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As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some seeking 9/11-style commission

As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some seeking 9/11-style commission

With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still raging about the origin of the virus and the government's response, a push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation of the crisis by a national commiss
In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe.
UK records over 10,000 virus cases for first time since Feb

UK records over 10,000 virus cases for first time since Feb

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s latest surge in coronavirus infections gathered pace Thursday with new confirmed cases rising above 10,000 for the first time in nearly four months as a result of the spread of the more contagious delta variant.
Lisbon ringed off at weekends as Portugal fights virus surge

Lisbon ringed off at weekends as Portugal fights virus surge

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Travel in and out of the Lisbon metropolitan area is to be banned over coming weekends as Portuguese authorities respond to a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the region around the capital, officials announced Thursday.
Amanda Kloots hopes people don't forget COVID-19 devastation

Amanda Kloots hopes people don't forget COVID-19 devastation

NEW YORK (AP) — As COVID-19 restrictions lift in the U.S., many are reacquainting with friends and loved ones, attending parties, booking vacations and celebrating a return to normal.
AP Interview: Official says Nepal desperately needs vaccines

AP Interview: Official says Nepal desperately needs vaccines

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has significantly reduced coronavirus infections after its worst outbreak, which overwhelmed the country’s medical system, but is in desperate need of vaccines, its health minister said Thursday.

CureVac: Vaccine data are 'sobering,' full results in weeks

BERLIN (AP) — The chief executive of CureVac said Thursday that interim results from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot are “sobering,” but the German company aims to finish a final analysis within weeks that will determine whether it will st
EU endorses massive pandemic relief for recession-hit Greece

EU endorses massive pandemic relief for recession-hit Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union Thursday endorsed a pandemic recovery plan for Greece worth 30.5 billion euros ($36.4 billion), providing vital relief for the eurozone member's shaken economy.
Black community has new option for health care: The church

Black community has new option for health care: The church

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Every Sunday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Joseph Jackson Jr. praises the Lord before his congregation. But since last fall he’s been praising something else his Black community needs: the COVID-19 vaccine.
US jobless claims tick up to 412,000 from a pandemic low

US jobless claims tick up to 412,000 from a pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time since April despite widespread evidence that the economy and the job market are rebounding steadily from the pandemic recession.