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Fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors without masks, according to updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely gather or conduct activities outside without wearing a mask when not in crowded settings.

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Microsoft Corporation’s Satya Nadella and Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai are pledging to aid India as the country battles a crushing wave of COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, the two Indian-born chief executive officers said they would deploy resources to help India as a second wave devastates communities and strains hospitals across the country.

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Most unvaccinated Americans say they do not want to take Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to a newly-released poll taken when the single-shot dose was paused amid concerns over its safety.

An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday showed that 73% of those yet to be vaccinated said they would not take J&J’s vaccine, while only 22% said they would.

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A U.S. health panel says it’s time to resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, despite a very rare risk of blood clots. Out of nearly 8 million people vaccinated before the U.S. suspended J&J’s shot, health officials uncovered 15 cases of a highly unusual kind of blood clot, three of them fatal. All were women, most younger than 50. But advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the vaccine’s benefits outweigh that serious but small risk -- especially against a virus that’s still infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day. The government will rapidly weigh that recommendation in deciding next steps.

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The Biden administration has taken the first step toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus.

Thousands of medical providers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic, many exposed and infected while caring for patients without adequate protection.

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The U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden’s latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public.

With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated, Biden on Wednesday will reflect on his efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access in his first three months in the White House. But with all those 16 and older now eligible for shots, the president is expected to outline his administration’s plans to drive up the vaccination rate even further.

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Over-the-counter rapid COVID-19 tests will soon hit the shelves at three national pharmacy chains, expanding access to home testing as the US ramps up its vaccine rollout.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) announced Monday that it began shipping its BinaxNOW self-test to CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Walmart stores across the country. The test will also be available through the chains' websites.

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Everyone in United States aged 16 years and above is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday.

People aged 16 years and above who have underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19, should be among those offered the vaccine first, according to the U.S. health agency's latest recommendations.

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Former President Barack Obama teamed up with former National Basketball Association stars Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to put an end to the pandemic.

During NBC’s hour-long “Roll Up Your Sleeves” special on Sunday, the trio reached out to minority communities and younger Americans who may be hesitant to get the vaccine and insisted that getting the jab “will save lives and allow people to get their lives back to normal.”

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White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he expects US regulators to make a decision on lifting the pause on Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ) COVID-19 vaccine this coming Friday when an expert advisory panel of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meets.

Fauci said on CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday that he expects the experts to recommend “some sort of either warning or restriction” on the use of J&J's vaccine after their analysis of the data is completed.