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Western, Central Washington universities to require vaccines

May 6, 2021, 3:48pm Health

BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University in Bellingham and Central Washington University in Ellensburg will require students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when in-person classes begin this fall. Read story

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to the press as he visits a giant vaccination center against the Covid-19 during its inauguration at Porte de Versailles convention centre in Paris, Thursday, May 6, 2021.

More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to the press as he visits a giant vaccination center against the Covid-19 during its inauguration at Porte de Versailles convention centre in Paris, Thursday, May 6, 2021.

May 6, 2021, 8:12am Health

GENEVA — Several world leaders on Thursday praised the U.S. move to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor nations by suspending patent protections on the shots. But it wasn't clear if that would actually lead to the measures being lifted — and what it would mean if they were. Read story

Gov. Jay Inslee, background left, listens as Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah speaks to the media during a tour the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Clark County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning, January 28, 2021.

Washington health officials see hopeful COVID signs

Gov. Jay Inslee, background left, listens as Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah speaks to the media during a tour the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Clark County Fairgrounds on Thursday morning, January 28, 2021.

May 5, 2021, 2:25pm Health

SEATTLE — Washington health officials say they are seeing signs of hope in the COVID-19 case and hospitalization data and also now expect more consistent vaccine allocations from the federal government. Read story

FILE - In this April 26, 2021, file photo, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering sophomore Brian Acevedo, 16, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Myra Glass, of East Hartford, during a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn. Teams of experts are projecting COVID-19's toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to research released by the government Wednesday, May 5.

COVID’s U.S. toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

FILE - In this April 26, 2021, file photo, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering sophomore Brian Acevedo, 16, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Myra Glass, of East Hartford, during a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn. Teams of experts are projecting COVID-19's toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to research released by the government Wednesday, May 5.

May 5, 2021, 9:58am Health

NEW YORK (AP) — Teams of experts are projecting COVID-19's toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to research released by the government Wednesday. Read story

FILE - In this April 26, 2021, file photo, East Hartford High School senior Sudeen Pryce, right, center, receives support from classmate Alexia Phipps, left, East Hartford High School Intervention Coordinator Mark Brown, second from left, and EMT Katrinna Greene, top right, of Manchester, as RN Kaylee Cruz of Bristol administers the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Pryce at a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn.

FDA expected to approve Pfizer vaccine for teens by next week

FILE - In this April 26, 2021, file photo, East Hartford High School senior Sudeen Pryce, right, center, receives support from classmate Alexia Phipps, left, East Hartford High School Intervention Coordinator Mark Brown, second from left, and EMT Katrinna Greene, top right, of Manchester, as RN Kaylee Cruz of Bristol administers the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Pryce at a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn.

May 4, 2021, 8:22pm Health

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year. Read story

Oregon State University to require COVID-19 vaccines for fall term

May 4, 2021, 7:08pm Health

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has announced that it will require COVID-19 vaccinations before the fall term. Read story

Washington state law to boost hospital transparency

May 4, 2021, 2:45pm Health

YAKIMA — State hospitals in Washington state must now report additional financial and patient demographic information to the state under a new law intended to increase transparency. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to reporters outside of the governor's mansion on the Capitol campus Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee held the outdoor news conference to urge people to get vaccinated and to socialize and conduct business outside as much as possible to help slow further the spread of COVID-19.

Inslee: No new COVID-19 restrictions in Washington for now

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to reporters outside of the governor's mansion on the Capitol campus Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee held the outdoor news conference to urge people to get vaccinated and to socialize and conduct business outside as much as possible to help slow further the spread of COVID-19.

May 4, 2021, 11:11am Editor's Choice

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state's counties will remain in their current phase of the state's economic reopening plan and won't face more restrictions because new COVID cases are levelling off after a recent spike. Read story

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, April 14, 2021, a pharmacist fills a syringe from a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Antwerp, Belgium.  Moderna and vaccine promoter Gavi have announced Monday May 3, 2021, the pharmaceutical company will provide up to 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses for the U.N.-backed program for needy people in low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2022.

UN program inks Moderna deal on 500M doses, starting in Q4

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, April 14, 2021, a pharmacist fills a syringe from a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Antwerp, Belgium.  Moderna and vaccine promoter Gavi have announced Monday May 3, 2021, the pharmaceutical company will provide up to 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses for the U.N.-backed program for needy people in low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2022.

May 4, 2021, 8:00am Business

GENEVA — U.S. biotech company Moderna will provide up to 500 million doses for the U.N.-backed program to ship coronavirus vaccines to needy people in low- and middle-income countries, but shipments won’t begin until the fourth quarter, the company and program leaders said Monday. Read story

Daniel Arana, 20, blows soap bubbles in the post-shot waiting area with his mother Yolanda following his mock vaccination April 11 at Friendship Foundation in Redondo Beach, Calif. (Myung J.

Practice brings comfort before real vaccine shot

Daniel Arana, 20, blows soap bubbles in the post-shot waiting area with his mother Yolanda following his mock vaccination April 11 at Friendship Foundation in Redondo Beach, Calif. (Myung J.

May 4, 2021, 6:02am Health

LOS ANGELES — Margie Garcia, the mother of an 18-year-old with autism, desperately wants her son to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read story