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Virus variants inciting India’s second surge, epidemiologists say

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By Neha Arora, Shilpa Jamkhandikar NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The second surge of COVID-19 cases in India has swamped hospitals much faster than the first because mutations in the virus mean each patient is infecting many more people than before, epidemiologists and doctors say. A patient lies in a bed......

Chinese Internet firms pledge to avoid anti-competitive behaviors

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FILE PHOTO: A Baidu sign is seen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – A dozen Chinese Internet platform companies pledged to avoid anti-competitive behaviors such as forcing vendors to use their platform exclusively, according to a......

UAE selects first Arab woman for astronaut training

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DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates has selected the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut, as the Gulf country rapidly expands into the space sector to diversify its economy. Emirati national Nora al-Matrooshi, a 27-year-old mechanical engineering graduate currently working at Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company,......

South Korea says considering all options including vaccine export curbs

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FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 4, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean health authorities are considering all options to secure enough coronavirus vaccine supplies, a top vaccine official said on Tuesday in response to questions about......

Japan fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible fourth wave

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese health authorities are concerned that variants of the coronavirus are driving a nascent fourth wave in the pandemic with just 109 days remaining until the Tokyo Olympics. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing protective face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, are seen behind cherry blossoms in......

With stories and puppets, environmentalist battles to save Indonesia’s mangroves

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By Tommy Ardiansyah, Stanley Widianto INDRAMAYU, Indonesia (Reuters) – Caked in mud up to their knees, a small group of Indonesian youngsters plant mangrove saplings along a stretch of exposed coastline next to the Java Sea under the watchful eye of local environmentalist Samsudin. A former school teacher, Samsudin has......

Vietnam asks for foreign support in procuring COVID-19 vaccines

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HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has appealed to diplomats from the United States, European Union and Japan to help it secure supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, as part of efforts to acquire the 150 million doses needed to cover its adult population. FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a vaccine as Vietnam starts......

Brazil faces “very serious situation” in pandemic: WHO

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FILE PHOTO: Elderly people wait in line to receive a dose of the Sinovac’s CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a vaccination day for 65-year-old and older citizens in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes GENEVA (Reuters) – A number of states in......

Follow-up probe of virus origins expected – WHO’s Tedros

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FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout/File Photo GENEVA (Reuters) – Experts examining the origins of the coronavirus......

South Korea’s expert panel says J&J COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective for approval

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FILE PHOTO: A nurse draws from a vial of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEOUL (Reuters) – A panel of South Korean advisers recommended a coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was safe and effective, the food and......

EU’s Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe’s summer tourist season

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FILE PHOTO: Tourists are seen at the Caffe Quadri at St. Mark’s Square a day before Italy and neighbouring EU countries open up borders for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak hit the country, in Venice, Italy June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri PARIS (Reuters) – European Internal......

France sees further rise in coronavirus patients in intensive care

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Medical worker, wearing protective gear, works in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where people suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at Cambrai hospital, France, March 25, 2021. Picture taken March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol PARIS (Reuters) – The number of patients with cornavirus in intensive care units in France......

Exclusive: Bayer’s Monsanto, India’s NSL settle long-running intellectual property dispute

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By Aditya Kalra, Mayank Bhardwaj FILE PHOTO: Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Leverkusen, Germany February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bayer AG said on Friday it had reached an “amicable settlement” in its Monsanto unit’s......

Baby boomers next to jump into crypto, Galaxy Digital’s Novogratz predicts

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By Anna Irrera, Tom Wilson LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – Wealthy baby boomers will be the next generation to jump into cryptocurrencies as they become more mainstream, potentially bringing billions of dollars to the rallying sector, said Mike Novogratz, founder of crypto firm Galaxy Digital. “It could be as much......

Uruguay confirms presence of Brazilian COVID-19 variant

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FILE PHOTO: Health workers register prisoners before they receive the Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during a campaign to vaccinate prisoners at the Unit four of the Santiago Vazquez prison, in Montevideo, Uruguay March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ana Ferreira Cirigliano/File Photo MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay confirmed on Monday that it had......

Dearth of interpreters leaves deaf students struggling in Sudan

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – At Sudan University’s fine arts college, two full-time sign language interpreters dart between classes trying to cater to dozens of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The college, in the capital Khartoum, is one of the few places in Sudan where students with impaired hearing......

AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine 79% effective in U.S. trial

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FILE PHOTO: 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 FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective in a large......

Is it snowing microplastics in Siberia? Russia scientists take samples

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian scientists are trying to understand the scale of a potential threat to the environment in Siberia: snow polluted with microplastics that then melts and seeps into the ground. Scientists at Tomsk State University (TSU) say they have gathered snow samples from 20 different Siberian regions –......

Exclusive: Regular booster vaccines are the future in battle with COVID-19 virus, Peacock says

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CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) – Regular booster vaccines against the novel coronavirus will be needed because of mutations that make it more transmissible and better able to evade human immunity, the head of Britain’s effort to sequence the virus’s genomes told Reuters. Scientists work at a laboratory where they sequence the......

Portuguese island in middle of Atlantic close to COVID-19 herd immunity: doctor

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LISBON (Reuters) – The small, lush green Portuguese island of Corvo, home to around 400 people, has vaccinated most of its population against COVID-19 and will soon reach herd immunity, according to its only doctor. “There’s an atmosphere of celebration in Corvo,” Dr. Antonio Salgado told the Lusa news agency.......

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