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Duterte threatens to arrest Filipinos who refuse vaccination

The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperate to contain the pandemic
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A pedicab driver is inoculated with China's Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse the COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country for hard-hit countries like India and the United States if they would not cooperate with massive efforts to end the pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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The Latest: Fiji outbreak grows rapidly, N Zealand sends $7M

A coronavirus outbreak in Fiji is rapidly growing, with 180 new cases reported on Tuesday
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Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic

A government watchdog says that deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic
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FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, a patient is loaded into an ambulance by emergency medical workers outside Cobble Hill Health Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by more than 30% last year, with two devastating surges eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most complete assessment yet of the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
4 hours ago

The Latest: NKorea tells WHO it has detected no virus cases

North Korea has told the World Health Organization it tested more than 30,000 people for the coronavirus through June 10 but has yet to find a single infection
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An employee of the beverage maker Suntory receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot at their office building as the company began its workplace vaccination Monday, June 21, 2021, in Tokyo. Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 21

US hits encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots

The U.S. has reached a pair of encouraging milestones as the COVID-19 pandemic’s grip on the nation continues to loosen
June 21
FILE - In this June 17, 2021, file photo, an Orange County resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Florida Division of Emergency Management mobile vaccination site at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the number of Americans fully vaccinated has reached about 150 million. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
June 21

CDC finds young adults behind in getting vaccinated. Here’s why.

A survey found that a quarter of adults 18-39 "definitely" won't get vaccinated.
June 21
Julia Gadsby, 18, who has Lupus, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, March 3, 2021.
June 21

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive that aims to rev up the nation’s slow vaccine rollout
June 21
An employee of beverage maker Suntory takes a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot at their office building as the company began its workplace vaccination Monday, June 21, 2021, in Tokyo. Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 21

Vaccine technology transfer center to open in South Africa

The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent desperately in need of COVID-19 jabs
June 21
Health workers arrive with a patient at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital's COVID-19 facility, in Johannesburg, Monday, June 21, 2021. The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Monday the U.N. agency is in discussions with numerous companies and institutions to create a technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)
June 21

Biden outlines vaccine plan, set to miss global-sharing goal

President Joe Biden is expected to fall short of his commitment to shipping 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June
June 21
President Joe Biden speaks about reaching 300 million COVID-19 vaccination shots, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 21

UK infected blood probe focuses on school where dozens died

A public inquiry into Britain’s contaminated blood scandal, which led to the deaths of more than 2,000 people in the 1970s and ’80s, began hearing evidence Monday
June 21
June 21

Growing concerns over Delta variant

Plus, Madison Square Garden welcomes a fully vaccinated crowd for the first full-capacity concert in NYC since the start of pandemic restrictions.
June 21
VIDEO: Growing concerns over Delta variant
June 21

Indonesia records its largest 1-day jump in COVID infections

Indonesian health authorities have announced the country’s largest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections, as the country’s number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began crosses 2 million
June 21
A man reacts as a medical workers collect his nasal swab samples to be tested for coronavirus, during a COVID-19 screening at University of North Sumatra in Medan, Indonesia, Monday, June 21, 2021. Indonesia has reported more coronavirus cases than any other country in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
June 21

Vaccine hesitancy puts India's gains against virus at risk

India's vaccination efforts are being undermined by widespread hesitancy and fear of the jabs, fueled by misinformation and mistrust
June 21
A girl looks out through a hole in the wall of her house as a health worker prepares for COVID-19 testing in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh state, India, on June 9, 2021. India's vaccination efforts are being undermined by widespread hesitancy and fear of the jabs, fueled by misinformation and mistrust. That's especially true in rural India, where two-thirds of the country’s nearly 1.4 billion people live. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
June 20

US sends Taiwan 2.5 million vaccine doses, tripling pledge

A plane with 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Taiwan from the U.S. in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning
June 20
FILE - In this June 6, 2021, file photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, President Tsai Ing-wen, right, speaks near U.S. Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, left, of Illinois in Taipei, Taiwan. The U.S. is sending 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine to Taiwan, tripling an earlier pledge in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP, File)
June 20

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic
June 20
People queue at an NHS Vaccination Clinic at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium in north London, Sunday, June 20, 2021. The NHS is braced for high demand as anyone in England over the age of 18 can now book a Covid-19 vaccination jab. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
June 20

Severe national blood shortage may force changes to patient care: Officials

"The current situation ... is the most concerning I have seen in my career."
June 20
In this March 23, 2021, file photo, phlebotomist Adel Velasco prepares a blood donation at a Red Cross blood drive with L.A. Care Health Plan in Los Angeles.
June 20

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million
June 20
Women simultaneously hold up placards with a message that reads in Portuguese; "500K deaths! His fault!" during a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic policies protesters say harm the interests of the poor and working class, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Brazil is approaching an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000 — second-highest in the world. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
June 20

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million
June 20
An exile Tibetan nurse in protective suit prepares another Tibetan to receive a Covishield -19 vaccine in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, June 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
June 19

As Brazil tops 500,000 deaths, protests against president

Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in a score of cities.
June 19
A man, wearing a protective face mask, holds a sign with a message that reads in Portuguese; "500,000 deaths is genocide", during a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the pandemic and economic policies protesters say harm the interests of the poor and working class, in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Brazil is approaching an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000 — second-highest in the world.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 19

Afghanistan running out of oxygen as COVID surge worsens

Health officials say Afghanistan is fast running out of oxygen as a deadly third surge of COVID worsen
June 19
Men carry a cylinder to be refilled from a privately owned oxygen factory, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Health officials say Afghanistan is fast running out of oxygen as a deadly third surge of COVID worsen. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
June 19

Guinea declares end to latest Ebola outbreak that killed 12

The World Health Organization has declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea that emerged in February and killed 12 people
June 19
June 19

Democrats see springboard for health care in high court win

The Affordable Care Act is now secure in the framework of the nation’s health care programs, and Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond
June 19
FILE - This image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare for older people and reduce prescription drug costs for patients and taxpayers. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP)
June 19

Virus surge claims brightest minds at Indian universities

India's coronavirus surge that left 180,000 dead over two months has devastated its universities, with the loss of professors leaving many students feeling anxious without their knowledge, guidance and often, friendship
June 19
A relative holds a photograph of Dr. Jibraeil, assistant professor of history at Aligarh Muslim Uliversity, who died of COVID-19, in Aligarh, India, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Within just one month, the official Facebook page of Aligarh Muslim University, one of the topmost in India, published about two dozen obituaries of its teachers, all lost to the pandemic. Across the country, the deaths of educators during the devastating surge in April and May have left students and staff members grief-stricken and close-knit university communities shaken.(AP Photo/Manoj Aligadi)
June 18

AP Interview: India says it hopes to resume vaccine exports

An Indian health official says his country, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus jabs but can’t do so until its domestic needs are met
June 18
Dr. V.K. Paul, the head of India's COVID-19 task force, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 18, 2021. Paul says making vaccines available globally is still “very much on the radar”, but that curbs on exports won’t ease until domestic needs are met. “It is a matter of time, I believe, that once our immediate needs of vaccinating a significant proportion of Indian people is achieved and vaccine stockpiles are visible from multiple sources, we would then like to play the role of serving others and providing vaccines to them,” he said. (AP Photo)
June 18

Delta variant ‘may threaten the work we have done,’ expert says

ABC News medical contributor Dr. Darien Sutton discusses concerns about the delta variant of the coronavirus, and rates of vaccination in the U.S.
June 18
VIDEO: Delta variant ‘may threaten the work we have done,’ expert says
June 18

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants
June 18
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up center at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 18

US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21

Canada’s public safety minister says border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21
June 18
Customs and Border Protection officers direct a driver on who missed the last turn before entry into Canada on how to turn around at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S., Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
June 18

Israel to send 1M coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority is calling off an agreement whereby Israel would transfer 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to it in exchange for a similar number later this year
June 18
A health care worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a Palestinian man during a vaccination campaign, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
June 18

Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

The date for legalizing marijuana possession is drawing near in Virginia, and people have questions
June 18
Jake Crisco, general manager of the Green Leaf Medical Cannibis facility holds a mature bud of marijuana at the company's plant in Richmond, Va., Thursday, June 17, 2021. The date for legalizing marijuana possession is drawing near in Virginia, and advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what becomes legal in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
June 18

Father gives daughter life-saving gift as living organ donor

Mississippi dad Rhett Shaffette says he’s already had the best Father’s Day gift: His daughter is thriving, eight months after getting part of his liver
June 18
Cecilia Shaffette and her father Rhett Shaffette touch noses as they pose for a portrait in their home in Carriere, Miss., Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The 12-year-old is thriving, eight months after getting a portion of her father's liver. She received the transplant after nearly losing her life to internal bleeding. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 18

Brazil still debating dubious virus drug amid 500,000 deaths

The official COVID-19 death toll in Brazil is about to hit 500,000, the second-highest in the world
June 18
June 18

Indian COVID-19 official says the country wants to resume coronavirus vaccine exports but can't until its needs are met.

Indian COVID-19 official says the country wants to resume coronavirus vaccine exports but can't until its needs are met.
June 18
June 18

Germany hits vaccination milestone but wary of delta variant

Germany has now given at least one coronavirus vaccine shot to more than half of its population, a milestone in what is now a fast-moving vaccination campaign
June 18
FILE - In this Saturday, May 15, 2021 file photo, people queue at a vaccination centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Germany's health minister Jens Spahn says today the country has now given a first coronavirus vaccine shot to more than half of its population. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
June 18

Italy to require 5-day quarantines for travelers from UK

Italy is requiring persons who arrive from Britain to do five days of quarantine as well as take a COVID-19 swab test
June 18
Visitors enjoy a ride on a roller coaster at Cinecitta World amusement park in the outskirts of Rome in the day of its reopening, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Amusement parks have been closed since Oct. 25 2020, when Italy's second national lockdown started. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 18

CDC director warns delta variant could soon become dominant coronavirus strain in US

"I anticipate that is going to be what happens with the delta strain here."
June 18
Rhode Island Army National Guard Sgt. Juan Gomez looks over the post inoculation waiting area at a coronavirus mass-vaccination site at the former Citizens Bank headquarters in Cranston, R.I., June 10, 2021. As cases fall and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other inducements failing to persuade some Americans to get vaccinated.
June 18

EXPLAINER: How India is changing vaccine plan amid shortages

Starting Monday, every adult in India will be eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government
June 18
FILE - In this June 12, 2021, file photo, Rajkumar Haryani, 38, who painted his body to create awareness about vaccination against the coronavirus poses for photographs after getting a dose of Covishield vaccine in Ahmedabad, India. Starting June 21, 2021, every Indian adult can get a COVID-19 vaccine dose for free that was purchased by the federal government. The policy reversal announced last week ends a complex system of buying vaccines that worsened inequities in accessing vaccines. India is a key global supplier of vaccines and its missteps have left millions of people waiting unprotected. The policy change is likely to address inequality but questions remain and shortages will continue. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)
June 18

Many Americans resuming pre-virus activities: AP-NORC poll

Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted
June 18
A new AP-NORC poll finds Americans are more likely now than they were in May 2020 to return to activities they were doing regularly before the pandemic, including going to restaurants, traveling and seeing live events.
June 18

GOP needs new health care target; 'Obamacare' survives again

The Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” is another sign that the GOP must look beyond repealing that law if it wants to hone the nation’s health care problems into a winning political issue
June 18
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” is the latest sign that the GOP must look beyond repealing that law if it wants to hone the nation’s health care problems into a winning political issue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 17

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots
June 17
FILE- This Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, shows the Curevac company headquarters in Tuebingen, Germany. German vaccine maker CureVac said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, that interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP, File)
June 17

US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan is locking down because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees
June 17
June 17

US to spend $3.2B on treatments for COVID-19, other viruses

The United States is devoting more than $3 billion to speed development of treatments for COVID-19 and other dangerous viruses
June 17
FILE - In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fauci has been a lightning rod since the early days of the pandemic, when he was lionized by the left as a beacon of truth and villainized by the right as a misguided, spotlight-seeking bureaucrat who too often sought to undermine then-President Donald Trump. But since the release of a trove of his emails obtained by news outlets, Republicans have sharply escalated their attacks on the nation's top government infectious diseases expert. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP, File)
June 17

'Obamacare' survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

The Supreme Court has dismissed a third major challenge to “Obamacare," preserving health insurance coverage for millions of Americans
June 17
President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. The Supreme Court has dismissed a third major challenge to "Obamacare," preserving health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. Though the court has become increasingly conservative with justices nominated by former President Donald Trump, it nonetheless left the entire law intact Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 17

As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some seeking 9/11-style commission

A push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation.
June 17
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, two nurses put a ventilator on a patient in a COVID-19 unit in Orange, Calif. With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still raging about the origin of the virus and the government's response, a push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation of the crisis by a national commission like the one that looked into 9/11. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 17

Russian regions make vaccines mandatory for many workers

Authorities in four Russian regions have made coronavirus vaccines mandatory for people working in retail, education and other service sectors
June 17
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, a Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to a patient in a vaccination center in Moscow, Russia. Authorities in four Russian regions this week made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those working in certain sectors of the economy in a bid to boost Russia’s slow immunization rates as coronavirus infections continue to soar. Moscow was the first to announce the measure on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and the surrounding Moscow region, the Siberian region of Kemerovo and the far eastern Sakhalin promptly followed suit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 17

Delta COVID-19 variant is now in more than 80 countries, WHO says

"It can overburden the health system and fill beds very quickly," expert warned.
June 17
A health worker inoculates a youth with a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive in Siliguri, India on June 17, 2021.
June 17

UK records over 10,000 virus cases for first time since Feb

The U.K.’s latest surge in coronavirus infections is gathering pace
June 17
People walk in Piccadilly Circus, in London, Monday, June 14, 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm Monday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
June 17

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

Some of the most desperately poor countries in the world are seeing a two-headed crisis: a surge in COVID-19 cases and a critical shortage of vaccine
June 17
Medical staff wearing protective equipment attend to patients affected by the COVID-19, at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Machakos County Level-5 hospital in Machakos, Kenya, Thursday June 17, 2021. Africa, whose 1.3 billion people account for 18% of the global population, has received only 2% of all vaccine doses administered globally. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
June 17

Lisbon ringed off at weekends as Portugal fights virus surge

Travel in and out of the Lisbon metropolitan area is to be banned over coming weekends as Portuguese authorities respond to a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the region around the capital
June 17
FILE - In this March 11, 2021 file photo, a group of young people wearing face masks chat at a viewpoint overlooking Lisbon's old center. Travel in and out of the Lisbon metropolitan area is to be banned over coming weekends as Portuguese authorities respond to a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the region around the capital, officials announced Thursday, June 17. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 17

Official: US to invest more than $3 billion in COVID-19 antiviral pill, could arrive by year’s end

Official: US to invest more than $3 billion in COVID-19 antiviral pill, could arrive by year’s end
June 17
June 17

AP Interview: Official says Nepal desperately needs vaccines

Nepal's health minister says the country has significantly reduced coronavirus infections after its worst outbreak but is in desperate need of vaccines
June 17
Nepalese Health Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Nepal has been able to significantly lower reduce new coronavirus infections after its worst outbreak, but is in desperate need of vaccines, the health minister said Thursday. (AP Photos/Bikram Rai)