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Japan to watch WHO probe of director's alleged racism, abuse

Japan's government says it will watch the World Health Organization’s probe into staff complaints over racism and abuse by a top Japanese official but denied it inappropriately received sensitive vaccine information from him
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Russia nears 100,000 daily infections as omicron rages

Russian authorities on Friday reported over 98,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases, but the Kremlin says the actual number is likely to be much higher as the highly contagious omicron variant continues to rage through the vast country
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A medical staff member treats a patient with COVID-19 at an ICU of an hospital in Krasnodar, southern Russia, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. Russia has confirmed 11,404,617 cases of coronavirus and 328,770 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia's total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is at least 929,000. Under half the population is fully vaccinated. (AP Photo/Vitaliy Timkiv)
January 28

Chinese travel for Lunar New Year despite plea to stay put

Chinese are traveling to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest family holiday, despite a government plea to stay where they are as Beijing tries to contain coronavirus outbreaks
January 28
A traveler waits outside the Beijing railway station with her suitcase in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. The Beijing Winter Olympics is coinciding with the Chinese Lunar New Year and renewed Covid outbreaks prompting the Chinese authorities to call on the public to stay where they are instead of traveling to their hometowns for the year's most important family holiday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 28

Puerto Rico tightens, relaxes certain COVID-19 measures

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi has ordered that all central government employees and government contractors get boosted by Feb. 28 as part of a new measure to fight COVID-19 in the U.S. territory
January 28
January 28

Cases plateauing in parts of India but omicron still surges

Indian health officials say there are signs of COVID-19 infections plateauing in some parts of the country but cautioned that cases are still surging in other states, linked to a new, stealthier version of the omicron variant
January 28
An elderly receives Covid-19 vaccination at a makeshift center in a government school in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Indian health officials said that the first signs of COVID-19 infections plateauing in some parts of the vast country were being seen, but cautioned that cases were still surging in some states. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
January 28

Germany says omicron surge 'under control' despite records

Germany's health minister says a coronavirus surge fueled by the omicron variant remains “under control” despite a string of new infection records
January 28
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach speaks as he attends a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2022. (Christian Mang/Pool via AP)
January 28

Pope denounces fake news about COVID, vaccines, urges truth

Pope Francis is denouncing the fake news about COVID-19 and vaccines, blasting what he says is a “distortion of reality based on fear.”
January 28
January 28

Booster drive slows, as 85 million eligible Americans are still without their shot

Experts say the CDC's unclear guidance has not helped.
January 28
Edward Williams, 62, a resident at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York, Sept. 27, 2021.
January 28

Thailand adopts guidelines for declaring COVID-19 endemic

Thai health authorities have approved new guidelines outlining the parameters for declaring the coronavirus pandemic an endemic disease
January 28
FILE - Local residents wait in long lines to receive shots of the Pfizer vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Thai health authorities approved new guidelines Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, outlining the parameters for declaring the coronavirus pandemic an endemic disease. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
January 28

Philippines lifts ban on foreign tourists as outbreak eases

The Philippines will lift a ban on the entry of foreign tourists and businesspeople next month after nearly two years
January 28
A woman stands beside a sign to remind passengers to show their vaccination card before riding at a jeepney terminal in Quezon city, Philippines on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were banned from riding public transport in the Philippine capital region Monday in a desperate move that has sparked protests from labor and human rights groups. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 28

S. Korea plans to add small clinics as omicron fuels surge

South Korea plans to add hundreds of small neighborhood hospitals and clinics to treat the thousands more people expected to get COVID-19 during a developing omicron surge
January 28
A medical worker runs to guide people as they wait for their coronavirus test at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).
January 28

COVID hits one of the last uninfected places on the planet

Kiribati and other small Pacific nations were among the last to avoid COVID-19.
January 28
FILE - In this March 30, 2004, file photo, Tarawa atoll, Kiribati, is seen in an aerial view. Kiribati and several other small Pacific nations were among the last on the planet to have avoided any virus outbreaks, thanks to their remote locations and strict border controls. But their defenses appear no match against the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
January 28

Hong Kong cuts foreign arrival quarantine from 21 to 14 days

Hong Kong is cutting the length of mandatory quarantine for people arriving from overseas from 21 to 14 days, even as the southern Chinese city battles a new surge in COVID-19 cases
January 28
A shop assistant wearing a face mask, waits for customer at a shop in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Hong Kong is cutting the length of mandatory quarantine for people arriving from overseas from 21 to 14 days, even as the southern Chinese city battles a new surge in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 27

Two powerful drugs now adding to US overdose crisis

Emerging reports show that two little-known drugs are making lethal new contributions to America’s drug overdose crisis
January 27
January 27

Appeals court mulls arguments on South Carolina abortion law

An appellate court has heard arguments in Planned Parenthood’s challenge to South Carolina’s new abortion law, with attorneys for the state arguing the nonprofit doesn’t have legal standing to bring the case
January 27
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after he signed it into law on Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. An appellate court is preparing to hear arguments over a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s abortion law, as states around the country await U.S. Supreme Court action in another case that could dramatically limit abortion rights overall. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, file)
January 27

Hospital patient without COVID shot denied heart transplant

A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man’s family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19
January 27
This Nov. 27, 2021, photo provided by Tracey Ferguson shows her son D.J. Ferguson initially being treated at Milford, Mass. Regional Medical Center. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is defending itself after Ferguson's family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients' chances of survival. (Tracey Ferguson via AP)
January 27

EXPLAINER: Who must follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. must be vaccinated as a result of a mandate from President Joe Biden's administration that is taking effect
January 27
FILE - New York City municipal workers protest against the coming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, outside the Gracie Mansion Conservancy in New York. Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday, Dec. 6, under a mandate from President Joe Biden's administration. But that has been placed on hold by federal judges (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon, File)
January 27

Moderna launches clinical trial for HIV vaccine that uses mRNA technology

The first participants were given doses of the vaccine Thursday.
January 27
A view of Moderna headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., May 8, 2020.
January 27

Report: 5,000-plus deaths under Ethiopia's Tigray blockade

Nearly 1,500 people died of malnutrition in just part of Ethiopia’s blockaded Tigray region over a four-month period last year, including more than 350 young children, a new report by the region’s health bureau says
January 27
FILE - An Ethiopian woman scoops up portions of yellow split peas to be allocated to waiting families after it was distributed by the Relief Society of Tigray in the town of Agula, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, on May 8, 2021. Nearly 1,500 people died of malnutrition in just part of Ethiopia's blockaded Tigray region over a four-month period between July and October 2021, according to a new report published in Jan. 2022 by the region's health bureau. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
January 27

Judge halts South Dakota Gov. Noem's abortion pill rule

A federal judge has temporarily halted a South Dakota rule from taking effect that would have made the state one of the hardest places in the U.S. to get abortion pills
January 27
January 27

EU regulator recommends Pfizer's COVID pill be authorized

The European Medicines Agency has recommended that Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral drug be authorized for use in the 27-nation European Union, the first time the agency has recommended a pill for treating COVID-19
January 27
January 27

1 state to sell COVID tests at liquor stores

The tests are expected to become available in the next two weeks.
January 27
A resident holds a QuickVue At-Home OTC Covid-19 Test, received through a government program, in Easton, New Hampshire, Dec. 7, 2021.
January 27

England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

Most coronavirus restrictions, including mandatory face masks, have been lifted in England after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations
January 27
People wear face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus, which is still a mandatory requirement on Transport for London public transport services, as they travel on a bus going over London Bridge towards the City of London financial district during the morning rush hour in London, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The British government have asked people to return to working in offices starting Monday as they ease coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 27

14.5M get health care under Obama law, with help from Biden

President Joe Biden says 14.5 million Americans got private health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, thanks to help from his administration
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January 27

Hospital denies unvaccinated man heart transplant

The family of a Boston man is speaking out after they say their 31-year-old son was struck from a waitlist for a heart transplant because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
January 27
The family of a Boston man is speaking out after they say their 31-year-old son was struck from a waitlist for a heart transplant because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
January 27

State bill would allow teens to get vaccinated without parents' consent

Only five other states allow minors to get vaccines without parents' permission.
January 27
A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a teenager at a drive-through clinic at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in Northridge, Calif. on May 13, 2021.
January 27

S. Korea expert defends use of rapid tests as omicron surges

South Korea’s top infectious disease expert is defending the move to expand the use of rapid testing despite accuracy concerns as the country broke its daily coronavirus record for the third straight day
January 27
People wearing face masks walk on the street near the Pyongyang railway station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. The red banner says, "Implementation of decisions of the Forth Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of Workers' Party of Korea." (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)
January 27

Virus-ravaged Iran finds brief respite with mass vaccination

While the West sees vaccination rates slowing and infections soaring with the spread of omicron, Iran for once is not seeing grim COVID-19 statistics dominate the headlines
January 27
A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic bus at the Grand Bazaar of Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. After successive virus waves pummeled the country for nearly two years, belated mass vaccination under a new, hard-line president has, for a brief moment, left the stricken nation with a feeling of apparent safety. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
January 27

Will virus be 'over'? Most Americans think not: Poll

Will the pandemic ever really be “over”?
January 27
FILE - Travelers pass a sign near a COVID-19 testing site in Terminal E at Logan Airport, on Dec. 21, 2021, in Boston. A new AP-NORC poll shows that few Americans – just 15% – say they'll consider the pandemic over only when COVID-19 is largely eliminated. By contrast, 83% say they'll feel like the pandemic is over when it's largely a mild illness, like the seasonal flu. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
January 26

British, Australian ships deliver 'contactless' aid to Tonga

British and Australian navy ships arrived in Tonga and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation which has never had an outbreak
January 26
In this photo provided by the Australian Defense Force, soldiers load onto HMAS Adelaide at the Port of Brisbane before departing for Tonga Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, after a volcano eruption. Nearly two dozen sailors aboard the Adelaide have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022, raising fears they could bring the disease to Tonga which has so far managed to avoid any outbreaks. (CPL Robert Whitmore/Australia Defense Force via AP)
January 26

Professor suspended over video sues Michigan university

A Michigan professor who was suspended for making a sarcastic video for students that included profanity and criticism of university COVID-19 policies is asking a judge to immediately reinstate him
January 26
This image from video provided and taken by Barry Mehler shows Mehler during a 14-minute YouTube video at the start of a new term at Ferris State University. Mehler, a professor who was suspended after making a provocative video for his students, is threatening to file a lawsuit if Ferris State University, located in Michigan, doesn't lift the sanction. (Barry Mehler via AP)
January 26

Hospital patient without COVID shot denied heart transplant

A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man’s family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19
January 26
This Nov. 27, 2021, photo provided by Tracey Ferguson shows her son D.J. Ferguson initially being treated at Milford, Mass. Regional Medical Center. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is defending itself after Ferguson's family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients' chances of survival. (Tracey Ferguson via AP)
January 26

UK government holds breath as it awaits 'partygate' report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is bracing for the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties
January 26
An anti-Brexit protester holds up an anti-government placard by Parliament Square, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. London police said Tuesday they were investigating Downing Street lockdown parties in 2020 to determine if U.K. government officials violated coronavirus restrictions, putting further pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 26

Medical marijuana bill passes, heads to Mississipi governor

Mississippi lawmakers are sending their governor a bill that would create a medical marijuana program for people with serious medical conditions
January 26
State Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Southaven, lead negotiator, holds a tube containing a cigarette and a rolled hemp cigarette to illustrate to lawmakers what specific portions of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Equivalency Units would look like during his presentation of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act in the Senate Chamber at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. The body passed the act. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
January 26

Doctors urge young people to get screened for colon cancer as cases rise

Obesity, diet, or environmental factors could be playing a role.
January 26
A colorectal cancer polyp is highlighted in a medical illustration.
January 26

EXPLAINER: 'Excited delirium' and George Floyd

The issue of whether George Floyd was suffering from the disputed condition of “excited delirium” the day he was killed has resurfaced at the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with depriving him of his civil rights
January 26
FILE -In this image from police body cam video, Minneapolis police officers attempt to remove George Floyd from a vehicle, on May 25, 2020, outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis. A paramedic who treated George Floyd on the day he was killed testified Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers that he wasn't told Floyd wasn't breathing and had no pulse when officers upgraded the urgency of an ambulance call. (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)
January 26

Mott Foundation gives MSU $25M for Flint-based research

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has donated $25 million to Michigan State University to expand its public health initiatives in Flint
January 26
January 26

Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers

A requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19 kicks in Thursday for millions of health care workers in about half the states
January 26
FILE - A driver places a swab into a vial at a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. A requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19 kicks in Thursday, Jan. 27, for millions of health care workers in about half the states. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
January 26

Hospital denies heart transplant to man who hasn't gotten COVID-19 vaccine

The hospital said a vaccine is just one of many criteria for a new heart.
January 26
A pedestrian walks past the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, March 12, 2020.
January 26

US working on universal COVID vaccine

The Army is working on a so-called pan-coronavirus vaccine.
January 26
Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 are pictured at a booster clinic for 12- to 17-year-olds in Lansdale, Pa., Jan. 9, 2022.
January 26

Moderna begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults

Moderna has begun testing an omicron-specific version of its COVID-19 vaccine in healthy adults
January 26
FILE - A sign marks an entrance to a Moderna building in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday, May 18, 2020. On Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, the pharmaceutical company announced it has begun testing an omicron-specific version of its COVID-19 vaccine in healthy adults, the same week that competitor Pfizer began similar research with its reformulated shots. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)
January 26

Pro-ivermectin Kansas doctor-lawmaker under investigation

A Kansas doctor-lawmaker who has prescribed a parasitic worm treatment for COVID-19 symptoms says the state medical board has been investigating him since the summer of 2020
January 26
FILE - Kansas state Sens. Caryn Tyson, left, R-Parker, and Mark Steffen, right, R-Hutchinson, confer, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Feb. 4, 2021. Steffen, also is a physician, said Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, he's been under investigation by the state medical board for more than a year over his public comments about COVID-19, dating back even to late 2020, before he was in the Legislature. He also said he's written prescriptions for the parasitic worm treatment ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
January 26

100 bags of fentanyl found in bedroom of 13-year-old who died from overdose

Authorities are investigating who gave the teen the bags.
January 26
Police recovered roughly 40 bags of fetanyl at Sports and Medical Science Academy in Hartford, Conn. after a 13-year-old boy at the school overdosed and died two days later on Jan. 13, 2022. According to police, roughly 100 bags of fentanyl where also found at the boy's residence.
January 26

Democrats walk out of hearing with Florida's top doctor

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo has moved closer to Senate confirmation after a tense hearing where Democrats accused the state’s top doctor of evading questions on his coronavirus policies and stormed out before casting their votes
January 26
Florida Surgeon Gen. Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, left, speaks at a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
January 26

Germany: Telegram becoming a 'medium for radicalization'

A top German security official says his agency has created a task force to investigate individuals suspected of using Telegram to commit crimes, amid growing concerns that the messaging app is becoming a “medium for radicalization.”
January 26
January 26

Denmark ends most virus restrictions, as Sweden extends them

Denmark’s government says it will scrap most pandemic restrictions next week, even as neighboring Sweden has extended its own measures for another fortnight
January 26
Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren holds a digital press conference with the Swedish Public Health Agency's Director General Karin Tegmark Wisell on measures linked to COVID-19. Sweden announced Wednesday that several coronavirus restrictions will be extended for another two weeks. (Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)
January 26

An opioid-ravaged West Virginia town awaits trial verdict

It’s been six months since closing arguments were held in the first lawsuit over the U.S. addiction epidemic to go to trial
January 26
Sarah Kelly is shown Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Huntington, W.Va. After struggling with an opioid addiction most of her life, Kelly has been in recovery since October 2019. As a federal judge mulls a decision in a lawsuit filed by the city of Huntington and Cabell County over the role of three pharmaceutical companies in the local opioid crisis, Kelly said there are many recovery programs that could benefit if the plaintiffs prevail. (AP Photo/John Raby)
January 26

South Carolina 'fetal heartbeat' bill heads to appeals court

An appellate court is preparing to hear arguments over a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s abortion law
January 26
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after he signed it into law on Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. An appellate court is preparing to hear arguments over a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s abortion law, as states around the country await U.S. Supreme Court action in another case that could dramatically limit abortion rights overall. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, file)
January 26

Gates Foundation expands board following Bill, Melinda split

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will add four new members to its board of trustees
January 26
January 26

France probes 'revolting' claims of rapacious care homes

France’s government is pledging to investigate what it called “absolutely revolting” allegations that a world leader in care for older adults has been putting profit before quality, rationing food and other items for nursing home residents
January 26
The entrance a Orpea Group nursing home is pictured Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, outside Paris. France's government pledged Wednesday to investigate what it called "absolutely revolting" allegations that a world leader in care for older adults has been putting profit before quality, rationing food and other items for nursing home residents. Orpea, with more than 1,100 care homes in 23 countries, has vigorously denied the accusations of shoddy and rapacious care which have battered its stock-market value in Paris this week and are detailed in an investigative journalist's book published Wednesday Jan;26, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)