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COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.
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Durbin: Pandemic won't end until unvaccinated 'accept their responsibility'

ILLINOIS (WAND) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) said Thursday the COVID-19 pandemic will not end until more people are vaccinated. He said unvaccinated people are responsible for the pandemic continuing. He pointed to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics showing people who are unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
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After one death and 1,545 adverse reactions, Brazil has decided to halt teen COVID-19 vaccinations.

After one death and 1,545 adverse reactions, Brazil has decided to halt teen COVID-19 vaccinations. Following the death of one adolescent and over a thousand reports of adverse occurrences, Brazil’s federal government announced plans to temporarily halt COVID-19 vaccination among teenagers. Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga revealed at a press...
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Covid: Italy to require all workers to show 'green pass' certificate

Italy is to make it compulsory for all workers to have a Covid "green pass" - proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from the virus. The measures are a first for Europe and some of the strictest in the world. Anyone without a pass will reportedly face suspension...
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COVID rates low locally, but hospitals short on staff

MENOMINEE—The Delta variant of COVID-19 is prompting area residents to get vaccinated and tested, but it’s not sending many people to the hospital, experts said. While many parts of the nation have reported a shortage of intensive care unit beds and attributed it partly to a surge from the Delta variant of COVID, this area hasn’t seen large numbers of COVID patients needing intensive care.
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U.S. agencies spent years testing pandemic responses. But many didn’t learn lessons for coronavirus, GAO finds.

Uncle Sam can be a slow learner. That can have deadly consequences when lessons not learned affect the nation’s battle against a global pandemic like the coronavirus. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report details the problem: Despite experiencing various biological emergencies and running numerous exercises to prepare for more, federal agencies failed to learn numerous lessons that might have helped in the pandemic.
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Why you may not need a COVID-19 booster after all

Given what we know about breakthrough infections, most experts remain unconvinced there’s enough data to justify an extra dose for most Americans. As the United States inches closer to President Joe Biden’s September 20 deadline for rolling out COVID-19 booster shots, scientists continue to vigorously debate whether there is enough data to justify an extra dose for most Americans. Two top scientists reportedly resigned from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the plan to administer boosters, which they have since criticized in a paper published in The Lancet.
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Brazil To Halt Teen COVID-19 Vaccinations After 1 Death; 1,545 Adverse Cases

Brazil’s federal government announced plans to temporarily pause COVID-19 vaccination in teens following the death of one adolescent and more than a thousand reports of adverse events. During a press conference on Thursday, Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announced that the government is requesting a halt on the distribution of...
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COVID-19 live updates: 24 states threaten legal action over Biden's vaccine mandate

The United States is facing a COVID-19 surge this summer as the more contagious delta variant spreads. More than 667,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.6 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
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Italy requires all workers to present COVID-19 health passes

Italy is requiring all its public and private section workers to present COVID-19 health passes in order to keep working and getting paid. The government voted Thursday to require by Oct. 15 that all workers have health passes that are only given if a person is fully vaccinated, has natural immunity from a recent infection or has a negative COVID-19 test from the previous 72 hours, Reuters reported.
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