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The University of California, Berkeley campus. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Several state university systems and public universities have announced in the past week that they will require students returning to campuses in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: The expansion into state and public school systems will significantly boost the number of institutions requiring coronavirus vaccines.

For the record: Some private universities, like Brown University and Cornell University, have announced similar requirements in the past few weeks.

  • Several other institutions and school systems have since followed suit, including:

In California: Both of California's state school systems — the University of California and the California State University systems — will be requiring students returning to campus to be vaccinated, AP notes.

  • These are two of the nation's largest university systems and together total 33 campuses.

In New York: Schools include Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham University, Syracuse University and the University of Rochester, according to University Business.

In Massachusetts: Nine schools in Massachusetts' State University will require returning students to be vaccinated as of last Friday, CBS Boston reports.

  • They join the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which has also announced a vaccine requirement for fall.
  • The state's community colleges, however, have said they won't be mandating vaccines, citing educational barrier concerns.

In Maryland: The public University of Maryland system will be requiring students returning to its 11 campuses to be vaccinated in the fall, university officials announced Friday, per the Washington Post.

In New Jersey: Rutgers University, which has several campus locations across the state, announced in March that it would be requiring students to get vaccinated.

What to watch: Other schools, such as Harvard, are considering a similar mandate and more announcements will likely follow in the coming weeks, WashPost notes.

Go deeper: List of universities requiring vaccines grows and so does pushback

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Apr 26, 2021 - Health

The next wave of the pandemic: Long Covid

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The research is becoming only more clear: People who have had COVID — even those who never had severe infections — are at risk of ongoing health problems, including some serious ones.

Why it matters: Long after the majority of Americans are vaccinated, patients and the U.S. health system will likely bear the brunt of millions of people who are struggling to get back to normal.

Apr 26, 2021 - Health

Navajo Nation has vaccinated more than half of its adult population

The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico. Photo: Micah Garen/Getty Images

Months after reporting dangerously high COVID-19 infection levels, the Navajo Nation now says it has vaccinated more than half of its adults for the disease, outpacing the rest of the U.S.

Why it matters: The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the U.S., with over 300,000 members.

Apr 26, 2021 - World

U.S. to share AstraZeneca vaccine stockpile with the world

Biden during a meeting with other leaders from the "Quad." Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The U.S. will begin sharing its full inventory of AstraZeneca vaccine doses with countries around the world once an FDA safety review is complete, AP reports.

Why it matters: The Biden administration had been under intense global pressure for refusing to share its stockpile of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is critical to vaccine rollouts in countries like India but not approved for use in the U.S. Per AP, the administration now expects to be able to share around 60 million doses in the coming months.