Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, shown in February 2020, said vaccination remains key to protecting individuals from the novel coronavirus and hindering “the spread of these dangerous variants.” (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, shown in February 2020, said vaccination remains key to protecting individuals from the novel coronavirus and hindering “the spread of these dangerous variants.” (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
Health

‘What keeps me up at night’: COVID gamma variant worries Washington state health official

Despite the recent spread globally and across Washington state of the COVID-19 variant known as delta, a different variant is keeping state epidemiologist Scott Lindquist up at night: the gamma variant, first identified in Brazil.

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Science

After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject the local economy with rocket fuel. Since 2012, Camden County on the Georgia-Florida line has...