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UK reports 39,962 COVID-19 cases, 72 deaths

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People walk along a platform after departing from a train at King’s Cross Station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Britain on Sunday reported 39,962 new cases of COVID-19 and 72 new deaths within 28 days of......

India reports 15,906 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

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A woman walks past a coronavirus-themed graffiti, amidst the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, on a street in Mumbai, India, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas NEW DELHI, Oct 24 (Reuters) – India reported 15,906 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to government data on Sunday. The nationwide......

U.S. Democrats narrow differences on Biden’s agenda, mull billionaire tax

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WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Democrats are closing in on a deal on President Joe Biden’s social and climate-change agenda by narrowing their differences over healthcare and other issues, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after a White House meeting on Friday. “We had a very positive meeting......

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......

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......

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......

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.......

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.......

China says will reduce abortions for ‘non-medical purposes’

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A pregnant woman arrives for a doctors appointment at a clinic in Shanghai September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria BEIJING, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China will reduce the number of abortions performed for “non-medical purposes”, the country’s cabinet said in new guidelines issued on Monday that it said were aimed at......

White House says millions of government contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 and that the administration will add clauses to future government contracts mandating inoculations. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sept. 9 requiring federal contractors......

Abortion providers ask U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in challenge to Texas law

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – Abortion providers in Texas on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene on an urgent basis in their challenge to a state law imposing a near-total ban on abortion. The providers asked the justices to hear their case before lower courts have finished ruling on......

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......

FDA advisers recommend COVID boosters for 65 and older after rejecting broad approval

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Sept 17 (Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval. The panel also recommended that the FDA include......

Canada’s Trudeau hammers main election rival’s COVID-19 approach

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MONTREAL, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seeking to carve out a lead ahead of Monday’s election, accused his main rival on Thursday of showing weak leadership in the fight against COVID-19. Opinion polls show Trudeau’s center-left Liberals effectively tied with the right-of-center Conservatives led by Erin......

Russia’s Vladimir Putin self-isolates after COVID-19 infects inner circle

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Putin says he is self-isolating as precaution Unnamed members of his entourage have COVID-19 Putin will conduct business by video conference Putin may quarantine for one week – vaccine developer MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he was self-isolating after several members of his......

Over 50s to get booster shot as UK says COVID vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives

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Booster shot recommended for all Britons over 50 Third shot also eyed for vulnerable and some health staff Winter “could be bumpy at times”, health official says LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccines have saved more than 112,000 lives and averted 24 million cases of the disease, British officials......

UK PM Johnson raises taxes to tackle health and social care crisis

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PM Johnson sets out health, social care plan Johnson set to raise taxation – media Johnson’s lawmakers unhappy with tax hike Opposition parties will gain, former Conservative leader says LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out plans on Tuesday to raise taxes on workers, employers......

U.S. Justice Dept. says will protect Texas abortion clinics that come under attack

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WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it would not tolerate attacks against people seeking or providing abortions in Texas, as the agency explores ways of challenging the state’s recently enacted law that imposed a near-total ban on abortion. The law, known as SB8, leaves......

Pennsylvania governor issues mask mandate for schools, child care facilities

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Students wear masks as they walk through the halls of York Suburban High School in York, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski Aug 31 (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday issued a mask mandate for all K-12 school and child care facilities to protect against the spread......

Panama’s Congress approves medical cannabis bill in unanimous vote

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PANAMA CITY, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Panama’s national assembly unanimously passed a bill on Monday that would regulate the use of medical cannabis, making it the first nation in Central American to do so. The proposal, which would set up a registry of authorized cannabis patients and permit further research......

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