccination lag

Romania has hit daily records of both coronavirus infections and deaths as the country grapples with an acute virus surge amid alarmingly low vaccination uptake
October 19
Paramedics bring an elderly patient to the emergency room, turned into a CODIV-19 unit due the high number of cases, at the Bagdasar-Arseni hospital in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Romania reported on Tuesday nearly 17,000 new COVID-19 infections and 442 deaths, the highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in a day since the pandemic started, as the nation's health care system struggles to cope with an acute surge of new cases.(AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 19

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year
October 19
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo workers process chickens at a poultry plant, in Fremont, Neb. Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year. The USDA says the industry has succeeded in reducing the level of salmonella contamination found in poultry plants in recent years, but that hasn’t translated into a significant reduction in the 1.35 million salmonella illnesses reported each year.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
October 19

US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

U.S. health officials are laying out plans to let most Americans buy hearing aids without a prescription
October 19
October 19

UK faces calls for ‘Plan B’ with virus cases high and rising

Scientists are pressing the British government to re-impose social restrictions.
October 19
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021 file photo, people traveling in a tube underground train carriage wear face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus on the Bakerloo Line in London. Many scientists are pressing the British government to re-impose social restrictions and speed up booster vaccinations as coronavirus infection rates, already Europe’s highest, rise once more. The U.K. recorded 49,156 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, the largest number since mid-July. New infections averaged 43,000 a day over the past week, a 15% increase on the week before. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
October 19

Alabama veterans board wants inquiry into chemical exposure

Alabama’s veterans affairs board is pushing for the creation of a program to aid veterans who have health problems that might stem from exposure to toxic chemicals at a former U.S. Army post
October 19
October 19

Latvia to impose nearly monthlong lockdown as COVID spreads

Latvia will enter into a nearly monthlong lockdown, including curfew, on Thursday due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the Baltic country where the vaccination rate is among the lowest in the European Union
October 19
October 19

Harris argues for Biden climate agenda at sinking Lake Mead

Vice President Kamala Harris is making the case for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda, standing before the record-low water levels of Nevada’s Lake Mead and warning that “this is where we’re headed.”
October 19
Vice President Kamala Harris, smiles at Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., not pictured, at the conclusion of a virtual town hall where they discussed different care policies ranging from at-home medical care to childcare, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 19

New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckland’s two-month lockdown
October 19
People visit a pop-up vaccination site, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in suburban Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began Tuesday as an outbreak in the largest city of Auckland continued to spread. (Michael Craig/New Zealand Herald via AP)
October 18

Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead

Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought.
October 18
Vice President Kamala Harris, smiles at Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., not pictured, at the conclusion of a virtual town hall where they discussed different care policies ranging from at-home medical care to childcare, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 18

‘We’re walking down the hill of COVID-19’: Medical expert

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with emergency medicine physician and ABC News contributor Dr. Darien Sutton on the FDA’s plans on mixing and matching vaccines and the importance of booster shots.
October 18
VIDEO: ‘We’re walking down the hill of COVID-19’: Medical expert