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A health worker prepares a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Where you can get a COVID-19 booster (and why experts say you need one)

More Massachusetts residents are seeking COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, and the state is finding ways to keep pace with the demand.

Researchers sort coronavirus test samples for genetic sequencing at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Feb. 3, 2021.

Omicron spreading more than twice as quickly as Delta variant in South Africa, scientists report

Underscoring growing concerns about Omicron, scientists in South Africa said Friday that the newest coronavirus variant appears to spread more than twice as quickly as Delta, until now the most contagious version of the virus.

An Orange Farm, South Africa, resident receives her jab against COVID-19 Friday Dec. 3, 2021 at the Orange Farm multipurpose center. South Africa has accelerated its vaccination campaign a week after the discovery of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend off Omicron

South African scientists are warning that reinfections among people who’ve already battled COVID-19 appear to be more likely with the new Omicron variant than with earlier coronavirus mutants.

THE FINE PRINT
Families lined up for COVID testing to attended the Elf on the Shelf performance at Boch Center in Boston.  The line began on Tremont Street and swept around the block.

For a child-friendly holiday show, the Boch Center fails the (rapid COVID) test

Hundreds of people, many of them small children, waited in a line to see “The Elf on the Shelf” that stretched over four blocks for rapid COVID tests.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan.

US white supremacists blamed for targeting Aboriginal Australians with COVID vaccine misinformation

The leader of Western Australia has blamed white supremacists in the United States for spreading online misinformation about coronavirus vaccines among Aboriginal people in his state.

Soldiers, sailors, and Marines at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay in Cuba lined up on Sept. 22, 2021, for vaccination against the coronavirus.

Vaccine holdouts in Navy, Marines hit 19,000 as deadline passes to comply with mandate

As many as 19,000 active-duty Marines and Navy sailors chose not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by their shared Nov. 28 deadline, a dilemma for military leaders who have threatened to expel personnel refusing to comply with the Biden administration’s mandate.

A COVID-19 test center operated inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Dec. 01, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.

Omicron coronavirus variant found in multiple US states

The Omicron variant of COVID-19, which had been undetected in the US before the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday, showing yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed and ease.

A "Face Masks Required" sign at Springfield-Branson National Airport in Springfield, Missouri.

Missouri withheld data showing effectiveness of mask mandates

Mask mandates were effective as the Delta variant of the coronavirus was driving a surge in COVID-19 cases across Missouri, according to an analysis that the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services conducted in early November. But the state did not immediately share that data with the public.

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