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 2021-12-01 00:39 

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US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck...

WASHINGTON — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus....

 2021-12-01 00:22 

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Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant...

Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm....

 2021-11-30 19:08 

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Stocks sink as omicron, rate worries rattle Wall Street...

NEW YORK (AP) — Already unnerved by the newest coronavirus variant, Wall Street's losses deepened on Tuesday after the head of the Federal Reserve said it will consider shutting off its support for financial markets sooner than expected....

 2021-11-30 15:28 

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New info shows omicron spread wider earlier than thought...

BRUSSELS (AP) — New findings about the coronavirus's omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its...

 2021-11-30 02:06 

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Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states...

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against th...

 2021-11-29 22:47 

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New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells U.S....

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but "not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully......

 2021-11-29 19:26 

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WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk...

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is "very high" based on early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with "severe consequences."...

 2021-11-29 18:52 

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New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells U.S....

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but "not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully......

 2021-11-29 17:31 

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Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'...

LONDON (AP) — The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast......

 2021-11-29 17:30 

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Wall Street steadies following omicron slide; stocks rise...

Wall Street is steadying itself Monday from last week's slide caused by the newest coronavirus variant, as investors wait for more clues about just how much damage it may do to the economy....

 2021-11-28 19:01 

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More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear......

 2021-11-28 18:04 

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EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know on new COVID variant...

LONDON (AP) — South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province....

 2021-11-27 22:25 

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COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert...

LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spre...

 2021-11-27 16:06 

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Maryland's oyster industry hopes for a rebound this season...

BALTIMORE (AP) — Folks working in Maryland's oyster industry are hoping for a rebound this season after seeing demand and prices plummet this time last year because of the coronavirus pandemic....

 2021-11-27 15:55 

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World on alert as UK reports cases of omicron COVID variant...

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the latest country Saturday to report cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus as governments around the world sought to shore up their defenses by slapping restrictions on travel f...

 2021-11-27 01:58 

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World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant...

BRUSSELS — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent....

 2021-11-26 20:39 

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Stocks sink on new COVID variant; Dow loses 905 points...

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more than 1,000 points, as a new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe. Investors were uncertain whether...

 2021-11-26 18:27 

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New omicron variant stokes world fears, triggers travel bans...

BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which......

 2021-11-26 15:05 

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Stocks sink on new COVID variant; Dow Jones loses 900 points...

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell sharply Friday as a new highly transmissible coronavirus variant from South Africa seemed to be spreading across the globe, threatening months of progress at getting the pandemic under control....

 2021-11-26 11:22 

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WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant...

GENEVA (AP) — Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has been detected in South Africa, though a top expert says its......

 2021-11-26 00:58 

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Biden wishes Americans happy, closer-to-normal Thanksgiving...

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by million...

 2021-11-25 15:48 

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Macy's Thanksgiving parade returns, with all the trimmings...

NEW YORK (AP) — Crimped by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returned Thursday in full, though with precautions....

 2021-11-25 12:30 

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EU regulator authorizes Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids 5-11...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school ...

 2021-11-25 11:54 

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EU regulator authorizes Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids 5-11...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union drugs regulator authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for use on children aged from 5 to 11 years on Thursday, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school chil...

 2021-11-24 14:24 

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U.S. jobless claims hit 52-year low after seasonal adjustments...

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year's coronavirus recession....

 2021-11-22 15:02 

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How COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Cadell Walker rushed to get her 9-year-old daughter Solome vaccinated against COVID-19 — not just to protect her but to help stop the coronavirus from spreading and spawning even more dangerous variants....

 2021-11-21 15:32 

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GOP embraces natural immunity as substitute for vaccines...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans fighting President Joe Biden's coronavirus vaccine mandates are wielding a new weapon against the White House rules: natural immunity....

 2021-11-21 05:42 

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Relatives of virus dead question Japan's stay-at-home policy...

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshihiko Takeuchi, who ran a small restaurant on the island of Okinawa, told only a few friends he had the coronavirus. When he didn't answer phone calls from public health workers for three days, police went to......

 2021-11-20 19:27 

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Protests erupt over virus rules in Austria, Italy, Croatia...

VIENNA (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters, many from far-right groups, marched through Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday to contain skyrocketing coronavirus infections....

 2021-11-19 13:34 

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U.S. expands COVID boosters to all adults, final hurdle ahead...

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government's campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays....

 2021-11-18 14:40 

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Pfizer, U.S. ink $5.29B deal for possible COVID-19 treatment...

The U.S. government will pay drugmaker Pfizer $5.29 billion for 10 million treatment courses of its potential COVID-19 treatment if regulators authorize it, the nation's largest purchase agreement yet for a coronavirus therapy....

 2021-11-18 10:26 

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White House offering more aid for winter heat, utility bills...

The Biden administration is taking steps to help distribute several billion dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills, an unprecedented sum that comes largely from its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package....

 2021-11-17 13:43 

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Nearly 100 Maryland students get wrong COVID vaccine dose...

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) — Nearly 100 Maryland elementary school students received an incorrect dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a clinic last week, health officials announced Monday....

 2021-11-15 19:17 

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West Virginia allows COVID-19 booster shots for all adults...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has joined several other states in allowing all adults to get coronavirus booster shots, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday....

 2021-11-15 19:17 

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West Virginia allows COVID-19 booster shots for all adults...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has joined several other states in allowing all adults to get coronavirus booster shots, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday....

 2021-11-14 15:19 

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Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity...

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It's a hidden crisis that has existed for years inside one of the most well-funded institutions on the planet and has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having......

 2021-11-13 11:26 

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Merkel calls on all to get shots to avoid bad virus winter...

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday called on all unvaccinated Germans to get their shots as quickly as possible as the country's coronavirus infection rate hits the latest in a string of new highs and death numbers are......

 2021-11-10 14:33 

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U.S. jobless claims drop to pandemic low of 267,000...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a new pandemic low 267,000 last week as the job market recovers from last year's sharp coronavirus downturn....

 2021-11-09 21:41 

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Pfizer asks FDA to OK COVID-19 booster shots for all adults...

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings....

 2021-11-05 10:50 

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New COVID-19 pill cut hospital, death risk by 90%...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer Inc. said Friday that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% as the drugmaker joins the race to bring the first easy-to-use medication against the coronavirus to the...

 2021-11-04 15:03 

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Unemployment claims drop to 269,000, another pandemic low...

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a fresh pandemic low last week, another sign the job market is healing after last year's coronavirus recession....

 2021-11-03 13:12 

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WHO authorizes Indian-made COVID vaccine, months into use...

NEW DELHI (AP) — The World Health Organization granted an emergency use license Wednesday to a coronavirus vaccine developed in India, offering reassurance for a shot the country's regulators allowed long before advanced safety and efficacy test...

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