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Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America.
China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

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.
Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

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.
Steve Stricker out of Senior PGA with positive COVID-19 test

Steve Stricker out of Senior PGA with positive COVID-19 test

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has pulled out of the Senior PGA Championship after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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

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 prepar
Canadian study finds links between air pollution and severity of COVID-19 infection

Canadian study finds links between air pollution and severity of COVID-19 infection

An extensive study of thousands of COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals found links between the severity of their infections and the levels of common air pollutants they experience.
Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, another step toward shots for the littlest kids possibly beginning in early summer. Pfizer plans to submit the findings to U.
Argentine president to pay fine for party during quarantine

Argentine president to pay fine for party during quarantine

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina's president and first lady will pay a fine of 3 million pesos ($24,000) for hosting a party in July 2020 that violated the quarantine orders the head of state himself had ordered to prohibit group gatherings as a way to
What's next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest US children

What's next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest US children

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday. Pfizer said three small doses of its vaccine offers strong protection to youngsters under 5, according to preliminary data.
Beijing extends work-from-home order as COVID-19 cases rise

Beijing extends work-from-home order as COVID-19 cases rise

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing extended orders for workers and students to stay home and ordered additional mass testing Monday as cases of COVID-19 rose in the Chinese capital.