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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, left on the screen, brief the media on a virtual joint news conference at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

UN to rich nations: Don’t undermine COVAX vaccine program

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, left on the screen, brief the media on a virtual joint news conference at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

February 22, 2021, 9:10am Health

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization pleaded with rich countries on Monday to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Read story

A doctor, right, assists nurses as they treat a patient delivered by emergency medical personnel from a nursing home showing symptoms of COVID-19 at a hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., April 20, 2020.

U.S. pandemic toll: In 1 year, half a million lives

A doctor, right, assists nurses as they treat a patient delivered by emergency medical personnel from a nursing home showing symptoms of COVID-19 at a hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., April 20, 2020.

February 22, 2021, 9:06am Health

Just one year ago, America had no idea. Read story

Russia reports first case of avian flu strain in humans

February 22, 2021, 8:47am Health

Multiple poultry farmers are suspected of catching an avian flu strain in what could be the first instances of the illness being transmitted to people, according to a new report. Read story

Washington state Rep. Tarra Simmons, a Bremerton Democrat, backs a bill that would allow formerly incarcerated people to work in health care and in-home care jobs. Simmons stands near the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle on June 1, 2018.

Washington considers allowing people with criminal convictions to have health care jobs

Washington state Rep. Tarra Simmons, a Bremerton Democrat, backs a bill that would allow formerly incarcerated people to work in health care and in-home care jobs. Simmons stands near the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle on June 1, 2018.

February 22, 2021, 6:00am Health

SEATTLE — Lawmakers in Washington state are discussing a bill that would end the automatic disqualification of people with certain criminal convictions from working with vulnerable populations in health care or home care. Read story

In January, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open up the federal health insurance marketplace for three months so uninsured people can buy a plan and those who want to change their marketplace coverage can do so.

The ACA marketplace is open again for insurance sign-ups. Here’s what you need to know

In January, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open up the federal health insurance marketplace for three months so uninsured people can buy a plan and those who want to change their marketplace coverage can do so.

February 22, 2021, 6:00am Business

For people who’ve been without health insurance during the pandemic, relief is in sight. Read story

The COVID-19 vaccine brings optimism at a bleak time, but post-vaccination fears about what’s safe persist

February 21, 2021, 2:30pm Health

The coronavirus pandemic has stolen a precious year from Abby Rosenblum and her mother. Read story

On the Colville reservation, the vaccination rate is nearly double the state’s, despite challenges

February 21, 2021, 2:22pm Health

NESPELEM — Michele Thomas’ husband has had the same frustrating experience that many have had trying to get a COVID-19 vaccine: calling and calling his local health district in search of an appointment, and coming up empty. Read story

A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is held at a vaccination site Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Oklahoma City.

U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is held at a vaccination site Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Oklahoma City.

February 21, 2021, 1:53pm Health

The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden speaks after a tour of a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Mich.

Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden speaks after a tour of a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Mich.

February 21, 2021, 1:46pm Health

WASHINGTON — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Read story

To reach her mother's second-floor room, Abby Rosenblum visits during COVID by using the bed of a pickup truck parked alongside the building.

The COVID-19 vaccine brings optimism at a bleak time, but post-vaccination fears about what’s safe persist

To reach her mother's second-floor room, Abby Rosenblum visits during COVID by using the bed of a pickup truck parked alongside the building.

February 21, 2021, 12:44pm Health

SEATTLE — The coronavirus pandemic has stolen a precious year from Abby Rosenblum and her mother. Read story