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Asia shares mixed as investors weigh omicron economic risks

Nov. 29, 2021 21:54 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday as investors continued to cautiously weigh how much damage the new omicron coronavirus variant may unleash on the global economy. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.0% to 28,577.34 in morning trading. Australia's...

Liz Weston: How to maximize your ‘health span’

Nov. 29, 2021 11:06 AM EST

We’re living longer on average, but the number of years we’re healthy hasn’t kept up. This lagging “health span ” translates into more time living with serious illness and disabilities at the end of our lives. This can have significant repercussions for our...

New variant not stopping New Zealand's reopening plans

Nov. 29, 2021 01:00 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The emergence of the omicron variant hasn't changed New Zealand's plans to ease restrictions in Auckland and move the nation into a new, more open phase of its pandemic response, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday. Bars, restaurants...

Connecticut virus infections twice as high in low-vax areas

Nov. 28, 2021 17:23 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new COVID-19 spike in Connecticut is more heavily concentrated in towns with low vaccination rates, recent data shows. A statistical analysis by the Hartford Courant found that over two weeks in November, municipalities where fewer than 60% of...

Baltimore City schools not ready to enforce vaccine mandate

Nov. 28, 2021 12:29 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — School officials in the city of Baltimore say they're not ready to enforce a requirement that school employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the school system had set a Nov. 1 deadline. But school officials...

More Black infant deaths push up Indiana newborn death rate

Nov. 28, 2021 09:18 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An increased infant mortality rate among Black newborn children contributed to what Indiana health officials found was a slightly higher overall infant mortality rate in the state during 2020. The state health department reported this month that...

Oregon offers to pay pharmacies to administer COVID vaccines

Nov. 27, 2021 12:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority is offering to pay pharmacies $35 for each dose of COVID-19 vaccine they administer, with the intention to boost vaccination rates. Based on the health authority's database, 79% of people 18 years or older in Oregon...

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Nov. 26, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its...

Cases soar but Swiss eschew lockdown as COVID law vote looms

Nov. 26, 2021 03:23 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Like many others in Europe, Switzerland is facing a steep rise in coronavirus cases. But its federal government, unlike others, hasn’t responded with new restrictive measures. Analysts say it doesn't want to stir up more opposition to its anti-COVID-19 policies, which face a...

WHO: Vaccine hesitancy persists among Africa health workers

Nov. 25, 2021 12:05 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa is seeing a rise in deliveries of vaccine doses to the continent, but only one in four of its health workers has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the World Health Organization regional office said on Thursday. The most common reasons...