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Celebrities make a stand for COVID vaccines on TV special

Apr. 16, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are part of a special aimed at boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates. “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing at 7...

EXPLAINER: The law and science behind the CDC’s eviction ban

Apr. 13, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

When the U.S. government enacted a ban on evictions, it did so through an unlikely agency: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has said the policy, first enacted in September and recently extended through the end of June, helps stop the spread of the...

Michigan childhood vaccination rates drop during pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials on Monday urged Michigan parents to make sure their children are caught up with non-COVID-19 vaccinations, which have slipped below a 70% rate during the coronavirus pandemic. Among the reasons that parents gave for not keeping...

Disparities in vaccine allocation prompt equity initiatives

Apr. 09, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Statewide disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations expose barriers that underserved populations face in avoiding life-threatening infection. Maryland’s early vaccination rollout shows a pattern of racial disparity mostly among Black and Latino residents. Healthcare...

Struggling Bosnia sees infection surge in migrants, refugees

Apr. 08, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia is seeing a rise in coronavirus infections among migrants and refugees living in its camps, as it struggles to cope with one of the Balkans' highest COVID-19 death and infection rates among the general population. More than...

Summoning seniors: Big new push to vaccinate older Americans

Apr. 08, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The first hurdle was getting on the bus. Seventy-four-year-old Linda Busby hesitated outside a community center where older people were loading up to go get the coronavirus vaccine. “I was scared, I’m not afraid to say that,” Busby said...

UW students who get vaccinated won't be tested for virus

Apr. 07, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin students who get vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer have to be tested weekly for the virus under a policy change that interim President Tommy Thompson on Wednesday called an incentive to bolster vaccination rates on campus. ...

Maine pols eye fixes to racial disparity in prenatal care

Apr. 07, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill designed to address racial disparity in prenatal care among expectant mothers in the state. Democratic State Sen. Anne Carney, of Cape Elizabeth, touted the bill during a Tuesday public hearing. She cited a...

Summoning seniors: Big new push to vaccinate older Americans

Apr. 07, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The first hurdle was getting on the bus. Seventy-four year old Linda Busby hesitated outside a community center where older people were loading up to go get the coronavirus vaccine. “I was scared, I’m not afraid to say that,” she said...

EU life expectancy drops across bloc amid virus pandemic

Apr. 07, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped last year, as the 27-nation bloc struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The EU statistical agency Eurostat said Wednesday that “following the outbreak of the COVID-19...