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Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

May. 25, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America. But officials in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay hope high vaccination rates mean this latest wave will not be as deadly as previous ones. At the...

Seoul: N Korea fires suspected ICBM and 2 other missiles

May. 24, 2022 23:17 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile and two shorter-range weapons into the sea Wednesday, South Korea said, hours after President Joe Biden ended a trip to Asia where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its allies in the face...

China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

May. 24, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a...

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

May. 24, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren't allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

University of Hawaii requires masks indoors amid COVID spike

May. 24, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii said Tuesday it will require masks indoors across its 10-campus system amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the islands. The new rule takes effect Wednesday. Those working alone or who are separated by more than 6 feet from others will be...

Oregon COVID cases rise, hospitalizations to peak June 9

May. 24, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is reporting some of the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started more than two years ago. The Oregon Health Authority reported nearly 12,000 new cases last week and the state is averaging 1,685 new cases a day, The...

Mistrial declared when witness tests positive during recess

May. 24, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Maine man charged with threatening to kill Jewish people because one of the witnesses tested positive for COVID-19. Federal authorities charged Brian Dennison, 25, of Buxton, with one count of transmitting a...

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 24, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days. Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among...

Sweden: 5th COVID-19 shot to people over 65, pregnant women

May. 24, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden is recommending a fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people with an increased risk of becoming seriously ill, including pregnant women and anyone aged 65 and over, authorities said Tuesday, adding that the country must "be prepared for an increased spread during the upcoming...