Russia, China using their COVID-19 vaccines to gain political power: experts

China and Russia have been using their locally produced COVID-19 vaccines to grow their international soft power by giving doses to desperate countries in order to have more political influence … Read More

China offering coupons, free eggs as incentive for population to get COVID-19 vaccine

China’s success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated. So it is accelerating its inoculation campaign by offering incentives … Read More

Animals likely source of COVID-19, WHO investigation says

A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a … Read More

Hong Kong halts use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine due to defective packaging

Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids. The city’s government said the suspension … Read More

China urges relaxed public to get COVID-19 vaccine

In China, the problem doesn’t seem to be a shortage of vaccine. Rather, with the COVID-19 outbreak largely under control at home, not enough people want to get the shot. … Read More

China streamlines visas for domestic COVID-19 vaccine recipients in Hong Kong

China‘s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said that it will simplify mainland China visa applications for foreigners in the city who have been inoculated with Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. The simplified process, effective from Monday, resumes … Read More

China launches coronavirus vaccine certificates to allow cross-border travel

China has launched a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate for its citizens planning cross-border travels, joining other countries issuing similar documents as they seek ways to reopen their economies. As vaccines … Read More

China hits back at allegations from U.S. of lack of transparency about coronavirus

China fired back at the U.S. on Sunday over allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld some information about the coronavirus outbreak from World Health Organization (WHO) investigators. In a … Read More

China widens approval for coronavirus Sinovac vaccine use beyond high-risk groups

China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Regulators … Read More

A world upside down: Wuhan returns to normal while rest of the world reels

Bin Zhang recalls first hearing the rumours in early January 2020 about a dangerous, SARS-like virus that was spreading like wildfire. His wife’s relatives worked in a hospital in Wuhan, … Read More

China gave WHO experts full access to probe coronavirus origins in Wuhan: team member

A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan said the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they … Read More

Coronavirus: WHO team visits research lab in Wuhan, China

World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. The … Read More

WHO team visits food market in Wuhan, China to search for coronavirus clues

A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited the food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was linked to many … Read More

Anal swabs to become China’s No. 2 method for COVID-19 testing

Chinese citizens are clenching up at an invasive new form of COVID-19 testing in the country: anal swabs. State-controlled media has floated the notion of anal swabbing for “high risk … Read More

Son of coronavirus victim demands to meet WHO expert team in Wuhan, China

A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are … Read More

A year after Wuhan coronavirus lockdown, trauma and anger toward China remain

Walking through Wuhan today, it might be hard to believe it was once ground zero for the novel coronavirus pandemic. One year after the Chinese city of 11 million was … Read More

Coronavirus: Toronto doctor reflects on Canada’s 1st COVID-19 case, one year later

It was Jan. 23, 2020, when a 56-year-old man, who had just arrived back in the Toronto area from Wuhan, China, became Canada’s first case of COVID-19 — though the … Read More

Wuhan, China returns to normal as world continues to battle coronavirus pandemic

A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown, bringing the bustling central Chinese industrial and transport centre to a … Read More

China builds new hospital in 5 days to fight surge in coronavirus cases

China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in five days to fight a surge in infections in a city south of Beijing, state media reported. The … Read More

WHO team arrives in Wuhan. Here’s what the probe into COVID-19’s origins involves

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit … Read More

WHO experts tasked with investigating coronavirus origins land in China

A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about … Read More

China imposes new travel restrictions as province sees spike in coronavirus cases

Chinese authorities on Wednesday imposed travel restrictions and banned gatherings in the capital city of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, in the latest escalation of measures to stave off another … Read More

China seeks to avoid blame for coronavirus pandemic as WHO probe looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, … Read More

Chinese developer says coronavirus vaccine 79% effective, lower than earlier data

A vaccine developed by a unit of China National Biotec Group (CNBG) is 79.34% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 and the company is seeking regulatory approval for general public … Read More

Bank of China, anti-abortion groups among coronavirus wage subsidy recipients

The Canadian branch of the Bank of China and anti-abortion groups are among some of the recipients of the federal wage subsidy. The Canada Revenue Agency on Monday released a searchable … Read More

Foreign minister raised troubling U.S. report on ‘Havana syndrome’ with Cuban counterpart

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says he raised with his Cuban counterpart a troubling new report by leading U.S. scientists that found the most plausible cause of ‘Havana syndrome’ is … Read More

China to prioritize front-line workers in coronavirus vaccine rollout: official

China will soon begin coronavirus inoculations for workers in health care, transport and border control, a senior official said Saturday, with those priority groups . Vice Minister of the National … Read More

WHO says China will welcome team to probe coronavirus origins in January

Beijing will welcome an international team of COVID-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the mission. China has strongly opposed calls for … Read More

UAE says Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine 86% effective, but few details on data

The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday a Chinese coronavirus vaccine tested in the federation of sheikhdoms is 86% effective, in a statement that provided few details but marked the first … Read More

China testing imported food packaging for coronavirus, angering several countries

Major food-producing countries are growing increasingly frustrated with China’s scrutiny of imported products and are calling on it to stop aggressive testing for the coronavirus, which some say is tantamount … Read More

North Korea claims dust from China carries coronavirus, warns people to stay inside

North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors, saying seasonal yellow dust blowing in from China might carry the new coronavirus into the country. “As the new coronavirus infections … Read More

China fires 2 health officials after new coronavirus outbreak in northern city

A hospital president and the director of the health commission in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao have been fired after China’s latest coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Thursday. A brief … Read More

Majority of Americans blame coronavirus on U.S. government, poll shows

More Americans blame the U.S. government instead of foreign nations for the coronavirus crisis in the United States, a rebuke to the Trump administration’s contention that China or other countries … Read More

China says WHO supported early use of coronavirus vaccine candidate outside of trials

The World Health Organization supported China’s campaign to vaccinate certain people against coronavirus in July while clinical trials were still under way, a Chinese health official said on Friday, although … Read More

Chinese pharma leak infects thousands with bacterial disease

Thousands of people in northwestern China have tested positive for brucellosis, a disease that commonly infects livestock, after a pharmaceutical factory accidentally vented bacteria into the air last year, officials … Read More

China honours ‘heroes’ of coronavirus fight, ignoring criticism of pandemic origins

President Xi Jinping honoured the “heroes” of China’s “people’s war” against COVID-19 at a ceremony on Tuesday, lauding the country’s resilience as well as the decisive role played in containment … Read More

China coronavirus vaccine candidate appears safe for older people: preliminary results

Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd said on Monday its coronavirus vaccine candidate appeared to be safe for older people, according to preliminary results from an early to mid-stage trial, while … Read More

Hong Kong launches China-led mass coronavirus testing program, prompting concerns

Hong Kong began a voluntary mass-testing program for coronavirus Tuesday as part of a strategy to break the chain of transmission in the city’s third outbreak of the disease. The … Read More

Done properly, night curfews can be helpful in curbing coronavirus outbreaks, experts say

Night curfews have been implemented in various countries around the world to help curb novel coronavirus outbreaks. In Australia’s Victoria, a late night curfew was enforced in August for a … Read More

Hong Kong to impose strict social distancing measures after spike in COVID-19 cases

Hong Kong will impose strict new social distancing measures from midnight Tuesday, the most stringent in the Asian financial hub since the coronavirus broke out, as authorities warn the risk … Read More

China’s CanSino in talks for large-scale trial of potential coronavirus vaccine overseas

Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, its co-founder said on … Read More

U.S. allies, China criticize Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from WHO

Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally … Read More

Trump’s ‘strong wall’ to guard against coronavirus outbreak in China had holes: records

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic — a “strong wall” … Read More

New flu strain in China with ‘pandemic potential’ needs watching, researchers say

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study … Read More

South Korea’s capital eyes stronger restrictions as coronavirus cases climb

South Korea has reported 42 new infections of COVID-19 as infections steadily climb in the greater capital area, forcing authorities to consider stronger social restrictions. The figures announced by the … Read More

Coronavirus: Italy sees drop in deaths as cases in China stabilize

China has extended COVID-19 tests to newly reopened salons amid a drop in cases, while South Korea continues to face new infections after it eased social distancing rules to lift … Read More

Germany cautions coronavirus pandemic far from over as economies restart

German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, as regional outbreaks gave rise to fears of a second wave. Two of the largest U.S. … Read More

China sees new coronavirus cases go down following outbreak in Beijing

China reported a further decline in newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 13 cases. Eleven were in Beijing, where mass testing has been carried out following an … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. cases rise to highest level in 2 months as China tames new outbreak

BEIJING ⁠— New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the … Read More

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