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‘Masks required’ signs are coming down after Texas, Mississippi lift coronavirus restrictions

Businesses scrambled, local officials pushed back, and public health experts worried the actions could accelerate a trend of states ending restrictions just as cases plateau nationwide.

Covid-19 live updates: States’ decisions to lift mask mandates and restrictions are ‘ill-advised,’ Fauci says

Health officials reacted with concern, warning that lifting restrictions too early risked another surge of the virus.

Biden’s announcement moves teachers up in the vaccine line. Will it make a difference?

President Biden said this week that he will use federal authority to offer coronavirus vaccinations to K-12 teachers and child care workers.

Naval Academy moves nearly 200 midshipmen to hotels after rise in coronavirus cases

The move comes after the academy moved classes online and told students to stay in their rooms.

Washington region makes adjustments ahead of new vaccine’s distribution

The developments come as infection rates in the greater Washington region have leveled off.

More than 200,000 Americans sign up for ACA health plans during special enrollment period

President Biden ordered insurance marketplaces to reopen to help more people find insurance amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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What to know about the coronavirus vaccine rollout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

Here are some questions you might have about how the vaccines are being administered — and when and how you can get your shot.
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D.C. has seen over 40,000 coronavirus cases. Here’s what you need to know.

What you need to know as coronavirus cases rise in D.C.
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Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine as rivals team up to help Biden accelerate shots

The Biden administration brokered the arrangement amid concerns about Johnson & Johnson's production delays.

Vaccine doses are landing in countries around the globe. Tell us about your vaccination experience.

The Post wants to read about your experiences and see your photos of what it takes to get the coronavirus vaccine: the scheduling, the waiting, and getting the shot itself.
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Hybrid and remote schedules threaten the progress we’ve made on gender equity at the office

If you think flexible work will boost equity, especially for parents, it is critical to consider what other policies and practices must be in place to advance this goal.
  • 10 hours ago

Everything travelers need to know about vaccine passports

What they are and why you may need one for travel soon.

The pandemic chased these rugby players home. Nearly a year later, it colored their return.

The New Zealanders on Old Glory DC's roster returned home early because of the coronavirus. A year later, they're excited to be back in the United States, even though the pandemic has taken a far great toll here than in their country.

Ashes in the mail: Dealing with the loss of a loved one has changed in the covid era

The pandemic has accelerated a shift toward cremation, creating challenges for the Postal Service and altering the way families are saying goodbye to their relatives.

In praise of vaccine selfies

No, vaccine selfies aren't narcsisstic. They're a declaration of hope.
  • 14 hours ago

As Texas and Mississippi move to open ‘100%’ and lift mask mandates, health officials warn: ‘It’s still too early’

Republican governors lifted mask mandates and coronavirus restrictions in Texas and Mississippi, inspiring backlash from health experts and Democrats.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says to avoid Johnson & Johnson vaccine if possible

The Archdiocese of New Orleans said Catholics should avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine "because of its extensive use of abortion-derived cell lines."

Texas ends mask requirement at critical moment in pandemic

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) lifted the state’s mask requirement on Tuesday at a moment when public health officials are warning that new, more transmissible variants could be taking hold.
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A day in a hospital as it receives its first coronavirus vaccines
Dec. 16 was a day of relief at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Health-care workers lined up and some even teared up when they received a vaccine.
A day in a hospital as it receives its first coronavirus vaccines
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Living on the brink: One family’s struggle to survive the pandemic
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What you need to know about the coronavirus relief bill
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Inside this California hospital, a ‘constant battle’ against covid-19
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