Latest Immunizations News

Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID, officials urge masking

May. 25, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday, the same day state health officials urged people to wear face mask indoors as case counts steadily rise. At a news conference the state's public health leaders said they...

Bill blocking state, local vaccine mandates defeated

May. 25, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation that would have kept state or local governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into public places or private businesses was narrowly defeated Wednesday by a state Senate Committee. Rep. Thomas Pressly of Shreveport had...

Davos updates | VW: Supply chain woes ease; orders backed up

May. 25, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Executives with German automaker Volkswagen say at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that supply chain problems exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine war are easing but they’re dealing with a huge backlog of orders. Audi board member Hildegard...

Austrian COVID vaccine mandate to remain suspended in summer

May. 25, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's coronavirus vaccination mandate has been suspended for another three months until the end of August. A parliamentary committee signed off Wednesday on an order from the health minister extending the suspension, the Austria Press Agency reported. ...

Long COVID affects more older adults; shots don't prevent it

May. 25, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

New U.S. research on long COVID-19 provides fresh evidence that it can happen even after breakthrough infections in vaccinated people, and that older adults face higher risks for the long-term effects. In a study of veterans published Wednesday, about one-third who had breakthrough...

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

May. 25, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

Pfizer said Wednesday that it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world’s poorest countries. The drugmaker announced the program at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in...

Germany to loosen COVID-19 entry rules over the summer

May. 25, 2022 05:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister says the government plans to suspend a pandemic rule requiring people to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or recent recovery from COVID-19 to enter the country over the summer. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told the Funke...

Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

May. 25, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America. But officials in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay hope high vaccination rates mean this latest wave will not be as deadly as previous ones. At the...

China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

May. 24, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a...

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

May. 24, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren't allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los...