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US sends Taiwan 2.5 million vaccine doses, tripling pledge

Jun. 20, 2021 05:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. sent 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan on Sunday, tripling an earlier pledge in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning. The shipment arrived on a China Airlines cargo plane that left Memphis...

The Latest: China says 1 billion vaccine doses administered

Jun. 20, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

BEIJING — China has announced that more than 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the country. The National Health Commission did not say Sunday how many people had been vaccinated. As elsewhere, most of the vaccines in China are given in two...

Pride returns to SC after COVID-19 canceled it last year

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s almost impossible to go to Pride, a gay bar or really any queer space without hearing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” The song has long been one of those unofficial anthems of the LGBTQ+ community. A ballad about love...

Vietnamese community emerges among Alabama’s most vaccinated

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) — At the boat dock in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, shrimp boat Captain Truc Le unties a thick mooring line attached to his blue and white vessel with the name “Lucky Kim” painted on the side. Le and his wife and son are at the dock to restock...

Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus

Jun. 19, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games opening in five weeks. The eight other members of the team left early...

Florida county closes government building after COVID deaths

Jun. 19, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county shuttered its main administration building after several employees contracted COVID-19 and two people died, officials said. Employees of the Manatee County Administration Building were ordered to leave Friday afternoon while the...

As Brazil tops 500,000 deaths, protests against president

Jun. 19, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million — a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro's attempt to minimize the...

'Protected them to death': Elder-care COVID rules under fire

Jun. 19, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

Barbara and Christine Colucci long to remove their masks and kiss their 102-year-old mother, who has dementia and is in a nursing home in Rochester, New York. They would love to have more than two people in her room at a time so that relatives can be there too. “We...

Vaccination rate for LA public safety workers below average

Jun. 19, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — COVID-19 vaccination rates for police and firefighting personnel in Los Angeles and prison employees across California are significantly lower than the state's average for other adults, raising concerns among medical ethicists and public safety leaders about whether...

LSU urges state to require COVID-19 vaccines at its schools

Jun. 19, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's governing board is urging the state Department of Health to add COVID-19 shots to a list of required vaccinations for college students once federal regulators give full approval to the shots. Friday's 9-2 vote came after the LSU Board of...