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Walgreens keeps forecast as waning COVID vaccine demand weighs

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June 30 (Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O)on Thursday maintained its full-year earnings forecast due to declining COVID vaccinations, even as the drugstore retailer beat quarterly estimates on the back of strength in its UK-based Boots business. Shares of the second-biggest U.S. drugstore retailer by store count fell 4%......

U.S. appeals court vacates federal vaccine mandate pending additional hearing

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WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court panel said on Monday it would convene a full panel to reconsider President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring civilian federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and set aside the order pending that hearing. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the......

IMF board concludes reviews for Ecuador, unlocking $1 billion

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A woman and girl push their bikes past closed produce stalls at a market during anti-government protests as opposition lawmakers push for the removal of Ecuador’s conservative President Guillermo Lasso after nearly two weeks of mass protests led by indigenous groups demanding lower fuel and food prices, in Quito, Ecuador......

U.S. COVID vaccines start to roll out for young children

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June 21 (Reuters) – The United States has begun distributing COVID vaccines for children as young as six months around the country, and availability of the shots will improve in the coming days, according to White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. U.S. regulators authorized Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) two-dose......

Some Omicron sub-variants escaping antibodies from Sinopharm shot – Chinese study

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A vial labelled “Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine” is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, June 21 (Reuters) – A small Chinese study detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal showed neutralising antibodies against some Omicron sub-variants were......

COVID vaccine rollout for U.S. children close after CDC panel vote

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention......

WHO looks into reports of monkeypox virus in semen

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LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation is looking into reports that the monkeypox virus is present in the semen of patients, exploring the possibility that the disease could be sexually transmitted, a WHO official said on Wednesday. Many cases in the current monkeypox outbreak, largely centred on......

U.S. FDA advisers overwhelmingly back Moderna COVID vaccine for ages 6-17

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A pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 14 (Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unanimously recommended that the agency......

WHO says monkeypox ‘containable’ as more govts start limited vaccinations

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‘Let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill’ – WHO official Authorities investigate 237 suspected, confirmed cases of virus France, Denmark latest to consider target vaccinations GENEVA, May 24 (Reuters) – The outbreak of monkeypox cases outside of Africa can be contained, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday,......

Quad leaders vow free and open Indo-Pacific, action on climate

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TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – The four leaders of the “Quad” group of countries vowed on Tuesday to work together for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to fight climate change, as they met for talks aimed at standing up to an increasingly assertive China. U.S. President Joe Biden,......

AstraZeneca says EU regulator approves COVID shot as booster

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May 23 (Reuters) – Drugmaker AstraZeneca (AZN.L) said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine, Vaxzevria, has been approved in the European Union by the bloc’s drugs regulator as a third-dose booster in adults following a committee endorsement last week. The vaccine can now be used as a booster following the two-dose......

Spain monkeypox cases tally reaches 30, mostly linked to sauna

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A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MADRID/LISBON, May 20......

Mozambique detects first case of polio in 30 years

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CAPE TOWN, May 18 (Reuters) – Mozambique on Wednesday declared a polio outbreak after the virus was detected in a child living in the northeastern Tete region, the first case of the poliovirus in the country in almost three decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. The case, which marks......

World in no better place to fight pandemics than before COVID – review

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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 LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – The world is no better prepared for a new pandemic than it was when......

China relaxes some COVID test rules for U.S., other travellers

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Medical staff members check the temperature of people as they enter at Capital Airport, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China, November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) – China has removed certain COVID-19 test......

U.S. FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID booster shot for young children

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May 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the use of a booster shot of Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, making everyone in the country over the age of 5 eligible for a third shot. The U.S. Centers......

U.S. will share COVID-19 vaccine technology, Biden tells global summit

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WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – The United States will share technologies used to make COVID-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization and is working to expand rapid testing and antiviral treatments for hard-to-reach populations, President Joe Biden said on Thursday. Speaking at the second global COVID-19 summit, Biden called on......

WHO chief’s remarks on China’s COVID policy blocked on country’s social media

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, May 11 (Reuters) – A United Nations Weibo post on the World Health Organization chief’s comments that China’s zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy......

Senators rebuke U.S. trade chief over lack of consultation

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U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Biden’s trade policy agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – A contingent of six U.S. senators led......

Analysis: Test, test, test? Scientists question costly mass COVID checks

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COPENHAGEN/LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – For many people worldwide, having cotton swabs thrust up their nose or down their throat to test for COVID-19 has become a routine and familiar annoyance. But two years into the pandemic, health officials in some countries are questioning the merits of repeated, mass testing......

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