COVID-19

WHO: COVID End ‘in Sight,’ Deaths at Lowest Since March 2020

The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide last week was the lowest reported in the pandemic since March 2020, marking what could be a turning point in the years-long global outbreak. At a press briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom …

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EU Regulator Backs Pfizer’s Omicron-Adapted Vaccine Booster

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday recommended a COVID-19 booster designed to combat the currently circulating Omicron BA.4/5 subvariants, days after endorsing a pair of boosters tailored to target the older BA.1 Omicron variant. The latest recommendation is for a so-called bivalent vaccine developed by Pfizer PFE.N and BioNTech …

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China Quarantines College Students Under Strict COVID Policy  

Almost 500 students at China’s premier college for broadcast journalists have been sent to a quarantine center after a handful of COVID-19 cases were detected in their dormitory. The 488 students at Communication University of China, along with 19 teachers and five assistants, were transferred by bus beginning Friday night. …

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Can New COVID-19 Boosters Spell the End for Omicron? 

Americans are pondering whether to get the updated COVID-19 boosters that U.S. authorities recently approved. Experts told VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias that while fast-tracked, these so-called “bivalent” vaccines are safe and should be readily available to the rest of the world.  Videographer/Video editor: Veronica Balderas Iglesias 

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US Orders 100 Million COVID Tests, White House Says More Needed

The United States will boost its stockpile of at-home COVID-19 tests, ordering more than 100 million tests from domestic manufacturers, the White House said on Thursday, but warned it was a short-term solution.  President Joe Biden’s administration has repeatedly and unsuccessfully asked Congress for more pandemic money. It said last …

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Explainer: Is COVID-19 Winding Down? Scientists Say No

Is the coronavirus on its way out? You might think so. New, updated booster shots are being rolled out to better protect against the variants circulating now. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped COVID-19 quarantine and distancing recommendations. And more people have thrown off their masks …

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UK to Begin Rollout of New COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

The U.K. will begin its autumn COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the coming weeks after authorizing booster shots made by Pfizer and Moderna that have been modified to target both the original virus and the widely circulating omicron variant. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said Saturday that it had …

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