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NEW YORK (AP) – When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? It depends on the child’s age, but some teenagers could be rolling up their sleeves before too long. The Pfizer vaccine already is cleared for use starting at age 16. That means some high schoolers could get in line ...

‘Falling through cracks’: Vaccine bypasses some older adults

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Jean Andrade, an 88-year-old who lives alone, has been waiting for her COVID-19 vaccine since she became eligible under state guidelines nearly a month ago. She assumed her caseworker would contact her about getting one, especially after she spent nearly two days stuck ...

Israel, Denmark and Austria join forces against COVID-19

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel, Denmark and Austria agreed on Thursday to join forces in the fight against COVID-19 with an investment in research and roll-out of vaccines to protect people against new surges and mutations of the coronavirus. The leaders of the three countries said their ...

EU regulator starts a review of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has started a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, many months after it was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it. In a statement Thursday, the European regulator ...

UK, 4 nations fast-track review of modified COVID vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Regulators in the U.K. and four other countries have announced new rules to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to ensure drugmakers can move swiftly to target emerging variants of the disease. Previously authorized vaccines that are modified to combat new ...

Some Belgians shout: ‘King! Tear down your garden walls!’

BRUSSELS (AP) — The people of Brussels are craving open spaces in this time of pandemic restrictions, often ending up in overcrowded city parks where social distancing is impossible. Yet one family stands above the fray. The royal family has an extensive, lush garden right in the center of ...

5 new COVID-19 deaths, 244 cases in N.H. on Wednesday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 244 new positive test results for COVID-19 and five deaths Wednesday, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 1.3%. The deaths include: 1 female resident of Belknap County, 60 years of age and older 2 male ...

Virus surge forces Sao Paulo to shut as Buenos Aires reopens

SAO PAULO (AP) — A swell of COVID-19 cases is halting samba steps in Brazil's biggest metropolis while Argentina's capital tiptoes its way back to the tango floor. The two biggest cities in each of the neighboring South American countries are headed in opposite directions, reflecting how ...

Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends

DALLAS (AP) — The end of Texas' mask mandate is giving Lucy Alanis second thoughts about one of her occasional indulgences during the coronavirus pandemic: dining in at restaurants. "I guess I'm a little scared," said Alanis, 27, a florist in Dallas. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's repeal ...

Germany extends lockdown but paves way to relax more rules

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is extending its coronavirus shutdown by three weeks until March 28, but easing some restrictions to allow nonessential stores and other businesses to reopen in areas with relatively low infection rates. After about nine hours of talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the ...

States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, Americans 50 and over and others as the U.S. races to beat back the virus and reopen businesses and schools. Indiana and Michigan will begin vaccinating those 50 and ...

242 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths Tuesday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 242 new positive test results for COVID-19 and no new deaths Tuesday, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.6%. Today’s results include 109 people who tested positive by PCR test and 133 who tested positive by ...

Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the U.S. government's pandemic response, has donated his personal 3D model of the COVID-19 virus to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The museum on Tuesday honored Fauci with its Great Americans Medal. "Dr. Fauci has ...

Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

Texas on Tuesday became the biggest state to lift its mask rule, joining a rapidly growing movement by governors and other leaders across the U.S. to loosen COVID-19 restrictions despite pleas from health officials not to let their guard down yet. The Lone Star State will also do away with ...

Cuomo avoids public amid outcry over harassment allegations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has avoided public appearances for days as some members of his own party call for him to resign over sexual harassment allegations. The governor hasn't taken questions from reporters since a Feb. 19 briefing, an unusually long gap for a ...

As virus-era attacks on Asians rise, past victims look back

Nearly a year after they were almost stabbed to death inside a Midland, Texas, Sam's Club, Bawi Cung and his two sons all have visible scars. It's the unseen ones though that are harder to get over. Cung can't walk through any store without constantly looking in all directions. His 6-year-old ...

No new COVID-19 deaths Monday, 164 new cases in N.H.

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 164 new positive test results for COVID-19 and no new deaths Monday, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 4.0%. Today’s results include 118 people who tested positive by PCR test and 46 who tested positive by ...

Chicago schools open doors to thousands more students

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to school on Monday morning, the second — and largest — wave of students to go back to classrooms after almost a year of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. CPS did not immediately provide any details on ...

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The majority of California's 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate. Most students in the nation's most ...

States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — With the U.S. vaccination drive picking up speed and a third formula on the way, states eager to reopen for business are easing coronavirus restrictions despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over and that moving too quickly could prolong the ...