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S.Korea considers vaccinating workers at major companies

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South Korea is considering plans to vaccinate workers at key businesses including chip and electronics firms to minimise disruptions to production, the government said on Thursday, amid global efforts to boost supply of scarce computer chips. The labour ministry has sent letters to companies including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS),......

U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to the world -sources

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The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer (PFE.N) coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The United States is likely to distribute 200 million shots this year and another 300 million in the......

S&P 500 teases record closing high as retail frenzy churns

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The S&P 500 (.SPX) hovered near a record closing high on Wednesday, as institutional investors looked to coming inflation data for clues as to when the U.S. Federal Reserve might tighten its dovish monetary policy. The retail “meme stock” craze continued unabated. The gains of all three major U.S. stock......

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......

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......

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......

Japan eyes sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam – NHK

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Health workers wait for their turn as Vietnam starts its official rollout of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine for health workers, at Hai Duong Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hai Duong province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Thanh Hue Japan is considering sending coronavirus vaccine doses to Vietnam, NHK public television reported......

With over 80,000 dead, Argentines struggle under weight of COVID-19

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For lawyer Lidia Alverisi, Argentina’s COVID-19 pandemic has taken an almost unbearable toll. “We have all lost someone, someone we knew well,” she told Reuters. “In my case, it’s been friends I’ve known for 40 years who were gone in just 10 days.” The South American country is engulfed in......

Malaysia grants conditional approval for Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccine

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A vial labelled with the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Malaysian health authorities said on Friday conditional approval had been granted for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Siam Bioscience Co in Thailand. Health Ministry director-general, Noor Hisham Abdullah,......

Britain hosts G7 health summit amid pressure to broaden COVID vaccine access

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Britain hosted health ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) rich countries in Oxford on Thursday for a two-day summit, as pressure intensifies to do more to broaden access to COVID-19 vaccines across the world. British foreign minister Dominic Raab has said that equitable access to coronavirus vaccines will be......

Taiwan says in vaccine talks with Pfizer and J&J

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Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference for foreign journalists in Taipei, Taiwan April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang Taiwan is in talks with COVID-19 vaccine makers like Pfizer (PFE.N) and Johnson and Johnson (JNJ.N) for more supplies, its foreign minister said on Thursday while expressing appreciation to Japan......

Israel sees probable link between Pfizer vaccine and myocarditis cases

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Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday it had found the small number of heart inflammation cases observed mainly in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Israel were likely linked to their vaccination. Pfizer has said it has not observed a higher rate of the condition, known as myocarditis,......

Israel sees probable link between Pfizer vaccine and myocarditis cases

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Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday it had found the small number of heart inflammation cases observed mainly in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Israel were likely linked to their vaccination. Pfizer has said it has not observed a higher rate of the condition, known as myocarditis,......

Britain seeks extra AstraZeneca shots to combat ‘beta’ COVID-19 variant

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Vials labelled “Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo Britain is in talks with Oxford and AstraZeneca (AZN.L) for additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccine that has been modified......

China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu

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Workers vaccinate chicks with the H9 bird flu vaccine at a farm in Changfeng county, Anhui province, April 14, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo A 41-year-old man in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu, China’s National......

Taiwan says working hard to get vaccines, infections fall

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Soldiers wear protective suits as they disinfect a street following the recent surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Tucheng district of New Taipei City, Taiwan May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang Taiwan is working hard to get the almost 20 million COVID-19 vaccines it has ordered as soon as possible......

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