Sluggish vaccine rollout confirms officials’ warnings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Public health officials sounded the alarm for months, complaining that they did not have enough support or money to get COVID-19 vaccines quickly into arms. Now the slower-than-expected start to the largest vaccination effort in U.S. history is proving them right.

State puts halt on surfing competitions

The state announced Tuesday that it’s suspending surfing competitions indefinitely because of health and safety concerns. The move isn’t likely to immediately change much on the Big Island, where events have long been put on hold because of the pandemic, Stan Lawrence, owner of Orchidland Surfboards, said.

UH finishes on high note, bowls over Houston

FRISCO, Texas — Hawaii football coach Todd Graham capped his first season with some final words to his players as they prepared to fan out in different directions for the holidays: “Make sure you spend this Christmas season with the people you love and let them know you love them.”

Biden gets virus vaccine, says no reason to worry

NEWARK, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public the inoculations are safe.

More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant

BERLIN — A growing list of European Union nations and Canada barred travel from the U.K. on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent.

US gives OK to use vaccine

WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans.