High Hopes for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid Vaccine Have Fizzled in the U.S.

Production problems and a brief pause on its use kept the one-dose vaccine from becoming the game changer that health officials across the country believed it would be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gorsky-alex, #johnsonjohnson, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Fading Coal County Bets on Schools, but There’s One Big Hitch

Hard hit by the decline of mining, a rural area in West Virginia is trying to attract teachers in a comeback effort. What’s lacking are jobs for the graduates.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdowell-county-w-va, #population, #rural-areas, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Despite Ample Shots and Incentives, Vaccine Rates Lag Far Behind in the South

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have the lowest vaccination rates in the country, increasing the risk of virus surges there.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #johnsonjohnson, #rural-areas, #talladega-superspeedway, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #fiber-optics, #local-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rural-areas, #rural-utilities-service, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #welfare-us

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Democrat or Republican, You Probably Love the Post Office

A new bipartisan bill could help fix the U.S. Postal Service.

#american-postal-workers-union, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The State of California’s ‘State of Jefferson’

Wednesday: In California’s rural far northern counties, furor for the recall has taken hold alongside the region’s fascination with secession.

#california, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Is Covid Killing So Many Pregnant Women in India?

The authorities’ decision to block pregnant women from getting the Covid-19 vaccine is having devastating consequences.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

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How US Activists Are Trying to Halt the Killing of Kangaroos in Australia

A bill in Congress aims to ban all kangaroo products from Australia, setting up a clash between two very different kinds of people on opposite ends of the earth.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #indigenous-australians, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kangaroos, #meat, #pacelle-wayne, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shoes-and-boots

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U.S. Activists Try to Halt an Australian Way of Life: Killing Kangaroos

A bill in Congress aims to ban all kangaroo products from Australia, setting up a clash between two very different kinds of people on opposite ends of the earth.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #indigenous-australians, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kangaroos, #meat, #pacelle-wayne, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shoes-and-boots

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Their Own Private Idaho: Five Oregon Counties Back a Plan to Secede

In nonbinding elections, parts of eastern Oregon said they wanted to join Idaho. The conservative region has long felt alienated from the liberal politics of Oregon’s population centers.

#idaho, #oregon, #rural-areas, #secession-and-independence-movements, #states-us

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India’s Doctors and Medical Workers Face Danger and Trauma

More than 1,000 doctors, and an untold number of medical personnel, have died after coronavirus infections. Many suffer an emotional toll as they make tough decisions about who gets treated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #india, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #rural-areas, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.

Rural communities have long complained about their lack of internet access. The pandemic and President Biden’s infrastructure plan are giving them hope for a solution.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #infrastructure-public-works, #iowa, #labor-and-jobs, #rural-areas, #united-states-economy, #weiler-inc

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Rural Tennessee’s Vaccine Hesitators

White Republican evangelical Christians remain disproportionately mistrustful about coronavirus inoculations. Here’s what that looks like in one community.

#appalachian-region, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hoffman-jan, #rural-areas, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Shifts Vaccination Strategy in Drive to Reopen by July 4

President Biden, facing a slowing rate of vaccinations and a hope for near normalcy by Independence Day, said the government would shift from mass vaccination sites to local settings.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugstores, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Roosevelt Transformed America. Biden Could, Too.

My hometown in Oregon shows what the federal government can do — and also what happens when it stops trying.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #colleges-and-universities, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #new-deal-1930s, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #rural-areas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America’s Covid Vaccine Skeptics

Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide.

#appalachian-region, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rural-areas, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Vaccine Fan Fiction, Boom Time for America’s Forests and Political Apathy in N.Y.C.: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#ambulances, #elections-mayors, #forests-and-forestry, #moskin-julia, #rural-areas, #sexual-harassment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #watkins-allison-ali, #wetzel-blaine-chef, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Rural Ambulance Crews Have Run Out of Money and Volunteers

Strained by pandemic-era budget cuts, stress and a lack of revenue, at least 10 ambulance companies in Wyoming are in danger of shuttering — some imminently.

#ambulances, #american-medical-response-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #rural-areas, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wyoming

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Nation Faces ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’ to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated

Half of American adults have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine. Now comes the hard part: persuading the other half to get it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The US Facing Persuading Reluctant Americans to Get Covid-19 Vaccine

Half of American adults have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine. Now comes the hard part: persuading the other half to get it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Pause in Vaccinations Leads to Canceled Appointments Across States

Health departments scrambled to postpone vaccine clinics and rebook patients after the one-dose offering from Johnson & Johnson was sidelined.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States

The good news: There are more shots available. The challenge is getting people to take them.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indianola-miss, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites

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Biden Plan Spurs Fight Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Really Means

Republicans say the White House is tucking liberal social programs into legislation that should be focused on roads and bridges. Administration officials say their approach invests in the future.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #federal-budget-us, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #organized-labor, #republican-party, #roads-and-traffic, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers

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That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

President Biden’s infrastructure proposal aims to close the digital divide, which has existed since the Clinton administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #federal-communications-commission, #infrastructure-public-works, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wireless-communications

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Tropical Forest Destruction Accelerated in 2020

There were bright spots, but the total lost acreage increased by 12 percent over all from the year before, according to new research.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #biodiversity, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indonesia, #logging-industry, #pantanal-brazil, #rural-areas, #wildfires, #world-resources-institute

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How a Volunteer Army is Trying to Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Getting the Vaccine Isn’t Easy for Black Americans in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Children Trapped by Colombia’s War, Five Years After Peace Deal

Despite a 2016 peace deal with the FARC, Colombia’s long internal conflict continues. Seldom has that been as evident as this month, when the government bombed a rebel camp full of young people.

#child-soldiers, #colombia, #duque-ivan, #guayabero-river-colombia, #peace-process, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #rural-areas, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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India’s Covid Vaccine Roller Coaster

Bad bureaucratic decisions and fumbling distribution have hobbled the country’s plan to inoculate 300 million people.

#bharat-biotech-ltd, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #serum-institute-of-india, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Abortion Is Now Legal in Argentina, but Opponents Are Making It Hard to Get

Anti-abortion activists are suing to block a new law allowing the procedure, and many doctors in conservative areas have declared themselves conscientious objectors.

#abortion, #argentina, #conscientious-objectors, #doctors, #law-and-legislation, #rural-areas, #women-and-girls

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Can’t Get a Covid Vaccine? In This County, Everybody is Eligible.

The rural area outside Phoenix is one of the first places in the U.S. to open vaccinations up to the general public. This is what success looks like.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gila-county-ariz, #hospitals, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

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F.C.C. Approves a $50 Monthly High-Speed Internet Subsidy

The money, aimed at low-income households, is part of an effort to bridge the access gap to broadband connectivity amid the pandemic.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-communications-commission, #rosenworcel-jessica, #rural-areas, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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On Horseback Among the Eagle Hunters and Herders of the Mongolian Altai

Deep in the Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia meet, Kazakh people have for centuries developed and nurtured a special bond with golden eagles.

#children-and-childhood, #eagles-birds, #horses, #hunting-and-trapping, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #mongolia, #photography, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations

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West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #manchin-joe-iii, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #west-virginia

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Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack’s Big Plan to Save Rural America

Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack plan to take swift action on climate change proposals.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #democratic-party, #farm-bill-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #iowa, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #united-states, #vilsack-tom, #wind-power

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In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails

The North Coast Hiawatha hasn’t run through Montana since 1979. Now cities like Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula are hoping that “Amtrak Joe” will help fund new rail service.

#amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #montana, #railroads, #rural-areas, #transit-systems

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America’s Other Front Line

As the Biden administration proposes additional pandemic relief, nonprofit workers see a country facing a growing crisis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #homeless-persons, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #nonprofit-organizations, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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Finding a Foothold for Nordic Skiing in Rural Alaska

The harsh wind-hammered tundra sometimes complicates the prospect, as do the polar bears. But the children are enthusiastic pupils.

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Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

During a year with limited travel possibilities, our World Through a Lens series offered Times readers a weekly escape. Here are some of the highlights.

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The Loss of America’s — and My Family’s — Shared Reality

Trump divided the nation. But some ties still bind.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #macy-beth, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j

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Black and Armed

The surge in Black gun-buying is a response to America’s failing to create a society where all citizens feel safe.

#firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #rural-areas, #united-states

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Senator Jon Tester on Democrats and Rural Voters: ‘Our Message Is Really, Really Flawed’

Mr. Tester, a Montana farmer, said in an interview that Democrats had failed to connect with much of the country: “You cannot have Chuck Schumer talking rural issues to rural people.”

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Kamala Harris Deserves a More Important Job

She could be at the forefront of helping a part of America that’s been left behind.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Virus Trains: How Lockdown Chaos Spread Covid-19 Across India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coronavirus restrictions sent migrant workers fleeing. To get them home, the government offered special trains. But the trains would spread the virus across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #india, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #odisha-india, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #railroads, #rural-areas

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‘Small Town, No Hospital’: Covid-19 Is Overwhelming Rural West Texas

As cases soar in Texas, hospitals are filling up from El Paso to Lubbock. The Big Bend region is especially vulnerable, with just one hospital for 12,000 square miles.

#alpine-tex, #big-bend-national-park-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #marfa-tex, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rural-areas, #texas

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Making a Home in the Swedish Hinterlands

For some hardy souls, living far outside Sweden’s city centers is where it’s at.

#real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rural-areas, #seasons-and-months, #sweden

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Are Cities Safe During a Covid-19 Outbreak?

Dense urban centers were vilified when the pandemic struck, rekindling the age-old town vs. country debate. We asked seven experts if the backlash was warranted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rural-areas, #suburbs, #urban-areas

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Goodbye, U.S.D.A., Hello, Department of Food and Well-Being

It’s time the secretary of agriculture leverages the department’s impact for more than the benefit of agribusiness.

#agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #food, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Biden: ‘We’re Going to Fight Like Hell by Investing in America First’

My talk with Joe Biden on his first few months, and his next four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #iran, #mcconnell-mitch, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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How US Hospitals Are Stretched Way Too Thin Due to Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #rural-areas, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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