Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

The Latest: Italy starts distributing J&J for those over 60

Apr. 21, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

ROME — Italy is distributing 184,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus shots to regional vaccination centers and recommending it for people aged over 60 following the latest evaluation from the European drug regulatory agency. Italy’s health ministry and...

The Latest: Hawaii eases virus rules for inter-island travel

Apr. 20, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials are moving forward with a plan to allow people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to skip pre-travel testing and quarantine requirements for flights between islands. The rule, for now, is only for people who have received...

Exam requirement lifted for Class of 2022 due to pandemic

Apr. 20, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — This year’s 11th graders won’t be required to take the MCAS test to graduate as the state continues to slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education board voted Tuesday to modify graduation...

EU agency links J&J shot to rare clots, says odds favor use

Apr. 20, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and recommended a warning be added to the label. But experts at the agency reiterated that the...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Apr. 20, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 20 The Intelligencer on profound changes needed to solve the opioid crisis: If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic...

The Latest: Schools reopen in Mexico's Campeche state

Apr. 19, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — For the first time in a year, Mexican school children have returned to classrooms — at least in the southern state of Campeche. The Gulf coast state has been the state least affected by the pandemic in Mexico, and it was the first to get its teachers...

Colorado county report shows vaccine clinic flouted safety

Apr. 19, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado county public health report found a Colorado Springs vaccine clinic operating without proper temperature storage for vaccines or social distancing, as well as unmasked workers. The Associated Press received the report on the Dr. Moma Health and...

Massachusetts residents 16 and older eligible for vaccine

Apr. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 2 million Massachusetts residents are newly eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Beginning Monday, anyone 16 years old and older who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts can receive the vaccine. On Saturday,...

Tour plans to make non-vaccinated golfers pay for COVID test

Apr. 19, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

The PGA Tour is telling its players they will not have to be tested for the coronavirus if they are vaccinated, and those who aren't will have to pay for their own tests starting this summer. In a memo sent to players Monday, the tour strongly encouraged them to get...

Germany expects vaccine deliveries to ramp up in 2nd quarter

Apr. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister on Monday welcomed the announcement by two pharmaeutical companies that they will deliver more coronavirus vaccines during the second quarter than previously predicted. The Germany company BioNTech, which developed the first...