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White House to set date for Covid vaccination of babies

US regulators will soon approve Covid-19 vaccines for children under five, a top White House health adviser has told reporters, suggesting the green light could come as soon as this month.  Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said the Food and Drug …

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Fauci speaks on future of Covid-19 boosters

Chief US health adviser Anthony Fauci has said the United States and other countries will be dealing with Covid-19 for some time to come, suggesting the need for universal yearly vaccinations. Speaking with New York’s PIX 11 television station in an interview on Sunday, Fauci was asked about the future …

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World as vulnerable as before Covid – WHO

When it comes to future pandemics, a lack of progress on international health regulation coupled with economic woes may have left the world in a “worse place” than before the onset of Covid-19, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. The international community’s pandemic-response tools are still inadequate, …

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North Korea declares Covid emergency

North Korea has announced a national emergency after its first officially acknowledged Covid-19 outbreak, imposing tough quarantine measures after long claiming to have kept cases at zero throughout the pandemic. The ruling Workers’ Party of Korea “discussed the problem of coping with the quarantine crisis” during a meeting on Thursday, …

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Congress pushes arming Ukraine over Covid aid to Americans

Democrats will make a separate $10 billion coronavirus funding proposal so the nearly $40 billion in weapons and other aid to Ukraine could get approved more quickly ahead of a “critical” deadline, US President Joe Biden said on Monday.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) originally had funding for Covid-19 treatments, …

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FDA restricts Covid vaccine over safety issues

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has limited its approval of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine to those over the age of 18, pointing to dangerous side effects observed in younger recipients.  The agency announced the move in a press release on Thursday following a review of data, saying …

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Top US diplomat tests positive for Covid

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon, the State Department announced. Blinken is experiencing only mild symptoms and will work from home until he can return to Foggy Bottom, his spokesman added.  “The Secretary is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and is …

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EU state halts Covid vaccination

Denmark has declared an end to its Covid-19 vaccination drive for now, becoming the first country to formally halt inoculations as officials point to increasingly strong immunity among residents. The Danish Health Authority announced the decision earlier this week, saying that due to vaccinations and infections, “total immunity of the …

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Court rules on UK government Covid response

British health authorities violated the law by overlooking the risk of placing untested elderly patients into care homes in the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the High Court ruled on Wednesday. Two women – Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris, who lost their fathers to the virus in early 2020 …

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White House to appeal Covid mask ruling

The White House will seek to reinstate a federal mask requirement on public transportation after the rule was tossed out by a judge earlier this week, with the Justice Department citing a recent assessment by US health officials.  A notice of appeal was filed in a federal court in Tampa, Florida …

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