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A person walked past a white flag memorial installation outside Griffith Observatory honoring the nearly 27,000 Los Angeles County residents who have died from COVID-19 on November 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

US deaths from COVID-19 hit 1 million, according to Johns Hopkins

The US death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

A child gets a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2021.

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

There is one more hurdle: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide whether to formally recommend the booster for this age group.

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at an Oklahoma County Health Department Vaccine Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

FDA expected to soon authorize Pfizer-BioNTech’s booster for 5- to 11-year-olds

The companies announced a month ago that the extra shot significantly increased the level of neutralizing antibodies in a small clinical trial of 140 children.

Ron Coursey,  vice president of Quest Diagnostics (left) and Dr. Joan Reede, dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School, signed the Health Equity Pledge in Roxbury on Monday.

‘We’re losing lives.’ Black, Latino leaders tackle racial health disparities

The group’s main objective is to design an expansive reform bill aimed at closing the deeply entrenched gaps between health outcomes.

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A sign promoting available COVID-19 vaccines stands outside a vaccination clinic in Providence, Rhode Island.

‘COVID-19 is back in Rhode Island,’ Central Falls health strategist warns

Dr. Michael Fine details surge in Central Falls, the ‘canary in the coal mine,’ but the state Health Department says it expects ‘moderate increases and decreases’ with COVID-19 now ‘an endemic disease’ in RI.

Waste water is tested for traces of the coronavirus at the Deer Island treatment plant on Boston Harbor.

No relief yet: Levels of coronavirus in Mass. waste water continue to rise

The levels of coronavirus detected in Eastern Massachusetts waste water continued to climb last week, suggesting more COVID-19 case increase are ahead, according to data from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority,

Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine

In bipartisan letter with Colorado governor, Baker urges quick review of Moderna vaccine for young children

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado have called for the Food and Drug Administration to “move quickly to review applications from manufacturers as soon as they are complete and the data shows sufficient benefit,” rather than waiting for Pfizer to submit an application and reviewing the two vaccines in tandem, according to a letter sent Thursday to President Biden.

The quad on the campus of Simmons University in Boston in 2018.

Simmons University reinstates mask mandate amid rising COVID cases

Citing concern about rising COVID-19 cases, Simmons University in Boston has reinstated an indoor mask requirement, even as the school year winds down.