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Indian policemen wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus march during rehearsals of Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The Latest: India vaccinates 2 million health workers

Jan. 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

NEW DELHI — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September. The health Ministry said the daily new cases had fallen below 10,000 on Tuesday...

Alabama to see small increase in vaccine delivery to state

Jan. 26, 2021 7:26 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials said Tuesday the state will see a slight increase in COVID-19-vaccine doses coming in federal shipments, but the ongoing shortage remains the chief obstacle to getting more people vaccinated. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. is boosting...

AEA: 'Education employees are dying,' seeks vaccinations

Jan. 25, 2021 7:45 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Education Association is urging the state to give teachers COVID-19 vaccinations following the deaths of at least 39 public school employees from the contagious illness. The group, which represents public education employees, sent a letter Friday to State Health Officer...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, a man wearing a mask is silhouetted as the sun sets along the riverbank in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Nearly a year to the day after Wuhan went into lockdown to contain a virus that had already escaped, President Joe Biden began putting into effect a new war plan for fighting the outbreak in the United States, Germany topped 50,000 deaths, and Britain closed in on 100,000. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A year after Wuhan lockdown, a world still deep in crisis

Jan. 22, 2021 4:29 PM EST

Nearly a year to the day after the Chinese city of Wuhan went into lockdown to contain a virus that had already escaped, President Joe Biden began putting into effect a new war plan for fighting the outbreak in the U.S., Germany topped 50,000 deaths, and Britain closed in on 100,000. The anniversary of the...

Alabama Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris speaks during a news conference update on COVID-19 restrictions at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Supply issues hinder Alabama COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Jan. 22, 2021 3:00 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is getting roughly half has much COVID-19 vaccine as it was expecting based on federal plans announced last year, officials said Friday, meaning it would take more than two years to vaccinate the state's adult population without improvement. The state has 800 approved...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces the extension of a statewide face mask order to combat COVID-19 during a press conference at the Alabama Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Gov. Kay Ivey extends Alabama face mask order into March

Jan. 21, 2021 2:45 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday extended a statewide mask order into March as the state continues to face high numbers of COVID-19 cases and the vaccination rollout has been hindered by a limited supply. “The mask mandate remains one step we can all take in order to keep...

Health officials urge Ivey to extend Alabama's mask order

Jan. 20, 2021 7:24 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials want Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend a state mask order that is set to expire Friday as limited national supply hinders the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. Ivey is expected to announce whether she will extend the order during a Thursday news conference. The...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 20, 2021 11:02 AM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 18 The Dothan Eagle on a recent comment by former NBA star Charles Barkley: After a stellar career as a standout basketball player — first as an Auburn Tiger, and then on to NBA glory — Charles Barkley enjoys success as a sports commentator. He...