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Thailand to join COVAX, acknowledging low vaccine supply

Thailand to join COVAX, acknowledging low vaccine supply

BANGKOK — The head of Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute apologized Wednesday for the country's slow and inadequate rollout of coronavirus vaccines, promising it will join the U.N.

Some Canadians frustrated they still can't cross U.S. land border

TORONTO — Canadians are expressing frustration at still being unable to drive across the border to the U.S. for a casual visit, even though their fully vaccinated American counterparts will soon be able to do so.
Yukon easing restrictions but some will remain until more people vaccinated: minister

Yukon easing restrictions but some will remain until more people vaccinated: minister

WHITEHORSE — Rising vaccination rates and low numbers of infections mean several COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be lifted next month, the Yukon government says. Acting chief medical health officer Dr. Catherine Elliott said starting Aug.
College coaches, administrators urging players to vaccinate

College coaches, administrators urging players to vaccinate

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Over the summer, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban urged his fellow Alabama residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus in a public service announcement .
South African firm to make Pfizer vaccine, first in Africa

South African firm to make Pfizer vaccine, first in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa, Pfizer announced Wednesday.

Navajo Nation: 21 new COVID cases, no deaths 4th day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 21 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fourth consecutive day.
US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray.
Despite Canada's easing, U.S. adds 30 days to travel restrictions at shared border

Despite Canada's easing, U.S. adds 30 days to travel restrictions at shared border

WASHINGTON — Canada's bilateral overtures to fully vaccinated American visitors went unrequited Wednesday as the Department of Homeland Security formally extended its travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border for at least the next 30 days.

As cases surge, New Orleans 'strongly recommends' masks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the daily average of new COVID-19 cases surging to numbers not seen in months, New Orleans officials issued an advisory Wednesday “strongly recommending” people resume wearing masks indoors, hoping to avoid the kind of virus-r
Rare 'breakthrough' COVID cases are causing alarm, confusion

Rare 'breakthrough' COVID cases are causing alarm, confusion

Reports of athletes, lawmakers and others getting the coronavirus despite vaccination may sound alarming but top health experts point to overwhelming evidence that the shots are doing exactly what they are supposed to: dramatically reducing severe il