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Stephen Taren, who owns Wet Paint Printing + Design in Wilkes-Barre, puts his arm around a life-sized cutout of Joe Biden with Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, and former President Obama, Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

US to join global coronavirus vaccine program

Jan. 21, 2021 4:36 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday will order the United States to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world. Fauci also says the United States will cease reducing U.S. staff counts at the World...

A little girl gets help from Valeriu Nicolae to learn brushing his teeth correctly as her father watches n Nucsoara, Romania, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. The rights activist has earned praise for his tireless campaign to change for the better the lives of the Balkan country’s poorest and underprivileged residents, particularly the children. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Romania activist urges people to do something good every day

Jan. 21, 2021 3:51 AM EST

NUCSOARA, Romania (AP) — A gentle hero to many in Romania, Valeriu Nicolae says that, at heart, he is more like former NBA star Michael Jordan — highly competitive and eager to improve in what he does best. In Nicolae’s case that is helping others. The Romanian rights activist has earned...

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Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

Jan. 21, 2021 3:01 AM EST

Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched? Health officials say both doses should be of the same vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart. In the U.S. where Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are...

People sit and relax after receiving their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination at Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Salisbury Cathedral opened its doors for the second time as a venue for the Sarum South Primary Care Network COVID-19 Local Vaccination Service. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Organists offer soundtrack to jabs at medieval UK cathedral

Jan. 21, 2021 2:41 AM EST

SALISBURY, England (AP) — David Halls isn’t a doctor, nurse or ambulance driver, but he wanted to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. So he did what he does best: He sat down on the bench beside at Salisbury Cathedral’s historic organ and began to play. Halls is one of the many people...

Nurse Brianne Stockman, left, prepares to draw some blood from study participant Lani Muller in a mobile medical unit parked in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. With more vaccines in the pipeline, scientists worry whether enough volunteers will join and stick with the testing needed to prove if they, too, really work. To help, researchers in more than a dozen spots around the country are rolling out mobile health clinics to better reach minority participants and people in rural areas who might not otherwise volunteer. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mobile labs take vaccine studies to diverse neighborhoods

Jan. 21, 2021 1:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lani Muller doesn’t have to visit a doctor’s office to help test an experimental COVID-19 vaccine — she just climbs into a bloodmobile-like van that parks on a busy street near her New York City neighborhood. The U.S. is rightly fixated on the chaotic rollout of the...

Hundreds of Maine farms, food producers receive virus aid

Jan. 21, 2021 1:30 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of farms and other businesses in Maine are set to receive another $18 million in federal coronavirus relief aid. The money is going to reimburse farmers, food processors, food banks and pantries for expenses associated with the pandemic, the office of Democratic Gov. Janet...

People wait in their vehicles to monitor for adverse reactions to the shot, after being vaccinated at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site outside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Despite illnesses, California says virus vaccine can be used

Jan. 21, 2021 1:23 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California said it's safe to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials urged a halt to injections and held a review because several people fell ill. Wednesday's decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and hospitals...

A Sri Lankan airport worker arranges a partition inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

Jan. 21, 2021 1:15 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry. Full operations also resumed Thursday at the island's two international airports, accommodating the commercial...

The 73 crosses signifying COVID-19 deaths in Nevada County, sit on the hill next to Old Barn Storage Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in Grass Valley, Calif. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

California: OK to use Moderna vaccine after illness reports

Jan. 21, 2021 12:59 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday said it’s safe to resume using a batch of Moderna coronavirus vaccine after some people fell ill and a halt to injections was recommended. The decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and hospitals struggling to obtain supplies....

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)

Analysis: Biden faces a more confident China after US chaos

Jan. 20, 2021 11:58 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As a new U.S. president takes office, he faces a determined Chinese leadership that could be further emboldened by America's troubles at home. The disarray in America, from the rampant COVID-19 pandemic to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, gives China’s ruling Communist Party a boost...