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Big Chile study finds Chinese vaccine slashes COVID deaths

Apr. 16, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A real-world study of millions of Chileans who had received the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine has found it 67% effective against symptoms and 80% against death from COVID-19, the South American country's Health Ministry said Friday. Ministry...

Missouri House redirects money meant for Medicaid expansion

Apr. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The GOP-led Missouri House on Thursday passed an alternative plan for spending funding initially meant for Medicaid expansion. House lawmakers voted 143-1 to send the proposal to the Senate, where Republican leaders have also voiced support for...

Loneliness is rampant. A simple call, or hug, may be a cure

Apr. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The stranger’s call came when Dianne Green needed it most. Alone in the home where she’d raised four kids, grieving recently deceased relatives, too fearful of COVID-19 to see her grandkids and great-grandbabies, she had never felt lonelier. ...

The Latest: Michigan pushing for more vaccines amid spike

Apr. 11, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed to keep pushing the White House for more COVID-19 vaccines as the state experiences a spike in cases. The Democrat on Sunday told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that she plans to work with the White House but wants to do...

Mobile vaccination aims to reach older Mississippi adults

Apr. 10, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Eola Murry, 75, never questioned that she wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it became available. The problem was getting to the vaccine. For Murry and other homebound older adults in Clarksdale, a rural community without robust public...

Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

Apr. 09, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Summer Olympics. Japan's national vaccination drive has lagged and most people in the...

Nicaragua slowly begins vaccinations for people over 60

Apr. 08, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua has begun slowly vaccinating people over 60, using an AstraZeneca vaccine made in India. The country has only received around 500,000 doses of vaccines for a country of 5 million people. Gym owner Isabel López,...

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

Apr. 08, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl. Daschbach was idolized...

New Mexico makes vaccine appointments easier for seniors

Apr. 08, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is making it easier for senior citizens to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health announced Thursday that people 60 and up can schedule a vaccine appointment without first being offered one by health officials. ...

New law makers it easier for elderly to opt out of jury duty

Apr. 08, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents 75 and older can easily decline to participate in jury trials by calling a court office or using an online option, under legislation signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Administrative Office of the Courts announced...