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French COVID-19 intensive care numbers down first time in two weeks

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PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The number of people in intensive care units with coronavirus infection in France fell by 16 to 2,896, the first fall in two weeks after having risen by about 20 per day since mid-January. The French health ministry also reported 23,924 new confirmed COVID-19 cases......

Italy reports 488 coronavirus deaths and 13,331 new cases

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a closed shop as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Rome, Italy January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi MILAN (Reuters) – Italy reported 488 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, up from 472 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell......

Bulgaria to ease some COVID-19 rules, restaurants closed for now

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SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria will ease some coronavirus restrictions from February 4 though restaurants will remain closed for now due to concerns about the new coronavirus variant, officials said on Saturday. The move as follows measures in place since late November which have tamed a surge in new infections. Prime......

Australia’s Victoria logs 17 days with no community COVID cases

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FILE PHOTO: A staff member wearing PPE works to clean surfaces at Melbourne Park in between training sessions for tennis players undergoing mandatory quarantine in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly Defina/File Photo MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state recorded its 17th straight day......

Biden says nothing can change the trajectory of the Covid pandemic over the next several months

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration’s plans to respond to the economic crisis during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response event in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, January 22, 2021. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters......

More than 150 National Guard in Washington for inauguration test positive for coronavirus

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday. The U.S. government imposed unprecedented security measures in the city following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on......

CDC quietly changes Covid vaccine guidance to OK mixing Pfizer and Moderna shots in ‘exceptional situations’

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Bins of syringes for the Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccines in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Cherry Orr | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly changed its guidance on......

WHO to consider two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines next week

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FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization will begin considering China’s two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency......

Johnson & Johnson plans to have 100 million vaccines for Americans by spring, board member says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC that “if the clinical trial works out,” the company could significantly increase the nation’s Covid vaccine supply availability within the coming weeks.  “I do know that J&J is making a......

Biden administration is trying to figure out what’s delaying Covid vaccine shots, CDC says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Courtney Senechal, RN, prepares to give the second Moderna vaccine shot for Covid-19, at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in Boston on Jan. 19, 2021. Jonathan Wiggs | Boston Globe | Getty Images The Biden administration is trying to......

Dr. Fauci says new data shows Covid vaccines appear to be less effective against some new strains

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here New data shows that the Covid-19 vaccines currently on the market may not be as effective in guarding against new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday. A handful of new......

EU approves German coronavirus state aid scheme

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FILE PHOTO: Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, leave at the end of a news conference on the Digital Services and Digital Markets Acts at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium December 15, 2020. Olivier......

EU approves German coronavirus state aid scheme

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FILE PHOTO: Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, leave at the end of a news conference on the Digital Services and Digital Markets Acts at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium December 15, 2020. Olivier......

Pfizer cuts vaccine deliveries by as much as half to some EU countries

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BUCHAREST/PRAGUE/SOFIA (Reuters) – Pfizer has slashed in half the volume of COVID-19 vaccines it will deliver to some EU countries this week, government officials said on Thursday, as frustration over the U.S. drugmaker’s unexpected cut in supplies grows. Romania will get 50% of its planned volume this week and supplies......

Biden to sign 10 executive orders to combat Covid pandemic; invoke Defense Production Act to make supplies

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. Tom Brenner | Reuters On his first full day......

Dr. Fauci to lead U.S. delegation at WHO meetings as Biden plans to reverse Trump withdrawal

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. Anthony Fauci to lead a U.S. delegation at the World Health Organization’s annual meetings this week, reversing outgoing President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the international aid group. The new administration plans to......

Malaysia expands lockdown measures to most states as virus spreads

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People wait to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Tuesday said it would extend lockdown restrictions across most of the country as it grappled with a rise in coronavirus infections. Last week, capital......

Taiwan cancels major festival as domestic COVID-19 cases rise

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan on Tuesday cancelled a major festival during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday as the island reported four locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, the biggest daily rise in local infections in nearly 11 months. FILE PHOTO: Customers wear protective masks to prevent the spread of the......

Biden Covid advisor challenges Cuomo’s letter to buy vaccine directly from Pfizer

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid Advisory Board member Dr. Celine Gounder slammed the Trump administration’s piecemeal Covid response as some states across the U.S. scramble to get the vaccine doses they need.  “I think we’ve already had too much of a......

Florida COVID-19 whistleblower turns herself in on felony computer charge

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(Reuters) – A former Florida public health whistleblower who says she was fired because she refused to manipulate COVID-19 data turned herself in to face a felony computer offense and was released on bail on Monday, Florida officials and media said. FILE PHOTO: Rebekah Jones, a data scientist who helped......

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