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Push to prioritize vaccine access to minority community

Jan. 19, 2021 11:04 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is being urged by a coalition of community activists and medical professionals to give the state's Black and immigrant communities priority access to COVID-19 vaccines. “Our Black and Latino neighbors have been the hardest hit by the pandemic, and we have failed to...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency in Madison, Wis. Evers has ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people, a dramatic move in line with federal recommendations as other states took similar action to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Evers tweeted Monday, March 16, 2020 that he was ordering the ban, but said

The Latest: Wisconsin vaccine plan excludes grocery workers

Jan. 19, 2021 10:53 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s plan for the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations covers essential workers, including teachers, child care providers, law enforcement officers and hospital staff who aren’t on the front lines. In Wisconsin, it doesn’t include grocery store employees, as...

Dr. Alan Roth talks to reporters at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Dozens of clinics have cropped up around the U.S. to address a puzzling and troubling aspect of COVID-19 — the after-effects that can stubbornly afflict some people weeks or months after the infection itself has subsided. “We know this is real,” said Roth, who oversees the Jamaica Hospital clinic. He has been grappling with body pain, fatigue and “brain fog” characterized by occasional forgetfulness since his own relatively mild bout with COVID-19 in March. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

'We know this is real': New clinics aid virus 'long-haulers'

Jan. 19, 2021 10:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left. The 54-year-old New York City school secretary didn’t have any underlying health problems when she caught the coronavirus in March, and she recovered at her Queens home. But some symptoms lingered: fatigue she never...

Arizona reports 6,417 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

Jan. 19, 2021 10:48 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — As Arizona prepares to expand its vaccination reach, health officials are reporting more than 6,400 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. The state on Monday will open up appointments at two mass vaccination sites in suburban Phoenix to people age 65 and older. The earliest slots they will...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

The capital's popular Nine Streets shopping area is near-deserted during lockdown in Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The Dutch government this week extended by three weeks the tough lockdown in force since mid-December amid fears that coronavirus infection rates are not declining quickly enough and fears about a new more transmissible variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch govt to beef up lockdown amid fears about new variants

Jan. 19, 2021 9:55 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it needs to beef up lockdown measures “as soon as possible” to rein in the spread of the coronavirus amid fears about more transmissible variants. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in a letter to parliament that the government...

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, Health Officials in hazmat suits wait at the gate to check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan, at the airport in Beijing, China. A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. (AP Photo Emily Wang, File)

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

Jan. 19, 2021 9:38 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. In a report issued to the...

A child wears a mask with a tiger imprint as he visits Jingshan park during a snow day in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Asia Today: China sees virus outbreaks across its northeast

Jan. 19, 2021 7:22 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China was dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast on Tuesday, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans ahead of next month's Lunar New Year holiday. The country reported another 118 cases on Tuesday, with 43 of those in the province of Jilin. Hebei province just...

Tourists look at the skyline at sunset, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights, with daily case counts nearly tripling in the past month, but in the face of a growing economic crisis, the city won't lock down and can't afford to stand still. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

Jan. 19, 2021 6:54 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Masks off the minute you step inside. Bars packed and pulsing like it’s 2019. Social media stars waving bottles of champagne. DJs spinning party tunes through multi-hour brunches. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai,...