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US sets the stage for COVID booster shots for millions

The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 is poised for a major new phase: Government advisers on Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for millions of Americans
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo resident of Harmony Court Assisted Living receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. With booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now authorized in the U.S., government advisers reconvened on Thursday, Sept. 23, to tackle the most contentious question yet: Exactly who should roll up their sleeves right away? (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
4 hours ago

Florida superintendents ‘discouraged’ by governor’s COVID policies

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order allowing parents to decide whether or not to send their child to school even after being exposed to COVID-19.
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VIDEO: Florida superintendents ‘discouraged’ by governor’s COVID policies
September 23

The Latest: Florida school district gets cash over mask vote

A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden’s administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board’s vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate
September 23
A hiring sign is placed at a booth for Jameson's Irish Pub during a job fair Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in the West Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 23

CDC advisory panel backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans

CDC advisory panel backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans
September 23
September 23

Providers challenge only US law banning vaccine mandates

Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents employers from mandating vaccines for employees
September 23
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Julie Petre, an ICU pharmacist, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Mont. Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents state employers from mandating workers get vaccinated amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. They argue the new law violates federal requirements for safe workplaces and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and want a federal judge to rule that it doesn't apply to hospitals and other medical providers. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)
September 23

1st Florida school district gets US cash for virus mask vote

A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden’s administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board’s vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate
September 23
September 23

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

A woman with Down syndrome has lost a court challenge against the British government over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition
September 23
Campaigner Heidi Crowter looks on after speaking to the media after her court case, outside the High Court in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A woman with Down’s syndrome has lost a court challenge against the British government over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a foetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others argued that part of the Abortion Act is discriminatory. Abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are allowed up till 24 weeks of pregnancy, but terminations can be allowed up until birth if there is “a substantial risk" that if the child were born it would suffer from serious abnormalities. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
September 23

New York health chief, defender of Cuomo policies, resigning

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has submitted his resignation
September 23
FILE - Dr. Howard A. Zucker, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, speaks during a news conference on coronavirus vaccination at Suffolk County Community College on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Brentwood, N.Y. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says Zucker has submitted his resignation, Thursday, Sept. 23. Zucker was appointed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo as state health commissioner in 2015. He has faced heated criticism over the state's COVID-19 response, particularly in nursing homes.(Michael M. Santiago/Pool via AP)
September 23

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

As Portugal nears its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries want to know how it was able to accomplish the feat
September 23
September 23

New York's health commissioner submits resignation; had been leading defender of former Gov. Cuomo's pandemic response

New York's health commissioner submits resignation; had been leading defender of former Gov. Cuomo's pandemic response
September 23
September 23

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

The delta variant is causing a surge in infections among kids in the U.S. and elsewhere, but experts say there are no strong signs that it is causing more severe disease for young patients
September 23
Is the delta variant worse for kids than the original virus?(AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
September 23

Judge gives Dutch boy OK for vaccine amid parental dispute

A 12-year-old boy has gone to court in the Netherlands to get permission to receive a COVID-19 vaccine so he can visit his grandmother who is battling lung cancer
September 23
September 23

Nobel Prize ceremonies to be curtailed again due to pandemic

The Nobel Prize ceremonies will be reined in for a second year due to the coronavirus pandemic
September 23
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, a view of the medal to be presented to Nobel Laureate in Physics Roger Penrose from the Swedish ambassador to the UK Torbjorn Sohlstrom at the ambassador's residence in London. The Nobel Prize ceremonies will be reined in for a second year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners of this year’s prizes in chemistry, literature, physics, medicine and economics, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize, are set to be announced between Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, 2021. (Niklas Halle'n/Pool via AP, File)
September 23

The Latest: New Zealand's PM hopes to avoid future lockdowns

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she doesn’t want to use lockdowns in the future and sees vaccinations as the “golden ticket” to navigating the pandemic
September 23
FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, socially distanced and with protective partitions students work on an art project during class at the Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, Calif. Public schools have struggled for years with teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education and languages. But the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. The stresses of teaching in the COVID-era caused a spike in teacher retirements and resignations. Now that California schools have welcomed students back to in-person learning, they face a new challenge: A shortage of teachers and all other staff, the likes of which some districts say they've never seen. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
September 23

UN health agency sets higher, tougher bar for air quality

The World Health Organization is setting a higher bar for policymakers and the public in its first update to its air quality guidelines in 15 years
September 23
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 file photo, a man who scavenges recyclable materials for a living walks across a mountain of garage amidst smoke from burning trash at Dandora, the largest garbage dump in the capital Nairobi, Kenya. The World Health Organization said Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021, the negative health impacts of poor air quality kick in at lower levels than it previously thought, announcing revisions to its guidelines on air quality that set a higher bar for policymakers in a world where 90 percent of people already live in areas with one particularly harmful type of pollutant. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
September 23

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Schools have welcomed students back to classrooms but face a new challenge: a shortage of teachers and staff the likes of which some districts say they have never seen
September 23
FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, socially distanced and with protective partitions students work on an art project during class at the Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, Calif. Public schools have struggled for years with teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education and languages. But the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. The stresses of teaching in the COVID-era caused a spike in teacher retirements and resignations. Now that California schools have welcomed students back to in-person learning, they face a new challenge: A shortage of teachers and all other staff, the likes of which some districts say they've never seen. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
September 22

Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students

Florida’s new surgeon general has signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
September 22
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DeSantis was there to promote the use of monoclonal antibody treatments for those infected with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 22

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

The U.S. has moved a step closer to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to seniors and others at high risk from the virus
September 22
September 22

‘Regardless of your past infection status, you should get vaccinated’: Expert

’ Linsey Davis speaks with ABC News medical contributor Dr. Darien Sutton about the effectiveness of COVID-19 booster shots, and about the population that remains unvaccinated.
September 22
VIDEO: ‘Regardless of your past infection status, you should get vaccinated’: Expert
September 22

Researchers detect malaria resistant to key drug in Africa

Scientists have found evidence of a drug-resistant form of malaria in Africa
September 22
FILE - This file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a feeding female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface, in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host. In a study published Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, scientists say there is evidence a resistant form of malaria is spreading in Uganda, in a worrying sign the top drug used against the parasitic disease could ultimately be rendered useless without concerted efforts from countries and global health officials. (James Gathany/CDC via AP, File)
September 22

US booster campaign gets closer as FDA OKs extra shots of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for seniors, others at high risk

US booster campaign gets closer as FDA OKs extra shots of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for seniors, others at high risk
September 22
September 22

California governor signs privacy laws for abortion patients

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed two laws aimed at protecting the privacy of abortion providers and their patients
September 22
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks in San Francisco. Gov. Newsom signed two laws on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, that aim to protect the privacy of abortion providers and their patients, declaring California to be a "reproductive freedom state" in contrast to Texas and its efforts to limit the procedure. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 22

3 charged in death of 86-year-old woman left outside in heat

Colorado officials say three assisted living facility workers are being prosecuted in the death of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who was allegedly left outside in sweltering weather
September 22
September 22

Jackson released from Chicago facility after COVID recovery

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed home a month after he was hospitalized for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection and following intensive physical therapy for Parkinson's disease
September 22
September 22

Health authorities could approve COVID-19 booster shots as soon as this week

The decision comes as President Joe Biden says the U.S. will share 500 million vaccine doses with lower-income countries.
September 22
VIDEO: Health authorities could approve COVID-19 booster shots as soon as this week
September 22

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

Florida will consider an abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas that would ban most abortions in the state
September 22
September 22

Mother, daughter accused of 'outlaw' buttocks augmentations

Authorities say a mother and daughter have been arrested in Southern California on suspicion of performing “outlaw” buttocks augmentation procedures on women, including one who died
September 22
September 22

Biden doubles US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots

President Joe Biden says the U.S. is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world
September 22
President Joe Biden speaks during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP)
September 22

Anger, confusion spread over UK's new COVID travel rules

Travelers and authorities from India and many African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain’s new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory
September 22
People watch others arrive to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a government-run hospital in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Travelers and authorities from India and many African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain's new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory, as experts warn the measures could fuel misinformation about vaccines in countries in some of the world's least vaccinated countries. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
September 22

High school goes remote again, blames student misbehavior

A Connecticut high school that recently resumed full in-person learning for the first time since the pandemic hit has sent students home temporarily for remote learning and is blaming problems with misbehavior
September 22
September 22

Mormon church to require masks in temples amid COVID surge

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19
September 22
FILE - In this April 4, 2020, file photo, is The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that face masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19. Church leaders said Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, that masks will be required temporarily in an effort to keep temples open. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 22

Biden to donate 500M vaccine doses, calls for ‘all hands on deck’

President Joe Biden announced the U.S. will buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to low-income countries around the world.
September 22
VIDEO: Biden to donate 500M vaccine doses, calls for ‘all hands on deck’
September 22

German official slams online 'incitement' after mask killing

Germany’s health minister has partly blamed “incitement” against the government’s pandemic rules on social media for the killing of a gas station clerk by a man who refused to wear a face mask
September 22
Media and a police car stand in front of a gas station in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. 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. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
September 22

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
September 22
September 22

'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.”
September 22
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)
September 22

COVID deaths surge in state that reported more deaths than births in 2020

Intensive care unit beds are 97% full in Alabama.
September 22
Scott Harris, Alabama's State Health Officer, discusses his state's vaccination data in his office, June 29, 2021, in Montgomery, Ala.
September 22

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
September 22
September 22

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.
September 22
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.
September 22

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."
September 22
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.
September 21
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
September 21
September 21

Experts eye more travel testing to contain COVID in Hawaii

Hawaii officials are facing pressure to increase COVID-19 testing for travelers
September 21
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
September 21
September 21

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
September 21
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
September 21