FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

Restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Air travel in the U.S. hit its highest mark since COVID-19 took hold more than 13 months ago, while European Union officials are proposing to ease restrictions on visitors to the continent as the vaccine sends new cases and deaths tumbling in more affluent countries.

Calls for justice at N.C. funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The Rev. Al Sharpton issued a powerful call for transparency and the release of body camera footage at the funeral Monday for Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina, with the civil rights leader likening withholding the video to a “con” job done on the public.

Want to end the pandemic? Pay people to get vaccinated

When I received my first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine last December, nobody paid me to roll up my sleeve. Yet, as vaccination efforts approach an expected tipping point, at which the amount of available vaccine exceeds the number of willing recipients, with the rate of vaccination far below the threshold required for herd immunity, paying people to take their shots likely offers our society’s best chance at stemming the pandemic.

Obituaries for May 4

Herbert Patrick Aguiar, 75, of Pahoa died April 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired Hawaii Community Correctional Center adult corrections officer and U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran. Private services held. Survived by wife, Sri B. Aguiar of Pahoa; daughters, Fatima P. Aguiar of Pahoa and Kimberly Aguiar of Texas; son, Ibrahim Aguiar of Pahoa; brothers, Michael S. (Betty Lou) Aguiar of Mountain View and Thomas John (Michelle) Aguiar of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Antonia A. Aguiar of Columbus. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.