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Britain expands COVID booster programme as eight more Omicron cases found

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Under-40s will be able to get booster doses Gap to boosters also reduced as programme accelerated Scotland finds some cases not linked to travel LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Britain will offer a COVID-19 booster shot to all adults in a bid to accelerate its vaccination programme amid concern over......

Biden told it will take two weeks to have definitive data on Omicron variant

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WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The top U.S. infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told President Joe Biden on Sunday it will take about two weeks to have definitive information on the new coronavirus variant Omicron that has sparked new travel restrictions and shaken financial markets. Biden, returning to Washington......

Austria reports first suspected case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

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Signs are seen at the entrance of a lift station, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in the Tyrolean ski resort of Ischgl, Austria, October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register ZURICH, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Austria has detected its first......

Switzerland adds Britain, Netherlands, three others to quarantine list

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ZURICH, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Switzerland on Saturday widened quarantine requirements to stem the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to travellers arriving from Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi, where cases have been detected, its health ministry said. On Friday, Switzerland banned direct flights from......

Two cases of coronavirus Omicron variant detected in Britain

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LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Two linked cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in Britain connected to travel to southern Africa, health minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday. “Late last night I was contacted by the UK Health Security Agency. I was informed that they have......

Europe and Asia, alarmed by COVID variant, tighten borders

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UK bans flights from South Africa region, EU plans similar Variant has a protein dramatically different to original Epidemiologist wards travel cubs may be too late Israel on verge of state of emergency Parts of Europe already battling record daily COVID cases LONDON/GENEVA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Global authorities reacted......

France plans new COVID measures but wants to avoid new lockdown

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A medical worker holds a test-tube after administering a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Nice, France, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register PARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) – France will announce new COVID-19 containment measures......

Northeastern Chinese port city battles growing COVID-19 cluster

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People line up for nucleic acid testing in the snow at a testing site in Jinpu New Area, following cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dalian, Liaoning province, China November 8, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS BEIJING, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A growing COVID-19 cluster in China’s Dalian has spurred......

U.S. administers 429.4 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines –CDC

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A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo Nov 6 (Reuters) – The United States has administered 429,442,508......

Hong Kong leader expects mainland China border to reopen in Feb -broadcaster

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A general view of skyline buildings, in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo HONG KONG, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday she expected the border with mainland China to largely reopen in February next year as the two governments stick to......

Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private-sector workers to begin Jan. 4

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WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will enforce a federal mandate that workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting on Jan. 4, a reprieve to businesses facing labor shortages during the holiday season, U.S. officials said on......

China’s COVID-19 cases spike ahead of Communist Party conclave

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BEIJING, Nov 3 (Reuters) – China’s new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases spiked to a near three-month high and tighter curbs to contain the spread are expected in the capital Beijing ahead of a key gathering of the highest-ranking members of the Communist Party next week. The National Health Commission confirmed......

Rare plea for help as China’s zero tolerance for COVID hits border town

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Staff members in protective suits check proof of negative test results for travellers at an entrance to the Harbin West Railway Station following new local cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China September 22, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS BEIJING, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A former vice......

Singapore probes unusual surge in COVID-19 cases after record

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Surge came during a few hours in afternoon, authorities say ICU use rate nears 80%, more beds being added 98.7% of recent cases show no symptoms or only mild ones SINGAPORE, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Singapore is looking into an “unusual surge” of 5,324 new infections of COVID-19, the city-state’s......

New Zealand’s coronavirus outbreak spreads to South Island

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A sign on an Auckland motorway urges people to get vaccinated at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination clinic during a single-day vaccination drive, aimed at significantly increasing the percentage of vaccinated people in the country, in Auckland, New Zealand, October 16, 2021. REUTERS/Simon Watts Oct 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand......

YouTube blocks all anti-vaccine content

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A YouTube logo seen at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about the COVID vaccines to include content that contains......

Sanofi ditches mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after rivals’ success

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To focus on more conventional COVID-19 vaccine with GSK To pursue mRNA technology in influenza, other vaccines Started testing mRNA flu shot in humans in June PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sanofi (SASY.PA) is dropping plans for its own mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine because of the dominance achieved by BioNTech-Pfizer and......

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

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WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first. In getting the booster, Biden......

El Salvador to begin giving third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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A healthcare worker prepares a dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a drive-in vaccination center in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SAN SALVADOR, Sept 24 (Reuters) – El Salvador will begin administering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to various groups including the elderly,......

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

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BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since early February. Three of 16 new local cases reported in China for Sept. 21 were in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang,......

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