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ABC News draws fire for editing of CDC director's interview

Jan. 13, 2022 13:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News is under fire for its editing of a “Good Morning America” interview with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky that created uncertainty that’s being exploited by vaccine critics. In the interview, Walensky discussed a study that showed how most vaccinated...

Strike teams aid COVID-19 battle, Pritzker preaches vaccine

Jan. 12, 2022 18:18 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Mobile strike teams of medical professionals are being dispatched to parts of Illinois most in need of assistance battling COVID-19 that has sickened record numbers and stretched health care resources thin, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. But Pritzker...

Japan asks US forces to stay on base as COVID-19 cases jump

Jan. 06, 2022 06:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday asked that the U.S. military in Japan stay inside its bases to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Hayashi said he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and was promised utmost...

COVID case counts may be losing importance amid omicron

Jan. 04, 2022 20:35 PM EST

The explosive increase in U.S. coronavirus case counts is raising alarm, but some experts believe the focus should instead be on COVID-19 hospital admissions. And those aren’t climbing as fast. Dr. Anthony Fauci, for one, said Sunday on ABC that with many infections causing few or...

Groups urge masks in Arkansas schools as virus cases grow

Jan. 03, 2022 18:52 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Groups representing Arkansas' pediatricians and teachers called for more school districts to require face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Monday, as the state's virus cases and hospitalizations continued to grow. Gov. Asa Hutchinson,...

Beshear: Omicron causing COVID test positivity rate to soar

Jan. 03, 2022 18:47 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported almost 30,000 new COVID-19 cases last week, nearly twice the previous week's total as the omicron variant spurs a record test positivity rate, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. “Omicron has not only come to the commonwealth, it has hit us...

Boston's First Night celebration moved outdoors due to COVID

Dec. 30, 2021 14:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's First Night New Year's celebrations will be outdoors only this year to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, and revelers will have a chance to get a vaccine during the event, Mayor Michelle Wu and other officials said Thursday. First Night, which...

King County buys 300,000 home COVID tests amid surge

Dec. 29, 2021 10:39 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — King County plans to distribute 300,000 COVID-19 at-home test kits to community groups, health centers, libraries and other congregate locations amid an omicron-driven surge in cases. King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Tuesday that the first 100,000...

The AP Interview: CDC chief says omicron mostly mild so far

Dec. 28, 2021 20:46 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday. But she said nearly all of them were only mildly ill. In an interview with...

In eastern Germany, pastors push for shots despite protests

Dec. 28, 2021 03:15 AM EST

CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — The pastor opened the wrought-iron doors of St. Petri Church in the German city of Chemnitz and sighed with relief when he saw the long line of people waiting in the cold for shots against the coronavirus. Together with the parish council, the Rev....