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The Latest: Hong Kong to relax quarantine rules for arrivals

Jun. 21, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities said quarantine requirements will soon be relaxed for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and arrive from certain lower-risk countries. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday said the relaxation of quarantine measures...

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

Jun. 21, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout. Yuka Daimaru, among the Suntory...

Pandemic-delayed surgeries share blame for blood shortage

Jun. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion...

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Jun. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BOSTON — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medicine...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...

New York law gives nurses a voice in hospital staffing plans

Jun. 19, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring general hospitals in the state to seek input from nurses and other staff in creating staffing plans that are to include specific guidelines on how many patients each nurse is assigned. The...

AP Interview: India says it hopes to resume vaccine exports

Jun. 18, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus jabs but can’t do so until its domestic needs are met, the head of the country’s COVID-19 task force said Friday. “Once our immediate need of vaccinating...

Biden promotes milestone of 300M vaccine shots in 150 days

Jun. 18, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in the 150 days since he took office. Biden credited scientists,...

Palestinians call off 1M dose vaccine exchange with Israel

Jun. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority called off an agreement whereby Israel would transfer 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to it in exchange for a similar number later this year, hours after the deal was announced on Friday. The Palestinians said the...

California offers digital record of coronavirus vaccination

Jun. 18, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday started offering residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccinations that they can use to access businesses or events that require proof they got the shots. The state’s public health and technology departments...