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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, doors to a COVID-19 treatment unit at UW Health in Madison, Wisc. Everyone over age 65 in Wisconsin will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, the state's Department of Health Services announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. prioritizing that population will help save lives. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Everyone over 65 next in line for vaccine in Wisconsin

Jan. 19, 2021 2:45 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone over age 65 in Wisconsin will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, a group of 700,000 people that is more expansive than originally envisioned to be next in line for the shot, the state Department of Health Services said Tuesday, . The department also...

Robert Owens, 90, stands in line with other residents to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Concern grows in Florida over more contagious COVID strain

Jan. 19, 2021 2:41 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida officials ramped up vaccinations against the coronavirus, concern spread Tuesday over a new, more contagious variant that could be making a foothold in the country's third-most populous state. As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Florida now...

Officials: Virus trends improve, vaccination will take time

Jan. 19, 2021 2:34 PM EST

The number of new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Vermont is starting to decrease and state officials are cautiously optimistic it marks the end of the third wave of the virus. In addition to the reduction in the new cases in Vermont and across the region, hospitalizations are down slightly and it's been...

The first vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a refrigerator at Ochsner Hospital on O'Neal Lane, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Louisiana gets reports vaccine providers are discriminating

Jan. 19, 2021 12:17 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's chief public health officer Tuesday warned hospitals, pharmacies and clinics that they should not be steering their coronavirus vaccine doses solely to their own patients, saying the state has received reports of such favoritism. Dr. Joe Kanter, with the Louisiana...

European Commissioner in charge of Health Stella Kyriakides addresses European lawmakers during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU commission urges member states to speed up vaccination

Jan. 19, 2021 11:43 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging member states to speed up the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that at least 80% of the most vulnerable people to the virus — those over age 80 — are vaccinated by March. In nonbinding recommendations published Tuesday, the European...

County website for coronavirus vaccine waitlist has crashed

Jan. 19, 2021 9:57 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A website that allows seniors to join a waitlist for getting the coronavirus vaccine has crashed in North Carolina’s Wake County. Wake County spokeswoman Stacy Beard told WRAL on Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of people visited the website within seconds of each other. ...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jan. 18, 2021 10:01 AM EST

Dallas Morning News. January 14, 2021. Editorial: Texas made it harder to get a COVID vaccine through poor planning and execution Local health authorities and other providers could learn from one another with better state coordination Rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine is neither for the faint of heart nor the...

Amalia Ayala, front, a resident of Las Brisas Sunset senior apartment complex in San Luis, Ariz., deposits saliva for her COVID-19 test during the ASU and Equality Health Foundation pilot program on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Free saliva tests engineered by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute are administered in Yuma County's small border city of San Luis to disabled and older people living in subsidized housing. The tests have also been given to hundreds of farmworkers. (Cesar Neyoy/The Yuma Sun via AP)

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

Jan. 18, 2021 9:20 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital of the U.S. also has lagged on coronavirus testing in heavily Hispanic neighborhoods and just ran out of...

Both faced with COVID-19, care provider moves in with client

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, Debra Howze was more worried about her clients than anyone else. She’s a personal care assistant, helping vulnerable adults and the elderly with things like bathing, dressing and cooking — all in an effort to help them keep...