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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......

Texas rally launches day of U.S. protests against abortion restrictions

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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Women’s rights advocates gathered at the Texas Capitol on Saturday to protest against the country’s most restrictive abortion law, launching a series of 660 marches around the United States in support of reproductive freedom. A crowd of more than 1,000 protesters assembled in sweltering......

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.......

U.S. Supreme Court’s Sotomayor allows New York school vaccine mandate

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday refused to block New York City’s requirement that its public school teachers and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Sotomayor denied a challenge by four teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt enforcement of the vaccine mandate while......

White House presses U.S. airlines to quickly mandate vaccines for staff

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House is pressing major U.S. airlines to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees by Dec. 8 and showing no signs of extending the deadline, four sources told Reuters on Friday. White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients spoke to the chief executives of American......

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......

U.S. COVID-19 death toll hits 700,000

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials roll out booster doses of vaccines to protect the elderly and people working in high-risk professions. The country has reported an average of more than 2,000 deaths per day over......

Biden administration asks judge to halt strict Texas abortion law

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday urged a judge to block a near-total ban on abortion imposed by Texas – the strictest such law in the nation – in a key moment in the ferocious legal fight over abortion access in the United States. The U.S.......

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......

United Airlines ready to fire workers for defying vaccine mandate

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CHICAGO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Tuesday nearly 600 U.S.-based employees faced termination after failing to comply with the carrier’s vaccination policy. In early August, the company became the first U.S. carrier to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all domestic employees, requiring proof of vaccination by Monday.......

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......

Drug distributors strike 1st opioid settlement with Native American tribe for $75 mln

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – The three largest U.S. drug distributors will pay more than $75 million to resolve claims they fueled an opioid epidemic in the Cherokee Nation’s territory in Oklahoma, marking the first settlement with a tribal government in the litigation over the U.S. addiction crisis. Cherokee Nation Principal......

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......

Pfizer submits data for COVID-19 vaccine use in younger kids

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A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Sept 28 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE on Tuesday submitted initial trial data for their......

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......

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