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US working on new COVID-19 rules for international visitors

Sep. 15, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is considering requiring vaccinations against COVID-19 and contact tracing of international visitors after the U.S. revamps current broad restrictions that bar many foreigners from traveling to the U.S., a top White House adviser said Wednesday. ...

Biden's vaccine rules to set off barrage of legal challenges

Sep. 11, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirements have Republican governors threatening lawsuits. His unapologetic response: “Have at it.” The administration is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while...

Biden's vaccine rules to set off barrage of legal challenges

Sep. 10, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirements have Republican governors threatening lawsuits. His unapologetic response: “Have at it.” The administration is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while...

Booster shots hitch: Some may miss the Sept. 20 start

Sep. 03, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration...

Oxygen supplies grow precarious amid COVID surge

Aug. 31, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The COVID-19 surge is stretching oxygen supplies and sending hospitals scrambling for more ventilators, even as there are signs of hope that the spread of the virus is slowing down in pockets of the U.S. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a hospital recently...

More COVID-19 shots, studies offer hope for US schools

Aug. 27, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials offered new hope for the safety of U.S. schoolchildren threatened by COVID-19 on Friday as Gulf Coast hospitals already full of unvaccinated patients braced for the nightmare scenario of a major hurricane causing a wave of fractures, cuts and heart attacks...

100,000 more COVID deaths seen unless US changes its ways

Aug. 26, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

The U.S. is projected to see nearly 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths between now and Dec. 1, according to the nation's most closely watched forecasting model. But health experts say that toll could be cut in half if nearly everyone wore a mask in public spaces. In other...

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...

Texas' high court halts mask rules as counties defy governor

Aug. 15, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday blocked mask mandates ordered by two of the nation's largest counties that defied Republican Gov. Greg Abbott as COVID-19 cases surge and hospitals are stretched thin. The order by the state's highest court —...

Biden eyes tougher vaccine rules without provoking backlash

Aug. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. first began to slow, President Joe Biden backed incentives like million-dollar cash lotteries if that's what it took to get shots in arms. But as new coronavirus infections soar, he's testing a tougher approach. ...