Health

Arab Nurse Says Shma Yisrael With Dying Coronavirus Patient Whose Relatives Couldn’t Be With Him

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JERUSALEM(VINnews) — Maher Ibrahim is an Arab male nurse serving in the coronavirus department at Afula's Ha'Emek hospital. Due to his calling, Ibrahim has seen many unusual situat...

US Life Expectancy Drops A Year In Pandemic, Most Since WWII

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, heal...

Pressure Mounts On Cuomo Over COVID Deaths At Nursing Homes

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced mounting challenges to his leadership on the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday as state lawmakers threatened to strip him of the p...

US Govt Seizes Roughly 10M Phony N95 Masks In COVID-19 Probe

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents have seized roughly 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least f...

Cuomo Says Overnight Summer Camps Should Plan For June Reopening

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — Gov. Cuomo announced a new new set of upcoming reopenings in his Wednesday conference call, including that indoor family amusement centers can open at 25% capa...

Crippling Storm Hampers Vaccinations As FEMA Opens New Sites

CALIFORNIA (AP) — A paralyzing winter storm wrought havoc with COVID-19 vaccination efforts around the country on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of appointments and delaying vac...

Seattle Woman, 90, Walks 6 Miles Through Snow For Vaccine

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SEATTLE (AP) — A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep a 90-year-old woman from her first appointment for the coronavirus vaccine. The Seattle Ti...

Lakewood’s Beth Medrash Govoha Cancels Purim Celebrations

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LAKEWOOD (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox Jews in Lakewood, New Jersey, are curtailing Purim festivities because of COVID-19. For the first time in 80 years, Beth Medrash Govoha, the yes...

Sephardic Chief Rabbi: Women Are Exempt From Zachor, Men Should Make Multiple Readings

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Sephardi Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef just issued a significant psak (ruling) regarding the coming Purim celebrations in the wake of COVID-19, according to ...

Leading Israeli Rabbis: Schools, Workplaces, Even Shuls Can Compel Staff To Vaccinate

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Can a school compel its teaching staff to vaccinate? Can an employer require his workers to vaccinate? These are questions which have been the focal point of ...

Israeli Studies Show Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Highly Effective

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(JTA) — Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in preventing the disease, show studies from Israel’s two largest health care networks. Israel’s vaccination drive has so f...

Cuomo: NY Should Have Released Care Home Death Data Faster

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NEW YORK (AP) — Under fire over his management of the coronavirus' lethal path through New York’s nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday the state didn't cover up deaths ...

UN Approves AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use

TORONTO (AP) — The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, a move that should allow the U.N. agency's partners to shi...

Average New US Virus Cases Below 100K For 1st Time In Months

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ATLANTA (AP) — Average daily new coronavirus cases in the United States dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months, but experts cautioned Sunday that infectio...

Chareidim Detained, Harassed In Frankfurt Airport: ‘Antisemitism Par Excellence’

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FRANKFURT (VINnews) — A group of Israeli chareidim from Jerusalem received a permit to return to Israel despite the aerial lockdown due to a complex humanitarian issue. The chareid...

Ultra-Orthodox Londoners Roll Up Sleeves To Fight Covid

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LONDON (AP) — As people across England huddled indoors amid freezing temperatures and a national lockdown, nearly 300 elderly men and women lined up outside a health center in nort...

Survey: Increase In Israeli Use Of Anti-Depressants During Pandemic Year

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JERUSALEM (JNS) - One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Israelis are showing signs of emotional and psychological distress, with consumption of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety med...

NIH Researchers: Humidity From Masks May Lessen Severity Of COVID-19

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — Masks help protect the people wearing them from getting or spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but now researchers from the National Institut...

Lauded Early In Pandemic, Cuomo Now Panned On Nursing Homes

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote a book on managing the COVID-19 crisis. Now he faces intensifying accusations that he covered up the true death toll of the pan...

As New Variants Spread In France, Some Want A 3rd Lockdown

PARIS (AP) — New virus variants are spreading fast in multiple regions of France, causing local authorities to order tougher mask rules and a curfew crackdown around the English Ch...