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Idaho’s top health leader said if the COVID-19 vaccine supply continues to rise, the state’s weekly inventory could more than double within a month and secure a path to reach “some sense of normalcy” by summer’s end.

SPOKANE, Wash. — In light of studies that found pregnant women are at greater risk of contracting — and dying from — COVID-19, researchers are calling for action from any states that don’t have pregnant women at or near the front of the line for vaccinations.

It’s been nearly three weeks since Idaho health officials flagged five coronavirus samples as having possibly dangerous mutations, shipping them to national labs for more thorough screening because state labs can’t yet do that.

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At 9 a.m. Saturday, Eastern Idaho Public Health opened registration for 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments for seniors, who state vaccine planners made eligible for shots Monday. It's unclear when all appointments were fully booked. Some seniors claimed it happened within minutes.

BOISE — An Idaho Falls representative says he wants to lead a push to impeach Gov. Brad Little in large part over his actions in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Iona, made the announcement Sunday night on his Facebook page, Chad Christensen for Idaho.

Hospitals in Idaho, which has one of the nation’s lowest totals of ICU beds per capita, are in a much better position lately than they were late last year, when medical leaders continually warned that doctors might have to reserve care for the patients most likely to survive.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged its members to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s their turn, while announcing Tuesday that eight top leaders and most of their wives received their first doses.

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The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge.

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