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Maryland National Guard Spc. James Truong administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on May 21 in Wheaton, Maryland. People vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine likely need a booster to keep up their protection against the new omicron variant of the coronavirus. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Omicron evades Moderna vaccine too, study suggests, but boosters help

The Moderna vaccine's ability to shield against infection drops sharply when tested on the omicron variant. But getting a booster pumps the protection back up again, new research suggests.

Maryland National Guard Spc. James Truong administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on May 21 in Wheaton, Maryland. People vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine likely need a booster to keep up their protection against the new omicron variant of the coronavirus. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Omicron evades Moderna vaccine too, study suggests, but boosters help

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Activists participate in a candlelight vigil for abortion rights near the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 13. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Health

FDA relaxes controversial restrictions on access to abortion pill by mail

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FDA relaxes controversial restrictions on access to abortion pill by mail

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Taliban political office spokesman Muhammad Naeem Wardak spoke with NPR in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 11. Fatma Tanis/NPR hide caption

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World

What the Taliban really want from the world, in their own words

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What the Taliban really want from the world, in their own words

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Nov. 30 in Washington, D. C. The Fed unveiled a new game plan on Wednesday as it looks to tackle red-hot inflation. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Inflation is still red hot, and it's forcing the Federal Reserve into a new game plan

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People wear face coverings inside Grand Central Market on December 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. California residents, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, are required to wear face masks in all indoor public settings beginning today. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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As omicron spreads, public health advocates urge states to reinstate mask mandates

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Author and cultural critic bell hooks poses for a portrait on Dec. 16, 1996, in New York City. Karjean Levine/Getty Images hide caption

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Trailblazing feminist author, critic and activist bell hooks has died at 69

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