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Revising guidelines, UN agency warns air pollution has health risks at far lower levels than previously thought

Revising guidelines, UN agency warns air pollution has health risks at far lower levels than previously thought
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Biden to double US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the U.S. is doubling, to 1 billion doses, its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world
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President Joe Biden meets with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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'The future is raising its voice': A dire mood at UN meeting

Racism, climate change and the world’s worsening divisions will take center stage at the U_N_ meeting of world leaders, a day after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was "on the edge of an abyss.”
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Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev is seen on video screens as he addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly remotely, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)
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COVID deaths surge in state that reported more deaths than births in 2020

Intensive care unit beds are 97% full in Alabama.
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Scott Harris, Alabama's State Health Officer, discusses his state's vaccination data in his office, June 29, 2021, in Montgomery, Ala.
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The Latest: UK to give 1M doses to South Korea in shot swap

Britain’s government has announced plans to share more than a million doses of coronavirus vaccine with South Korea in a “vaccine swap.”
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Men wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus take photos as they visit to celebrate Chuseok holidays, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day, at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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US doubling order for global COVID-19 vaccines to 1 billion doses, Biden to urge 70% world vaccination rate within year

US doubling order for global COVID-19 vaccines to 1 billion doses, Biden to urge 70% world vaccination rate within year
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How the definition of success has changed in COVID fight

Experts say the U.S. will likely have to learn to live with the virus.
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A nurse tends to a COVID-19 patient during a tour of SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital's intensive care unit amid the coronavirus pandemic in Oklahoma City, Aug. 24, 2021.
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Smaller COVID vaccine doses may protect kids as well as full doses in adults: Pfizer

"I think it will be safe. I think it will be effective."
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A nurse gives a girl a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla., Sept. 8, 2021.
September 21

German officials fear anti-mask radicalization after killing

Senior politicians in Germany have expressed shock over the weekend killing of a young gas station clerk who asked a customer to wear a face mask
September 21
Police officers secure a gas station in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 19. Police in Germany say a 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the killing of the gas station worker who was shot dead Saturday at the station, following a dispute over face masks. (Christian Schulz/Foto Hosser/dpa via AP)
September 21

Report: Births decline in pandemic may have turned corner

While there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report suggests the drop may have turned a corner last March as births started rebounding
September 21
FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo, cots and cribs are arranged at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, as an alternate care site or for hospital overflow amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report released Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the drop may have turned a corner as births started rebounding last March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)
September 21

The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

Officials in the northeast China city of Harbin say national level health officials have been sent to the city to deal with what may be a coronavirus outbreak
September 21
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus enjoy the field of cosmos at the Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 21

AP PHOTOS: Behind barricades, Vietnam battles 'enemy' virus

The roadblocks and barricades make the streets of this southern Vietnamese city look like they did during the war that ended almost 50 years ago. But this time, the battle is being fought against the rampaging coronavirus. In Vung Tau, just outside Ho Chi Minh city, streets are sealed and checkpoints are set up to control the movement of people. Barbed wire, door panels, steel sheets, chairs and tables are among materials being used to fence up alleys and isolate neighborhoods. A coastal city with half a million people, Vung Tau was untouched by COVID-19 for most of the pandemic. Life was lived much as normal until the first case was registered in late July and the delta variant started to spread in the southern region. A lockdown was ordered quickly. The city's white sand beaches, which had been packed with tourists, were emptied and closed. Residents are asked to stay home and can only go out on the streets for necessities once a week. “Fighting this pandemic is like fighting...
September 21
Entrance to a beach is barricaded and locked in Vung Tau, Vietnam, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. The roadblocks and barricades make the streets of this southern Vietnamese city look like they did during the war that ended almost 50 years ago. But this time, the battle is being fought against the rampaging coronavirus. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
September 21

Rhode Island to open the country's 1st safe injection site

ABC News’ Phil Lipof reports on Rhode Island’s program which, starting March 2022, will let people who inject drugs to use do so at medical facilities, so staff can intervene in case of an overdose.
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VIDEO: Rhode Island to open the country's 1st safe injection site
September 21

California now has nation's lowest virus transmission rate

California is seeing lower coronavirus transmission than other U.S. states as virus cases and hospitalizations decline following a summer surge
September 21
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2021, file photo, a woman waits in the holding area after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. California is seeing lower coronavirus transmission than other U.S. states as virus cases and hospitalizations decline following a summer surge. State health experts say relatively high vaccination rates ahead of the arrival of the delta variant made a difference. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 21

Idaho's COVID outlook is dire as cases continue to climb

Health care workers are exhausted and angry
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Experts eye more travel testing to contain COVID in Hawaii

Hawaii officials are facing pressure to increase COVID-19 testing for travelers
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FILE — In this Aug. 24, 2021, file photo people sit on a Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii was once seen as a beacon of safety during the pandemic because of stringent travel and quarantine restrictions and overall vaccine acceptance that made it one of the most inoculated states in the country. But the highly contagious delta variant exploited weaknesses and now the state is experiencing a record surge. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
September 21

'Soul-crushing': US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans
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San Francisco mandates vaccines for all airport workers

San Francisco is requiring all workers at San Francisco International Airport to get vaccinated against COVID-19
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, a plane takes off behind the air traffic control tower at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. San Francisco is requiring all workers at San Francisco International Airport to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who are exempt must undergo weekly testing. The mandate announced Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, applies to roughly 46,000 on-site personnel, including employees of contractors and retail tenants. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)
September 21

Doctor cleared of COVID-19 vaccine theft sues Harris County

A doctor who was fired after Harris County public health officials accused him of stealing vials of COVID-19 vaccine to administer to family and friends is suing the county for discrimination
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COVID-19 pandemic passes 1918 pandemic’s grim death toll milestone

Plus, pediatric hospitalizations are on the rise and Tennessee says it will recommend that vaccinated people be denied treatment with monoclonal antibodies.
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VIDEO: COVID-19 pandemic passes 1918 pandemic’s grim death toll milestone
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Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data

Medicare says families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes
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Johnson & Johnson: Booster shot could boost immunity

New data shows that two shots given two months apart resulted in 94% protection against symptomatic disease.
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VIDEO: Johnson & Johnson: Booster shot could boost immunity
September 21

Brazil's Bolsonaro rebuffs criticism on pandemic, Amazon

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro issued a defense of his administration at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, rebuffing criticism of its handling of the pandemic and touting recent data indicating less Amazon deforestation
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at United Nations headquarters in New York. (Timothy A. Clary/Pool Photo via AP)
September 21

India calls new UK COVID-19 vaccine rules 'discriminatory'

India says the British government’s decision not to recognize coronavirus vaccine certificates issued by Indian authorities is a “discriminatory policy” that will impact its citizens who want to travel to that country
September 21
A health worker administers the vaccine for COVID-19 at a vaccination center set up at a government-run school in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. India, the world's largest vaccine producer, will resume exports and donations of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October after halting them during a devastating surge in domestic infections in April, the health minister said Monday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
September 21

2nd J&J dose results in stronger protection, company says

The shots, given two months apart, can offer 94% protection against infections.
September 21
FILE - In this July 30, 2021, file photo, Jay Vojno gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, in New York.
September 21

Vaccine mandates work, but rollout will be a bumpy road for employers: Opinion

Mandates are essential to creating safe workplaces.
September 21
A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., Sept. 14, 2021.
September 21

Those suffering from sickle cell disease may finally be getting some relief

Research advances and public awareness are benefiting those with the disease.
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Thai campaign to vaccinate schoolchildren makes progress

Health officials in the Thai capital have made headway in their effort to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, giving shots of the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12 to 18 with underlying diseases
September 21
A mother tries to comfort her child before receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration started inoculated 12-18 year old students Tuesday as part of its attempt to reopen on-site schools. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
September 21

Texas doctor who defied state's new abortion ban is sued

San Antonio doctor said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law.
September 21
FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, will consider whether Missouri can implement a sweeping law aimed at limiting abortions. The law adopted in 2019 would ban abortions at or around the eighth week of pregnancy. It also would prohibit abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
September 21

Federal appeals court to hear Missouri abortion law case

A federal appeals court on Tuesday will consider whether Missouri can implement a sweeping law aimed at limiting abortions
September 21
FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, will consider whether Missouri can implement a sweeping law aimed at limiting abortions. The law adopted in 2019 would ban abortions at or around the eighth week of pregnancy. It also would prohibit abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
September 21

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

China's “zero tolerance” strategy of trying to isolate every case and stop transmission of the coronavirus has kept the country where the virus first was detected in late 2019 largely free of the disease
September 21
FILE - In this May 2, 2021, file photo, a woman adjusts her face mask as she walks by a statue featuring the Beijing Winter Olympics figure skating on display at the Shougang Park in Beijing. China's "zero tolerance" strategy of trying to isolate every case and stop transmission of the coronavirus has kept kept the country where the virus first was detected in late 2019 largely free of the disease. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
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US easing virus restrictions for foreign flights to America

In a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S. will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test
September 20
President Joe Biden leaves St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after attending a Mass, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his Rehoboth Beach home. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 20

The Latest: March protests Australia state's vaccine mandate

Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in the streets of Australia’s second-largest city to protest mandatory coronavirus vaccine rules in the construction industry
September 20
A Nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for a secondary school student at a vaccine center in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 20

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11
September 20
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
September 20

By the Numbers: US death toll from COVID-19 surpasses that of 1918 Spanish flu

COVID-19 has now taken more American lives than the 1918 Influenza, though per capita, the Spanish flu was much more deadly.
September 20
VIDEO: By the Numbers: US death toll from COVID-19 surpasses that of 1918 Spanish flu
September 20

India to resume exports of coronavirus vaccines in October

India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, will resume exports and donations of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October after halting them during a devastating surge in domestic infections in April
September 20
FILE- In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, employees pack boxes containing vials of Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Serum Institute of India in Pune, India. India, the world's largest vaccine producer, says it will resume exports and donations of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October after halting them during a devastating surge in domestic infections in April. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
September 20

Vaccines for all age groups needed to control pandemic: Medical expert

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting CDC director, on Pfizer's announcement on safety and effectiveness for their vaccine for children 5 to 11.
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VIDEO: Vaccines for all age groups needed to control pandemic: Medical expert
September 20

Texas doctor sued days after saying he performed an abortion in defiance of the state's new ban

Texas doctor sued days after saying he performed an abortion in defiance of the state's new ban
September 20
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COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

"We still have an opportunity to turn it around."
September 20
FILE - This photo made available by the Library of Congress shows a demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Historians think the pandemic started in Kansas in early 1918, and by winter 1919 the virus had infected a third of the global population and killed at least 50 million people, including 675,000 Americans. Some estimates put the toll as high as 100 million. (Library of Congress via AP, File)
September 20

Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat
September 20
People stand in floodwaters while salvaging items from their flood-damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Jean Lafitte, La. Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled Wednesday for food, gas, water and relief from the sweltering heat as thousands of line workers toiled to restore electricity and officials vowed to set up more sites where people could get free meals and cool off. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 20

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu did -- 675,000, by Johns Hopkins' count

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu did -- 675,000, by Johns Hopkins' count
September 20
September 20

COVID death toll in US eclipses 1918 influenza pandemic estimates

More than 675,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19.
September 20
In this Aug. 13, 2021, file photo, a patient is unloaded from an ambulance, after Memphis Fire Chief Gina Sweat said that emergency services were overwhelmed by numbers of COVID-19 patients and that wait times should be expected.
September 20

Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children as young as 5

The company says the trial found the vaccine produced minimal side effects, similar to those found in adults and older children.
September 20
VIDEO: Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children as young as 5
September 20

White House to ease restrictions, require foreign nationals traveling to US to be fully vaccinated starting in November

White House to ease restrictions, require foreign nationals traveling to US to be fully vaccinated starting in November
September 20
September 20

India says it will resume exports of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October

India says it will resume exports of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October
September 20
September 20

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for kids ages 5 to 11; plans to seek authorization for this age group soon

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for kids ages 5 to 11; plans to seek authorization for this age group soon
September 20
September 20

Pfizer says vaccine safe, effective for kids ages 5 to 11

The company will submit an Emergency Use Authorization request soon.
September 20
A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., Sept. 14, 2021.
September 19

AP PHOTOS: Trainers beat Sydney lockdown with outdoor gyms

Personal trainers have turned a waterfront park into an outdoor gym to get around Sydney’s pandemic lockdown restrictions. Gymgoers work out among onlookers walking their dogs in this picturesque open-air setting in suburban Rushcutters Bay, sometimes under portable pergolas if rain is threatening. Personal trainer Matt Cook says people are over Zoom meetings so he opted for personal contact with clients. “A lot of trainers are offering classes through Zoom,” Cook said. ”But I’ve chosen to do the one-on-one, face-to-face approach outdoors.” Cook has been setting up his equipment at Reg Bartley Park at 5 a.m. each day since the Sydney lockdown began in late June. Gyms are set to reopen in a few weeks as vaccination rates rise. “I think everyone’s excited to get back inside," Cook said. “Even though outdoors is great, there are still a few downsides, the weather being one of them.”
September 19
People workout in a park in the eastern suburbs of Sydney Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Personal trainers have turned a waterfront park at Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay into an outdoor gym to get around pandemic lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
September 19

UK court rules under-16s can get puberty blocking drugs

Court rules it's up to doctors to "exercise their judgment" about patients.
September 19
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Pediatricians with kids speak out about delta surge fears

"I'm more concerned about the situation now than I ever have been."
September 19
Dr. Keila Rodriguez, a pediatrician in Texas, in an undated photo with her 3-year-old daughter.