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Anti-lockdown protesters march through Dutch city of Utrecht

Dec. 04, 2021 11:20 AM EST

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of people marched peacefully through the Dutch city of Utrecht on Saturday to protest the government's coronavirus lockdown measures. Holding balloons, umbrellas and banners, including ones that said: “It's not right,”...

US drugstores squeezed by vaccine demand, staff shortages

Dec. 04, 2021 09:57 AM EST

A rush of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are squeezing drugstores around the U.S., leading to frazzled workers and temporary pharmacy closures. Drugstores are normally busy this time of year with flu shots and other vaccines, but now pharmacists are doling...

Merkel: Virus death toll 'so bitter because it is avoidable'

Dec. 04, 2021 08:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office next week for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Merkel gave what is expected to be her last weekly video message two days after federal and...

Contact tracing revs up in some states as omicron reaches US

Dec. 03, 2021 22:38 PM EST

The arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how contagious it is and whether it can thwart vaccines. ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro investigated for linking vaccine and AIDS

Dec. 03, 2021 19:54 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A justice of Brazil’s top court ordered on Friday that President Jair Bolsonaro be investigated for comments linking COVID-19 vaccines to AIDS — an assertion rejected by doctors and scientists. Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes...

Despite analysis, Parson adamant mask mandates don't work

Dec. 03, 2021 18:50 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A health department analysis shows Missouri cities that require masks to combat the coronavirus pandemic this year saw fewer infections, but Republican Gov. Mike Parson insisted Thursday that mandates don't work. The analysis was first reported...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 03, 2021 16:24 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. December 1, 2021. Editorial: Some of our state’s most serious crimes go unreported The rate of offenses continues to fall in Maine, but that figure doesn’t say it all. There’s a lot to learn from...

Omicron-stricken South Africa may be glimpse into the future

Dec. 03, 2021 15:50 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dr. Sikhulile Moyo was analyzing COVID-19 samples in his lab in Botswana last week when he noticed they looked startlingly different from others. Within days, the world was ablaze with the news that the coronavirus had a new variant of concern —...

The AP Interview: Scientist says omicron was a group find

Dec. 03, 2021 15:24 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “rollercoaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. ...

Russia registers record for virus-linked deaths in October

Dec. 03, 2021 14:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s state statistics agency says that 74,893 people with COVID-19 died in October — the highest monthly tally in the pandemic that comes as the country grappling with a major surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. A report by Rosstat on...