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Memorials hang from the front gate of Greenwood Cemetery to remember the lives lost to COVID-19 on June 08, 2021 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Memorials to honor the more than 600,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus are emerging in states around the country, but a national memorial may be far off, AP reports.

The big picture: State memorials can more easily capture the nuances of remembering the government's response to the pandemic — which is intertwined with remembering the lives lost, according to James Young, founding director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies.

  • "We remember not just the victims, but we end up remembering kind of the U.S. administration’s indifference or even neglect, malignant neglect, of the disease itself, much less the victims,” Young told AP.
  • A bill to start the process of erecting a national COVID-19 memorial died in Congress last year, per AP.

Between the lines: In Ohio, native trees that can live for 400 years have been planted to remember the lives lost to the pandemic, per AP.

  • "Maybe someone will come here and will talk about their grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother who went through the pandemic," said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R).
  • In Washington, D.C., 250,000 white flags were placed at RFK stadium in honor of deaths from the virus.
  • And a garden of hand-sculpted flowers popped up in Florida.

Go deeper: How we'll memorialize COVID

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Nov 7, 2021 - Health

Schools across the U.S. offer COVID vaccine drives

Children wait in line to receive a dose of a coronavirus vaccine at an elementary school in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 4. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

School districts across the U.S. have begun offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's approval of the shot for younger patients, AP reports.

Why it matters: Many parents eagerly awaited the vaccine's approval for children ages 5-11, as the return to in-person schooling this fall was accompanied by a spike in COVID-19 cases. Now, educators see getting shots in children's arms as key to a return to normalcy in the classroom.

Updated 10 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas — Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements.
  3. Politics: Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley tests positive for COVID-19 — Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health."
  4. Economy: Report: World's 10 richest men doubled wealth during pandemicAmerica's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic.
  5. States: America struggles to keep schools open — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers.
  6. World: Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — French parliament passes COVID vaccine passport legislation.
  7. Variant tracker

Texas abortion law remains in effect after appeals court ruling

Pro- and anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court as arguments begin about the Texas abortion law on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A U.S. appeals court transferred a challenge to Texas' law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to the state supreme court in a 2-1 vote on Monday evening.

Why it matters: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision means the country's most restrictive abortion law can remain in place for the time being.