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As Omicron ebbs, England revives Plan A: living with COVID

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Plan B COVID-19 measures expire in England on Thursday Beleaguered PM Johnson bets on boosters and antivirals Omicron’s lower severity and boosters improved outcomes in Jan But experts say endemic COVID may still be common and deadly LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – After an uncomfortable but relatively brief return to......

Hong Kong risks exodus over extended COVID isolation, Euro chamber says

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Hong Kong skyline is pictured from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, China January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HK reopening seen delayed until China rolls out mRNA vaccine High costs include exodus of international residents Appeal as global business hub seen fading......

Exclusive: U.S. funding to WHO fell by 25% during pandemic

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The World Health Organization logo is pictured at the entrance of the WHO building, in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register U.S. contributions fell by over 200 mln in last biennium Germany replaced U.S. as top funder of WHO last......

J&J expects COVID vaccine sales to jump as much as 46% in 2022

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People pose with syringe with needle in front of displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken, December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 25 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on Tuesday forecast as much as $3.5 billion in sales......

Face time: ‘Solemn’ Hong Kong leader ditches mask to show how she feels about COVID

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HONG KONG, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday defended herself against criticism for not wearing a mask at newsconferences, saying it was so people could see how “solemn” she was when talking about the coronavirus. The Chinese-ruled city reported 124 new infections on Tuesday, in......

Sinovac regimen gets strong boost from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or J&J COVID shots – study

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Vials of Chinese Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pictured inside the newly inaugurated production lab designated to manufacture the vaccine, in Constantine, Algeria September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 24 (Reuters) – A third booster dose of a COVID-19......

Do not assume COVID pandemic reaching ‘end game’, warns WHO

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Tedros warns against lurching between ‘panic and neglect’ Pandemic in third year, with nearly 6 million dead More variants likely to follow Omicron, WHO warns GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant......

Truckers fighting government vaccine mandate march to Canadian capital

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Truck drivers protesting against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates drive in a convoy on the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick provincial boundary in Fort Lawrence, Nova Scotia, Canada, January 23, 2022. REUTERS/John Morris Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TORONTO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – A convoy of truckers started......

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding amid new Omicron restrictions

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SYDNEY, Jan 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has cancelled her wedding as the nation imposes new restrictions to slow the community spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, she told reporters on Sunday. New Zealand will impose mask rules and limit gathering from midnight on Sunday after......

Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters

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JERUSALEM, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Saturday that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Pfizer/BioNtech’s (22UAy.DE) COVID-19 vaccine has shown to be effective against severe disease and death caused by the......

Tokyo hits record 10,000 COVID cases, Japan over 50,000 for first time

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TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Tokyo recorded its fourth record number of daily COVID-19 infections on Saturday, breaking above 10,000, while Japan’s exceeded 50,000 for the first time as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly. The capital had 11,227 new coronavirus cases, the local government said a day after......

U.S. judge blocks Biden federal employee COVID vaccine mandate

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WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A judge in Texas ruled on Friday that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and blocked the U.S. government from disciplining employees who failed to comply. It was the latest setback to White House efforts to require......

UK designates Omicron sub-lineage a variant under investigation

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LONDON/COPENHAGEN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The UK Health Security Agency on Friday designated a sub-lineage of the dominant and highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant as a variant under investigation, saying it could have a growth advantage. BA.2, which does not have the specific mutation seen with Omicron that can help......

A divided nation: Western Australia stays shut as COVID deaths mount in east

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The words “OMICRON SARS-COV-2” are seen reflected in a drop from a syringe needle in this illustration taken December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Australia will remain a divided nation with the vast mining state of Western......

Analysis: How Omicron highlights fading hope of herd immunity from COVID

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CHICAGO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant, which is spreading far faster than previous versions of the coronavirus, is not likely to help countries achieve so-called herd immunity against COVID-19, in which enough people become immune to the virus that it can no longer spread, leading disease experts say.......

Djokovic bets on a COVID cure as he quests for tennis history

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic arrives at Nikola Tesla Airport, after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Belgrade, Serbia January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Christopher Pike Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register COPENHAGEN, Jan 19 (Reuters)......

Betting Omicron has peaked, Johnson drops COVID rules in England

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People socially distance as they walk across Wandsworth Bridge amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, January 10, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PM Johnson set to announce easing of Plan B rules PM buffeted by lockdown party furore England seeks......

Australia calls on backpackers to help ease Omicron-fuelled labour shortage

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Victoria hospitals move to higher alert 67 deaths on Wed vs Tue record 77; nearly 80,000 new cases More deaths expected in next few weeks, officials say SYDNEY, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Australia threw out an invitation to backpackers on Wednesday, seeking reinforcements for a workforce crippled by an Omicron......

Canada approves Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, seeks supplies

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Travelers talk to a customs officer behind a “Mask Required” sign at Pearson International Airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 18, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register OTTAWA, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Canada on Monday approved Pfizer Inc’s......

Djokovic to play late match at Rod Laver Arena, pending court decision

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic practices at Melbourne Park as questions remain over the legal battle regarding his visa to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – World number......

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