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Some US States Scale Back Virus Reporting Just as Cases Surge 

Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly instead of daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota marked a notable shift during a pandemic in which coronavirus dashboards have become a staple for Americans closely tracking case counts and trends to navigate a crisis that has killed more than 600,000 people in the U.S. In Nebraska, the state stopped

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Protesters Opposed to COVID-19 Measures Clash With Police in Paris

French anti-riot police fired tear gas Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported. Police sought to push back demonstrators near the capital's Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after protesters had knocked over a police motorbike ridden by two officers, television pictures showed. Images showed a heavy police presence on the capital's streets.

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45% of Unvaccinated Americans Say They Will Definitely Not Get the Vaccine

Forty-five percent of the Americans who have not been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines say they definitely do not have any plans to get the shots, according to a new poll. Another 35% are a little less sure and say they will probably not get the vaccines, the survey, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research said. Meanwhile, 3% of those polled said they would definitely get the shots, while 16% say they would probably get the vaccines. In addition, 64% of the unvaccinated Americans who participated in the survey told the pollsters that they had little to no

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US Buys 200 Million More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

The United States says it is buying 200 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to anticipate future needs, including the possibility of booster shots as well as doses for children under 12 if regulators approve its use. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday the additional doses would be delivered between this fall and spring of next year. She said the Biden administration is “going to prepare for every contingency” and wants to have “maximum flexibility” to deal with future possibilities. The U.S.

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Unprecedented Olympics Start with Socially Distanced Opening Ceremony

After a one-year pandemic delay, the Tokyo Olympics began Friday with a scaled back but still celebratory opening ceremony. Held amid tens of thousands of empty seats in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, only about 900 dignitaries and other officials attended the event because of COVID-19 precautions. The opening ceremony, themed “United by Emotion,” may be one of the most normal elements of what figures to be the most unusual Olympic Games ever. Familiar elements such as fireworks, drones, musical performances and a cauldron-lighting ceremony set the stage for the Games.

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Kaseya Gets Master Decryption Key After July 4 Global Attack

The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations crippled in the global incident. Kaseya spokeswoman Dana Liedholm would not say Thursday how the key was obtained or whether a ransom was paid. She said only that it came from a "trusted third party" and that Kaseya was distributing it to all victims.

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Myanmar Faces COVID-19 Surge Amid Political Crisis

Myanmar, already on the brink of widespread civil war after February’s coup, is facing another crisis as COVID-19 cases surge. Cases have spiked, leaving infected patients desperate for medical assistance. Since the pandemic began, Myanmar has suffered over 246,000 COVID-19 cases and over 5,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. In recent weeks, virus cases have risen extensively, infecting thousands and leaving the country’s medical system on the brink of collapse. In southern Yangon, images have circulated online of patients lining up to refill oxygen cylinders.

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Poll: Most Unvaccinated Americans Don't Want Shots

Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states. Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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New Zealand Suspends Quarantine-Free Travel with Australia

As Australia struggles to bring an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant under control, New Zealand has announced the suspension of its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia.  “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is the right decision to keep New Zealanders safe,” the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said Friday. The director of the U.S.

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US Ships Moderna Vaccine to Pakistan Amid Delta Variant Surge

As Pakistan deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant, the Biden administration is sending 3 million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Friday, set to arrive in the country Sunday. The doses, sent through COVAX, the United Nations vaccine-sharing mechanism, are in addition to the 2.5 million doses of Moderna already donated to Pakistan, a White House official told VOA. Pakistan’s national vaccination campaign has largely relied on Chinese vaccines, but U.S.-donated does are helping officials overcome critical shortages of Western-developed anti-coronavirus shots

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Unprecedented Olympics Start with Socially-distanced Opening Ceremony

After a one-year pandemic delay, the Tokyo Olympics will formally get under way Friday, with an opening ceremony that will be scaled back but still celebratory. The event will be held amid tens of thousands of empty seats in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, with only about 900 dignitaries and other officials attending because of COVID-19 precautions. The opening ceremony, themed “United by Emotion,” may be one of the most normal elements of what figures to be the most unusual Olympic Games ever. Familiar elements such as fireworks, drones, musical performances and a cauldron-lighting ceremony set the