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A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 13. This week, Indonesia started a program to give booster shots to the elderly and people at risk of severe disease.

Booster longevity: Data reveals how long a third shot protects

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — We’ve known for about a month now that a third shot of the vaccine is critical for protecting against infection with the omicron variant — and for keeping people out of the hospital. Now researchers in the U.K. have the first estimates for how long a third shot of the Pfizer… Read More

The Cleveland Clinic

The COVID wave in Ohio is shifting southward

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health reports there’s some indication the COVID virus, which has overwhelmed Cleveland hospitals in recent weeks, is moving south in Ohio. State Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said hospitalizations have fallen as much as 24% in Cleveland this week. But he said other parts of… Read More

Coronavirus

146 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 12,272 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 146 additional cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 20, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 46 people 0-19, 46 people 20-29, 17 people 50-59, 14 people… Read More

The U.S. Capitol

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to overcome GOP opposition on voting rights

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Updated January 20, 2022 at 12:12 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — After Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a floor vote on two voting rights bills that President Biden has said are a moral imperative, Democrats failed to unite in a push to change Senate rules that would have sidestepped the GOP opposition, formalizing a… Read More