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Americas region experiencing sustained surge in COVID-19 cases -PAHO director

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FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 mass-vaccination of healthcare workers takes place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 15, 2021. Irfan Khan/Pool via REUTERS MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The Americas region is experiencing a sustained surge in coronavirus infections, with 2.5 million new cases confirmed in the last week, the......

Biden picks transgender doctor as assistant health secretary

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Dr. Rachel Levine speaks via videoconference during a Senate Transportation subcommittee hybrid hearing on Dec. 10, 2020. | Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images By POLITICO STAFF 01/19/2021 08:45 AM EST President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Pennsylvania health secretary Rachel Levine for......

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......

Briess to cease operations at Wisconsin malt plant

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WATERLOO, WIS. — Briess Malt & Ingredients, Inc. has announced plans to cease operations at its malt plant in Waterloo. Briess said the Waterloo malting facility, which has been in operation since 1902, was acquired by Briess in 1995 and has produced “some of the industry’s best malt.” “As Briess......

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......

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......

Exclusive: Trump lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europe, UK, Brazil – sources

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, two officials briefed on the matter told Reuters. Reuters first reported in November that the administration had been considering......

New York governor asks Pfizer to directly sell COVID-19 vaccine doses

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FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, U.S. January 11, 2021. Hans Pennink/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla on......

Breakingviews – Corona Capital: Indian banks, LBOs, Stellantis

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By Breakingviews columnists MUMBAI/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) – Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. The logo of Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest automaker, which starts trading in Milan and Paris after Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot maker PSA finalised......

U.S. and China clash at WHO over scientific mission in Wuhan

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FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, where the first cluster of cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged, in Wuhan, Hubei province, , China, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/ GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States called on China on Monday to allow an expert team......

UK PM, finance minister to meet business leaders on COVID recovery

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak arrive for a Cabinet meeting, in London, Britain October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak will ask 30 business leaders on Monday for their thoughts on......

Vaccine nationalism puts world on brink of ‘catastrophic moral failure’- WHO chief

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The world is on the brink of “catastrophic moral failure” in sharing COVID-19 vaccines, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday, urging countries and manufacturers to spread doses more fairly around the world. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva Switzerland......

Emirates airline offers COVID-19 vaccines to staff

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FILE PHOTO: Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi DUBAI (Reuters) – Emirates airline on Monday started offering employees vaccinations against the COVID-19 disease with priority given to front-line workers such......

Players ‘kicking up fuss’ in Australia are a minority: Britain’s Reid

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Gordon Reid, a two-time men’s wheelchair Grand Slam champion, said on Monday that he was perfectly comfortable spending two weeks in hotel quarantine if it means competing at the Australian Open and those complaining are a minority. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Fever-Tree Championships –......

Malawi to close schools, make bars shut early to curb pandemic

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Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera is sworn in in Lilongwe, Malawi, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Eldson Chagara/File Photo BLANTYRE (Reuters) – Malawi’s schools are to shut for at least 15 days, and all bars must close at 8 p.m., under new coronavirus restrictions announced by President Lazarus Chakwera in a television address......

UK vacancies for remote workers triple in a year: consultancy

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FILE PHOTO: Workers wearing face-masks walk past an information board on social distancing as they travel through the Waterloo Station during the morning rush hour following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for remote workers in Britain tripled over......

Ghana president warns of health system overload as COVID cases soar

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ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Zipline team retrieves COVID-19 test samples from a health facility,......

Brazil authorizes emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines

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By Jamie McGeever, Pedro Fonseca BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa’s board on Sunday voted to approve emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca and to begin immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, receives the......

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