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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

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(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: FILE PHOTO: A medical worker receives a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital in Tokyo, Japan March 5, 2021. Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool via REUTERS......

U.S. scientists doubtful of one-shot regimen for Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines: WSJ

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(Reuters) – U.S. scientists are skeptical of a one-shot regimen for Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccines, saying there isn’t enough evidence that a single dose provides long-term protection, the Wall Street Journal reported here. “It is essential that these vaccines be used as authorized by FDA in order......

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,......

Over 60% of Russians don’t want Sputnik V vaccine, see coronavirus as biological weapon: Reuters poll

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Nearly two thirds of Russians are not willing to receive Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, and about the same number believe the new coronavirus was created artificially as a biological weapon, an independent pollster said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V......

South Africa signs J&J vaccine deal, eases restrictions

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: A worker looks on as the second delivery of the Johnson......

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

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BRIEF-U.S. Authorizes Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine For Adults Aged 18 And Older Reuters Source – For more click here To Return to the Main Aggregate News Page – click here Break’n Pics – Click here for Free Stock Photos...

White House restores key climate measure calculating carbon’s harm

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FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden walks past solar panels while touring the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative in Plymouth, New Hampshire, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday announced a major change in how the......

FDA allows storage, transport of Pfizer vaccine at higher temperatures

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FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of......

Hospitalisation risk 64% higher with UK coronavirus variant: Danish study

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FILE PHOTO: Citizens are tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Northern Jutland, Denmark November 7 2020. Claus Bjoern Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A Danish study has found that people infected with a more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain have a higher risk......

Singapore port authority backs project to use ammonia as marine fuel

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has joined an industry-led project to advance the use of ammonia as a marine fuel to reduce carbon emissions, it said on Wednesday. Norwegian chemical company Yara International ASA has also joined the so-called Castor Initiative and the pair......

UK PM Johnson: we’re always looking to source more vaccines

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a coronavirus pandemic media briefing at Downing Street, London, Britain February 15, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has sufficient vaccine supplies but is always looking to source more, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. “We do......

UK preparing for COVID-19 revaccination programme this year

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FILE PHOTO: A vial of Astra Zeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is preparing for a revaccination programme against COVID-19, likely to......

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......

Feeling angry? The ‘Rage Room’ opens in Sao Paulo

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Feeling frustrated and stressed out? Brazilians now have a place to vent their anger and fury in the newly opened “Rage Room.” Inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, people are able to swing giant hammers at old televisions, computers and printers, demolishing the......

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......

Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite COVID lockdowns

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KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Air pollution caused tens of thousands of deaths in the world’s five most populous cities last year despite coronavirus lockdowns, researchers said on Thursday, urging governments to ditch fossil fuels and invest in a green recovery. Environmental campaign group Greenpeace Southeast Asia and air......

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......

EU regulator to give verdict on J&J COVID-19 vaccine by mid-March

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FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Johnson&Johnson logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration (Reuters) – Europe’s drugs regulator said on Tuesday it could issue an opinion by mid-March on whether to approve drugmaker Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19......

UK records 258 new COVID deaths, 10,972 more infections

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FILE PHOTO: A person walks past the entrance to a testing site, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – Britain reported 258 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test and 10,972 new infections, official data showed on......

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