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Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among th
Israel delivers booster shots of vaccine to people over 60

Israel delivers booster shots of vaccine to people over 60

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases.
Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics.

Pandemic weighs down German beer sales again in 1st half

BERLIN (AP) — German beer sales in this year's first half were 2.7% lower than a year earlier, dragged lower by closures of bars and restaurants that stretched through winter and into spring, official data showed Friday.
Myanmar leaders 'weaponizing' COVID-19, residents say

Myanmar leaders 'weaponizing' COVID-19, residents say

BANGKOK (AP) — With coronavirus deaths rising in Myanmar, allegations are growing from residents and human rights activists that the military government, which seized control in February, is using the pandemic to consolidate power and crush oppositio
Thai media restrictions raise freedom of expression concerns

Thai media restrictions raise freedom of expression concerns

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand implemented new regulations on Friday that appeared to broaden the government's ability to restrict media reports and social media posts about the coronavirus pandemic, raising immediate concerns that authorities will seek to

A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country

As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and case numbers drop across the country, the provinces and territories have begun releasing the reopening plans for businesses, events and recreational facilities.
The Latest: Saudi Arabia will reopen to tourists on Sunday

The Latest: Saudi Arabia will reopen to tourists on Sunday

Saudi Arabia will reopen its borders to tourists on Sunday for the first time in 18 months after imposing restrictions at the start of the pandemic to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Biden's COVID plan: Federal workers must report shot status

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key points in President Joe Biden's plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination among federal employees and encourage more Americans to get shots: — Federal employees will have to attest to their vaccination status.
States race to use COVID-19 vaccines before they expire

States race to use COVID-19 vaccines before they expire

Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after U.S.