COVID-19

US Mask Mandates Extended on Many Transportation Modes 

As mask mandates are disappearing around the United States, Americans will have to continue wearing masks on airplanes, in airports, on buses and on trains and transit for another month.  The Biden administration was set to announce the extension of the mandate, which will last until at least April 18. …

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WHO Concerned About Drop in COVID-19 Testing

The World Health Organization expressed concern Wednesday that many countries are drastically reducing COVID-19 testing, inhibiting the ability of public health professionals to monitor where the coronavirus is, how it’s spreading and how it’s evolving. During a briefing at agency headquarters in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that …

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Hong Kong COVID-19 Death Rate Is Worst in World

Hong Kong holds the world’s worst death rate for COVID-19, though the worst wave of the coronavirus has peaked, according to health experts.    Faced with unprecedented spread of the omicron variant, Hong Kong has seen cases spiral, which has led authorities to impose tough measures and compulsory testing.    …

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Moderna to Build Facility in Kenya

American biotechnology firm Moderna has announced plans to build a $500 million vaccine production facility in Kenya. Once built, the facility will produce about half a billion doses of vaccines per year, including vaccines for COVID-19 and HIV. Health experts say the U.S. and African Union-supported facility will help address …

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WHO Says COVID Boosters Needed, Reversing Previous Call

An expert group convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday it “strongly supports urgent and broad access” to booster doses, in a reversal of the U.N. agency’s previous insistence that boosters weren’t necessary and contributed to vaccine inequity. In a statement, WHO said its expert group concluded that immunization …

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Study: COVID-19 Can Cause Brain Shrinkage, Memory Loss

COVID-19 can cause the brain to shrink, reduce grey matter in the regions that control emotion and memory, and damage areas that control the sense of smell, an Oxford University study has found. The scientists said that the effects were even seen in people who had not been hospitalized with …

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WHO, other UN agencies, Monitoring Animal Transmission of COVID-19

The World Health Organization, along with two other United Nations agencies, said Monday they are monitoring the transmission of COVID-19 among animal populations for fear it could facilitate the emergence of new variants. In a joint statement along with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal …

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Death Toll Nears 6 Million as Pandemic Enters Its 3rd Year

The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now entering its third year, is far from over. The milestone is the latest tragic reminder of the unrelenting nature of the pandemic even as people are shedding masks, travel …

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