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Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

Record delta wave hits kids, raises fear as US schools open

Aug. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

The day before he was supposed to start fourth grade, Francisco Rosales was admitted to a Dallas hospital with COVID-19, struggling to breathe, with dangerously low oxygen levels and an uncertain outcome. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, thought his frightened...

More protection: US likely to authorize COVID booster shots

Aug. 17, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After struggling for months to persuade Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials could soon face a fresh challenge: talking vaccinated people into getting booster shots to gain longer-lasting protection as the delta variant sends infections soaring...

Sources: US to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months

Aug. 16, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country. ...

The Latest: Australian state sees 478 new virus infections

Aug. 15, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s most populous state on Monday reported its worst day of the pandemic with 478 new COVID-19 infections and seven deaths. The previous record daily tally in New South Wales was 466 new cases reported on Saturday. Two of the dead...

US mulls COVID vaccine boosters for elderly as early as fall

Aug. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning of tough days ahead with surging COVID-19 infections, the director of the National Institutes of Health said Sunday the U.S. could decide in the next couple weeks whether to offer coronavirus booster shots to Americans this fall. Among the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Aug. 14, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Blinken; Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious...

Fauci hopeful COVID vaccines get full OK by FDA within weeks

Aug. 08, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The U.S. government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Sunday that he was hopeful the Food and Drug Administration will give full approval to the coronavirus vaccine by month's end and predicted the potential move will spur a wave of vaccine...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Aug. 07, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; Janis Shinwari, co-founder of No One Left Behind; Michael Mann, professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State...

The Latest: Arizona reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

Aug. 01, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day. They say the 2,306 new cases and five additional deaths pushed the state’s totals to 929,541 cases and 18,251 known deaths since the pandemic...