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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on May 11. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York will raffle off 50 four-year scholarships to any public college or university in the state for people between 12–17 years old who receive a coronavirus vaccine from tomorrow until July 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's part of the state's initiative to vaccinate young people after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds.

Details: A random drawing of 10 four-year scholarships will occur on Wednesdays.

  • Kids who have already received one dose of the vaccine can add their names to the weekly drawing pool, Cuomo said.

The big picture: The state is also offering a chance to win a grand prize of $5 million for anyone who gets vaccinated in one of the 10 state vaccination sites this week.

Go deeper: New York to lift mask mandate for vaccinated people

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May 26, 2021 - Health

CDC: "Breakthrough" COVID-19 cases are rare

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

A small fraction of vaccinated Americans experienced "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19, and an even smaller number were hospitalized, new data from the CDC shows.

By the numbers: As of April 30, there were a total of 10,262 breakthrough infections reported across the U.S., when about 101 million Americans had been vaccinated. The majority of those cases (63%) occurred in females and the median patient age was 58 years old.

May 26, 2021 - Health

Scientists: Canceling Tokyo Olympics "may be the safest option"

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

With less than two months until the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony, scientists are warning that "canceling the games may be the safest option," according to a paper published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Why it matters: As Japan anticipates 20,000 athletes and support staff from 200 different countries, the country remains in a state of emergency with nearly 70,000 active cases and only 5% of the population vaccinated, the lowest rate within OECD countries.

Updated May 26, 2021 - World

Former Boris Johnson aide gives scathing testimony on U.K.'s early COVID response

Dominic Cummings, the former chief strategist to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, delivered bombshell testimony Wednesday on the British government's early response to the coronavirus, apologizing for falling "disastrously short" in a way that cost thousands of lives.

Why it matters: Cummings, a controversial figure known as the architect behind the Brexit campaign, has become one of Johnson's most troublesome critics since resigning from government after a bitter power struggle last year.