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Yemen uses UN speech to call for more COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

The top diplomat of Yemen's internationally recognized government said Monday his conflict-torn country needs millions more coronavirus vaccines to ensure some of the world's poorest are not left behind. In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Ahmed Awad Bin...

The Latest: Pfizer tests COVID pill as preventive medicine

Sep. 27, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Pfizer has started testing its potential COVID-19 treatment as a preventive medicine aimed at warding off the virus if a close contact gets it. The drugmaker said Monday that it will study the pill it is developing in combination with a low dose of the HIV...

Maine group to hold forum about how to help unvaccinated

Sep. 27, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine organization has scheduled an event designed to help residents talk to their family members and neighbors about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Maine Community Action Partnership has slated the “Encouraging...

Syria says doors open to refugees, despite contrary claims

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s top diplomat on Monday said its doors are open for the safe return of refugees, accusing Western countries of taking advantage of the suffering of Syrians while pretending to care for their well-being. Speaking in New York to the United Nations...

UK's Johnson finally agrees to meet COVID-bereaved group

Sep. 27, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday finally meet with members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaigning group, who for more than a year have sharply criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson's Downing...

Florida's state workers feeling COVID impacts on the job

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eighteen months into the pandemic, Florida’s state workers are struggling. COVID-19 outbreaks have closed departments and offices. Three state prisons are closing because of the lack of corrections officers. When their colleagues fall ill,...

AP PHOTOS: In Qom, where Iran outbreak began, virus rages on

Sep. 27, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

QOM, Iran (AP) — In Iran's holy city of Qom, where Shiite scholars study and pilgrims travel to a shrine believed to be a gate to heaven, the Islamic Republic's coronavirus outbreak began and still rages to this day. While Iran works to vaccinate its 80 million people,...

Virtual healthcare 'a necessary alternative' during pandemic

Sep. 27, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Miles Johnson isn’t the easiest patient to work with. Retired from a hard life of farming 340 acres near Mondovi, his deeply tanned face has a stern look as nurses-in-training at Chippewa Valley Technical College suddenly appear at his bedside...

Pandemic shows value of remote work for disabled employees

Sep. 27, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In the early weeks of 2020, when a mysterious new virus began making headlines, South St. Paul resident Steve Romenesko watched the news closely. By early March, with many things still unknown about the rapidly spreading coronavirus, it became...

UN and Afghanistan's Taliban, figuring out how to interact

Sep. 26, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

It's been little more than a month since Kalashnikov-toting Taliban fighters in their signature heavy beards, hightop sneakers and shalwar kameezes descended on the Afghan capital and cemented their takeover. Now they’re vying for a seat in the club of nations and seeking what no country...