Malaysia king meets politicians as discontent rumbles over virus crisis

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s king started a series of meetings with leaders of political parties on Wednesday, amid public discontent over the government’s handling of a coronavirus crisis that has forced the nation into a third lockdown.FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, inspects an honour guard during the 62nd Merdeka Day (Independence Day) celebrations in […]

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Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK COVID-19 variants

HANOI (Reuters) -Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, the health minister said on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: Medical workers in protective suits stand outside a quarantined building amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Thanh HueAfter successfully containing […]

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EU regulator backs Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares to dilute a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Singapore March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo(Reuters) -Europe’s medicines regulator on Friday backed the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12, paving way for a broader roll-out in the region after similar clearances in the […]

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German researchers tie cold viruses used to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to rare blood clot risk

Slideshow ( 3 images )(Reuters) – German researchers on Wednesday said that based on laboratory research, they believed they have found the cause of the rare but serious blood clotting events among some people who received COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca Plc and Johnson & Johnson. The researchers, in a study not yet reviewed by experts, said COVID-19 vaccines that […]

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Italy to introduce 20% tax break for R&D of drugs including COVID-19 vaccines – draft

FILE PHOTO: A researcher works inside a laboratory during the development of the Italian ReiThera COVID-19 vaccine, in this undated handout photo in Rome, Italy. REITHERA/Handout via REUTERS (Adds dropped word in headline) ROME (Reuters) – Italy will introduce tax breaks of 20% for companies conducting research and development for innovative drugs, including COVID-19 vaccines, provided they grant non exclusive […]

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In pandemic milestone, US lifts indoor mask guidance for vaccinated people

The top US health agency on Thursday said it was lifting mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a watershed moment that President Joe Biden called “a great day” in the long pandemic fight. The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked an abrupt turnaround after more than a year of urging people […]

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U.S. CDC finds more clotting cases after J&J vaccine, sees causal link

CHICAGO (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it had found more cases of potentially life-threatening blood clotting among people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and sees a “plausible causal association”.FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front […]

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Pandemic plateauing with deaths and cases declining – WHO

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoGENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Monday the world was seeing a plateauing in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, […]

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