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More governors publicly vaccinated, but Florida’s kept mum

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has received a single-dose coronavirus vaccineBy BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated PressApril 7, 2021, 10:05 PM• 4 min readTALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has received a single-dose coronavirus vaccine, his office confirmed Wednesday. He did so out of the public eye even as governors elsewhere across the political spectrum have been vaccinated publicly to reassure Americans that the shots are safe.A spokesperson for the Republican governor declined to provide details, including when exactly the Republican governor received the dose. But it was later disclosed that the governor last week received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requiring only a single dose.The spokesperson, Meredith Beatrice, acknowledged the governor’s vaccination during an interview....
GOP governors ignore Biden’s latest plea on mask mandates

GOP governors ignore Biden’s latest plea on mask mandates

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President Joe Biden's pleas for states to stick with mask mandates to slow the spread of the coronavirus were being largely ignored Tuesday as several Republican governors stayed on track to drop the requirement in their states.Biden and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a day earlier that this is no time to relax safety measures.In a call with governors on Tuesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky buttressed that message by citing "concerning” national trends: The seven-day average of 61,000 new COVID-19 cases per day is up 13%, and the seven-day average of deaths is up 6%.But Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison announced Tuesday that he is dropping the state’s mask mandate immediately, a day earlier than previously announced. He said on the governors’ call that re...
Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

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Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states.Meanwhile, the race between the vaccine and the virus may be about to heat up: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the new, more infectious variant first seen in Britain will probably become the dominant version in the U.S. by March.The CDC said it is about 50% more contagious than the virus that is causing the bulk of cases in this country so far."We want to sound the alarm,” said Dr. Jay Butler, CDC deputy director for infectious diseases.The clash over the...
Massive protest against governor’s arrest challenges Kremlin

Massive protest against governor’s arrest challenges Kremlin

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Tens of thousands of people have marched across the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk to protest the arrest of the regional governor on murder charges, continuing a wave of protests that has lasted for two weeks in a challenge to the KremlinByThe Associated PressJuly 25, 2020, 9:36 AM2 min readKHABAROVSK, Russia -- Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday across the Russian city of Khabarovsk on the border with China to protest the arrest of the regional governor on murder charges, continuing a wave of protests that has lasted for two weeks in a challenge to the Kremlin. Sergei Furgal has been in a Moscow jail since his arrest on July 9, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has named an acting successor. Protesters in Khabarovsk see the charges against Furgal as unsubstantiated a...
The Latest: Pence urges US governors to tell of ‘good news’

The Latest: Pence urges US governors to tell of ‘good news’

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RICHMOND, Va. — Vice President Mike Pence is encouraging the nation’s governors to tell their citizens “there’s a lot of really, really good news” about current efforts to fight the cornoavirus pandemic. In a private call with governors Monday, the audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Pence said that with the exception of a few localities, the country is seeing strong dropping virus-related hospitalization and mortality rates, as well as low and steady positivist rates in testing. “I encourage you, as appropriate, with the proper gentleness and respect, to share the progress that we are making,” Pence said. His comments come after several states have reported a rise in coronavirus cases, which could intensify as people return to work and venture out during the summer. Whit...