Beat: COVID response


President Joe Biden listens as Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist with the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), right, speaks during a visit at the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the NIH, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. NIH Director Francis Collins is at center. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Only 6% of Black Americans Have Been Vaccinated. Here’s How Biden Is Trying to Change That.

Medical experts say it will take a concerted effort to meet the challenges of rebuilding trust and ensuring vaccine access for communities of color.

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Masks Off: Bill Would Allow Arizona Businesses To Ignore City, County Mandates

The bill’s author said it would take “law enforcement out of the private businesses” and restore “freedom and liberties for individuals to make their own decisions.” A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers, a move supporters say...

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Arizona Seniors Struggle with Registering for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Arizona’s seniors reported being overwhelmed by the state’s websites and struggling to make an appointment online. On a recent weekday morning, Liz Northcott, 78, logged onto her home computer, went to Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccination registration site, and tried her best to make an appointment. Two frustrating hours later, she found a phone number to call...

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Should Companies Pay Workers to Get Vaccinated? Here’s What Two Doctors Have to Say.

The trend to pay workers to get vaccinated comes as public health officials address vaccine hesitancy, a hurdle in the nation’s quest to end the pandemic.