Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic

Some employees have left the restaurant industry for good amid the perils of the pandemic, which exposed workers to the coronavirus and uncooperative patrons.

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COVID-19 in Alabama: 363 new confirmed cases on Wednesday

ADPH: More than 529K COVID-19 cases as vaccination distribution expands

There’s no way of telling how many cases will be confirmed in Alabama, but the state began taking precautions on Friday, March 13, 2020.

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Elderly woman dies from COVID-19 in Nebraska, despite being vaccinated

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized more than 14 days after completing a vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine.
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  What COVID-era travel changes are likely here to stay?

The pandemic has changed the standards for working on the road and cleanliness on airplanes.
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  ‘GetVax’: Text for locations to get COVID vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that nearly 148 million people have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, with over 106 million fully vaccinated.
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  COVID’s US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases have been plummeting since January.
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  Are Biden’s COVID vaccination goals doable?

Biden is focusing on three areas to increase vaccination rates.
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  Pfizer expects to file for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine in May

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine currently has emergency authorization for use from the FDA.
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  Family claims flight home denied after son with autism couldn’t wear mask

The family says they had to drive home in a rental car. What should have been an hourlong plane ride turned into a nearly six-hour drive.
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  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.
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  COVID-19 restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

In the U.S., the average number of new cases per day fell below 50,000 for the first time since October, and nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday.
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Governor Ivey announces COVID-19 public health order, state of emergency to end

Governor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama’s COVID-19 public health order will end May 31 and the state of emergency will end July 6.
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ADPH: More than 529K COVID-19 cases as vaccination distribution expands

There’s no way of telling how many cases will be confirmed in Alabama, but the state began taking precautions on Friday, March 13, 2020.
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  Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said it was with “heavy hearts” that they decided to call off the festival.
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  Restaurant survival hopes pick up as $28.6B in grants begin

Thousands of restaurants and bars decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak have a better chance at survival as the government begins handing out $28.6 billion in grants — money to help these small businesses stay afloat while they wait for customers to return.
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  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.
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  State officials say some vaccine providers are turning down shots

Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department said they have seen a few vaccine providers decide to no longer administer the shots, because the demand just isn’t there.
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  Doctors link rise in COVID-19 case numbers to pandemic fatigue

The state has seen a 1% increase in cases in just the last two weeks and state health leaders say they think many different factors are the cause.
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  India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID

India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections.
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  Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India has killed 18 patients as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.
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  US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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  TSA extends mask mandate on planes to September

The rule was set to expire May 11 but will now run through Sept. 13.
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  Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as COVID-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow.