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Canada takes cautious first step toward lifting border restrictions

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Canada on Wednesday took a cautious first step toward easing COVID-19 border restrictions, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July. Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March of last year, and Canadians coming......

U.S. forming expert groups on safely lifting global travel restrictions

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The Biden administration is forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how best to safely restart travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions, a White House official said on Tuesday. Another U.S. official said the administration will not move quickly to......

Macron slapped in the face during walkabout in southern France

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A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France, an incident which his prime minister denounced as an affront to democracy. In a video circulating on social media, Macron reached out his hand to greet a man in a small crowd of......

EU cautions against rushing into bloc-wide pandemic insurance

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European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo The European Union’s executive body urged caution on Tuesday in the face of calls for a public-private scheme for insuring companies against economic lockdowns in future pandemics. “This is a very complex......

Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine in larger group of children below 12

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Family members look on as Jack Frilingos, 12, is inoculated with Pfizer’s vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after Georgia authorized the vaccine for ages over 12 years, at Dekalb Pediatric Center in Decatur, Georgia, U.S. May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry/File Photo Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said on Tuesday it will......

Indian experts urge faster inoculations ahead of free COVID-19 shots

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Shopkeepers wait to open their stores at a market area after authorities eased lockdown restrictions that were imposed to slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Indian officials and health experts welcomed a federal government plan to give free......

China’s Guangdong steps up COVID-19 testing as infections mount

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A medical worker collects a swab from a resident during a mass testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a makeshift testing site at a stadium in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China May 30, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS China’s southern Guangdong province, spooked by a rise in novel coronavirus infections since......

Canada prepares to ease quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers – Bloomberg

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Passengers arrive at Toronto’s Pearson airport after mandatory coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing took effect for international arrivals in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to ease border restrictions for travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Bloomberg reported on Monday,......

Australia’s Melbourne eyes way out of COVID-19 lockdown as cases ease

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A woman walks past an empty cafe during morning commute hours on the first day of a seven-day lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia’s Victoria state authorities said plans to......

Biden’s to-do list on foreign trip: Rally allies against COVID, Putin

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President Joe Biden’s meeting with leaders of the G7 leading industrial economies in an English seaside village this week will usher in a new focus on rallying U.S. allies against common adversaries – the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia and China. New COVID-19 variants and rising death tolls in some countries will......

U.S. FDA approves Biogen Alzheimer’s drug

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U.S. regulators on Monday approved Biogen Inc’s (BIIB.O) aducanumab as the first treatment to address an underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease despite controversy over mixed clinical trial results for the drug. Aducanumab aims to remove sticky deposits of a protein called amyloid beta from the brains of patients in earlier......

Thailand starts long awaited COVID-19 vaccination drive

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Thailand kicked off a long-awaited mass vaccination campaign on Monday as the country battles its third and worst wave of the coronavirus epidemic. The government aims to administer 6 million doses this month, hoping to ease worries over the highly anticipated roll-out and concerns about supply shortages. “The government will......

Taiwan to extend COVID-19 curbs, schools to stay shut

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Soldiers in protective suits disinfect a street following the recent surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in the Tucheng district of New Taipei City, Taiwan May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang Taiwan will extend its COVID-19 restrictions for another two weeks until June 28 and schools will remain shut until the......

India reports 100,636 new COVID-19 infections, 2,427 deaths

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India reported on Monday a daily rise in new coronavirus infections of 100,636 cases over the past 24 hours, while deaths rose by 2,427. The South Asian nation’s tally of infections now stands at 28.9 million, while the death toll has reached 349,186, health ministry data showed. Our Standards: The......

Brazil reports 39,637 coronavirus cases and 873 COVID deaths in 24 hours -ministry

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A patient with suspected COVID-19 infection is taken into an ambulance by members of the Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the UPA (Emergency Service Unit) in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/File Photo Brazil has......

Brazil COVID inquiry staffers say Copa soccer cup should be postponed

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A general view of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 2, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares Staff of a Senate commission investigating the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil said on Sunday that the Copa America soccer tournament should not be held in......

Japan disposes of over 7,000 mishandled doses of COVID-19 vaccine -Yomiuri

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The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Over 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been disposed of in Japan due to mishandling, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Sunday, as Japan races to inoculate its people amid......

In rare public outing, Trump denounces Fauci, China; dangles 2024 prospects

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Former President Donald Trump on Saturday sharply attacked U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China and denounced an investigation into his finances in a speech in North Carolina. Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at the state’s Republican Party convention, Trump......

Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot reports two new local cases

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A woman walks past a “Stay Safe Melbourne” sign on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a seven-day lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo Australia’s second......

Jon Rahm forced out of Memorial after positive COVID-19 test

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Jun 5, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Jon Rahm hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament in Ohio that he was leading by six......

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