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In this May 5, 2016, a Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker drops half a load of its 19,400-gallon capacity during a ceremony at Colorado Springs, Colo. The world’s largest firefighting plane has been shut down just as Western states prepare for a wildfire season that fire officials fear could be worse than the average year. CREDIT: Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP

World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

As the company weighs its options, two Washington state legislators sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Congress members in Western states, urging them to find a solution to continue the SuperTanker’s operations, which they described as the “biggest and one of the best weapons in battling the catastrophic fires.” Continue Reading World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

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People walking in a park some wearing masks

CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask when they’re outdoors, unless they’re in a crowd, such as attending a live performance, sporting event or parade. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson shot. Continue Reading CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

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The Emergent BioSolutions Bayview Campus plant in Baltimore has stopped producing vaccine material following an FDA inspection that found numerous problems. The plant was slated to become part of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine production process. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

FDA Inspection Finds Numerous Problems At Facility Intended To Make J&J Vaccine

Peeling paint. Cracked buckets. Employees dragging unsealed bags of medical waste. Procedures ignored. Inadequately trained staff. All of these were problems noted by U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors at the Emergent BioSolutions factory in Baltimore – a facility that is intended to produce materials for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Continue Reading FDA Inspection Finds Numerous Problems At Facility Intended To Make J&J Vaccine

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