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Patients evacuated after fire in Johannesburg hospital

Apr. 17, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nearly 700 patients have been evacuated Saturday from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The fire has been...

The Latest: Vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

Apr. 16, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1. He made the announcement Friday, as he unveiled plans aimed at bolstering Alaska’s pandemic-battered tourist industry. ...

South African variant of COVID-19 found in Nebraska

Apr. 16, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State health officials say the highly contagious variant of COVID-19 first found in South Africa, known as B.1.351, has now been found in Nebraska. The first case of the variant was recently confirmed in a Lancaster County resident, the Nebraska...

South Africa takes first step to offer jabs to the elderly

Apr. 16, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa took the first step in its mass vaccination campaign on Friday by starting online registrations for the elderly to receive shots beginning next month. People aged 60 years and older will be vaccinated first as they are among those at...

South African youth project pays tribute to Prince Philip

Apr. 15, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

ORANGE FARM, South Africa (AP) — Young South Africans enthusiastically performed Zulu dancing and traditional African music as part of the lessons provided by the Jabulile Arts and Culture Society in the poor Orange Farm township, 45 kilometers (28 miles) outside Johannesburg. ...

'Distance makes sense:' Semenya pins Olympic hopes on 5,000

Apr. 15, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya won the 5,000-meter race at the South African national championships on Thursday in a personal-best time and then said she's likely to focus on long-distance events for the rest of her career. That could be her best hope of...

The Latest: California governor says all schools must reopen

Apr. 14, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging all schools in the state to reopen, saying there are no health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. Speaking Wednesday, he said: “Money is not an object now. It’s an...

South Africans anxious over pause in use of J&J vaccines

Apr. 14, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's decision to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to preliminary reports of rare blood clots has left the country without any shots as it struggles to combat an aggressive coronavirus variant. South Africa has more...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more...

South Africa halts J&J vaccine jabs; Europe rollout delayed

Apr. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa suspended giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” and the company delayed its European vaccine rollout following an FDA decision to pause the jabs while very rare blood clot cases are examined. ...