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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, right, responds to a question following a briefing from officials at the Clark County Fire Department Training Facility in Las Vegas Thursday, July 22, 2021. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak listens at left. (Steve Marcus /Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters
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French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters
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A medical worker, right, administers a shot of a coronavirus vaccine to Gloria Raudjarv, 13-year-old girl, at a vaccination center inside a sports hall in Estonia's second largest city, Tartu, 164 km. south-east from Tallinn, Estonia, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Estonia's second largest city Tartu is making rapid progress in vaccinating children aged 12-17 ahead of the school year in September. Around half of the town's teenagers have already received their first vaccine, and local health officials are confident they will hit 70% in the coming 30 days.
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Protesters and police clash at virus pass demo
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Protesters and police clash at virus pass demo
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Sheeting is placed on partitions installed between beds as work is performed to turn the Sleep Train Arena into a 400 bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus , in Sacramento, Calif. California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter, forcing exhausted hospital workers to treat patients in tents and cafeterias.
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Ashley Williams Watt walks near a wellhead and flowline at her ranch, Friday, July 9, 2021, near Crane, Texas. The wells on Watt's property seem to be unplugging themselves. Some are leaking dangerous chemicals into the ground, which are seeping into her cattle's drinking water. And she doesn't know how long it's been going on.
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College students begin moving in for the fall semester at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, July 31, 2020. By the end of the U.S. head count last year, the Census Bureau lacked data for almost a fifth of the nation's occupied college dorms, nursing homes and prisons, requiring the statistical agency to make eleventh-hour calls to facilities in an effort to collect resident information or use a last-resort statistical technique to fill in the gaps.
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A health worker administers a dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson in the Medina neighborhood in Dakar, Senegal. Thousands of new coronavirus cases have been reported in West Africa in recent weeks amid low vaccination rates and the spread of the delta variant. Officials say cases have risen sharply in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and elsewhere.
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President Joe Biden, left, looks over towards Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., right, during a meeting with Cuban-American leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021.
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Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., speaks at the 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit in South Lake Tahoe, Nev. Amodei had three surgeries and an outpatient procedure over the past 10 months for cancerous tumors on his kidneys and a cancerous spot in his esophagus, the Republican congressman disclosed Friday, July 30, 2021.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Abbott, who faces a contested reelection primary next year, is pushing looser gun laws than he ever previously embraced and proposing unprecedented state actions, including promises to build more walls on the Mexican border. Similar scenes are playing out in campaigns in other red states including Arkansas and Idaho, where ultra right-wing challengers are tapping into anger among Republicans over Trump’s election loss and coronavirus-related lockdowns.
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A firefighter uses a drip torch to ignite vegetation while trying to stop the Dixie Fire from spreading in Lassen National Forest, Calif., on Monday, July 26, 2021.
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People from a coalition of housing justice groups hold signs protesting evictions during a news conference outside the Statehouse, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Boston.
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In this photo provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation, equipment works to clear mud and debris from a mudslide on Interstate-70 through Glenwood Canyon, Colo., on Friday, July 30, 2021. Authorities say more than 100 people had to spend the night on the highway, including nearly 30 who took refuge inside a highway tunnel along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon after rain over an area burned by a wildfire triggered the mudslides in Western Colorado. The people were caught with their vehicles Thursday night, July 29, 2021 and it took crews nine hours to carve out a path through the mud to reach them about 6:30 a.m. Friday, Garfield County Sheriff's Office spokesman Walt Stowe said. (Colorado Department of Transportation via AP)
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Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Washington.
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A Texas Department of Public Safety officer in Del Rio, Texas directs a group of migrants who crossed the border and turned themselves in. he Biden administration sued Texas on Friday, July 30, 2021 to prevent state troopers from stopping vehicles carrying migrants on grounds that they may spread COVID-19, warning that the practice would exacerbate problems amid high levels of crossings on the state's border with Mexico.
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A COVID-19 testing sign is posted at the empty Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. On Friday, July 30, 2021 The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming a table shows a list of planned COVID-19 variants and when they will be “released” to the public.
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A pregnant woman waits in a food pantry line at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass., for people in need of groceries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two obstetricians' groups--The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, are now recommending COVID-19 shots for all pregnant women, citing concerns over rising cases and low vaccination rates.
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Signage stands at the ready (foreground) in case COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park reaches capacity, as cars wait in line in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2021. The line stretched through the park for more than a mile out to West Colonial Drive near the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Orange County is under a state of emergency as coronavirus infections skyrocket in Central Florida. The Barnett Park site is testing 1,000 people a day and has closed early in recent days due capacity limits. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
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Alex Cortillo, right, of Honduras gets a hug from Erika Valladares Ponce, of Honduras, center, and others, as he waits to cross into the United States to begin the asylum process in Tijuana, Mexico. Two nongovernmental organizations said Friday, July 30, 2021, that they are ending cooperation with the Biden Administration to identify the most vulnerable migrants waiting in Mexico to be admitted to the United States to seek asylum.
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Jay Vojno gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, July 30, 2021 in New York. Amid increasing concern over the spread of the Delta variant, New York City announced on Wednesday that anyone can receive $100 if they get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at any city-run vaccination clinic.
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Bartender Denis Angelov pours drinks at Tin Pan Alley restaurant in Provincetown, Mass. A study of a large coronavirus outbreak in Provincetown suggests the amount of virus in fully vaccinated people was as great as the viral load in unvaccinated people. Health officials released the study Friday, July 30, 2021, saying it explains their call this week for vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges. The study focused on an outbreak this month in Provincetown, a seaside tourist spot located in the Massachusetts county with the state's highest vaccination rate.
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COVID-19 outbreak hits trendy Cape Cod town