Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

The Latest: COVID-19 cases halts Louisiana hospital intake

Jul. 26, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. — One of Louisiana’s largest hospitals has temporarily stopped taking inpatients for nonemergency surgeries because of a steadily increasing influx of COVID-19 patients. Baton Rouge-based Our Lady of the Lake said it will pause scheduling new...

Vaccine maker BioNTech to use mRNA tech to target malaria

Jul. 26, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that it wants to use the mRNA technology behind its coronavirus vaccine to target malaria. The Germany-based company, which developed the first widely approved coronavirus shot together with U.S. partner Pfizer,...

Some French health workers resent, resist mandatory vaccines

Jul. 26, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — While most French health care workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus, a small but vocal minority is holding out. With infections exploding, a new law requiring them to get the shots is exposing the divide. The French government, which has declared...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 23, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Video...

Governors pin hopes on full vaccine approval as cases climb

Jul. 23, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As U.S. regulators weigh giving the final stamp of approval for certain COVID-19 vaccines, governors in states hard hit by the pandemic hope the move will help persuade the many holdouts in their states to finally get the shot. The governors of...

European agency clears Moderna vaccine for children 12-17

Jul. 23, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18. The EU drug regulator said research in more than 3,700 children aged...

Study: Chinese COVID shot may offer elderly poor protection

Jul. 23, 2021 04:19 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A new study suggests that a Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection from COVID-19 among the elderly, raising questions for dozens of countries that have given the Chinese company’s shots to their most vulnerable populations. A survey of blood...

Canada vs Zimbabwe: Two divergent paths of COVID vaccination

Jul. 23, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — When mother-of-three Amanda Wood heard that hundreds of coronavirus shots were available for teens, only one thing prevented her from racing to the vaccination site at a Toronto high school — her 13-year-old daughter’s fear of needles. Wood...

The Latest: Australia state declares emergency over COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the...

What is a COVID-19 vaccine 'breakthrough' case?

Jul. 22, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. A small number of such cases are expected and health officials say they're not a cause for alarm. COVID-19 vaccines work by...