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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on August 27, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Wisconsin's Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' (D) statewide mask mandate on Wednesday by ruling against multiple emergency declarations made during the pandemic, AP reports.

State of play: The court ruled that the governor overstepped his powers by issuing multiple emergency declarations for the pandemic, lasting longer than 60 days, without approval from the state legislature. The ruling invalidates the current mask mandate in the state, which was set to expire next Monday.

Background: Evers issued the mandate in early February, almost immediately after the state legislature voted to repeal his previous order.

  • He said last month that his efforts to implement coronavirus restrictions to protect Wisconsinites have been met with "lawsuits, political rhetoric, and obstruction," citing the legislature's vote.

The backdrop: Coronavirus cases are ticking up in the U.S. again, as some states relax restrictions amid rising vaccinations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky pleaded Americans on Monday to not let up on public health measures.

Go deeper: Biden urges governors to reinstate mask mandates

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Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
Mar 31, 2021 - Health

Demand for vaccines is already waning in some parts of the country

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Reproduced from U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

Some states are expanding vaccine eligibility partially because of a troubling reason: Not enough people want to get vaccinated.

What we're watching: Vaccine supplies are still limited, but they're already outpacing demand in some parts of the country, especially rural areas. And that could be a bad sign for the future.

Mar 31, 2021 - Health

Pfizer says COVID vaccine was 100% effective in trial of children ages 12 to 15

Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Wednesday that their coronavirus vaccine was found to be 100% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a trial of more than 2,200 children between the ages of 12 and 15.

The big picture: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the companies plan to submit clinical trial data to the FDA for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks, with the hope of vaccinations for adolescents beginning before the start of the next school year.