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September 18, 2021, 6:02am Business

Here are some of the stories that were most popular this week with Columbian readers. Read story

FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, Hollie Maloney, a pharmacy technician, loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. The Biden administration's embattled plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first key hurdle Friday, Sept. 17, as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to recommend extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine. (AP Photo/Robert F.

FDA advisory panel rejects widespread Pfizer booster shots

FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, Hollie Maloney, a pharmacy technician, loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. The Biden administration's embattled plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first key hurdle Friday, Sept. 17, as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to recommend extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine. (AP Photo/Robert F.

September 17, 2021, 12:30pm Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, dealing a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s effort to shore up people’s protection amid the highly contagious delta variant. Read story

In this 2021 photo provided by Global Ministries, Global Mission Fellow Wingamkamliu Rentta leads youth and young adults in St. Lucia, during her service with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas.  The International Mission Board is requiring its missionaries get the COVID-19 vaccine. The board is a Southern Baptist Convention agency and deploys thousands of evangelical missionaries across the globe. It says it implemented the new policy because of health risks and the need to show proof of vaccination in more places.

Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

In this 2021 photo provided by Global Ministries, Global Mission Fellow Wingamkamliu Rentta leads youth and young adults in St. Lucia, during her service with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas.  The International Mission Board is requiring its missionaries get the COVID-19 vaccine. The board is a Southern Baptist Convention agency and deploys thousands of evangelical missionaries across the globe. It says it implemented the new policy because of health risks and the need to show proof of vaccination in more places.

September 17, 2021, 11:10am Churches & Religion

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. Read story

Supreme Court urged to review ban on drug injection sites

September 17, 2021, 10:29am Health

PHILADELPHIA — Supporters of a plan to open supervised injection sites to try to reduce overdose deaths urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to review a court decision that bans the practice. Read story

Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines

September 17, 2021, 10:20am Health

DALLAS, Ore. — The Oregon Medical Board has revoked the license of a doctor west of Salem for refusing to follow COVID-19 guidelines in his office, spreading misinformation about masks and over-prescribing opioids. Read story

Students wearing protective masks arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla., on Aug. 10.

Can wearing masks hurt kids? Experts say no

Students wearing protective masks arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla., on Aug. 10.

September 17, 2021, 6:00am Health

Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID? Read story

Rabid bats found in Portland, Beaverton

September 16, 2021, 7:17pm Health

PORTLAND — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Read story

Study: Childhood obesity in U.S. accelerated during pandemic

September 16, 2021, 12:37pm Health

NEW YORK — A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Read story

Wuhan, China - East Asia, Corona virus, Pneumonia

Clark County records 24 deaths from COVID-19, the most on record, as hospitalizations rise

Wuhan, China - East Asia, Corona virus, Pneumonia

September 16, 2021, 11:25am Clark County Health

Clark County recorded 24 deaths from COVID-19 in the past seven days as new hospital admissions rose by 31 percent over last week's levels. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, a woman holds a sign during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J. Religious objections, once used only sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot.

Religious exemption requests grow as vaccine mandates rise

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, a woman holds a sign during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J. Religious objections, once used only sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot.

September 15, 2021, 11:43am Health

About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, hundreds of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And an Arkansas hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently… Read story