England's COVID prevalence rises to new highest level since January, ONS says

FILE PHOTO: People walk along a busy shopping street in the centre of Liverpool, Britain, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Phil NobleLONDON (Reuters) – The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England increased to around 1 in 50 people in the week ending Oct 22, Britain’s Office for National Statistics said on Friday, reaching its highest level since the start of the year. […]

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Malaysia to buy Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

FILE PHOTO: Nurses prepare doses of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the secondary school students at a school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia said on Friday it would proceed with the procurement of the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children, following a U.S. expert panel’s […]

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UK has no plans to scrap COVID red travel list, PM's spokesman says

FILE PHOTO: A worker sanitises a barrier at the International arrivals area of Terminal 5 in London’s Heathrow Airport, Britain, August 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Britain has no plans to scrap a travel red list country system that requires arrivals to stay in a hotel to quarantine, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday. […]

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US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

Two weeks before a new vaccination requirement kicks in for most foreign travelers to the U.S., the Biden administration detailed the new international COVID-19 air travel polices, including exemptions for kids, and new federal contact tracing requirements. Beginning on Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, […]

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Russia asks pension-age doctors to return as COVID-19 cases soar

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia called on pension-age doctors who quit during the pandemic for safety reasons to return to their jobs on Thursday as the authorities reported a record one-day tally of COVID-19 cases as well as a record number of deaths.FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists walk inside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia October […]

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Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

(Reuters) – A U.S. CDC advisory panel on Thursday recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and some adults with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk of severe disease.FILE PHOTO: Dr Michelle Chester from Northwell Health prepares to administer a Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Long Island […]

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Sweden eyes giving third COVID vaccine dose to more people

FILE PHOTO: People wait to get a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a night club which was turned into a mass vaccination center, in Stockholm, Sweden, April 16, 2021. Carl-Olof Zimmerman/TT News Agency/via REUTERS STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden is looking into giving a third dose COVID vaccine to a larger part of the population over fears that the […]

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Uganda loosens anti-coronavirus restrictions as pandemic ebbs

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday eased anti-coronavirus restrictions, including allowing resumption of education for universities and other post-secondary institutions, citing a decline in infections in the country.FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia October 23, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via […]

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Exclusive-U.S. could authorize Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids age 5-11 in October -sources

(Reuters) -Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.Slideshow ( 2 images )The timeline is based on the expectation that Pfizer, which developed the shot with Germany’s BioNTech, will have enough data from clinical trials […]

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U.S. FDA to review use of GBT's blood disorder therapy in children

(Reuters) – Global Blood Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had granted priority review for two applications related to its treatment for sickle cell disease in children. The company has filed for an accelerated approval of Oxbryta for the treatment of the disease in children aged four to 11 years and has also sought clearance […]

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