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South Africa halts J&J vaccine jabs; Europe rollout delayed

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa suspended giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” and the company delayed its European vaccine rollout following an FDA decision to pause the jabs while very rare blood clot cases are examined. South Africa has given more than 289,000 doses of the J&J vaccine to the country’s […]

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Toronto schools shutdown amid third wave of infections

TORONTO — Schools in Canada’s largest city will shut down Wednesday and move to online learning because of a third surge of coronavirus infections fueled by more-contagious virus variants. Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a statement stronger measures are needed to reverse the surge. “The spread of COVID-19 has […]

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India fights virus surge, steps up jabs amid export row

NEW DELHI — There isn’t any room at Sion Hospital in India’s megacity, Mumbai – approximately all 500 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients are occupied. And with new patients coming in daily, a doctor said the hospital is being forced to add beds every second day. Waiting lists in some hospitals in the city are […]

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Drinking flavanol-rich cocoa could protect from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events

Increased consumption of flavanols – a group of molecules occurring naturally in fruit and vegetables – could protect people from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart disease and thrombosis, according to new research. Researchers have discovered that blood vessels were able to function better during mental stress when people were given a cocoa […]

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Australia gives COVID-19 shots to virus-hit Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia will send COVID-19 vaccines from its own supply to its near-neighbor Papua New Guinea and will ask AstraZeneca to send more to try to contain a concerning wave of infections, Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 8,000 AstraZeneca doses would be sent next week for Papua New […]

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AP-NORC poll: 1 in 5 in US lost someone close in pandemic

WASHINGTON — About 1 in 5 Americans say they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus, highlighting the division between heartache and hope as the country itches to get back to normal a year into the pandemic. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research illustrates how the stage […]

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