COVID-19

Moderna Sues Pfizer Over Patents Behind COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna is suing Pfizer and the German drugmaker BioNTech, accusing its main competitors of copying Moderna’s technology in order to make their own vaccine. Moderna said Friday that Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine Comirnaty infringes on patents Moderna filed several years ago protecting the technology behind its preventive …

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NKorea Says Fever Cases in Locked-Down Province Were Flu

North Korea said Friday it had confirmed that cases of unknown fever reported near its border with China were patients with the flu, state media reported. On Thursday the country said that it had locked down the area and mobilized medical teams after four fever cases were reported from Ryanggang …

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North Korea Sees Suspected COVID-19 Cases After Victory Claim

North Korea on Thursday said it found four new fever cases in its border region with China that may have been caused by coronavirus infections, two weeks after leader Kim Jong Un declared a widely disputed victory over COVID-19. North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said health workers were …

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WHO: COVID Deaths Down by 15%, Cases Fall Nearly Everywhere

The number of coronavirus deaths reported worldwide fell by 15% in the past week while new infections dropped by 9%, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In its latest weekly assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. health agency said there were 5.3 million new cases and more than 14,000 …

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Philippine Classrooms Reopen After More Than Two Years

Millions of children in the Philippines returned to school as the academic year started on Monday, with many taking their seats in classrooms for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The Philippines is one of the last countries in the world to resume full-time, in-person lessons — sparking …

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Jill Biden Tests Negative for COVID-19, Will Go to Delaware 

First lady Jill Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will leave South Carolina, where she had isolated since vacationing with President Joe Biden, and rejoin him at their Delaware beach home, her office said Sunday.  The White House announced on Tuesday that the 71-year-old first lady, who like her …

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Japan PM Tests Positive for COVID-19, Symptoms Mild 

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said Sunday, a week before the leader was expected to attend an African development conference in Tunisia. Kishida took a PCR test “after experiencing a mild temperature and a cough” from Saturday evening, an official from the Prime …

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WHO Experts Recommend COVID Booster Shots for High-Risk People 

A group of World Health Organization experts is recommending COVID-19 booster shots for people at the highest risk of severe illness and death. The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization or SAGE, which met in extraordinary session August 11, issued its updated guidance Thursday. SAGE recommends continued use of …

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