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North Dakota health agency cuts comments on social media

North Dakota health agency cuts comments on social media

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday switched off comments on its social media accounts, saying it was doing so to combat the spread of misinformation.

Ontario reports 269 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 269 new cases of COVID-19 today, and five more deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 176 of those cases are in people who aren't fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

BioNTech to work with Senegal, Rwanda to make mRNA vaccines

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Rwanda have signed an agreement with German company BioNTech for the construction of its first start-to-finish factories to make messenger RNA vaccines in Africa.

FDA advisers review Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may be getting closer as government advisers on Tuesday began deliberating whether there’s enough evidence that the shots are safe and effective for 5- to 11-year-olds.
Virus cut access to courts but opened door to virtual future

Virus cut access to courts but opened door to virtual future

Just two reporters were allowed inside a Georgia courtroom to serve as the eyes and ears of the public when jury selection began for the men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery.

Virus outlier Sweden passes grim COVID-19 milestone

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden which has stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic, has passed the threshold of 15,000 deaths with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official
UK budget to mark shift away from pandemic firefighting

UK budget to mark shift away from pandemic firefighting

LONDON (AP) — Britain has experienced a series of shortages these past few months, from a lack of fuel at gas stations to not enough workers picking the fall harvest, but Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is unlikely to dwell on them when he delivers his an
Russia, Ukraine report record daily deaths, low vaccinations

Russia, Ukraine report record daily deaths, low vaccinations

MOSCOW (AP) — The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit another high Tuesday amid a surge in infections that forced the Kremlin to order most Russians to stay off work starting this week.
Moderna to supply Africa with up to 110 million COVID doses

Moderna to supply Africa with up to 110 million COVID doses

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Moderna on Tuesday said it will make up to 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries, which local officials called a breakthrough on the world's least vaccinated continent.
COVID-19 cases spike in Belgium; govt poised for action

COVID-19 cases spike in Belgium; govt poised for action

BRUSSELS (AP) — Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are shooting upward in Belgium, pushing the government on Tuesday to consider reimposing some pandemic restrictions that it only relaxed a few weeks ago.