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EU and COVID-19: When a vaccine only adds to the trouble

COVID-19 has wrought division in the European Union
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Official: Chinese vaccines' effectiveness low

In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost
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A worker opens a package of coronavirus vaccine made by a Sinopharm subsidiary during a COVID-19 vaccination session for resident foreign journalists at a vaccination center in Beijing, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Chinese medical firm Sinovac said its COVID-19 vaccine is safe in children ages 3-17, based on preliminary data, and it has submitted the data to Chinese drug regulators. State-owned Sinopharm, who has two COVID-19 vaccines, is also investigating the effectiveness of its vaccines in children. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Las Vegas family awarded $29.5M in allergic reaction case

A jury has awarded $29.5 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged after being treated for a severe allergic reaction by an ambulance service in Las Vegas in 2013
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April 10

Marchers protest Romania's virus restrictions as cases soar

Protest comes as new daily infections, deaths rose in the European Union nation.
April 10
People protest outside the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, April 10, 2021. Marchers took to the streets Saturday in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to protest restrictive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 even as new daily infections and deaths rose in the European Union nation. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
April 10

The Latest: Lawmakers aim to limit state emergency powers

State lawmakers are taking actions to limit the emergency powers of governors — not just during the coronavirus pandemic, but for any future emergencies
April 10
People wait to register themselves to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at Railway hospital in Prayagraj, India, Saturday, April 10, 2021. India has a seven-day rolling average of more than 100,000 cases per day and has reported 13 million virus cases since the pandemic began, the third-highest total after the United States and Brazil. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
April 10

What are vaccine 'passports' and why are they controversial?

Electronic vaccine proof could make us safer, but critics say not so fast.
April 10
This illustration from April 6, 2021 shows a person looking at the app for the New York State Excelsior Pass, which provides secure, digital proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.
April 10

Iran enforces 10-day lockdown amid fourth wave of pandemic

State TV reports that Iran has begun a 10-day lockdown amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections
April 10
People walk through closed Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran, Saturday, April 10, 2021. Iran on Saturday imposed partial lockdown on businesses in major shopping centers as well as intercity travels through personal cars in major cities including capital Tehran as it struggles with the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Mideast region. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
April 10

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts

More Black Americans say they are open to taking the coronavirus vaccine
April 10
April 10

Mobile vaccination aims to reach older Mississippi adults

Close to 80 older adults have received a COVID-19 vaccination in the first mobile vaccination event hosted by the state of Mississippi
April 10
April 10

Reforms follow deadly year in New York nursing homes

After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation that could potentially force facility owners to spend more on patient care
April 10
FILE - In this March 21, 2021 file photo, Theresa Sari, left, and her daughter Leila Ali look at a section of a memorial wall after a news conference in New York Sari's mother, Maria Sachse, was a nursing home resident and died from COVID-19. After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation that could potentially force facility owners to spend more on patient care. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 10

Lost taste and smell from COVID-19? A new cookbook aims to help

One of the most common COVID-19 symptoms is the loss of taste and smell.
April 10
Leah Holzel, 60, food editor, smells aromatic spices during an interview with AFP on March 22, 2021 in New York City. - Holzel, who had lost her sense of smell from 2016 to 2019, now coaches people who have lost their sense of smell due to Covid-19 and has helped six people recover from anosmia since the start of the pandemic.
April 10

Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June
April 10
April 09

The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases
April 09
A woman walks past a poster depicting a scene from the famed movie " Roman Holiday" with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn wearing surgical masks as riding a Lambretta scooter in Rome, Friday, April 9, 2021. Italy has seen a stabilizing of the new variant-fueled infections over the past three weeks, though its daily death count remains stubbornly high, averaging between 300-500 COVID-19 victims per day, and its ICU capacity for virus patients is well over the threshold set by the government. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
April 09

Biden to rush vaccinators to Michigan as gov urges limits

Washington is rushing federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and treatments to Michigan in an effort to control the state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak
April 09
President Joe Biden speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 09

Thailand faces growing outbreak ahead of New Year travel

Thai authorities are struggling to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country’s traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions of people travel
April 09
A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk at Nak Prok Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
April 09

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which it began administering on January 5
April 09
People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Quebecers 55 and over can now get the AstraZeneca vaccine at walk-in clinics across the province. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 09

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Officials at Duke University say the school will require all new and returning students to present proof of vaccination before they can enroll for the fall semester
April 09
April 09

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check
April 09
April 09

What are vaccine passports?

With vaccinations on the rise, the debate over vaccine passports in the U.S. is heating up.
April 09
With vaccinations on the rise, the debate over vaccine passports in the U.S. is heating up.
April 09

Shots for shots: New Orleans bars offer vaccines

Bars in New Orleans are doing their part to battle the coronavirus pandemic
April 09
April 09

No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

A surge in virus cases and deaths is hitting all regions of the world
April 09
FILE - In this Sunday, March 28, 2021 file photo, people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's Health Ministry has warned of "dire consequences" ahead because citizens are not heeding coronavirus prevention measures, after the country reached a new high in daily infection rates. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
April 09

Italy prosecutors: WHO exec lied about spiked virus report

Italian prosecutors say a top World Health Organization official lied to them about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response
April 09
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Francesco Zambon, lead author of a withdrawn World Health Organization (WHO) report into Italy's coronavirus response, is interviewed by The Associated Press in Rome. Italian prosecutors formally accused top WHO official Ranieri Guerra of lying to them about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response, revealing private communications Friday that are likely to embarrass the U.N. agency. Emails show that Guerra tried to have one of the main report authors, Dr. Francesco Zambon, alter the data in the report to say that Italy had “updated" its pandemic plan when it had not. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, file)
April 09

North Carolina sites to resume J&J vaccines after CDC review

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's safe for North Carolina vaccine clinics that saw an increase in reports of adverse reactions to continue administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
April 09
April 09

Hungary to assist Slovakia in inspection of Russian vaccine

Slovakia’s deputy prime minister has asked Hungary for help inspecting doses of the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine
April 09
April 09

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

Islamic leaders are spreading the word ahead of Ramadan that it’s OK to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during fasting for the most sacred month of the year for Muslims
April 09
April 09

France advises vaccine mixing for some, amid clotting fears

French health officials say people under 55 who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should get other vaccines for their second shot because of an extremely rare risk of a blood clotting disorder
April 09
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts after visiting the Delpharm plant in Saint-Remy-sur-Avre, west of Paris, Friday, April 9, 2021 in Paris. The Delpharm plant started bottling Pfizer vaccines this week as France tries to make its mark on global vaccine production, and speed up vaccinations of French people amid a new virus surge. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
April 09

Woman who coughed on cancer patient gets 30 days in jail

A Florida woman whose image went viral when she deliberately coughed on a customer at a Pier 1 store last year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has been sentenced to 30 days in jail
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April 09

Portraits of a pandemic

These beautiful family portraits offer a window into people’s lives as they isolate themselves during Ireland’s coronavirus lockdown.
April 09
VIDEO: Portraits of a pandemic
April 09

'How many of us will be left?' Catholic nuns face loss, pain

Communities of Catholic nuns are absorbing devastating losses from outbreaks of the coronavirus
April 09
April 09

'How many of us will be left?' Catholic nuns face loss, pain

Communities of Catholic nuns are absorbing devastating losses from outbreaks of the coronavirus
April 09
April 09

What health experts say about rare COVID-19 cases after full vaccination

The available vaccines are "spectacularly effective," according to experts.
April 09
Mara Bianco takes a photo of Dawn Casale as she receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Northwell Health pop-up vaccination site at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Staten Island on April 08, 2021, in New York City.
April 09

Japan imposes tougher coronavirus measures in Tokyo to curb infection spike through May 11, weeks before Olympics begin.

Japan imposes tougher coronavirus measures in Tokyo to curb infection spike through May 11, weeks before Olympics begin.
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April 09

Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Australia says it has finalized a deal to buy an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as it rapidly pivots away from its earlier plan to rely mainly on the AstraZeneca vaccine
April 09
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, addresses the media at a press conference as Department of Health Secretary Dr Brendan Murphy watches at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 9, 2021. Australia says it has finalized a deal to buy an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as the nation rapidly pivots away from its earlier plan to rely mainly on the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
April 09

COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Doctors in Japan say they have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from COVID-19
April 09
FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. Doctors at Kyoto University Hospital said Thursday, April 8, 2021, they have successfully performed the world’s first lung transplant from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from the COVID-19.(NIAID-RML via AP, File)
April 08

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 96% of personnel fully vaccinated

The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says 96% of its personnel have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
April 08
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Osaka, western Japan, Monday, April 5, 2021. Osaka prefecture issued a special warning Wednesday, April 7, 2021 over the rapid upsurge of the coronavirus cases that has put the area's medical systems on the brink of collapse, requesting the cancellation of the Olympic torch relay on public roads. (Juntaro Yokoyama/Kyodo News via AP)
April 08

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check
April 08
FILE - In this April 7, 2021, file photo, cemetery workers wearing protective gear lower the coffin of a person who died from complications related to COVID-19 into a gravesite at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nations around the world set new records Thursday, April 8, for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. Brazil became just the third country, after the U.S. and Peru, to report a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
April 08

In Peru, authorities allowed secret burials of virus victims

Herman Wong and dozens of other people were clandestinely buried almost a year ago in Iquitos, a city in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon
April 08
Michael Urquilla carries scrap metals for recycling to a cargo ship, at the Masusa port in Iquitos, Peru, Friday, March 19, 2021. It's been almost a year that dozens who died of COVID-19 were secretly buried in a field in Iquitos, a city in Loreto state in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Nobody is able to explain why the clandestine burials were held. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
April 08

Nepal’s God of Sight eye doctor to expand work beyond border

Nepal’s “God of Sight” eye doctor renowned for his innovative and inexpensive cataract surgery for the poor is taking his work beyond the Himalayan mountains so there is no more unnecessary blindness in the world
April 08
A Nepalese elderly patient waits for his eye patch to be removed at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 26, 2021. Nepal’s “God of Sight” eye doctor renowned for his innovative and inexpensive cataract surgery for the poor is taking his work beyond the Himalayan mountains to other parts of the world so there is no more unnecessary blindness in the world. Dr. Sanduk Ruit, who has won many awards for his work and performed some 130,000 cataract surgery in the past three decades, is aiming to expand his work beyond the borders of his home country and the region to go globally. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
April 08

North Carolina sites halt J&J shots after adverse reactions

Three vaccine clinics in North Carolina have suspended administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after some people had adverse reactions, including fainting
April 08
April 08

EXPLAINER: What is excited delirium?

The attorney for the officer on trial in George Floyd’s death has raised the concept of excited delirium as testimony examines whether reasonable force was used on Floyd
April 08
In this image from police body cam video, Minneapolis police officers attempt to place George Floyd in a police vehicle, on May 25, 2020, outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, as it is shown Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of Floyd, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
April 08

Yosemite National Park to limit summer visitors due to virus

Yosemite National Park will require advanced reservations for day visitors this summer, the park’s peak tourist season
April 08
FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo provided by the National Park Service, Yosemite Valley School, lower right, stands in Yosemite National Park, Calif. In the background is Upper Yosemite Falls. Yosemite National Park will require advanced reservations for day visitors this summer, the park's peak tourist season, to limit the number of visitors and allow social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak. Under the new rules, advance reservations will be required for day use visitors who enter Yosemite from May 21, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2021, the San Jose Mercury News reported. (Jamie Richards/National Park Service via AP, File)
April 08

US suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations

The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades
April 08
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021 file photo, morning fog blankets a cemetery in West Virginia. The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
April 08

Sen. Thom Tillis says he has had surgery for prostate cancer

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina says he has undergone surgery for prostate cancer
April 08
April 08

Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice is emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder
April 08
FILE - In this March 22, 2021, file photo, vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a fridge at the local vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. A patchwork of advice is emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder. Regulators in the United Kingdom and the EU both stressed that the benefits of receiving the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for most people. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
April 08

Ohio GOP lieutenant governor faces political test over tweet

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted appears to be recalculating his political future amid his party's hard turn to the right and many of its members' hatred of COVID-19 restrictions
April 08
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018, file photo, Jon Husted, then a candidate for Ohio Lt. Governor, speaks at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Government Day, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now the current Ohio lieutenant governor, Husted entered the coronavirus pandemic as one of Ohio's rising Republican stars. Following an uninterrupted two-decade climb from state representative, to House speaker, to state senator, to secretary of state, to lieutenant governor, his next stop was supposed to be the Governor's Residence. But his party's hard turn to the right has required deft recalculation. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
April 08

Trump-loving Alabama county faces uphill vaccination effort

Statistics show that Winston County ranks last in terms of people who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in Alabama, which has the country’s lowest inoculation rate
April 08
April 08

Russia wants Slovakia to return its Sputnik V vaccines

Russia has asked Slovakia to return its Sputnik V vaccine shots “due to multiple contract violations.”
April 08
April 08

UAE sends Syria aid to help it fight spread of coronavirus

Syrian state media say the country has received a planeload from the United Arab Emirates with food items and medical aid yo help the war-torn country fight against the spread of the coronavirus
April 08
In this photo released by the Lebanese Army official website, Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun, receives a Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, at one of the military vaccination centers, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 8, 2021. The Lebanese army said Aoun was the first to get the vaccine and that thousands of soldiers will be vaccinated in the coming weeks. Lebanon received a gift of 90,000 Sinopharm shots from China last week. (Lebanese Army Website via AP)
April 08

Doctors in Hungary question reopening amid spike in deaths

Doctors in Hungary are questioning a government decision to lift some of the country’s lockdown restrictions amid peaking COVID-19 infections and deaths
April 08
A staff member of a flower shop sets up merchandise in the window in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday April 7, 2021. Hungary's government lifted several lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, even as some doctors and medical experts urged caution after a record-breaking day of COVID-19 deaths, a move that came as Hungary reached 2.5 million first-dose vaccinations, a benchmark the government set for when a gradual reopening could move forward. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
April 08

A year after pandemic hit, Haiti awaits vaccines amid apathy

Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began
April 08
Health ministry workers check the temperature of mask-wearing fans as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, before entering the stadium prior to the start of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying soccer match between Haiti and Belize in Port-au-prince, Haiti, Thursday, March 25, 2021. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)