NEW YORK (AP) — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing. That's according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations were announced Monday. They also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren. Officials say a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. About 30 million Americans or only about 9% of the U.S. population have been fully vaccinated with a federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine so far.
CHICAGO (AP) — Starting on Opening Day, Chicago's two Major League Baseball teams will be able to admit a limited number of fans. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says capacity for the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field will be set at 20%. That translates to as many as 8,122 fans for White Sox home games and 8,274 fans at Wrigley Field. Several teams around the country are making similar announcements as city officials say they are doing so because the number of COVID-19 cases have been dropping in recent weeks. Fans weren't allowed at any of the stadiums last season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd has paused jury selection while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge. Judge Peter Cahill said Monday that he does not have jurisdiction to rule on whether the third-degree murder charge should be reinstated against Derek Chauvin while the issue is being appealed. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Legal experts say reinstating the charge will improve the odds of getting a conviction. Chauvin’s attorney says he'll ask the state Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision that ordered Cahill to reconsider the charge.
LONDON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s two-hour prime-time interview with Prince Harry and Meghan contained revelations and allegations that have left Britain’s royal family reeling, painting a picture of racism, insensitivity and deep-rooted dysfunction. Among the claims was an allegation that family members were concerned about the skin color of Harry and Meghan's child. Meghan revealed that she had had suicidal thoughts, while Harry said he felt trapped within the royal institution and disclosed the breakdown in his relationships with his father, Prince Charles, and brother Prince William. And the couple disclosed that they exchanged vows in private three days before their 2019 wedding. The palace has not responded to the interview.
UNDATED (AP) — A senior World Health Organization official said that so-called “vaccine passports” for COVID-19 should not be used for international travel in part because the coronavirus vaccines are not easily available globally. WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said on Monday there are practical and ethical considerations for countries considering using vaccine certification as a condition for travel. He said there are not enough vaccines doses available, those doses are not available equitably and requiring a vaccine to travel would be unfair to people who cannot be vaccinated.