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US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Aug. 23, a milestone that could boost public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

Poor weather hampers plane crash victim recovery efforts

Poor weather conditions hindered efforts to recover the bodies of six people who were killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in southeast Alaska.

Postage stamp showcases Tlingit art

Alaska Native artist Rico Worl said he jumped at the chance to create for the U.S. Postal Service a stamp he hopes will be a gateway for people to learn about his Tlingit culture.

Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others

Scientists who studied a large COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.

Employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated

For months, most employers relied on information campaigns and bonuses to encourage their workforces to get the COVID-19 shot. Now, a growing number are imposing rules making it more onerous for employees to refuse, from outright mandates to requiring the unvaccinated to undergo regular testing.

CDC: Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus.

Quake produces prolonged shaking, small tsunami

A powerful earthquake which struck just off Alaska’s southern coast caused prolonged shaking and prompted tsunami warnings that sent people scrambling for shelters.

CDC expected to backpedal on some masking guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was expected to backpedal Tuesday, July 27 on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.

Poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots

Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do.

Jill Biden stops in Alaska on her way to Tokyo Olympics

Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high.

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