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U.S. health officials have authorized a plan to stretch the nation’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth the usual dose. In an announcement issued Tuesday, they cited research suggesting that the reduced amount is about as effective. The so-called dose-sparing approach also calls for administering the Jynneos vaccine with an injection just under the skin rather than into deeper tissue — a practice that may rev up the immune system better. The highly unusual step is a stark acknowledgment that the U.S. currently lacks the supplies needed to vaccinate everyone seeking protection from the rapidly spreading virus.

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After the disruption of online learning, first-year college students are arriving arrive on U.S. campuses unprepared for the demands of college-level work, experts say. Colleges from New Jersey to California have expanded summer bridge programs aiming to get students up to speed in math and English before they arrive this fall. Experts say it's clear remote instruction caused learning setbacks, most sharply among Black and Hispanic students. The stakes are high: Research shows that students who start college a step behind are less likely to graduate.

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Angel Hope, center, works on a math problem, part of an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. Hope says he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him fall behind but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Angel Hope listens in a math class as part of an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. Hope says he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him fall behind but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Instructor Oh Moon Kwon, left, speaks to students during a math class, part of an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. Seated, in the flowered black shirt is Angel Hope, who said he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him fall behind, but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Instructor Oh Moon Kwon, standing, speaks to students during a math class that was part of an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. At left is Angel Hope, who said he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him fall behind but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Angel Hope works on a math problem, part of an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. Hope says he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him fall behind but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Angel Hope works on a math problem, part of an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. Hope says he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him fall behind but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Angel Hope poses for a photo in his dorm room at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. He was there for an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the university. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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Angel Hope poses at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., July 27, 2022. He was there for an intense six-week summer bridge program for students of color and first-generation students at the university. Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. Hope says he didn't feel ready for college after online classes in high school caused him to fall behind but says the bridge classes made him feel more confident. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)