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A year into COVID, Smithfield workers still have questions

Apr. 17, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sandra Silbert wasn’t taking any chances. She asked for a mask in March 2020 at the Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls. When she didn’t get one, she made them herself out of an extra set of curtains at home. ...

Chicago opening COVID-19 vaccine clinic at errant hospital

Apr. 16, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago announced plans Friday to open a COVID-19 vaccination program at a hospital where vaccine shipments were paused after reports the hospital acted with favoritism in dispensing the treatment. Officials say the Department of Public...

Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 16, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

The Latest: Vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

Apr. 16, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1. He made the announcement Friday, as he unveiled plans aimed at bolstering Alaska’s pandemic-battered tourist industry. ...

Inslee signs measure addressing health provider PPE costs

Apr. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health benefit plans would have to reimburse health care providers a set amount for personal protective equipment for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic under a measure signed Friday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Some providers in the state,...

German's IDT to make 10M AstraZeneca vaccine doses in 2021

Apr. 16, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German vaccine-maker IDT Biologika said Friday it plans to bottle this year some 10 million doses of the coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca. IDT Biologika and AstraZeneca previously announced they would expand production capacity for the...

Indian vaccine maker asks US to ease export curbs

Apr. 16, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The chief executive of Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest maker of vaccines and a critical supplier of the U.N.-backed COVAX facility, asked President Joe Biden on Twitter to lift the U.S. embargo on exporting raw materials needed to make the jabs. ...

Germany's Merkel urges lawmakers to support pandemic bill

Apr. 16, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged parliament Friday to pass a bill that would mandate a nationwide “emergency brake” when the spread of the coronavirus becomes too rapid, saying that it was needed to prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. ...

Oscar-nominated Romanian film reveals health care failings

Apr. 16, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Seeing the day that her life changed forever played out on a big screen was an emotional moment for Tedy Ursuleanu. “I watched the film for the first time in this cinema," the 34-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview at Bucharest’s...

Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

Apr. 16, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten liberal senators are urging President Joe Biden to back India and South Africa’s appeal to the World Trade Organization to temporarily relax intellectual property rules so coronavirus vaccines can be manufactured by nations that are struggling to inoculate their...