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Two years on, foundations stand by issuing bonds in pandemic

Two years on, foundations stand by issuing bonds in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Ford Foundation took the unprecedented step in June 2020 of issuing $1 billion in debt to help stabilize other nonprofits, it delighted investors and inspired several other large foundations to follow suit.
Germany: EU could OK combined COVID vaccines next month

Germany: EU could OK combined COVID vaccines next month

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Friday that European Union drug regulators may authorize the use of vaccines that are each effective against two variants of the coronavirus.

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.
Houston's Baker back after missing 5 games with COVID-19

Houston's Baker back after missing 5 games with COVID-19

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker returned Thursday for the finale of a series against the Texas Rangers following a five-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19.
Moderna says vaccine facility in Montreal suburb could be operational by end of 2024

Moderna says vaccine facility in Montreal suburb could be operational by end of 2024

MONTREAL — Moderna says construction of its new mRNA vaccine factory in the Montreal area will begin later this year, with production expected to begin by the end of 2024.
Cineplex posts strongest quarterly results since COVID-19 pandemic began

Cineplex posts strongest quarterly results since COVID-19 pandemic began

TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. says it generated positive net income for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The movie theatre company says net income amounted to $1.
Mask mandates return in New Delhi as COVID-19 cases rise

Mask mandates return in New Delhi as COVID-19 cases rise

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital reintroduced public mask mandates on Thursday as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.
North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong Un’s sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus.
WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

LONDON (AP) — The number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable, according to the latest weekly pandemic report released by the World Health Organization Wednesday. The U.N.
Abrams tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

Abrams tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has COVID-19, her campaign said Wednesday.