Latest Immunizations News

Tokyo Olympics to allow local fans — but with strict limits

Jun. 21, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A sharply limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics, organizers announced Monday as they tried to save some of the spirit of the Games where even cheering has been banned. Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum...

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...

Indonesia records its largest 1-day jump in COVID infections

Jun. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian health authorities announced the country's largest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began crossed 2 million. The Health Ministry reported 14,536 new infections...

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...

Vaccine hesitancy puts India's gains against virus at risk

Jun. 21, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

JAMSOTI, India (AP) — In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages. So when...

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...

Qatar to require fans at 2022 World Cup to be vaccinated

Jun. 20, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

Qatar will require spectators at the 2022 World Cup to have received coronavirus vaccines to get into games, the government has announced. Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told Qatar newspaper editors that the Gulf nation is trying to secure...

Indoor mask mandate ends on West Virginia's 158th birthday

Jun. 20, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared an end to the state's indoor mask requirement Sunday as a $1 million winner was revealed in a drawing for residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine. Karen Foley of Mineral Wells won the top prize...

Maryland reports no new COVID deaths in the past 24 hours

Jun. 20, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The state of Maryland has reported no new coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that the last time the Maryland Department of Health reported zero deaths in a day was in October. ...

Arizona reports 385 new COVID-19 cases and 5 more deaths

Jun. 20, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 385 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. They said the state now has recorded 889,727 known cases of the disease and 17,843 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic started more than a year...