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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 11, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Spike protein...

EXPLAINER: The US investigation into COVID-19 origins

Jun. 09, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now receiving scrutiny under a new U.S. investigation. Experts say the 90-day review ordered on May 26 by...

Variants blamed for COVID-19 spike in northern Missouri

Jun. 03, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Two neighboring counties in rural northern Missouri are seeing big increases in COVID-19 cases, spikes blamed in part on new variants of the virus, and in part on the behavior of residents. Health officials in Linn and Livingston counties are urging...

UK hits vaccine milestone, warns of 'deadly' misinformation

Jun. 02, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Three-quarters of Britain's adult population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the government said Wednesday, as it warned that “deadly” misinformation was undermining the global inoculation effort. The Department of Health said...

Vaccine protection may diminish need for yearly boosters

Jun. 02, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

Scientists have found clues that the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccines offer lasting protection that could diminish the need for frequent booster shots, but they caution that more research is needed and that virus mutations are still a wild card. Critical studies are...

Rise in UK coronavirus cases stoke concerns over 3rd wave

May. 28, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus infections in the U.K. hit a near two-month high Friday as British regulators authorized the use of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. The latest authorization, which takes the number of vaccines in the U.K.'s...

Biden orders more intel investigation of COVID-19 origin

May. 27, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail might lead to a Chinese laboratory. After months of minimizing that...

Biden orders more intel investigation of COVID-19 origin

May. 26, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail might lead to a Chinese laboratory. After months of...

New Mexico increases COVID-19 death toll by 114 after audit

May. 25, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico have added more than 110 coronavirus-related deaths to the state death toll on Monday after completing an audit of public health records. The state Department of Health added 114 deaths to the final report released...

Sniffing Labrador retrievers join Thai coronavirus fight

May. 22, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has started deploying a canine virus-detecting squad in hopes of quickly identifying people with COVID-19 as the country faces a surge in cases, with clusters at construction sites, crowded slum communities and large markets. Angel, Bobby and...