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U.S. to outline Nov. 8 international travel reopening, vaccination rules

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A U.S. flag is reflected on the floor as passengers make their way through Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to unveil on Monday its detailed rules requiring nearly all foreign air visitors to be......

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......

Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

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MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city’s pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world’s most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s second-largest city has so far endured 262......

U.S. CDC advisers back Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell Oct 21 (Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday unanimously recommended use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters for......

Air New Zealand to require COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers

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Travellers walk under an Air New Zealand sign at Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple Oct 3 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ), the flag carrier airline of New Zealand, said on Sunday it will require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against......

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy......

Australia reports 2,355 new COVID-19 cases as vaccination push continues

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A lone passenger wearing a protective face mask walks from a deserted train platform at Flinders Street during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021.......

California first in U.S. to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for schoolkids -governor

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Coronavirus deaths top 700,000 in United States California requirement would be first statewide SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct 1 (Reuters) – California will become the first U.S. state to mandate statewide COVID-19 vaccinations for schoolchildren, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday as a Reuters tally showed the United States topping 700,000 coronavirus......

Merck pill seen as ‘a huge advance’, raises hope of preventing COVID-19 deaths

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Co will seek U.S. approval for......

Melbourne cases hit record despite two months of lockdown

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People wear protective face masks in the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Home parties to watch sports event behind spike in cases 98% cases in Sydney and Melbourne out of Australia’s 2,400......

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......

COVID-19 pill developers aim to top Merck, Pfizer efforts

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – As Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be more potent and convenient oral treatments of their own. Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA.O), Pardes Biosciences,......

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......

Sydney’s unvaccinated warned of social isolation when COVID-19 lockdown ends

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A health worker is stationed at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic set up for residents of surrounding public housing towers in the Redfern suburb, where authorities are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as widespread lockdown continues in Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Australia’s total......

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......

Australia hits vaccine milestone as Melbourne cases hover near record levels

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A healthcare worker walks down stairs at the Kings Park townhouse complex locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia passes 50% double-dose vaccine mark Two million doses administered in a week Seeing ‘pleasing declines’ in NSW......

U.S. CDC director breaks with panel, backs COVID-19 boosters for high-risk workers

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday backed a booster shot of the Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older, some adults with underlying medical conditions and some adults in high-risk working and institutional settings. The move......

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

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BUCHAREST, Sept 23 (Reuters) – After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine. Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19......

U.S. FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 booster for older and at-risk Americans

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 65 and older, all people at high risk of severe disease, and others who are regularly exposed to the virus. The decision......

Uganda loosens anti-coronavirus restrictions as pandemic ebbs

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia October 23, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via REUTERS KAMPALA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday eased anti-coronavirus restrictions, including allowing resumption of education for universities......

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