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COVID-19 vaccine: CDC panel backs expanded booster rollout

Oct. 21, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions more Americans are closer to getting a COVID-19 booster as influential government advisers on Thursday endorsed extra doses of all three of the nation’s vaccines — and said people could choose a different company’s brand for that next shot. ...

CDC: Mishandling of flu, other vaccines led to 2018 outbreak

Oct. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal health officials have concluded that a 2018 outbreak of infections in three states was caused by the improper storage, handling and administration of flu and other common vaccines. The CDC said about 100 patients were affected during...

550 uncounted COVID deaths in Oregon due to 'computer error'

Oct. 21, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — During the coming weeks Oregon will add around 550 additional COVID-19 deaths — which had not previously been reported due to a “technical computer error” — to its registry, state health officials said on Thursday. Currently, Oregon has...

Beaumont Health says 370 people could lose jobs over vaccine

Oct. 21, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's largest health care provider suspended 1 percent of its workers after they failed to get a COVID-19 vaccine, a spokesman said Thursday. Beaumont Health had set an Oct. 18 deadline. The 370 employees now have until Nov. 16 to get a...

CDC sending team to Guam to study COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send a team to Guam to investigate why so many COVID-19 patients arrive at the island's hospitals dead. Last month, the U.S. territory's Department of Public Health and Social Services...

Teachers ask for virus protocols after student, staff deaths

Oct. 21, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of Minnesota's teachers union are calling on school leaders to do more to protect students and staff after the state Department of Health reported the first student death from COVID-19 this school year. Health officials said the student...

3 lions at Indianapolis Zoo test positive for Delta variant

Oct. 21, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three African lions at the Indianapolis Zoo have tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19 and have been taken off exhibit, officials said Thursday. The lions — females Zuri and Sukari, and male Enzi — tested positive on Oct. 14 after the...

Connecticut employers add jobs for ninth consecutive month

Oct. 21, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's unemployment rate continued to drop in September as state employers added back jobs for the ninth consecutive month. The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that unemployment was 6.8% in September, down from 7.2% in August...

Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

Oct. 21, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Restaurants, movie theaters and many retail stores in Moscow will be closed for 11 days starting Oct. 28, along with other new restrictions, officials said Thursday, as Russia recorded the highest numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the pandemic began. ...

Michigan won't go further than federal vax-or-test rule

Oct. 21, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will not order employers to adhere to a COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirement that is stricter than one planned by the Biden administration. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration released its stance this week following questions...