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Britain mulls easing COVID-19 travel rules for England

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Announcement on easing of rules expected later on Friday Expensive testing could be scrapped for fully vaccinated Destinations may be ranked high or low risk Industry warns over not easing rules Travel shares rise 4-5% LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19......

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......

First all-civilian crew launched into orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 15 (Reuters) – A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens he chose to join him in the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. The quartet of amateur astronauts, led by the......

Chile reopens borders to visitors ahead of summer tourism season

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A worker checks temperature of a passenger as the country opens its air border amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the International Airport of Santiago, Chile November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SANTIAGO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Chile announced plans to reopen its borders to visitors on Wednesday......

Biden to meet U.S. CEOs in ‘rallying cry’ for vaccine mandates

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WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden was scheduled to meet on Wednesday with business leaders and CEOs, as he pushes companies to require workers to be vaccinated amid a surge in COVID-19 infections among those not yet inoculated. Biden last week announced vaccine mandates for all federal......

FTC staff to present findings on Big Tech’s smaller acquisitions

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WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Staff of the Federal Trade Commission will present their findings on Wednesday on business deals that tech platforms like Facebook (FB.O) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google did that were sometimes too small to prompt antitrust review. The agency, which began holding open meetings after progressive Lina......

All-civilian SpaceX crew feels only ‘good kind’ of jitters before launch

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 14 (Reuters) – The four would-be citizen astronauts poised to ride a SpaceX rocket ship around the globe as the first all-civilian crew launched into orbit said on Tuesday they were eager for liftoff on the eve of their flight, feeling only “the good kind” of......

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 takes friendly fire in latest vaccine spat

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A nurse fills a syringe with Pfizer vaccine as mobile vaccination teams begin visiting every Los Angeles Unified middle and high school campus to deliver first and second doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters......

U.S. CDC warns against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Brunei

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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 WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Brunei because of the rising......

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......

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan – WHO

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A general view of the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS GENEVA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new......

Sydney COVID cases seen topping 2,000 a day; Australia ramps up vaccinations

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More pressure on health system in next few weeks, premier says Daily cases in Sydney hotspots to rise as high as 2,000 First vaccine shipments from Britain arrive SYDNEY, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Sydney, the epicentre of Australia’s biggest coronavirus outbreak, is expected to see daily infections peak next week,......

Pfizer on track for U.S. vaccine boosters, Moderna lagging, Fauci says

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Top U.S. infectious disease......

Israel to reopen for small foreign tour groups

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JERUSALEM, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Israel will allow small foreign tour groups from selective countries to visit from Sept. 19 under a pilot programme to kick-start tourism, the government said on Sunday. Tour groups of between 5 and 30 people from countries on Israel’s green, yellow and orange lists will......

Australia’s Victoria reports 183 local COVID-19 cases

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A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street 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. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders MELBOURNE, Sept 5 (Reuters) –......

Drug companies say enough U.S. states join $26 bln opioid settlement to proceed

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Sept 4 (Reuters) – Three large U.S. drug distributors and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) will move forward with a proposed $26 billion settlement resolving claims that they fueled the opioid epidemic after eight states joined the deal, according to letters on Saturday reviewed by Reuters. Reporting by Nate......

U.S. administers 374.5 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines -CDC

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A person registers to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mobile inoculation site in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., August 18, 2021. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado Sept 4 (Reuters) – The United States had administered 374,488,924 doses of......

Bahrain approves third booster shot of Sputnik V vaccine

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DUBAI, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bahraini authorities have authorised the use of a booster dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, the first time the Russian shot has been approved for a third dose, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said on Saturday. The booster shot was approved for use among......

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