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An employee of SinoVac works in a lab at a factory producing its SARS CoV-2 Vaccine for COVID-19 named CoronaVac in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac's CEO says they have injected 90 percent of its employees and family members, or about 3,000 people, and provided tens of thousands of rounds of CoronaVac to the municipal government of Beijing. It's a highly unusual move that raises ethical and safety questions, as companies and governments worldwide race to develop a vaccine that will stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China pushes emergency use of COVID vaccine despite concerns

Sep. 26, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China. “When I was driving on the road, I suddenly felt a bit dizzy, as if I was driving drunk," the popular writer and columnist recounted...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

People board a bus outside Waterloo station in London, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Sep. 25, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S.-based Novavax has begun a late stage trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom because the high-level of the coronavirus circulating in the country is likely to produce quick results, the pharmaceutical company said. Novavax plans to test the effectiveness of its...

Yin Weidong, CEO of the Chinese pharmaceutical company SinoVac, speaks to journalists during a tour of a vaccine factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac, one of China's pharmaceutical companies behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate says its vaccine will be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the U.S. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

Sep. 24, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowed to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell CoronaVac in the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID 19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. The British government on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents think it may produce results faster than typical studies, which wait to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment or a dummy version get sick.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

Sep. 24, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but...

Editorial Roundup: US

Sep. 23, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 23 The Guardian on new customs regulations due to Brexit: The prospect of a Brexit-induced queue of 7,000 lorries at Dover, each one requiring a permit to enter the county of Kent, would once have been dismissed by leave campaigners as...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

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Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Sep. 18, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at a busy Latino farmers market: Want to test a COVID-19 vaccine? Aided by Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors, a...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...