COVID-19

Johnson: Britain Sticking to Its Plan, Despite COVID Surge

Johnson: Britain Sticking to Its Plan, Despite COVID Surge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is resisting calls by some public health officials to implement new COVID-19 restrictions, despite a surge of new infections hitting the nation. The Health Ministry reported 52,000 new infections on Thursday, with a daily average the past week of more than 44,000 — a 16% increase from the previous week. The World Health Organization reported this week that Britain has among the highest number …

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US Hits 200 Million COVID Vaccine Donations Worldwide

US Hits 200 Million COVID Vaccine Donations Worldwide

The United States on Thursday marked the successful distribution of 200 million COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries, a move the White House says fulfills President Joe Biden’s vow to become “the world’s arsenal of vaccines.”  “Today, Americans have 200 million reasons to be proud,” read a statement from …

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Marathon COVID-19 Lockdown Ends in Melbourne, Australia

Marathon COVID-19 Lockdown Ends in Melbourne, Australia

A COVID-19 lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne — officially the world’s most locked down city — will end Thursday. Restrictions on leaving home will be lifted and a nighttime curfew will be scrapped because the state of Victoria has met its double dose vaccination target of 70%.  Since …

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US Regulators OK Mixing COVID Vaccines

US Regulators OK Mixing COVID Vaccines

U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food and Drug Administration’s decisions mark a big step …

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Disputes Over Vaccination Mandates Multiplying in US

Disputes Over Vaccination Mandates Multiplying in US

Disputes over coronavirus vaccination mandates are multiplying in the U.S. and could markedly increase in the coming weeks as new directives take effect. White House officials are fine-tuning President Joe Biden’s order that about 80 million workers at businesses with 100 or more employees be vaccinated or get tested regularly, …

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White House Announces Plan to Vaccinate Children

White House Announces Plan to Vaccinate Children

The White House announced Wednesday it has a plan in place to vaccinate every child age five to 11 in the United States, pending the anticipated approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children in next few weeks.  During a virtual briefing with reporters, White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zients said …

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Putin Imposes Week-Long Workplace Shutdown to Combat COVID-19

Putin Imposes Week-Long Workplace Shutdown to Combat COVID-19

Soaring cases of COVID-19 and related deaths have prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to approve a Cabinet proposal for a week-long workplace shutdown.  Russia reported a record high 1,028 coronavirus deaths Wednesday over the past 24 hours, the highest daily death toll since the pandemic began, boosting the country’s death …

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New York City Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for City Workers

New York City Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for City Workers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a vaccine mandate for city workers Wednesday. The order calls for employees, including police officers and firefighters, to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 29 or else they will be placed on unpaid leave. The mayor’s …

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