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BRAZILIA, Brazil — It began with the elderly. When an Amazonian variant appeared, a broader range of Brazilians started dying. Then those in their 40s, 30s and even 20s succumbed. Now, in an even more chilling development — with possibly global implications — COVID-19 is killing pregnant and post-partum Brazilians, leaving newborn orphans. As the disease’s toll on the young surges, ...

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PUNE, India — Pinakin Tendulkar's gated apartment complex — with its yoga garden and jogging path — insulates middle-class families from the pollution, desperation and chaos that permeate the lives of India's urban poor. Class distinctions are harshly drawn in this nation, but when a ferocious second wave of COVID-19 swept through this prosperous city of technology parks and research ...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that China's Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine had been granted emergency use authorization. Sinopharm is already being used around the world, but the WHO's stamp of approval after a review of the safety and efficacy data could provide the public with a confidence boost in the jab. It also opens the door to Sinopharm shipments being delivered ...

MIAMI — As state and local officials drop mandates on COVID-19 restrictions, the virus continues to circulate throughout Florida, sending increasingly younger people to the hospital at rates that are among the highest in the country. Overall, the number of people being treated for COVID in Florida hospitals has ticked down over the last two weeks after a slight rise in the beginning of April. ...

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Q: A loved one doesn’t want to get the second shot of the coronavirus vaccine. How should you handle the situation? A: Talking with loved ones about the vaccine can be tricky. If you plan to discuss it with them, approach the conversation with openness and curiosity. This is a great time to practice your active listening skills, meaning you’re focused on the speaker. Avoid interrupting or ...

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On a sloppy spring day in mid-March, hundreds of Kurdish Americans gathered in a field outside Nashville, Tennessee, under a sea of black umbrellas. Some of the men carried a stretcher to an open grave, where a yellow backhoe waited. In accordance with Muslim tradition, the body of Imad Doski — a prominent community leader — was buried within 24 hours of his death. He was another casualty of ...

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It was April, more than three months into the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, and Jim Freeman, 83, still had not gotten his first dose. Freeman had been eligible for months as part of the 75-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in the pandemic. But he could not leave his home to make the journey to one of the mass-vaccination sites in San Mateo ...

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The COVID-19 vaccines being administered in the U.S. were authorized for use because they dramatically reduced the risk of getting the disease when tested in clinical trials. However, those trials didn’t test the vaccines’ ability to prevent a coronavirus infection — the first step on the road to COVID-19. Scientists suspect the vaccines do thwart infections to some extent. Two new studies ...

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President Joe Biden is running out of Americans willing to roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots, dragging out his bid to vanquish the pandemic and forcing the administration to refocus its vaccination strategy. Biden and his aides detailed the latest phase of his pandemic response this week as domestic demand for vaccinations dries up and inoculations slide. The U.S. is now giving an ...

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CHICAGO — When Nicole Bowles and Hosein Heidari sent out invitations to their August wedding, postponed by a year from the original date, Bowles couldn’t stand the thought of trimming the guest list to fewer than 50 people. So Bowles, 33, of Albany Park, sent invitations to the full 120-person group and hoped Chicago’s COVID-19 capacity restrictions would ease. Those hopes got a boost Thursday ...