As Americans roll up their sleeves, here’s how three COVID-19 vaccines compare

PHOENIX – COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have met the same standards set by the FDA, but each is different in makeup and how it fights the virus.

Flurry of Biden orders on COVID-19 raise some doubts, but more hopes

WASHINGTON - Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden signed in his first two days in office dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials say shows it their top priority. But even Biden cautions that solving the problem will take time.

Health officials ramp up COVID-19 vaccines with new sites, eligibility

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination programs, adding distribution at pharmacies and at a second state-run site in the East Valley and broadening the number of people eligible for the vaccine.

Arizona attempts unprecedented mass vaccination as COVID-19 surges

Arizona health officials have opened a 24-hour drive-thru vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, as part of efforts to get the COVID-19 shot to more people more quickly.

For the love of animals: High suicide rates reflect the many stresses of veterinarians

Veterinarians have a much higher suicide rate than the general public, which is something many vets are reluctant to talk about. Advocates say the veterinary field must do more to address the issue.

Agencies seek plasma donations to treat COVID-19 patients

PHOENIX – Agencies are heightening calls for plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat those infected. Some research shows convalescent plasma may help speed recovery from the coronavirus that causes the disease.

Research finds COVID may worsen symptoms of those with Tourette’s

PHOENIX – Researchers are trying to gauge the physical and mental effects of COVID-19 on the estimated 1% of the worldwide population who suffer from Tourette syndrome, a condition characterized by motor and vocal tics.

Independent music venues struggle to stay afloat during pandemic

LOS ANGELES – Months without revenue have hurt independent music venues around the globe and multiple other professions within the music industry.

California to phase out Division of Juvenile Justice, creating an opportunity for substantial reform

As California moves to phase out the Division of Juvenile Justice, counties have an opportunity to create community based solutions.

Digitized health records, safety apps could be game-changer for athletes at every level

PHOENIX – PRIVIT, a leader in the protected health-information field, feeds off a year of uncertainty and aims to impact the way organizations prioritize health care history.

As pandemic surges, officials call COVID-19 fatigue real and dangerous

WASHINGTON - With more than a half-million COVID-19 cases in the state, and records set regularly for new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, health experts worry about pandemic fatigue - and fear that people will let their guard down at the worst possible time.

Ajo group bands together to fight food insecurity during COVID-19

AJO – When COVID-19 crashed the food systems in Ajo and the nearby Tohono O’odham Nation, locals stepped in to fill the gap. After the shelves of the town’s lone grocery store were picked bare in April, one nonprofit transformed a cafe into a de facto food pantry.