Coronavirus


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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Worried About Rent? COVID Rental Assistance Applications Will Soon Reopen

Applications for the state reopen Feb. 23, while those for Phoenix reopen March 8.  Soon renters will be able to get the help many need to pay their rent.  While government bodies made money available for COVID rental assistance last year, much of it has dried up. Applications for state and local aid closed as...

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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.

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Here’s What Experts Say Will Really Build Trust In Vaccines

Just 47% of Hispanics and 30% of Blacks said in a survey they would get the COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 55% of whites. As the daughter of a medical technician, Hanna Hyland was raised to put her faith in science. But Hyland, 18, also was raised as a person of color in a country with...

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How Is Gov. Ducey Spending AZ’s COVID Relief Funds? Democratic Lawmakers Want Answers

Five Arizona Congressmembers are questioning how the governor is allocating $1.9 billion in federal money designed to provide relief during the pandemic. Arizona’s Democratic lawmakers are asking Gov. Doug Ducey for more transparency on how he has allocated relief funds for the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s five Congressional House Democrats sent Ducey a letter on...