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US jobless claims tick up to 373,000 from a pandemic low

July 8th, 2021
US jobless claims tick up to 373,000 from a pandemic low

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week even while the economy and the job market appear to be rebounding from the coronavirus recession with sustained energyBy PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics WriterJuly 8, 2021, 1:18 PM• 3 min readWASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week even while the economy and the job market appear to be rebounding from the coronavirus recession with sustained energy.Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims increased by 2,000 from the previous... Read More

UK virus cases hit highest since Feb 5 amid ‘grab a jab’

June 26th, 2021
UK virus cases hit highest since Feb 5 amid ‘grab a jab’

The U.K. has recorded its most new coronavirus infections since early February as the National Health Service ran a “grab a jab” initiative to further drive up vaccination ratesBy PAN PYLAS Associated PressJune 26, 2021, 5:10 PM• 4 min readLONDON — The U.K. on Saturday recorded its most new coronavirus infections since early February as the National Health Service ran a “grab a jab” initiative to further drive up vaccination rates.Government figures showed that another 18,270 people tested positive for the virus across the U.K, the highest daily number since Feb. 5. Over the past... Read More

Jill Biden touts vaccine in poorly inoculated Mississippi

June 22nd, 2021
Jill Biden touts vaccine in poorly inoculated Mississippi

First lady Jill Biden is encouraging people in one of the least-vaccinated states to roll up their sleeves and get immunized against the coronavirusBy LEAH WILLINGHAM Associated Press/Report for AmericaJune 23, 2021, 1:45 AM• 4 min readJACKSON, Miss. — First lady Jill Biden visited one of the states least vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, encouraging residents of Mississippi to get their shots and telling them, “The White House, our administration — we care about you.”“I’m here today to ask all of the people who can hear my voice, who can see my face, to get their shot,”... Read More

Even vaccinated California workers may have to keep masks on

June 3rd, 2021
Even vaccinated California workers may have to keep masks on

California workplace regulators are considering ending mask rules if every employee in a room has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirusBy DON THOMPSON Associated PressJune 3, 2021, 1:19 PM• 4 min readSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is set to fully reopen in less than two weeks and do away with virtually all mask and social distancing requirements for vaccinated people, but those who regulate workplaces in the state aren’t ready to go that far and that has business groups upset.The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets Thursday and will consider new... Read More

Lack of paid leave could be preventing people from getting vaccines, experts say

May 25th, 2021
Lack of paid leave could be preventing people from getting vaccines, experts say

“It’s one of the gaps in our vaccine access issue,” a professor says. May 25, 2021, 9:04 AM• 7 min readAs the government seeks to increase vaccination rates, especially among communities of color, some experts say a lack of paid time off is keeping many from getting the coronavirus vaccine.There are currently no federal laws that require employers to provide time off — paid or unpaid — in order to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a University of California-Hastings law professor whose research focuses on vaccines and the law.”It’s... Read More

Vaccine maker BioNTech says no need to waive patents

May 10th, 2021
Vaccine maker BioNTech says no need to waive patents

The head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that there is no need to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines because manufacturers will be able to produce enough shots to supply the world over the coming yearBy FRANK JORDANS Associated PressMay 10, 2021, 2:34 PM• 3 min readBERLIN — The head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that there is no need to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines because manufacturers will be able to produce enough shots to supply the world over the coming year.Ugur Sahin, the chief executive of BioNTech, rejected the U.S.-backed... Read More

California goes from worst to first in virus infections

April 22nd, 2021
California goes from worst to first in virus infections

California has gone from worst to first in the rate of coronavirus infectionsBy BRIAN MELLEY Associated PressApril 23, 2021, 12:55 AM• 5 min readLOS ANGELES — Just a few months ago, California was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Hospitals in Los Angeles were drowning in patients, and ambulances were idling outside with people struggling to breathe, waiting for beds to open.The death count was staggering — so many that morgues filled and refrigerated trucks were brought in to handle the overflow.Now as cases spike in other parts of the country, California has gone... Read More

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

April 8th, 2021
Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in checkBy MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated PressApril 9, 2021, 1:30 AM• 5 min readAmbulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.In the United States, Detroit leaders began making a plan to knock on every door to persuade people to... Read More

UK variant has become most dominant COVID strain in US, CDC says

April 7th, 2021
UK variant has become most dominant COVID strain in US, CDC says

All three authorized vaccines work effectively against it. April 7, 2021, 9:42 PM• 5 min readThe more contagious variant of coronavirus that originated in the UK, the B-117 variant, has become the dominant strain in the U.S., CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday.”Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B-117 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” Walensky told reporters at a White House briefing.Walensky’s comment was on schedule with previous predictions that the B-117 variant would become the more dominant strain... Read More

Medics despair as France’s ‘third way’ virus strategy flails

April 1st, 2021
Medics despair as France’s ‘third way’ virus strategy flails

France is now Europe’s latest coronavirus danger zone, but President Emmanuel Macron is resisting calls for dramatic actionBy ANGELA CHARLTON Associated PressApril 1, 2021, 8:34 AM• 6 min readAMIENS, France — As France battles a new virus surge that many believe was avoidable, intensive care nurse Stephanie Sannier manages her stress and sorrow by climbing into her car after a 12-hour shift, blasting music and singing as loud as she can.“It allows me to breathe,” she says, “and to cry.”People with COVID-19 occupy all the beds in her ICU ward in President Emmanuel Macron’s... Read More