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E.U. threatens drug companies with legal action if it doesn’t get its vaccines

The moves come as two manufacturers said they would have to delay deliveries of the vaccine.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a maskless man who accused him of disregarding covid-19 measures

On Sunday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) pepper-sprayed a man who confronted him for not wearing a mask at a dinner with a former mayor, he told police.

Meet the book club that’s helping to quickly vaccinate its town

The Fabulous Ladies Book Club has shown that immunization efforts aren’t just about getting shots into arms.

South Africa accuses wealthy nations of hoarding vaccines, as study warns of the economic toll for unequal access

A new study funded by the International Chamber of Commerce says that advanced economies will suffer if the poorer nations remain virus-ridden.

Teacher: What’s missing from calls for summer school to stem ‘learning loss’

For one thing, teachers are exhausted — but that's not all.

Mexico’s pandemic policy: No police. No curfews. No fines. No regrets.

The leftist government has emphasized persuasion to get people to follow coronavirus restrictions. It’s been tough.

Wealthy couple chartered a plane to the Yukon, took vaccines meant for Indigenous elders, authorities said

"I can’t believe I’ve ever seen or heard of such a despicable, disgusting sense of entitlement and lack of a moral compass,” British Columbia Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth said Monday, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Chicago teachers deadlocked with school district over reopening plans

The Chicago Teachers Union is challenging claims of health and safety preparedness in schools as the district prepares to bring back thousands of K-8 students on Feb. 1.
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New coronavirus variants accelerate race to make sure vaccines keep up

The reassuring news that vaccine-elicited antibodies remained effective against concerning new variants was tempered by an ominous finding. Those antibodies were less efficient at neutralizing the South African variant in a laboratory dish.
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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.

What you need to know about the coronavirus variants

The U.K., South Africa and Brazil variants are highly transmissible and have sparked concerns that vaccines may be less effective against them.

Coronavirus vaccination appointments canceled in D.C. region as health officials confront scarce supply

Jurisdictions across the area are struggling to meet demand while distributing doses equitably.

Biden: I don’t blame teachers or their unions for schools staying closed

At the White House, the president told reporters that reopening schools is “complicated.”

First U.S. case of highly transmissible Brazil coronavirus variant identified in Minnesota

State health authorities said it involved a ‘resident with recent travel history to Brazil.’

Violence erupts in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods over coronavirus restrictions

Rioters pelted police with stones and set a bus on fire as the government attempted to increase compliance in areas where infections are among the highest.

Tom Brady’s father reveals covid battle that put him in the hospital for three weeks

Tom Brady's father and mother battled covid-19 at the start of the season, with his father calling it "a matter of life or death."

The pandemic destroyed 225 million jobs worldwide, but billionaires got richer, reports find

Hundreds of millions of full-time jobs disappeared last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the International Labor Organization. But the wealthiest people got even richer, according to Oxfam.

Citing coronavirus surge, officials in Arizona ask MLB to delay start of spring training

Any alteration to the spring training schedule would require an agreement between MLB and the players’ association.

Biden reimposes travel ban on European countries, adds South Africa in effort to contain coronavirus

A ban on travelers from Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other countries in Europe had been set to expire Tuesday.
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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.
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