Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine
Parents, schools and vaccine clinics are rushing to get younger adolescents inoculated after U.S. regulators endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12.
Dutch move toward further easing of coronavirus lockdown
The Dutch government says zoos and theme parks will be allowed to re-open next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes can extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces, if hospital and ICU admissions continue to fall.
Beyond vaccines, UNESCO wants more global science shared
While the U.S. president is calling for suspending patents on COVID-19 vaccines, experts at UNESCO are quietly working on a more ambitious plan.
NIH vaccine designer takes coronavirus research to Harvard
The U.S. government scientist who helped design one of the first COVID-19 vaccines and then tackled skepticism of the shots in communities of color is getting a new research home.
Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing, poll suggests
Fewer Americans are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than just a few months ago, but questions about side effects and how the shots were tested still hold some people back.
Biden: 1M sign up for health care during special enrollment
President Joe Biden says 1 million Americans have signed up for health insurance under “Obamacare” during a special enrollment period for people needing coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.
German investors increasingly optimistic as COVID cases fall
German investors are increasingly optimistic about the country’s economy as the latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic seems to be slowing.
AIDS virus used in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble baby’ disease
Doctors say a gene therapy that makes use of the AIDS virus has given a working immune system to 48 babies and toddlers who were born without one.
Mexico: Russia's Sputnik V shortages mean limited 2nd doses
Mexican authorities say Russia has been having so many problems producing second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that there won't be enough to give people who got the first dose a second shot.
Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms
European affairs ministers gathered in Brussels Tuesday to assess progress in discussions with EU lawmakers about a virus certificates scheme to boost travel and tourism during the summer season.
The Latest: Ore. bill extends deadline for late-rent payment
Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to give tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent.
China adds few babies, loses workers as its 1.4B people age
The number of working-age people in China fell over the past decade while the population barely grew, adding to strains in an aging society.
Across faiths, US volunteers mobilize for India crisis
Volunteers at Hindu temples, Muslim groups and Sikh relief organizations across the U.S. are mobilizing to support India as the world’s second most populous country struggles under a devastating surge of the coronavirus.
WHO official denies lying to Italy prosecutors over report
A top World Health Organization official has strongly denied making false statements to Italian prosecutors about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response.
Spain: Expert warns that virus surge could follow parties
Spain’s top coronavirus expert has delivered a stern warning to citizens who are acting as if the pandemic has ended now that the government has relaxed measures against the spread of contagion amid an accelerating rollout of vaccines.
States push jobless from virus recession to return to work
States are pushing the unemployed to return to work to help businesses large and small find the workers they need to emerge from the COVID-19 recession.
UPDATE: Experts project nearly 1 million coronavirus-related deaths nationwide into September. Here’s how the numbers break down in each state
As the first impacts of coronavirus happened nearly six months ago, several states have drawn back social distancing measures to reopen its economy.
Prost! Bavaria opens some of its famous beer gardens again
Bavarians are now able to enjoy a tall beer in the spring sun in several areas in the southern German state where the spread of the coronavirus has been successfully slowed.
EU: Pandemic measures to total about $5.85 trillion
The European Union’s top economy official says that the recovery measures the EU and its 27 member states have in the works to emerge from the pandemic total around $5.85 trillion.
Dracula's castle proves an ideal setting for COVID-19 jabs
At Dracula’s castle in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors are offering a jab in the arm rather than a stake through the heart.
US restores transgender health protections denied by Trump
The Biden administration says the government will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, reversing a Trump-era policy.
Hugs to be allowed in England as part of lockdown easing
In less than a week, people in England will be able to give someone outside their household bubble a hug for the first time since restrictions were put in place in March last year when the coronavirus.
Greece welcomes young students back to school; courts reopen
Primary schools and junior highs have reopened for in-person classes in Greece for the first time in months as the country ease coronavirus restrictions despite daily infections and deaths remaining stubbornly high.
The Latest: N Korea again claims no coronavirus infections
North Korea has told the World Health Organization that it has tested 25,986 people for the coronavirus through April but still has yet to find a single infection.
Slovakia eyes using Russia's Sputnik V; waits for results
Slovakia’s government is set to discuss the possible use of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with Russia after it was successfully tested in a Hungarian lab.
After court nixes eviction ban, race is on for federal help
A court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has placed additional pressure on the federal and state governments to deliver tens of billions of dollars in promised rental aid.
The Latest: France welcomes EU curb on AstraZeneca vaccine
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the decision from the European Union not to renew its order for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Street parties celebrate end of Spain's state of emergency
Impromptu street celebrations erupted in many cities across Spain as the clock struck midnight Saturday, when a six-month-long national state of emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus ended and many nighttime curfews were lifted.
Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all
While the world's wealthier nations have stockpiled coronavirus vaccines for their citizens, many other poorer countries are still scrambling to secure doses.
Texas sets up call center to connect businesses, organizations with mobile vaccination teams
Texas is launching a call center to increase COVID-19 vaccinations statewide, according to a press release.
Merkel hopeful on Europe summer travel even without vaccine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europeans can look forward to traveling this summer if coronavirus cases keep declining on the continent.
As US reopens, campuses tighten restrictions for virus
Mask and distancing restrictions may be relaxing across much of the country, but it’s been another tough semester on many college campuses, where COVID-19 spikes have meant even tougher measures.
The Latest: Utility regulator shares discredited theories
An elected Arizona utility regulator has shared discredited conspiracy theories while trying to persuade energy and power providers not to require their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Union has cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023.
Authorities: Fake vaccination cards sold at California bar
Authorities say they have arrested the owner of a Northern California bar where made-to-order fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were being sold to undercover state agents for $20 each.
EU calls on US to push exports to counter vaccine shortage
The European Union is calling on the United States to start boosting its vaccine exports to contain the global COVID-19 crisis, and said that the U.S. backing of patent waivers would provide only a long-term solution at best.
Unsure vaccine waiver will help, some leaders urge exports
European leaders are voicing increasing skepticism that a U.S. proposal to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines would solve the problem of getting shots into the arms of people in poorer countries, with some instead calling for more exports of the doses already being produced.
London high-rise blaze raises new concerns about cladding
Firefighters have tacked a blaze in a London apartment tower which has cladding similar to that used on another London building where 72 people died in a 2017 inferno.
Doctors in Nepal warn of major crisis as virus cases surge
Across the border from a devastating surge in India, doctors in Nepal are warning of a major crisis as daily coronavirus cases hit a record and hospitals are running out of beds and oxygen.
The Latest: Connecticut data show COVID-19 vaccine effective
According to data released from the state Department of Public Health, Of the more than 1.4 million Connecticut residents who are now fully vaccinated, 242 later became infected with COVID-19.
Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks
Health care workers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent say they have been subjected to racial slurs and sometimes physical attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic.