New York Variant Harbors a Third Worrisome Mutation

(Reuters) – Researchers are learning more about the SARS-CoV-2 variant that’s on the rise in New York City. The variant is known to contain the same E484K mutation seen in variants in Brazil and South Africa that is believed to make COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapies less effective, as well as a mutation called S477N that helps the virus bind […]

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Amid Scramble for COVID-19 Vaccine, Latin America Turns to Russia

LA PAZ (Reuters) – As Bolivia struggled late last year to secure deals with large drug firms to supply COVID-19 vaccines, the incoming president, Luis Arce, turned to Russia for help. By the end of December, Bolivia clinched its first major COVID-19 vaccine deal, with enough shots for some 20% of the population. The first Sputnik V doses arrived in […]

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South Korea’s Fertility Rate Falls to Lowest in the World

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s fertility rate fell to the lowest in the world last year, data showed on Wednesday, as uncertainty over the coronavirus discouraged couples from marrying and having children. The number of expected babies per South Korean woman fell to 0.84 in 2020, dropping further from the country’s previous record low of 0.92 a year earlier, the […]

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Israel’s COVID Vaccination Pass Opens Fast Track to Normal Life

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel reopened swathes of its economy including malls and leisure facilities on Sunday, with the government saying the start of a return to routine was enabled by COVID-19 vaccines administered to almost half the population. Shops were open to all. But access to gyms, hotels and theatres was limited to people with a “Green Pass”: those who […]

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