Following a request by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the State Board of Health has approved emergency rules requiring COVID-19 vaccination for staff at Colorado hospitals and other health care facilities.
A new COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination site at the Citadel Mall and the relocation of the north community testing site to the Chapel Hills Mall will make both vaccines and testing services available at both malls starting July 1.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky says she expects the delta variant will become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. The delta variant, first detected in India, has become dominant in Britain.
The death rates — posted online this week by federal health authorities — add to the growing body of evidence that the number of lives lost directly or indirectly to the coronavirus in the U.S. is far greater than the officially reported COVID-19 death toll of nearly 600,000 in 2020-21.
Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic.
The International Olympic Committee says more than 80% of athletes and staff staying in the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will be vaccinated — and they are expected to remain largely in a bubble at the village and venues.