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The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control will stop using the vaccine at federal sites and urge states to do so as well while they investigate the safety issues

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By Noah Weiland, Sharon LaFraniere and Carl Zimmer

WASHINGTON — Federal health agencies Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six U.S. recipients developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination.

All six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Nearly 7 million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far, and roughly 9 million more doses have been shipped out to the…

We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics. Which of us would be inoculated last?

Dr. Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, right, outside makeshift Covid-19 wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, this month. Photo: Thoko Chikondi for The New York Times

By Pui-Wing Tam

In early February, my sister posted a video in our family’s WhatsApp group.

It was a seven-minute CNN report on Malawi, a country in East Africa that is one of the world’s poorest. Coronavirus vaccines were nowhere to be found in Malawi, the report said, because richer countries were hogging the supplies. The video focused on Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi’s second-largest city, showing the strain the facility was under as it battled the virus. The hospital’s workers were tending to infected patients but had little prospect of getting vaccinated soon.

My sister Pui-Ying, a…

Some families have come to prefer stand-alone virtual schools and districts are rushing to accommodate them — though questions about remote learning persist

Rory Levin, 11, with his mother, Lisa Levin, has been attending an online school in Bloomington, Minn., and plans to re-enroll this fall. Photo: Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

By Natasha Singer

Rory Levin, a sixth grader in Bloomington, Minnesota, used to hate going to school. He has a health condition that often makes him feel apprehensive around other students. Taking special-education classes did little to ease his anxiety.

So when his district created a stand-alone digital-only program, Bloomington Online School, last year for the pandemic, Rory opted to try it. Now the 11-year-old is enjoying school for the first time, said his mother, Lisa Levin. He loves the live video classes and has made friends with other online students, she said.

In December, Bloomington Public Schools decided to…

Joel Greenberg, a onetime local official in Florida, is accused of an array of crimes, including bribery, stalking and corruption

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 26, 2021. Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

By Patricia Mazzei, Michael S. Schmidt and Katie Benner

LAKE MARY, Fla. — Long before the FBI began to scrutinize a tax collector in Florida named Joel Greenberg — and long before his trail led them to Rep. Matt Gaetz — he amassed an outlandish record in the mundane local public office he had turned into a personal fief of power.

Records and interviews detailed a litany of accusations: Greenberg strutted into work with a pistol on his hip in a state that does not allow guns to be openly carried. He spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to…

A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions

Danny, left, and Grace Lavery in Brooklyn. Both have signed contracts with the newsletter platform Substack. Photo: Elianel Clinton for The New York Times

By Ben Smith

Danny Lavery had just agreed to a two-year, $430,000 contract with the newsletter platform Substack when I met him for coffee last week in New York City, and he was deciding what to do with the money.

“I think the thing that I’m the most looking forward to about this is to start a retirement account,” said Lavery, who founded the feminist humor blog The Toast and will be giving up an advice column in Slate.

Lavery already has about 1,800 paying subscribers to his Substack newsletter, The Shatner Chatner, whose most popular piece is written from…

The company’s victory deals a crushing blow to organized labor, which had hoped the time was ripe to start making inroads

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By Karen Weise and Michael Corkery

Amazon appeared to beat back the most significant labor drive in its history Friday, when an initial tally showed that workers at its giant warehouse in Alabama had voted decisively against forming a union.

Workers cast at least 1,608 votes against a union, giving Amazon enough to defeat the effort, as ballots in favor of a union trailed at 696, according to a preliminary count. Hundreds of votes remained to be tallied but are not enough to bridge Amazon’s margin of victory. …

Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic

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By Gina Kolata

She grew up in Hungary, daughter of a butcher. She decided she wanted to be a scientist, although she had never met one. She moved to the United States in her 20s but for decades never found a permanent position, instead clinging to the fringes of academia.

Now Katalin Kariko, 66, known to colleagues as Kati, has emerged as one of the heroes of COVID-19 vaccine development. Her work, with her close collaborator, Dr. Drew Weissman of the University of Pennsylvania, laid the foundation for the stunningly successful vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

For her entire…

This week, the CDC acknowledged what scientists have been saying for months: The risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low

A hotel room in Long Beach, Wash., being fogged with sanitizer. “There’s really no evidence that anyone has ever gotten Covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface,” one researcher noted. Photo: Celeste Noche for The New York Times

By Emily Anthes

When the coronavirus began to spread in the United States last spring, many experts warned of the danger posed by surfaces. Researchers reported that the virus could survive for days on plastic or stainless steel, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that if someone touched one of these contaminated surfaces — and then touched their eyes, nose or mouth — they could become infected.

Americans responded in kind, wiping down groceries, quarantining mail and clearing drugstore shelves of Clorox wipes. Facebook closed two of its offices for a “deep cleaning.” …

The Duke of Edinburgh, who married the future queen in 1947, brought the monarchy into the 20th century, but his occasional frank comments hurt his image

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, both in uniform, on a balcony at Buckingham Palace in London on June, 13, 1964. Photo: Carl T. Gossett Jr./The New York Times

By Marilyn Berger

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles and patriarch of a turbulent royal family that he sought to ensure would not be Britain’s last, died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England. He was 99.

His death was announced by Buckingham Palace, which said he passed away peacefully.

Philip had been hospitalized several times in recent years for various ailments, most recently in February, the palace said. The queen and Prince Philip received their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine in January.

He died just as Buckingham Palace was…

As some people start to shake off coronavirus precautions, those who are waiting their turn for a vaccine say the FOMO is real. “It’s like when every friend is getting engaged before you.”

Robbie Bell, 75, left, jokes with her friends Loretta McNeir, 68, center, and Anita McGruder, 72, at a restaurant in Miami on March 18, 2021. Photo: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

By Jenny Gross and Jesus Jiménez

At the start of the year, Shay Fan felt relief: Vaccinations were on their way. Her relief turned to joy when her parents and in-laws got their shots.

Three months later, Fan, 36, a freelance marketer and writer in Los Angeles, is still waiting for hers, and that joy is gone.

“I want to be patient,” she said.

But scrolling through Instagram and seeing “people in Miami with no masks spraying Champagne into another person’s mouth,” while she sits in her apartment, having not had a haircut or been to a restaurant in more…

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