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NJ doctor who was 'giant' in field of infectious diseases dies of COVID-19 in India

"Dr. Kapila served as a foundational pillar of New Jersey Medical School."
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Dr. Rajendra Kapila, a professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, died of COVID-19 on April 8, 2021.
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The Latest: NYC mayor plans to keep ordering vaccines

New York City plans to keep ordering as many doses as it can from the federal government
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European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides speaks during a media conference on an EU strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)
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Italy set to vaccinate small island populations in one go

Italy is set to start a mass vaccination campaign on some of its small, remote islands where numbers of residents and health care services are limited
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, sunset is over the Italian Islands of Procida and Ischia in the Bay of Naples, Italy. Italy on Friday will open a mass vaccination campaign on small, remote islands where numbers of residents and health care services are limited. The office of Italy’s virus czar said the campaign would initially target the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily and Isola Capraia off the Tuscan coast. Other remote areas on the mainland _ isolated villages in the Alps and Apennine mountains _ might be targeted with similar campaigns. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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How to prepare for the coming wave of COVID child vaccinations: OPINION

Agencies should use targeted approaches to vaccinate vulnerable children.
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Isabelle King, 14, gets her second dose of the Moderna vaccine from Jallesse Flores, as her twin sister watches, Feb. 5, 2021, in Houston.
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EXPLAINER: Why patents on COVID vaccines are so contentious

The Biden administration’s call to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor parts of the world get more doses has drawn praise from some countries and health advocates
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2020, file photo, Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and health care personnel at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester, Pa. The Biden administration’s call to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor parts of the world get more doses has drawn praise from some countries and health advocates. But it has run into resistance from the pharmaceutical industry and others, who say that it won’t help curb the outbreak any time soon and will hurt future innovation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
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India's gov't eases hospital oxygen shortage as demand jumps

Under order by the Supreme Court, India’s government has agreed to provide more medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital city of New Delhi
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Workers arrive with a container of fuel as funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims burn at an open crematorium set up at a granite quarry on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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Germany makes AstraZeneca vaccine available to all adults

Germany making the AstraZeneca vaccine available immediately to all adults
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A man sits in his car as he is vaccinated with AstraZeneca in a tent on the parking lot of a supermarket in Pforzheim, southern Germany, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A doctor who could not get rid of her AstraZeneca vaccine in her doctor's office decided to offer some 250 doses in drive-in location at the supermarket. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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National Teacher of Year focuses on individual student needs

The newly named National Teacher of the Year is a Las Vegas special education teacher
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Teacher Juliana Urtubey, right, interacts with Kamari Wolfe in a class at Kermit R Booker Sr Elementary School Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Las Vegas. Urtubey is the the 2021 National Teacher of the Year. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Vatican conference features Fauci, Francis — and Aerosmith

The CEOs of pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have joined cardinals, academics and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith in opening a unique Vatican conference on COVID-19 and other global health threats
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FILE - In this April 13, 2021 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a press briefing at the White House, in Washington. Fauci is participating along with soprano Renee Fleming, the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith among others in a unique three-day Vatican conference starting Thursday, May 6, 2021, on COVID-19, other global health threats and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)
May 06

Alcohol deaths in England, Wales, hit 20-year high last year

New British government figures show that alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales jumped by a fifth in 2020 to reach their highest level in two decades
May 06
May 06

Russia approves single-dose version of Sputnik V vaccine

Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to a single-dose version of the country’s Sputnik V vaccine
May 06
May 06

Thailand assures foreign residents they can be vaccinated

Thailand is assuring its foreign residents that they can get COVID-19 vaccinations, countering comments by some officials suggesting they would be at the end of the line for inoculations
May 06
May 06

EU proposes joint approach to develop COVID-19 drugs

The EU's executive arm has proposed that EU nations join forces to develop and deploy COVID-19 treatments across the 27-nation bloc
May 06
European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides speaks during a media conference on an EU strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)
May 06

N. Carolina abortion ban after 20 weeks before appeals court

The constitutionality of North Carolina’s ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy is being weighed by a federal appeals court
May 06
May 06

EU to discuss US vaccine patent plan at Friday summit

European Union leaders say that in the wake of the U.S. backing patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccine technology, the 27-nation bloc immediately will start discussing whether they should join such a move
May 06
French President Emmanuel Macron talks to the press as he visits a giant vaccination center against the Covid-19 during its inauguration at Porte de Versailles convention centre in Paris, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Christophe Archambault, Pool Photo via AP)
May 06

On the ground and afar, diaspora boosts India's virus fight

India’s large diaspora is tapping its wealth, growing political clout and expertise to help India combat a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has led to desperate pleas for oxygen and left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals
May 06
In this photo provided by the Department of National Defence, members of 2 Air Movements Squadron, at 8 Wing Trenton, prepare medical supplies bound for India and load onto an aircraft in Trenton, Ontario on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. India’s large diaspora is tapping its wealth, growing political clout and expertise to help India combat a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has led to desperate pleas for oxygen and left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals. (Master Cpl. Darcy Lefebvre/Department of National Defence/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 06

Study examines why COVID-19 death rate among Hispanics is so high

Working-age Hispanics are disproportionately represented in COVID-19 deaths.
May 06
Maricela Arreguin Mejiam and her brother Nestor Arreguin mourn the death of their father Gilberto Arreguin Camacho, 58, due to Covid-19 during his burial at a cemetery on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2020, in Whittier, Calif.
May 06

Asia Today: Fiji sequesters hospital staff after COVID death

The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing coronavirus outbreak
May 06
In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, is inoculated with China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine by Health Secretary Fracisco Duque III at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines Monday, May 3, 2021. The Philippine president has asked China to get back 1,000 doses of donated Sinopharm vaccine after facing criticisms for allowing himself to be injected with it although it has not yet been authorized for public use in the country. (King Rodriguez/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)
May 06

US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

The Biden administration is joining calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic
May 06
President Joe Biden takes questions from reporters as he speaks about the American Rescue Plan, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 06

Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions challenged in court

Australia’s drastic COVID-19 strategies of preventing its citizens leaving the country and returning from India are being challenged in court
May 06
Andrew Cooper, founder and president of libertarian group LibertyWorks, arrives at Federal Court in Sydney, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Australia's drastic COVID-19 strategies of preventing its citizens leaving the country and returning from India came under attack in two court challenges including from LibertyWorks. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
May 06

On social media, memories pop up from a pandemic still going

Memories from earlier in the COVID-19 crisis are popping back up in people's social media feeds as throwback reminders, reposts and anniversary stories crack open the digital time capsule of the pandemic before it’s even over
May 06
May 06

The Latest: Fiji locks down hospital over coronavirus death

Soldiers and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital
May 06
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walk past an advertising poster in Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
May 06

CDC sets rules for trial cruises with volunteer passengers

Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters
May 06
FILE - The Symphony of the Seas cruise ship is shown docked at PortMiami, in a Wednesday, May 20, 2020, file photo, in Miami. Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters. They'll have to carry some volunteer passengers, who will have to wear face masks and observe social distancing while on board. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave ship operators final technical guidelines Wednesday, May 5, 2021 for the trial runs. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
May 05

Australian mom convicted of killing 4 children seeks pardon

Nearly two decades after an Australian woman was convicted of killing her four children, dozens of scientists are backing the claim that they may have died of natural causes
May 05
Kathleen Folbigg appears via video link during a convictions inquiry at the NSW Coroners Court in Sydney, Australia on May 1, 2019. Nearly two decades after Folbigg was convicted of killing her four children, dozens of scientists are backing the claim that they may have died of natural causes. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)
May 05

Top court orders India's government to present oxygen plan

India’s government, facing calls for a strict lockdown to slow a devastating surge in coronavirus infections, has been ordered by the Supreme Court to submit a plan to meet New Delhi hospitals’ oxygen needs within a day
May 05
Health workers carry the body of a person who died of COVID-19 outside a field hospital in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
May 05

The Latest: Fiji locks down hospital over coronavirus death

Soldiers and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital
May 05
People wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus ride Gyro Drop as they visit to celebrate Children's Day at Children's Grand Park in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
May 05

Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

Mali’s Ministry of Health says a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven
May 05
May 05

Jill Biden visits Utah school as US moves toward reopening

First lady Jill Biden spoke at a Salt Lake City school as the U.S. makes uneven progress toward reopening classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic
May 05
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, watch a student demonstrate her project, during a visit to Yorktown Elementary School, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Yorktown, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 05

NYC schools try compromise on Columbus Day, displeasing some

The New York City public school system has designated Oct. 11 as Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People’s Day
May 05
May 05

Witness testimony continues in landmark W.Va. opioid trial

Witness testimony has begun in a landmark opioid trial in which local governments in West Virginia have sued three large drug distributors that have been accused of fueling the opioid epidemic
May 05
May 05

Texas Republicans pushing abortion ban after 6 weeks

The GOP-dominated Texas state House grave preliminary approval to a measure that would ban abortions after as early six weeks — which is before many women know they are pregnant — and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits
May 05
Texas State Rep. Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, center, answers questions about a proposed bill in the House Chamber, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Slawson is co-sponsoring a bill introduced in Texas that would ban abortions as early as six weeks and allow private citizens to enforce it through civil lawsuits, under a measure given preliminary approval by the Republican-dominated state House on Wednesday. The move would have Texas join about a dozen other Republican-led states to pass so-called "heartbeat bills" which have been mostly blocked by federal courts. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 05

US tribe shares vaccine with relatives, neighbors in Canada

A Native American tribe in northern Montana is giving its surplus COVID-19 vaccines to its First Nations relatives and others from neighboring communities in Canada
May 05
In this Thursday, April 29, 2021, photo, Roberta Wagner, foreground, a health clinic administrator for the Blackfeet tribe, prepares COVID-19 vaccine doses to be administered to Canadian residents at the Piegan-Carway border crossing near Babb, Mont. The Blackfeet tribe gave out surplus vaccines in April to its First Nations relatives and others from across the border. (AP Photo/Iris Samuels)
May 05

Oregon moves toward safe storage of guns; ban from Capitol

The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would mandate safe storage of guns and ban them from the state Capitol
May 05
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, firearms are displayed at a gun shop in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Senate passed a bill Wednesday, May 5, 2021, that would mandate safe storage of guns and ban them from the state Capitol. The bill passed the House last week and goes to Gov. Kate Brown for signing. AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
May 05

India’s COVID-19 emergency a global reminder as cases decline in US

A threat anywhere on the globe is a threat to all of us, said the dean of Harvard’s school of public health.
May 05
VIDEO: India’s COVID-19 emergency a global reminder as cases decline in US
May 05

Texas Republicans pushing abortion ban after 6 weeks

The GOP-dominated Texas state House grave preliminary approval to a measure that would ban abortions after as early six weeks — which is before many women know they are pregnant — and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits
May 05
Texas State Rep. Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, center, answers questions about a proposed bill in the House Chamber, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Slawson is co-sponsoring a bill introduced in Texas that would ban abortions as early as six weeks and allow private citizens to enforce it through civil lawsuits, under a measure given preliminary approval by the Republican-dominated state House on Wednesday. The move would have Texas join about a dozen other Republican-led states to pass so-called "heartbeat bills" which have been mostly blocked by federal courts. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 05

Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older

Canada’s health regulators say they've become the first to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12
May 05
In this April 23, 2021 photo, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa. Drug maker Pfizer says, Friday, April 30, it will start sending U.S.-produced COVID-19 vaccines to Canada next week. It's the first time the U.S. has allowed that company’s vaccine exported north. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
May 05

Children make up 26% of new COVID-19 cases in this state

More than 800 children ages 0 to 19 have been hospitalized with the virus.
May 05
Teacher Raven Wattley checks body temperature of students by the entrance of the class room at Rose Hill Elementary school in Commerce City, Colorado, Jan. 26, 2021.
May 05

Maryland business owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

The owner of a Maryland physical therapy business is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to not paying more than $258,000 in federal employment taxes
May 05
May 05

Trade Rep: Biden admin backs waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to speed pandemic's end

Trade Rep: Biden admin backs waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to speed pandemic's end
May 05
May 05

WTO chief seeks text to advance debate over COVID-19 vaccine

The World Trade Organization chief has appealed to member states to present and negotiate over a text that could lead to a temporary easing of trade rules that protect COVID-19 vaccine technology
May 05
FILE - In this Monday, March 1, 2021 file photo, New Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, left, walks at the entrance of the WTO, following a photo-op upon her arrival at the WTO headquarters to take office in Geneva, Switzerland. Ambassadors from World Trade Organization countries were discussing trade rules protecting the technological know-how behind COVID-19 vaccines. The WTO’s General Council's agenda for a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, May 5, 2021 includes a waiver on intellectual property protections for vaccines. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/Keystone via AP, FIle)
May 05

G-7 calls out China over rights at virus-shadowed meeting

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy industrialized nations have accused China of human rights abuses and economic bullying
May 05
United States' Secretary of State Antony Blinken, center top, participates in a trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi, third from left at tabel, and South Korea's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong, second from right at table, on the sidelines of a G7 foreign ministers meeting in London, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy industrialized nations gathered in London to grapple with threats to health, prosperity and democracy in their first face-to-face meeting in more than two years. (Ben Stansall/Pool Photo via AP)
May 05

Rutgers University infectious disease specialist dies in India

Renowned infectious disease specialist and professor, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, caught COVID-19 while caring for his family in India.
May 05
Renowned infectious disease specialist and professor, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, caught COVID-19 while caring for his family in India.
May 05

COVID's US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

Teams of experts are projecting that COVID-19′s toll on the U.S. will wane dramatically by the end of July
May 05
FILE - In this April 26, 2021, file photo, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering sophomore Brian Acevedo, 16, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Myra Glass, of East Hartford, during a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn. Teams of experts are projecting COVID-19's toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to research released by the government Wednesday, May 5. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
May 05

US parents excited over prospect of virus shots for children

Many parents and educators are excited over the news that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by next week for youngsters ages 12 to 15
May 05
May 05

India's virus surge damages Modi's image of competence

Despite clear signs India was being swamped by another surge of coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government refused to cancel a major Hindu festival and held election rallies with thousands of unmasked supporters
May 05
May 05

EU plans tightening foreign investment, with eye on China

The European Union is planning to tighten rules on foreign investment in its 27 members and increase production autonomy for sensitive strategic goods, two measures bound to hit China — amid already precarious relations with Beijing
May 05
European Commission Vice Presidents Margrethe Vestager, center, Valdis Dombrovskis, left, and EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton participate in a media conference on the proposal for a Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market and on the European Industrial Strategy Update at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)
May 05

AP source: Canada's heath regulator authorizes Pfizer’s vaccine for ages 12 to 16

AP source: Canada's heath regulator authorizes Pfizer’s vaccine for ages 12 to 16
May 05
May 05

COVID-19 overshadows independence in key Scottish election

Scotland holds an election Thursday that could hasten the breakup of the United Kingdom
May 05
The Scottish side of the border between Scotland and England at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Scotland, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Scotland holds an election Thursday that could hasten the breakup of the United Kingdom. The pro-independence Scottish National Party is leading in the polls and a big victory will give it the the moral right and the political momentum to hold a referendum on whether Scotland should end its three-century union with England. But many voters, even if they support independence, are cautious. (AP Photo/Renee Graham)
May 05

US birth rate falls to lowest point in more than a century

The U.S. birth rate fell 4% last year — the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years
May 05
May 05

Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4

President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of American adults by July Fourth
May 05
President Joe Biden takes questions from reporters as he speaks about the COVID-19 vaccination program, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)