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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas. Makers of COVID-19 vaccines need everything to go right as they scale up from early-stage production to hundreds of millions of doses – and any little hiccup could cause a delay. (AP Photo/John Locher)

EXPLAINER: Why it's hard to make vaccines and boost supplies

Jan. 28, 2021 8:48 AM EST

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines outpacing the world’s supplies, a frustrated public and policymakers want to know: How can we get more? A lot more. Right away. The problem: “It’s not like adding more water to the soup,” said vaccine specialist Maria Elena Bottazzi of Baylor College...

Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

The Latest: WHO EU chief: Nations clamoring for vaccine

Jan. 28, 2021 8:42 AM EST

GENEVA — The European chief for the World Health Organization says “the telephone line is very hot” in conversations with European Union officials and others clamoring for more coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Hans Kluge, speaking in a video conference from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen,...

Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

Vaccine factory inspected amid EU dispute with AstraZeneca

Jan. 28, 2021 8:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory to determine whether expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine are actually due to production issues amid a heated public dispute between the European Union and the...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Asian shares skidded on Thursday as a reality check set in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares drop after US stocks' worst day since October

Jan. 27, 2021 9:59 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares skidded on Thursday as a reality check set in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China declined Thursday. The region is looking ahead to earnings season for a...

European Commissioner in charge of Health Stella Kyriakides removes her face mask during an online press conference on AstraZeneca at European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP)

Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

Jan. 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries amid a deepening dispute that raises concerns about international competition for limited supplies of the shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot...

A police cordon at Wrexham Industrial Estate near the British pharmaceutical manufacturing company Wockhardt in Wrexham, north Wales, Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021. Wockhardt UK, an arm of the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company that is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in north Wales, said it notified authorities after receiving a suspect package on Wednesday morning. (Eleanor Barlow/PA via AP)

UK vaccine plant evacuated after getting suspicious package

Jan. 27, 2021 12:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British pharmaceutical manufacturing company producing coronavirus vaccines had to partially evacuate its factory Wednesday after receiving a “suspicious package.” The U.K. arm of Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Wockhardt, which is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine...

New Arizona sawmill to boost forest restoration efforts

Jan. 27, 2021 11:34 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former paper plant near Flagstaff will be converted into a new sawmill facility, bolstering forest restoration efforts in northern Arizona, company officials said. Good Earth Power AZ and its operating entity NewLife Forest Products, LLC announced it will use a 425,000-square-foot...

New Jersey factory set to make 90 million masks a month

Jan. 27, 2021 10:05 AM EST

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey factory set to make 90 million masks a month and employ 200 people formally opened on Wednesday. Hudson Holdings Group said in a statement that production of the now-commonplace blue masks is already underway at the Piscataway facility. The facility will also begin...

Worker Javad Memarzadeh, of Needham, Mass., right, dusts washers in a display, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at a Home Depot location, in Boston.  Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticketed manufactured goods rose a moderate 0.9% in November  with a key category that tracks business investment plans showing a gain. The Commerce Department said Wednesday, Dec. 23 that the November gain in orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, followed stronger gains in recent months including a 3.8% rise in October.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

US durable goods orders show modest 0.2% December gain

Jan. 27, 2021 9:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a modest 0.2% in December, held back by a big drop in the volatile aircraft sector. A key category that tracks business investment decisions slowed. The rise in orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three...

Small Massachusetts medical facility to shut down in 2 years

Jan. 27, 2021 8:54 AM EST

WARE, Mass. (AP) — A small Massachusetts hospital will shut down in two years because it is just not seeing enough patients, the CEO of its parent company says. Operations at Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in Ware will gradually be shifted to other facilities including Baystate Wing Hospital in...