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Leaving middle seats vacant on airplanes may significantly reduce a passenger’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, according to a new study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the report released Wednesday, exposure to SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 23% to 57% in scenarios in which the middle seat was empty in comparison with full aircraft occupancy.


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The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccination campaign.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced that they were looking into unusual clots in six women between the ages of 18 and 48. One person died.


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The United States reported an 8% rise in new cases of COVID-19 to 490,000 last week, the fourth week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

In the week ended April 11, Michigan reported the highest number of new cases per capita of all 50 states and also led the country in hospitalizations per capita. (Open here in an external browser to see details on other states.)


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Uber Technologies Inc, PayPal Holdings Inc and Walgreens Inc on Monday said they launched an $11 million fund to provide free ride-hail trips to U.S. COVID-19 vaccination sites for people who lack access to transportation.

The Vaccine Access Fund will be managed by U.S. non-profit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which will identify communities that need free rides as well as local partners to help with the program, the companies added.


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Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

In the United States, Detroit leaders began making a plan to knock on every door to persuade people to get vaccine shots.


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Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states — a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots.

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the latest available seven-day period, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. infections during the same week numbered more than 452,000.


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The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing him.

Some of the critics wondered if worshippers would now need “vaccine passports” to enter The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, where Greear is pastor. Others depicted the vaccines as satanic or unsafe, or suggested Greear was complicit in government propaganda.


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People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel freely within the US, as long they remain masked on buses, planes and trains and practice social distancing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday.

In its latest guidance, the CDC said coronavirus tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated people before or after a domestic trip and there is no need for them to self-quarantine.


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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorizations for three COVID-19 screening tests.

Two of these authorizations — granted to Quidel Corp (Nasdaq: QDEL) and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) — cover over-the-counter versions of a screening test, while a third — granted to Becton, Dickinson and Co (NYSE: BDX) — covers a prescription test.


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Newly-released data from an ongoing study of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) shows the two-dose shot offered high levels of protection for at least six months after administration.

On Thursday, the companies released updated topline results from their Phase 3 trial, which found the vaccine had 91.3% efficacy against the virus, and said they plan to apply for full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. Currently, all of the vaccines in use in the US have only Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA.