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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, Florence Mullins, 89, sits in a chair as a family member holds her place in a long line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park in Dallas. Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in some states where officials worried that expected shipments would not be forthcoming.  (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Jan. 15, 2021 10:58 PM EST

Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states....

City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...

Oregon governor: Vaccination plans have to be scaled back

Jan. 15, 2021 8:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that plans to vaccinate Oregon residents over 65 starting next week would have to be delayed and scaled back substantially as she accused the Trump administration of backtracking on a promise of more than 100,000 additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine...

Trump administration sued over Georgia health plan

Jan. 15, 2021 2:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act would “tear a hole” in the ACA, “eviscerating” its achievements, a federal lawsuit says. Under the plan, Georgia would be the first state to bypass the HealthCare.gov...

NH still deciding whether to expand vaccine eligibility

Jan. 13, 2021 4:28 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is still deciding whether to follow the Trump administration’s recommendation to immediately start vaccinating older adults earlier than initially planned, a public health official said Wednesday. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday...

Utah pharmacy CEO accused of mislabeling hydroxychloroquine

Jan. 12, 2021 7:32 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The owner and CEO of a Utah pharmacy has been accused of mislabeling large amounts of malaria drugs imported from China that outgoing President Donald Trump incorrectly touted last year as a “miracle” treatment for the coronavirus. Dan Richards, the operator of Meds In...

Panel recommends vaccine for 65 years and up, among others

Jan. 12, 2021 6:47 PM EST

Members of the state's vaccine advisory group agreed Tuesday to recommend Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont expand who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase of distribution to include people 65 and older, as well as younger people with at least one health condition that puts them at greater risk for...

Detroit mayor: 600-700 calls per hour for vaccinations

Jan. 12, 2021 4:18 PM EST

Operators scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly Detroit residents were receiving 600 to 700 calls per hour Tuesday for appointments as people seek more vaccines than currently are available. The city has started scheduled vaccinations for residents 75 and older and will begin offering them to people 65 and...

ADDS THAT SITE USED CURATIVE TEST - FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, motorists queue up to take a coronavirus test in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a site that used tests produced by Curative. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and health care providers that a coronavirus test developed by California company Curative may produce false results. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Los Angeles County to stop using Curative COVID-19 test

Jan. 11, 2021 7:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will stop using Curative COVID-19 tests at pop-up testing sites after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory to patients and health care providers that the test could produce false negatives. The county Department of Health Services said in a statement Sunday...

Los Angeles County to stop using Curative COVID-19 test

Jan. 11, 2021 9:57 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will stop using Curative COVID-19 tests at pop-up testing sites after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration alert to patients and health care providers that the test could produce false negatives. The county Department of Health Services said in a statement Sunday that...