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Thai campaign to vaccinate schoolchildren makes progress

Sep. 21, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in the Thai capital made headway Tuesday in their effort to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, giving shots of the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12 to 18 with underlying diseases. Vaccinations for that age bracket were first...

US easing virus restrictions for foreign flights to America

Sep. 20, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S. said Monday it will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test — changes replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens...

The Latest: March protests Australia state's vaccine mandate

Sep. 20, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in the streets of Australia’s second-largest city to protest against mandatory coronavirus vaccine rules in the construction industry., The protest Tuesday in Melbourne was aimed at a Victoria state...

Biden follows through on pledge to take in more refugees

Sep. 20, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said the U.S. would take in 125,000 refugees and their families next year, fulfilling an earlier pledge to raise a cap that had been cut to a historic low under his predecessor. The White House set the proposed annual cap in a...

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Sep. 20, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. The U.S. population a century ago was just one-third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much bigger, more lethal swath through the country. But the...

'We were them:' Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees

Sep. 20, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents...

'I just cry': Dying of hunger in Ethiopia's blockaded Tigray

Sep. 20, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, residents have starved...

More than half of Maine's youngest eligible fully vaccinated

Sep. 20, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than half of Maine's youngest residents who qualify to get the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully vaccinated. About 53% of people age 12 to 15 in the state have had their final dose of vaccine, the office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills reported...

UN, US, UK condemn Houthis’ execution of 9 Yemenis

Sep. 20, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations, the United States and the United Kingdom on Sunday condemned the executions of nine Yemenis by the country’s Houthi rebels over allegations that they were involved in the killing of a senior Houthi official in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition...

The Latest: Health official: Booster use may be expanded

Sep. 19, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health director says a government advisory panel’s decision to limit Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe disease is a preliminary step and predicts broader approval for most Americans “in...