COVID-19

US Donates 3.5 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses to Nigeria

US Donates 3.5 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses to Nigeria

The United States is sending more than 3.5 million doses of the two-shot Pfizer vaccine to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, a White House official told VOA on Tuesday. “We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions,” the official said. “Our vaccines do not come with …

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Fewer in US Turn to Food Banks, But Millions Still in Need

Fewer in US Turn to Food Banks, But Millions Still in Need

Hunger and food insecurity across the United States have dropped measurably over the past six months, but the need remains far above pre-pandemic levels. And specialists in hunger issues warn that the situation for millions of families remains extremely fragile.  An Associated Press review of bulk distribution numbers from hundreds …

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New Zealand Extends COVID-19 Lockdowns

New Zealand Extends COVID-19 Lockdowns

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the South Pacific island nation is at “one of the most challenging moments in the COVID-19 pandemic” as lockdown restrictions in Auckland are extended by at least a week. Forty-three new community cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday in New Zealand. The number of infections might be small compared to other countries, but …

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Texas Governor Bars All COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in State 

Texas Governor Bars All COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in State 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday barring all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers.  Abbott’s move sets him up for a clash with President Joe Biden, a Democrat who last month called on employers nationwide to order their workers to …

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WHO Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shot for Immunocompromised

WHO Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shot for Immunocompromised

The World Health Organization is recommending that people with weakened immune systems be given a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. A panel of WHO vaccine advisers said the additional dose would help immunocompromised people because that population is less likely to respond to a standard vaccination, and they are …

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New Zealand ‘Left Us Out to Dry’ in Pandemic, Maori Leader Says

New Zealand ‘Left Us Out to Dry’ in Pandemic, Maori Leader Says

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has recorded almost 238 million global COVID infections and nearly 5 million deaths. The center said early Monday that nearly 6.5 billion vaccines have been administered worldwide.  Maori politicians say that New Zealand could be guilty of committing “modern genocide” if it goes forward …

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