Hennepin Healthcare nurse Christine Runyon talked to Michael Christy after giving him the COVID-19 vaccine at United Labor Center in Minneapolis this

Minnesota reports 1,723 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.5 million.

Doctors brace for questions with return of J&J vaccine

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Empty vials that contained a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Health care providers across Minnesota are anticipating a flood of questions from patients about COVID-19 immunizations in coming days.

India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID

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A woman receives the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 at a hospital in Prayagraj, India. Saturday, May 1, 2021. In hopes of taming a monstrous spike i
In hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections, India opened vaccinations to all adults Saturday, launching a huge inoculation effort that was sure to tax the limits of the federal government, the country's vaccine factories and the patience of its 1.4 billion people.
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Minnesota eases COVID-19 rules; mask mandate ends by July 1

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced a three-step timeline for lifting nearly all the state's COVID-19 restrictions by May 28 and dropping the statewide masking requirement no later than July 1, or once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 and older get their first dose of vaccine.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at West Miami Middle School in Miami on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill into law Thursday that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even as they acknowledged there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November. Democrats and voter rights advocates said the partisan move will make it harder for some voters to cast ballots.
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In the shadow of COVID-19, a toll on entertainment workers

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