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COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers

Sep. 25, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans' protection against the virus. How much the manufacturers stand to gain depends on how big the rollout proves to be. ...

NY preps for staff shortage with health care vaccine mandate

Sep. 25, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday she is prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members, retirees and workers outside New York to address potential staffing shortages caused by an approaching vaccine mandate for health care workers. If...

South Africa's vaccine train takes doses to poor areas

Sep. 25, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

SWARTKOPS, South Africa (AP) — When Wongalwethu Mbanjwa tried to get a COVID-19 vaccination and found his local center closed, a friend told him there was another option: Get one on the train. So Mbanjwa did. Not any train, but South Africa's...

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

NY hospitals, schools fear staff shortage from vaccine rules

Sep. 24, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the nation's most aggressive COVID-19 vaccine mandates are scheduled to take effect Monday in New York amid continued resistance from some to the shots, leaving hospitals and nursing homes across the state and schools in New York City bracing for possible staff...

Judge denies state police union bid for vaccination delay

Sep. 24, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Superior Court judge has turned down a request by the union that represents 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers to delay Gov. Charlie Baker’s state employee coronavirus vaccine mandate. The State Police Association of Massachusetts filed a...

Minnesota to administer COVID-19 boosters to those eligible

Sep. 24, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 booster shots are being made available to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive them under the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials announced Friday. Minnesotans who got the...

Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

Sep. 24, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's “crisis standards of care” guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group Justice in Aging...

Health care workers challenge Rhode Island's vaccine mandate

Sep. 24, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several people employed in Rhode Island's health care industry have filed a federal challenge to the state's coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers, alleging it is unconstitutional because it does not allow religious exemptions. ...

Judge won't order hospital to give ivermectin to patient

Sep. 24, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has refused to order a hospital to administer the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to a man who is seriously ill with COVID-19. Vice Chancellor Morgan Zurn said in a ruling issued Friday that patients, even if they are gravely ill, do...