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New Zealand’s Auckland emerges from weeklong coronavirus lockdown

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FILE PHOTO: A rainbow appears on the Auckland skyline featuring Sky Tower in New Zealand, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed (Reuters) – Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, emerged on Sunday from a strict weeklong lockdown imposed after a community cluster of the more contagious UK coronavirus variant. There were no......

Fire, smoke, gunshots in Paraguay capital as pandemic response ignites protests

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ASUNCION (Reuters) – Protesters clashed with police in Paraguay´s capital, Asuncion, late on Friday as anger over the government´s handling of the coronavirus crisis boiled onto the streets and forced the resignation of the country´s top health official. Security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas on hundreds of rioters......

In Brazil’s Amazon, isolated indigenous people welcome COVID vaccine

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By Leonardo Benassatto, Ueslei Marcelino YAUARETÊ, Brazil (Reuters) – An army helicopter flew to two isolated indigenous villages in Brazil’s Amazon jungle this week with a welcome cargo – coronavirus vaccines. The Hupda communities lined up to get their shots. Traditional medicine prescribed by a shaman is highly respected here,......

Swiss plan free coronavirus tests for population

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland unveiled a 1 billion Swiss franc ($1.08 billion) plan on Friday to offer free coronavirus tests for its entire population as part of measures to ease the country’s exit from COVID-19 restrictions. FILE PHOTO: A woman sits in front of a COVID-19 testing site of the......

Alabama extends mask mandate for a month, breaking with Texas, Mississippi

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(Reuters) – Alabama’s governor said on Thursday she was extending the state’s mask mandate for another month, heeding the advice of health experts and breaking with decisions by neighboring Mississippi and Texas earlier this week to lift their requirements. FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to be inoculated against the......

UK regulator says will fast-track vaccines for coronavirus variants

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s medical regulator on Thursday said it would fast-track vaccines for coronavirus variants, adding that the makers of already-authorised shots would not need new lengthy clinical trials to prove their adapted vaccines will work. FILE PHOTO: Nurse Elspeth Huber from Hannage Brook Medical Centre prepares a dose......

EU executive says joint vaccine strategy not unravelling

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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s joint vaccine procurement has not unravelled, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Tuesday when asked about individual countries getting jabs from Russia or......

U.S. Senate to begin debating COVID-19 bill this week -Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters in The Senate Reception Room during the second day of Trump’s second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. Brandon Bell/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will begin debating President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion......

Exclusive: Mexico’s president expected to ask Biden to share U.S. vaccines, say sources

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WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to ask President Joe Biden to consider sharing part of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine supply with its poorer southern neighbor when the two leaders hold a virtual summit on Monday, U.S. and Mexican officials said. FILE PHOTO: Then-U.S.......

Biden administration to appeal eviction moratorium ruling

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FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies wait for a woman to collect her possessions as they carry out an eviction order, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Saturday......

BRIEF-U.S. Authorizes Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine For Adults Aged 18 And Older – Reuters

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U.S. CDC says risk of Ebola to the United States is extremely low

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A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was closely following outbreaks of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guinea, and said the risk of Ebola......

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland back to lockdown after COVID-19 case

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FILE PHOTO: People jog past a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand’s new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said......

South Korea vaccinates 18,000 to start ambitious COVID-19 campaign

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FILE PHOTO: A nursing home worker receives the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a health care centre as South Korea starts a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Seoul, South Korea February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Heo Ran SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said 18,489 people received their first doses of......

COVID vaccine reducing risk of hospitalisations, Scottish study suggests

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FILE PHOTO: Deputy charge nurse Katie McIntosh administers the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine jabs, to Vivien McKay Clinical Nurse Manager at the Western General Hospital, on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the British history, in Edinburgh, Scotland Britain December 8, 2020. Andrew Milligan/Pool via......

South African vaccine adviser backs Pfizer shot after study

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Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of the Pfizer logo in this illustration taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – One of the South African government’s top advisers on COVID-19 vaccines said on Friday that the Pfizer-BioNTech shot was “still a......

Israeli study finds Pfizer vaccine 85% effective after first shot

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The first dose of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine is 85% effective, a study of healthcare workers at an Israeli hospital has found, potentially fuelling a debate over the recommended two-dose schedule as governments try to stretch out supplies. FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a......

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

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(Reuters) – A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation, the companies said on Wednesday. The study found the vaccine......

South Africa launches COVID-19 vaccination programme with J&J shots

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By Wendell Roelf, Alexander Winning CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Wednesday, battling to tame a more infectious variant of the coronavirus with a roll-out of the Johnson & Johnson shot for the first time outside a clinical trial. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa......

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