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Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as 2

Sep. 16, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Sitting on her mother’s lap, 2-year-old Lucía looked at the illustrations in her book while around her several children watched the doctors in white coats and nurses with thermometers in amazement. In an adjoining room, Danielito, also 2, sniffled while getting a shot as a...

McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate

Sep. 16, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates in...

Health official: Alaska facing sharp surge in COVID-19 cases

Sep. 16, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is facing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country, the state epidemiologist said Thursday, adding that it's not clear when the situation might stabilize. “A lot of it's going to depend on vaccination coverage rates”...

Latest: Alaska seeing one of sharpest COVID-19 surges in US

Sep. 16, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s state epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country. Dr. Joe McLaughlin added that it’s not clear when the situation might stabilize. He says a lot will depend on vaccination rates...

UN rule may be hurdle for Brazil vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro

Sep. 16, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader, Abdulla Shahid, announced Wednesday...

Navajo Nation reports 54 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Sep. 16, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 54 more COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,394 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,428 known deaths from the virus since the pandemic began more than...

King County to require vaccine or test for events, eateries

Sep. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle and King County officials said Thursday that proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required to enter certain establishments and attend outdoor events. Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin...

Beshear slams school leaders that refuse to require masks

Sep. 16, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor on Thursday berated school leaders who refuse to extend mask requirements, accusing them of endangering children at a time the coronavirus is raging throughout the state. While more than 80% of Kentucky school districts have...

COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

Sep. 16, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of...

NY governor vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Sep. 16, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed this week to fight a lawsuit launched by a group of Christian health care practitioners who argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many health care workers is unconstitutional because it lacks a religious exemption. ...