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Britain expected to ease visa rules as truck driver shortage bites

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LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary work visas to truck drivers to ease an acute labour shortage that has led to fuel rationing at hundreds of gas stations and long queues to fill up – with pumps running dry in some places.......

El Salvador to begin giving third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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A healthcare worker prepares a dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a drive-in vaccination center in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SAN SALVADOR, Sept 24 (Reuters) – El Salvador will begin administering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to various groups including the elderly,......

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......

‘Quad’ leaders meet at White House as China looks warily on

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia presented a united front on Friday at their first summit and stressed the need for a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad,......

Wall St Week Ahead Fed’s coming taper fans talk of renewed ‘reflation’ trade

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People are seen on Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s signal that it will soon unwind its bond buying program is bolstering the case in financial markets......

Brazil approves COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers

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Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga attends a news conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado BRASILIA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Brazil has approved booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines for “health professionals,” with preference given to the Pfizer (PFE.N) shot, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said......

Draft report of Arizona’s contentious election audit confirms Biden’s win

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – A partisan review of the 2020 presidential election commissioned by Arizona Republicans has confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the state’s most populous county, according to a draft report of the review’s findings. Maricopa County announced what it said were the main findings......

Australia hits vaccine milestone as Melbourne cases hover near record levels

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A healthcare worker walks down stairs at the Kings Park townhouse complex locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia passes 50% double-dose vaccine mark Two million doses administered in a week Seeing ‘pleasing declines’ in NSW......

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......

White House prods companies on chips information request

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WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The White House is pressing automakers, chip companies and others to cooperate in a bid for more information about the ongoing semiconductor crisis that has forced cuts to U.S. auto production, but made clear on Thursday that the industry needs to take the lead to......

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

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BUCHAREST, Sept 23 (Reuters) – After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine. Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19......

U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly rise; labor market recovery on track

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People line up outside a newly reopened career center for in-person appointments in Louisville, U.S., April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Amira Karaoud Weekly jobless claims increase 16,000 to 351,000 Four-week average of claims at 18-month low Continuing claims rise 131,000 to 2.845 million Business activity slows in September WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters)......

Moderna chief executive sees pandemic over in a year – newspaper

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Walmart pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine inside a Walmart department store in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo ZURICH, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks the coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year......

U.S. FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 booster for older and at-risk Americans

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 65 and older, all people at high risk of severe disease, and others who are regularly exposed to the virus. The decision......

Uganda loosens anti-coronavirus restrictions as pandemic ebbs

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia October 23, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via REUTERS KAMPALA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday eased anti-coronavirus restrictions, including allowing resumption of education for universities......

Under pressure, U.S. donates half billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world. President Joe Biden made the announcement during a virtual summit......

Severe COVID-19 may trigger autoimmune conditions; New variants cause more virus in the air

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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/File Photo Sept 22 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that......

EXCLUSIVE Biden administration mulls big cuts to biofuel mandates in win for oil industry -document

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Signage is seen at the headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements, according to a......

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

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BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since early February. Three of 16 new local cases reported in China for Sept. 21 were in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang,......

Germany’s Ifo institute slashes 2021 GDP growth forecast to 2.5%

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: Staff wear protective masks at the Volkswagen assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Germany’s next chancellor inherits fragile recovery Supply bottlenecks hold back industrial output Consumption boom on the cards for next year BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s Ifo economic institute......

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