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The Latest: Philippine president eases lockdown in capital

May. 13, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has eased a coronavirus lockdown in the bustling capital and adjacent provinces to fight economic recession and hunger but still barred public gatherings this month, when many Roman Catholic summer religious festivals are held. ...

Health officials: Half of New Mexicans now fully vaccinated

May. 13, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is now administering the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 to children ages 12 to 15, as state health officials pushed Thursday for more people to get vaccinated. The move by the state Health Department follows authorizations this week by the...

AG, company sign settlement agreement on hearing aid claims

May. 13, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An agreement between an Arizona company and the state Attorney General's office calls for the business to stop misleading consumers by falsely claiming that its over-the-counter hearing aids were approved by federal regulators. The signed agreement...

Beshear: Kentucky sites can vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds

May. 12, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky residents ages 12 to 15 will be able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 starting Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved usage of the Pfizer vaccine for people 12 and older. The U.S. Food and...

The Latest: Louisiana kids can start vaccinations Thursday

May. 12, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS — Children as young as 12 can expect to start getting Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday in Louisiana. The state health officer made the announcement Wednesday after federal advisers endorsed the vaccine for children aged 12 to 15. Dr. Joseph Kanter...

EXPLAINER: How COVID-19 vaccines will work for kids in US

May. 12, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Children ages 12 and older can now roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., offering parents and schools a chance to relax their pandemic precautions and bringing the country a step closer to controlling the virus. A government advisory...

12-year-old eyes summer camp after vaccine jab in Atlanta

May. 11, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Twelve-year-old Jane Ellen Norman is looking forward to a little more freedom in her life and a possible return to summer camp after getting her first dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in Atlanta on Tuesday — one day after U.S. regulators expanded its use to children her...

Arizona: State-run sites ready to give shots to kids 12-15

May. 11, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's seven state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites are poised to begin offering shots to children ages 12 to 15 starting Thursday, public health officials announced Tuesday. The Department of Health Services made its announcement a day after the U.S....

Rhode Island to open vaccinations to children ages 12 to 15

May. 11, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

Rhode Island expects to start offering Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to children ages 12 to 15 later this week now that the Food and Drug Administration has authorized its use for that age group, state officials said Tuesday. The announcement came during a news conference...

Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight

May. 11, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside. Confidential...