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9 Massachusetts counties now subject to CDC masking guidance

Aug. 02, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated mask guidance now applies to nine Massachusetts counties, according to data released Monday. That is up from five counties last week. The guidance issued last week recommends...

Germany to offer COVID-19 shots for all kids over 12

Aug. 02, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will start offering coronavirus vaccinations for all children and teenagers aged 12 and older, top health officials said Monday. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said after a meeting with the 16 German state health ministers that “we keep our...

States race to use COVID-19 vaccines before they expire

Jul. 30, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after U.S. regulators extended their expiration date for a second time, part of a nationwide effort to salvage expiring shots to battle the nation's summer surge in infections. The Food and...

Emergent: FDA letting troubled COVID vaccine factory restart

Jul. 29, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing the problem-plagued factory of contract manufacturer Emergent BioSolutions to resume production of COVID-19 vaccine, the company said Thursday. The Baltimore factory was shut down by the FDA in mid-April due to...

Attorney: $35M settlement was opioid firm's best, last offer

Jul. 29, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney who helped reach a $35 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer over the company's role in the epidemic in Tennessee said Thursday that his team accepted the drug maker's “last, best and final” offer, arguing the agreement avoids the possible...

Aid group vaccinates migrants as France expands virus pass

Jul. 29, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Vaccination rates are picking up again in France as the government requires a virus pass for more and more activities — but social workers worry that the measure will further marginalize migrants and other poor populations. So aid group Doctors Without...

What is a COVID-19 vaccine 'breakthrough' case?

Jul. 29, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. In studies, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna were around 95% effective at preventing illness, while the...

US extends expiration dates on J&J COVID vaccine to 6 months

Jul. 28, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Wednesday again extended the expiration dates on Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, providing health workers with six more weeks to use millions of doses of the shot. The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter...

Wasted COVID vaccine doses spike in Louisiana amid hesitancy

Jul. 28, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As coronavirus vaccine interest plummeted in Louisiana, the state saw a spike in the number of wasted shots, with more than 79,000 vaccine doses trashed largely because health providers couldn't find enough arms quickly enough. Wasted doses of...

Vacation town approves indoor mask mandate to stem spread

Jul. 26, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Provincetown officials have approved an indoor mask mandate in an effort to fight an outbreak of more than 500 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the vacation haven at the tip of Cape Cod. The town's Select Board and Board of Health...