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Most Americans support requiring students who are old enough to receive a coronavirus vaccination for fall class attendance, with strong support for requirements for high school and college students, according to a new Gallup survey published Friday.

About 61 percent of the more than 3,500 people surveyed between May 18 and 23 backed requiring vaccinations for college students. Survey results showed similar support for high school students, at 56 percent, and middle school students, at 51 percent.

The survey was carried out shortly after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youths as young as 12.

Approval of vaccinations for school attendance appeared to be influenced by the vaccine status of respondents, along with party-line affiliations, with Democrats more in favor compared with Republicans.

On Thursday, members of a panel that advises the FDA argued that faster vaccine approvals should be available, with the possibilities of dangerous variant threats and a fall surge.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Women are slowly regaining the jobs they lost. But for many, their career paths may change for good.
  • The highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, now accounts for 6 percent of infections in the United States, but vaccines appear to be highly effective against it.
  • Health authorities in Russia reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, logging the highest number of daily infections in more than three months as officials continued to play down the pandemic’s severity.
  • The Houston Methodist hospital system suspended more than 170 health-care workers — out of nearly 25,000 — for failing to comply with the organization’s vaccine mandate.
  • The United States reported a seven-day rolling average of 15,636 new infections Tuesday, a drop of nearly 11 percent from the previous week. At least 33.3 million cases have been registered nationwide since Feb. 29, 2020.

CDC: ER visits for suspected suicide attempts among teenage girls rose during pandemic

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In the early months of 2021, visits to emergency departments for suspected suicide attempts increased more than 50 percent for adolescent girls compared with the same period in 2019, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, which analyzed emergency department visit data during certain weeks in 2020 and 2021, found that trips for suspected suicide attempts among adolescents ages 12 to 17, a majority of whom were girls, began to increase in May 2020. From February to March 2021, the visits among girls increased 50.6 percent compared with 2019. For boys, the increase was 3.7 percent.

However, the report’s authors emphasized that their findings do not mean suicide deaths among adolescents have increased.

Although the pandemic’s effect on mental health has been well-documented, the authors noted that their findings appear to provide new insights into the psychological toll younger Americans are experiencing.

Gov. Hogan says it’s time to get back to work. For laid-off employees, it’s not that simple.

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BALTIMORE — Outside the Baltimore Convention Center, a small group of laid-off hotel workers chanted, “Keep the benefits going,” and held signs asking, “Where is the work?” Across the street, a bold “WE’RE HIRING” sign was on display at a struggling restaurant.

The workers were protesting Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to end enhanced federal jobless benefits in early July, two months before President Biden and Congress intended. Hogan and many other GOP governors say the bigger unemployment checks are keeping people from filling vacant jobs, making it more difficult for the economy to rebound.

But many of the unemployed say finding new work is not as simple as it sounds. They worry about child care and covid-19 risks, and they do not want to abandon careers where they have seniority and experience to start over as new hires someplace else.

FDA expected to release 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine from long-troubled Emergent plant

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The Food and Drug Administration is close to announcing that it is releasing about 10 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine made at the problem-plagued Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore, according to individuals familiar with the situation.

The doses, which underwent an extensive safety review following a contamination incident at the plant, are expected to be sent overseas as part of President Biden’s effort to share vaccines with other nations, according to the individuals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

The announcement from the FDA could come as soon as Friday. The FDA declined to comment.

Millions of other doses that were made at the plant have not yet been cleared. The FDA has not yet authorized the facility to resume production of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

What to know about summer cruises and the industry’s comeback

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In North America, the cruise industry has been treading water since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a No Sail Order March 2020.

Although ships have already started sailing in Europe and Asia, the ocean-faring vessels on this side of the Atlantic and Pacific are still waiting to cast off their lines. Until recently, only ships with fewer than 200 passengers and crew members were allowed to sail, which limited the seafaring options to river and coastal voyages. But a spate of new developments could help launch if not a thousand ships then at least a few dozen this summer.

The return to cruising is not obstacle-free — see Florida’s ban on vaccine passports. Travelers should stay flexible as itineraries, departure dates and safety protocols take shape.

Hospital employees in the District and Maryland required to get vaccinated against covid-19

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The vast majority of hospitals in the District and Maryland will soon start requiring employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday, wading into politically fraught territory that in other parts of the country has led to protests and at least one lawsuit.

Leaders of hospitals and hospital associations said the decision was made to protect patients and staff members, citing the efficacy of the vaccine and noting its minimal side effects. Individual hospitals will establish their own timelines by which employees must be vaccinated, and some say they have no immediate plans to terminate employees who do not comply — instead, they will be required to undergo regular coronavirus testing.

Jacqueline D. Bowens, the president of the D.C. Hospital Association, said the decision to require vaccinations was not made lightly, especially because the pandemic has already led to concerns about staffing in the industry. But she said hospital leaders felt it was the right time to make such a move “due to both the science and the safety of the vaccine.”

As DeSantis takes aim at cruise industry, Republicans step up attacks on longtime allies in corporate America

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s refusal to allow cruise ship operators to require proof of passenger vaccinations reflects a mounting willingness by top Republicans to demonize and defy corporations that have been among the party’s closest allies.

DeSantis has barred businesses in the state from insisting that customers be vaccinated, calling it a matter of individual liberty. In recent days, the cruise ship industry has splintered into different camps after beginning the year largely unified behind the idea of compulsory vaccines. Now, some companies are backing down while others such as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings remain adamant.

The clash between the governor, a likely 2024 presidential candidate, and one of Florida’s major employers highlights the anti-corporate mood of a Republican Party reshaped by former president Donald Trump’s populism.

Demand for abortion subsidies surges in the D.C. area as funding declines

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Nonprofit groups that fund abortions for low-income patients in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are wrestling with an explosive surge in demand, reflecting disruptions wrought by the coronavirus pandemic and fluctuations in donations sparked by the racial-justice movement, advocates and leaders say.

Funding requests had been climbing since the pandemic spurred widespread layoffs in early 2020, instilling a sense of economic uncertainty that advocates said made more people leery of starting families or having additional children.

Then, at the start of the new year, the country’s largest national abortion fund said it expected a big drop in donations from its philanthropic partners.

Britain and U.S. will work to restart travel ‘as soon as possible,’ prime minister’s office says

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Britain and the United States will work to resume travel between their two countries “as soon as possible,” the British prime minister’s office said Wednesday, ahead of the Group of Seven Summit set to begin this week.

Leaders are expected to settle on a new “Atlantic Charter” harking back to Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 statement of goals for the post-war world, the office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement. Johnson and Biden plan to have their first bilateral meeting Thursday, visiting an island off the coast of Cornwall, England.

“The 2021 Atlantic Charter will recognise that, while the world is a very different place to 1941, the values the UK and US share remain the same,” the prime minister’s office said, declaring that the countries would “apply our combined strength to the enormous challenges facing the planet today,” including recovery from the pandemic.

Biden and Johnson plan to launch a task force to “make recommendations on safely reopening international travel,” according to the statement. The prime minister’s office emphasized the impact of coronavirus restrictions on normally high travel between the two nations: More than 5 million British people typically visit the United States annually, while 4.5 million Americans typically visit Britain, officials said.

Most British citizens have been barred from the United States since mid-March 2020 amid efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with exceptions for groups such as U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Those arriving in Britain from the United States, meanwhile, must undergo quarantine and testing.

Airline executives have been urging the countries to lift restrictions.

The European Union, which Britain has left, has been seeking “reciprocity” from the United States in reopening travel. “We already welcome American tourists from the moment they are vaccinated, from the moment they have had the two doses and we have waited the 15-day period,” Thierry Breton, European commissioner for the internal market, said this week, according to the Brussels Times.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its plans Wednesday evening.

Premier European soccer tournament dealing with positive tests before competition even begins

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Despite a one-year postponement and strict containment measures, the Euro 2020 soccer tournament still is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic with games set to begin across Europe on Friday.

On Tuesday, Spain announced that center back Diego Llorente had tested positive for the coronavirus, the second player on the three-time European champion to test positive after captain Sergio Busquets. Both players now must go into isolation for at least 10 days, meaning they will miss Spain’s group-stage opener against Sweden on Monday and likely will not be ready for its second game against Poland on June 19.

Spain Manager Luis Enrique has called up 17 players from the country’s under-21 team to train separately from the senior team, also in bubblelike conditions, in case he needs to add players to its Euro 2020 roster. He has until Saturday to make changes to his initial list because of injuries or the coronavirus. Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, said Tuesday that “there could be more” positive tests forthcoming, though none have turned up yet. The team will not practice as a full group until at least the weekend, with players training individually or in small groups until they receive the all-clear.

Unexpected areas facing pandemic-fueled population boom see housing prices soar

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Inside a Victorian house flecked with chipping white paint, 65 group home residents must suddenly find a new place to live, an unintended consequence of a Federal Reserve policy meant to save an economy in crisis.

The group home — a refuge for people with mental illness, disabilities and substance dependence — is closing after its owners agreed to sell the property this spring. Now, Mary Chisholm, who runs the home, is struggling to relocate the most vulnerable. It’s particularly challenging because the area is unexpectedly experiencing the second-fastest growth in housing prices in the nation.

You’re vaccinated. What are the ethics of traveling to places where locals aren’t?

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Like billions of people around the world, lockdowns throughout the pandemic caused Courtney Shay deep frustration. The American expat who has lived in Istanbul for nearly nine years wasn’t only exasperated by indefinite timelines or feeling trapped at home — it was the incoming tourists, too.

By April, all of her friends and family in the United States were getting vaccinated while she continued to deal with curfews and restrictions, waiting for her own shot. Unable to fly or drive out of town, Shay watched tourists stroll the city, sightseeing.

That sentiment may be echoed on a global scale. While at least 171.3 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the United States, only about 6 percent of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated, leaving billions waiting for doses.

Biden administration to buy 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to donate to the world

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The Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States significantly increases its efforts to help vaccinate the global population, according to three people familiar with the plans.

President Biden is slated to announce the plan at the G-7 meeting in Britain this week amid growing calls for the United States and other wealthy countries to play a more substantial role in boosting the global supply of vaccines. Biden told reporters Wednesday as he boarded Air Force One to Europe that he would be announcing his global vaccine strategy.

The White House declined to comment and Pfizer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Women are regaining jobs, but many of their career paths have changed for good

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The pandemic’s impact on women has been well documented over the past year: At the start of the pandemic, women lost jobs at a much higher pace than men.

Many of these jobs were in industries hit hardest by pandemic regulations: retail, hospitality, restaurants and child care. They are also industries in which women are overrepresented as workers.

But as the United States appears to turn the corner on the pandemic, women’s workforce participation has a long way to go to reach economic recovery.

Over the past five months, women have returned to work at much lower rates than men. But the May jobs report brought some good news: The economy added 559,000 jobs, more than half of which went to women. At that rate, the National Women’s Law Center predicted it would take women 13 months to recover the jobs they lost because of the pandemic.

Covid-free Auckland crowned world’s most livable city

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Auckland has been named the world’s most livable city off the strength of New Zealand’s pandemic response.

The metropolitan area that is home to around 1.6 million people topped a global livability index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday. “The cities that have risen to the top of the rankings this year are largely the ones that have taken stringent measures to contain the pandemic,” the consultancy said in a statement. “New Zealand’s tough lockdown allowed their society to reopen and enabled citizens of cities like Auckland … to enjoy a lifestyle that looked similar to pre-pandemic life.”

Even as other coronavirus containment successes like Singapore and Taiwan slipped in recent months, New Zealand has remained effectively free of infections. (Its vaccination program however, is only just starting to take off.) The other cities in the top five — Japan’s Osaka and Tokyo, Australia’s Adelaide and the Kiwi capital of Wellington — also have relatively low coronavirus case counts by global standards.

Meanwhile, poor pandemic responses caused European and Canadian cities that are often the mainstays of most livable city rankings to slip: Vienna, which had topped the EIU’s index in 2019, fell to 12th place. The Syrian capital of Damascus remained rooted to the bottom of the league table.