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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C., U.S., in 2017. Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool via Bloomberg

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are attending church once again after receiving COVID-19 vaccines.

Driving the news: Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, erupted into applause as Pastor Tony Lowden made the announcement, telling the congregation Wednesday: "Let's welcome them back — they've both had their shots."

  • Wearing face coverings, the oldest living president and former first lady waved from their regular pew at the front of the church as Lowden made the announcement, before adding that if they "get tackled" by him or the secret service "it's because we're still practicing social distancing."

Why it matters: It's a sign of a return to normalcy for the 96-year-old former president and 93-year-old former first lady, who had been in isolation since the pandemic began early last year, per WSB-TV.

  • Jimmy Carter has had a series of health issues in recent years, including being hospitalized following falls and overcoming melanoma.

Of note: The church announced on Facebook that it enacted coronavirus protocols now that the Carters have returned — including masks-wearing and temperature check requirements and capacity capped at 30% (90 people), in accordance with CDC guidelines. There's also a ban on taking photos.

Go deeper: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: "Please wear a mask to save lives"

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Southern Baptists expel 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusivity

One of two churches ousted by the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee on Tuesday for being too inclusive of LGBTQ people is pushing back, saying "it is our commitment to share the love of Jesus."

Driving the news: Senior SBC leaders at a meeting the ouster of Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, and St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, warned that the biggest Protestant group in the U.S. was "damaging itself" with disharmony on such issues, per AP.

Feb 24, 2021 - Health

White House to send 25 million free masks to America's most vulnerable

Anthony Fauci wears a protective mask while listening to President Biden. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration announced Wednesday it will send more than 25 million masks to more than 1,300 community health centers and 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens in order to reach some Americans most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Why it matters: Many studies show wearing tightly fit masks, and even double-masking, is effective to curb the spread of COVID-19 when social distancing is not possible.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
3 mins ago - Technology

Meet your doctor's AI assistant

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Artificial intelligence is breaking into the doctor's office, with new models that can transcribe, analyze and even offer predictions based on written notes and conversations between physicians and their patients.

Why it matters: AI models can increasingly be trained on what we tell our doctors, now that they're starting to understand our written notes and even our conversations. That will open up new possibilities for care — and new concerns about privacy.