Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

The Latest: Pakistan receives 1st vaccines through COVAX

May. 08, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Saturday received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister’s special aide on health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, asked people over age 40...

EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

May. 08, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023. EU Commission President Ursula von der...

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

May. 08, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — States asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses. From South Carolina to Washington, states are requesting the...

Biden move to share vaccine designed to spread US influence

May. 08, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won’t speed the manufacture of vaccines. It enraged the developers who delivered lifesaving doses in record time. But President Joe Biden’s decision to support waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus shots had a broader purpose: to broadcast his...

Biden move to share vaccine designed to spread US influence

May. 07, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won’t speed the manufacture of vaccines. It enraged the developers who delivered lifesaving doses in record time. But President Joe Biden’s decision to support waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus shots had a broader purpose: to broadcast his...

The Latest: Connecticut data show COVID-19 vaccine effective

May. 07, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Of the more than 1.4 million Connecticut residents who are now fully vaccinated, 242 later became infected with COVID-19, according to data released Friday from the state Department of Public Health. Among the 242 so-called “vaccine breakthrough...

EXPLAINER: How activists target CDC vaccine tracking system

May. 07, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

Once, getting vaccinated was all but routine. But since the heightened public awareness around the new COVID-19 vaccines, it’s a different story. Now, it means check-ins with family and friends about possible arm soreness or mild symptoms. Through an early warning...

Pandemic rules to loosen at amusement parks, road races

May. 07, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Fans of amusement parks and road races in Massachusetts are among those who can begin enjoying loosened pandemic restrictions starting Monday. Under the relaxed restrictions, amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be permitted to operate...

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

May. 07, 2021 14:24 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: ___ COVID-19 vaccine...

Unsure vaccine waiver will help, some leaders urge exports

May. 07, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — European leaders voiced increasing skepticism Friday that a U.S. proposal to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines would solve the problem of getting shots into the arms of people in poorer countries, with some instead calling for more exports of the doses already being...