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In this June 18 photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccination shots, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The administration is releasing new data Tuesday showing it expects to reach 70 percent of Americans aged 27 and older with at least one shot by the July 4 holiday.
“The delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Delta variant cases rise are rising in Florida. Did it fuel a COVID-19 outbreak that closed the county government center in Bradenton?
In April, the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to ban menthol cigarettes. The industry has spent decades marketing it to Black smokers.
Local governments and nonprofits are taking the vaccine to the streets to protect one of Tampa Bay’s most vulnerable populations from COVID-19.

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  1. A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday. As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the country: It is seeing an alarming rise in cases because of a combination of the fast-spreading delta variant and stubborn resistance among many people to getting vaccinated.
  2. Veteran nurse Sharon Edwards treats a COVID-19 patient in December at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The pandemic is prompting many nurses to leave the field, exacerbating a nationwide nurse shortage. The University of South Florida says it is taking steps to increase the number of nursing school graduates over the next two or three years to meet the coming demand.
  3. The Manatee County Administration Building
  4. A writ of possession, delivered by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, remains on the door of a Tarpon Springs apartment earlier this year.
  5. In this June 18 photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccination shots, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The administration is releasing new data Tuesday showing it expects to reach 70 percent of Americans aged 27 and older with at least one shot by the July 4 holiday.
  6. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, cetner, announced plans to launch Florida’s first statewide energy equity study at a Tuesday, June 22, 2020 news conference in Tampa's Robles Park neighborhood.
  7. The Florida Board of Medicine fined a Tampa urologist in an order filed Thursday.
  8. As the coronavirus spread through nursing homes in April 2020 during the start of the pandemic, a patient is transported by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion in Seminole.
  9. The Florida Department of Health will soon kick off the rule-making process for Black farmer applicants as the state prepares to open another batch of of medical marijuana licenses that would nearly double the number of medical marijuana operators in the state.
  10. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA second-round playoff series on June 13 in Denver.
  11. Briana Brooks, 21, is a pre-law student who is organizing anti-tobacco efforts in St. Petersburg as a national ambassador with the Truth Initiative, the nation’s largest nonprofit anti-tobacco organization. She's focusing on predominantly Black neighborhoods, where she has family. The tobacco industry targets the Black community to sell menthol-flavored cigarettes, which are easier to start smoking and harder to stop.
  12. A China Airlines cargo plane carrying COVID-19 vaccines from Memphis arrives Sunday at the airport outside Taipei, Taiwan.
  13. Eric Rhanes, 35, who has been homeless for about a month, receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Tampa on Thursday thanks to the nonprofit Heart for the Homeless.
  14. Patients, doctors and advocates worry about whether the sickest patients using medical marijuana will be affected when they can no longer recertify through telehealth as Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to let the COVID-19 emergency order expire.
  15. A healthcare worker prepares the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a Tampa clinic for the homeless set up Thursday by the Heart for the Homeless nonprofit.
  16. The Florida Department of Health no longer releases daily COVID-19 data. Instead, it is now releasing a weekly report every Friday, but has withheld some information that was publicly available before.
  17. Carnival Cruise Line's Sunrise and Vista ships, along with the MSC Meraviglia, are docked at the Port of Miami, awaiting an eventual return to service.
  18. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, the St. Petersburg Democrat running for Florida governor. U.S. Rep Val Demings, right, the Orlando Democrat running for U.S. Senate.
  19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks in May before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing.
  20. Attorney Michael Minardi speaks with reporters Tuesday while flanked by his clients Joshua McAdams, left, and Taylor Bland-Ball, who are trying to convince a judge that they should be able to treat their son's leukemia with medical marijuana. [TONY MARRERO  l  Times]
  21. A sign on the door of Sans Market, a zero-waste lifestyle store in St. Petersburg. The store is one of a handful still mandating customers mask up to shop.
  22. A man walks past the Leading Insurance Agency in Miami, which offers plans under the Affordable Care Act.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, pictured in the Florida House in 2018, with other members of the Florida Cabinet. Left to Right are:  Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, and former Attorney General Pam Bondi. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
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