COVID-19

In party line vote, Texas GOP advances bill to tighten voting laws

Texas Republicans advanced new voting restrictions Thursday night after months of protests by Democrats, who after returning from a 38-day walkout are now all but out of ways to stop a bill that includes a ban on drive-thru voting and would empower poll watchers. The nearly 50-page bill passed the Texas House on a 79-37 …

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Hispanics are three times as likely to take a door-to-door COVID test

Hispanic Americans are more likely to get a COVID-19 test from a health worker going door-to-door than they are from a neighborhood test site, a new study finds. Researchers from Stanford University gathered testing data from three ZIP codes in Santa Clara County in Central California. They compared demographic data from testing at neighborhood testing sites to door-to-door …

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COVID-19 resurgence crimps spending, travel recovery

A COVID-19 resurgence this summer has caused consumers to turn cautious, while investors trim their investments in a travel sector still struggling to recover. Retail sales dipped a surprising 1.1% in July as consumers spent less on clothing, furniture and sporting goods. At the same time investors have been retreating from cruise lines, airlines and …

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Pentagon: US troops must get their COVID-19 vaccines ASAP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military troops must immediately begin to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a memo Wednesday, ordering service leaders to “impose ambitious timelines for implementation.” More than 800,000 service members have yet to get their shots, according to Pentagon data. And now that the Pfizer vaccine has received full …

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Rejecting COVID Inquiry, China Peddles Conspiracy Theories Blaming the U.S.

When a conspiracy theory started circulating in China suggesting that the coronavirus escaped from a U.S. military lab, it had largely stayed on the fringe. Now, the ruling Communist Party has propelled the idea firmly into the mainstream. This week, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman repeatedly used an official podium to elevate unproven ideas that …

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India approves world’s first DNA Covid vaccine

India’s drug regulator has approved the world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid-19 for emergency use. The three-dose ZyCoV-D vaccine prevented symptomatic disease in 66% of those vaccinated, according to an interim study quoted by the vaccine maker Cadila Healthcare. The firm plans to make up to 120 million doses of India’s second home-grown vaccine every …

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Inslee announces educator vaccination requirement and statewide indoor mask mandate

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a vaccination requirement for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as an expansion of the statewide mask mandate to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. The governor was joined for the announcement by Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and Secretary of …

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