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Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Aug. 10, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 5, 2022. Editorial: No excuse to harass, threaten Survey finds a shocking number of people think it’s OK to abuse public health staff over infection control measures. It is disturbing how many people in Minnesota and...

EXPLAINER: Can the spread of monkeypox be stopped?

Aug. 10, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox. The World Health Organization classified the escalating outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July; the U.S. declared it a national emergency last week. ...

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

Aug. 10, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable, according to the latest weekly pandemic report released by the World Health Organization Wednesday. The U.N. health agency said there were more than 14,000...

Blinken calls for end to Congo violence, backs negotiations

Aug. 09, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that his country will support the efforts led by Kenya and Angola to put an end to the violence in Congo’s east and to help solve the central African nation’s crisis with Rwanda. Blinken traveled to...

Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation China

Aug. 09, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Lindsay Mo couldn’t go to her gym after Beijing shut down indoor sports facilities in May because of a coronavirus outbreak. So she started cycling — and soon fell in love with the sport. “I realized a racing bicycle was quite different than a regular bike,"...

Officials: 3 civilians killed in clashes in southern Yemen

Aug. 08, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Infighting among Yemen's pro-government forces in a southern province killed at least three civilians, military and medical officials said Monday. Clashes erupted late Sunday in Ataq, the capital of Shabwa province, between the United Arab Emirates-backed...

Pfizer buying spree continues with $5.4B hematology deal

Aug. 08, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

Pfizer will spend about $5.4 billion to buy Global Blood Therapeutics as the pharmaceutical giant continues to invest some of the cash influx reaped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pfizer said Monday that the acquisition will boost its work in rare hematology. Global Therapeutics,...

Hong Kong cuts COVID hotel quarantine to 3 days for arrivals

Aug. 08, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from a week, the city’s leader said Monday. The southern Chinese city remains one of the few places in the world, together with mainland China, to require a quarantine to...

Nonprofits launch $100M plan to support local health workers

Aug. 08, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

A new philanthropic project hopes to invest $100 million in 10 countries, mostly in Africa, by 2030 to support 200,000 community health workers, who serve as a critical bridge to treatment for people with limited access to medical care. The Skoll Foundation and The Johnson &...

Paul's wife says senator wants to subpoena Fauci records

Aug. 06, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to subpoena the records of the country’s top infectious disease expert, the senator's wife said while standing in for him at Kentucky's premier political event Saturday. Paul, a Republican, has repeatedly clashed with Dr. Anthony...