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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, people wait in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. At least for now, U.S. health authorities say after being vaccinated, people should follow the same rules as everybody else about wearing a mask, keeping a 6-foot distance and avoiding crowds even after they've gotten their second vaccine dose.

What’s safe after getting COVID-19 vaccination? Don’t shed masks yet

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, people wait in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. At least for now, U.S. health authorities say after being vaccinated, people should follow the same rules as everybody else about wearing a mask, keeping a 6-foot distance and avoiding crowds even after they've gotten their second vaccine dose.

February 20, 2021, 5:33pm Health Wire

You’re fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — now what? Don’t expect to shed your mask and get back to normal activities right away. Read story

In this photo provided by A Guy + A Girl Photography, The Chick Mission executive director Tracy Weiss, left, and the group's founder Amanda Rice pose for a photo on Jan. 2, 2021, in New York. The New York-based nonprofit has been helping women pay for their fertility preservation treatments through grants since 2017.

Nonprofits step up to protect fertility for cancer patients

In this photo provided by A Guy + A Girl Photography, The Chick Mission executive director Tracy Weiss, left, and the group's founder Amanda Rice pose for a photo on Jan. 2, 2021, in New York. The New York-based nonprofit has been helping women pay for their fertility preservation treatments through grants since 2017.

February 19, 2021, 8:33am Business

Roshni Kamta remembers that spring day two years ago when she left for work on her usual crowded New York City subway line, carrying precious cargo. Inside the light white bag, which she stored inside the refrigerator at work, were her egg freezing supplies — syringes and the hormone medications… Read story

Should snowbirds get the COVID-19 vaccine in Seattle or elsewhere, and what are the CDC’s new quarantine rules?

February 19, 2021, 8:23am Health

Securing a COVID-19 vaccination appointment has proven to be a challenge for many of the older adults who are eligible to be inoculated for a multitude of reasons. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a patient adjusts his face mask as he leaves a COVID-19 vaccination site inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. States are beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions, but health experts say we don't know enough yet about variants to roll back measures that could help slow their spread.

Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a patient adjusts his face mask as he leaves a COVID-19 vaccination site inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. States are beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions, but health experts say we don't know enough yet about variants to roll back measures that could help slow their spread.

February 18, 2021, 9:43am Health

NEW YORK — As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S. Read story

This December 2020 image provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows a counterfeit N95 surgical mask that was seized by ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Federal investigators are probing a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities, and government agencies and expect the number to rise significantly in coming weeks. The fake 3M masks are at best a copyright violations and at worst unsafe fakes that put unknowing health care workers at grave risk for coronavirus. And they are becoming increasingly difficult to spot.

U.S. govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

This December 2020 image provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows a counterfeit N95 surgical mask that was seized by ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Federal investigators are probing a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities, and government agencies and expect the number to rise significantly in coming weeks. The fake 3M masks are at best a copyright violations and at worst unsafe fakes that put unknowing health care workers at grave risk for coronavirus. And they are becoming increasingly difficult to spot.

February 17, 2021, 2:19pm Health

WASHINGTON — Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. Read story

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, people wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along pedestrian crossings in the Ginza shipping area of Tokyo. Health officials around the world are racing to vaccinate enough people to stop the spread of COVID-19 -- but what qualifies as "enough" is still an open question.

EXPLAINER: How will we know we’ve reached herd immunity?

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, people wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along pedestrian crossings in the Ginza shipping area of Tokyo. Health officials around the world are racing to vaccinate enough people to stop the spread of COVID-19 -- but what qualifies as "enough" is still an open question.

February 17, 2021, 12:45pm Health

Health officials around the world are racing to vaccinate enough people to stop the spread of COVID-19, but what qualifies as “enough” is still an open question. Read story

In this Feb. 10, 2021, photo, Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, attends a virtual meeting with mayors from the African American Mayors Association in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex. Scientists would gain vastly expanded capabilities to identify potentially deadlier mutations of the coronavirus under legislation advancing in Congress. The U.S. now maps only the genetic makeup of a minuscule fraction of positive virus samples, a situation some experts liken to flying blind.

Government rushes virus gene-mapping as mutations spread

In this Feb. 10, 2021, photo, Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, attends a virtual meeting with mayors from the African American Mayors Association in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex. Scientists would gain vastly expanded capabilities to identify potentially deadlier mutations of the coronavirus under legislation advancing in Congress. The U.S. now maps only the genetic makeup of a minuscule fraction of positive virus samples, a situation some experts liken to flying blind.

February 17, 2021, 11:43am Health

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is scrambling to expand DNA mapping of coronavirus samples taken from patients to identify potentially deadlier mutations that are starting to spread around the country. Read story

Members of the National Guard help motorists check in at a federally-run COVID-19 vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C.

FEMA opens mass vaccine sites as bad weather hampers efforts

Members of the National Guard help motorists check in at a federally-run COVID-19 vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C.

February 16, 2021, 1:12pm Health

FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly and reach minority communities hit hard by the outbreak. Read story

Plummeting cases in U.S. show a path to crushing COVID-19

February 16, 2021, 8:37am Health

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are dropping dramatically across the U.S., suggesting that measures to interrupt transmission are working, at least for now. Read story

Nurses picket Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Faribault, Minn., during a healthcare worker protest of a shortage on protective masks. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. finds itself with many millions of N95 masks pouring out of American factories and heading into storage. Yet there still aren't nearly enough in ICU rooms and hospitals.

Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

Nurses picket Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Faribault, Minn., during a healthcare worker protest of a shortage on protective masks. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. finds itself with many millions of N95 masks pouring out of American factories and heading into storage. Yet there still aren't nearly enough in ICU rooms and hospitals.

February 16, 2021, 8:35am Health

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of medical-grade N95 face masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage, yet doctors and nurses say there still aren’t enough to keep them safe. Read story