Allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine are rare, report says

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine appear to be quite rare, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday, after over 4 million people … Read More

Masks, testing, distancing: Coronavirus measures now the rule in Biden’s White House

Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there’s a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus … Read More

COVID-19 variants could be spreading across Canada. Are labs doing enough to detect them?

Canadian labs have detected about two dozen cases of concerning COVID-19 variants in our country so far. Read more: Community spread of new COVID-19 variants may be happening in Canada: … Read More

Antibody can prevent COVID-19 infection in nursing, LTC homes: drugmaker Eli Lilly

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its antibody drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations. It’s the first … Read More

U.S. to require quarantine for all international travellers

Everyone travelling into the United States will soon be required to complete a quarantine upon arrival as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. U.S. President Joe Biden signed an order mandating the … Read More

America braces for Inauguration Day like no other as Biden set to emphasize call to unity

President-elect Joe Biden will officially become President of the United States in just a few short hours. But he is set to do so amid a political climate with tensions … Read More

Over 350 million in Asia going hungry due to coronavirus pandemic, UN says

United Nations agencies are warning that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region are going hungry as the coronavirus pandemic destroys jobs and pushes food prices higher. The … Read More

‘Shameful’: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 400K as Trump leaves office

As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had … Read More

‘We know this is real’: New clinics for coronavirus long-haulers crop up in U.S.

COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left. The 54-year-old New York City school secretary didn’t have any underlying health problems when she caught the coronavirus in … Read More

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, leaving experts worried

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it … Read More

Trump plan to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil rejected by Biden

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26 — a … Read More

Trump expected to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil: sources

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, two officials … Read More

New York’s Cuomo asks Pfizer to sell coronavirus vaccine doses directly to the state

By Kanishka Singh Reuters Posted January 18, 2021 5:03 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked … Read More

Norway changes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine use policy to consider excluding terminally ill

Norway has changed its policy on the use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to consider excluding the terminally ill, following reports of deaths in highly frail recipients after the … Read More

EU mulls coronavirus vaccination certificates for upcoming tourism season

The European Union sought Monday to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they’re allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use … Read More

Fauci says 100M coronavirus vaccinations in 100 days ‘absolutely a doable thing’

President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing,” Anthony Fauci, director of the … Read More

Canada unlikely to see election violence akin to U.S. unrest: Vance

Canada’s former chief of defence staff says he thinks the country is unlikely to encounter civil unrest similar to the sectarian election violence gripping the U.S. ahead of its upcoming … Read More

India launches world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. India … Read More

Inside the hunt for coronavirus variants in Canada

A genetic hunt is underway as Canadian scientists in a sophisticated, nationwide network of labs aim to detect and disrupt the new and highly contagious U.K. and South African variants … 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

Here’s a look at Biden’s $1.9T coronavirus stimulus, vaccine plan

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a US$1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy. The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with … Read More

Coronavirus: Global death toll hits 2M amid vaccine rollout

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the … Read More

Spain shuns coronavirus confinement as Europe kicks off 2021 with curfews

While most of Europe kicked off 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insist the new coronavirus variant causing havoc elsewhere is not to blame for a … Read More

Germany’s Merkel wanted ‘mega-lockdown’ as country broke COVID-19 death record: report

BERLIN, Jan 14 (Reuters) — Germany recorded a new record number of deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting calls for an even tighter lockdown after the country emerged relatively … Read More

No plans for ‘divisive’ vaccine passports for Canadians, Trudeau says

As shots of the novel coronavirus vaccine continue to roll out across Canada and other parts of the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government has no plans to … Read More

The world needs a ‘re-engaged’ America amid global power shift: Trudeau

Canada and other U.S. allies are looking to President-elect Joe Biden to re-engage with the world amid shifting global power struggles and pressing challenges facing the environment and free trade … 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

Second year of pandemic ‘could even be tougher’ as coronavirus surges, WHO says

The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic may be tougher than the first given how the new coronavirus is spreading, especially in the northern hemisphere as more infectious variants circulate, … Read More

Magic mushrooms grew in man’s blood after he injected them as a tea

A U.S. man was hospitalized with organ failure after he injected himself with a tea made from psychedelic mushrooms, which later started growing in his veins. The unusual and dangerous … Read More

NHL reports 27 players have tested positive for novel coronavirus

The NHL says 27 players returned positive COVID-19 tests during training camps as the league prepares to open its season. The league said in a release Tuesday that it conducted approximately … Read More

‘I made mistakes’: Man changes mind on wearing a mask after COVID-19 hospitalization

Chuck Stacey rarely ever wore a mask living in Inlet Beach, Fla. Then he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Since then, he said his health has rapidly deteriorated. After … Read More

China says it will not charge people for getting vaccinated against coronavirus

China will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge once they become available to the general public, government authorities said on Saturday. National Health Commission official Zheng Zhongwei said that while … Read More

Amid shortages, 2nd dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine can be delayed: WHO

World Health Organization experts on Friday issued recommendations that the interval between administration of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus can be extended to up to six … 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

What the COVID-19 variant from South Africa means for pandemic, vaccines

Like all other viruses, COVID-19 continues to mutate. Fears are rising over the latest variant, this time discovered in South Africa. Read more: COVID-19 variant found in South Africa might … Read More

U.K. hospitals struggle as new coronavirus variant takes heavy toll

England’s National Health Service is accustomed to tough winters — and caring for people on overcrowded wards sometimes means moving patients into the corridor. But this is different. Now some … 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

New York, Florida to punish hospitals not dispensing coronavirus vaccines quickly enough

More than two-thirds of the 15 million coronavirus vaccines shipped within the United States have so far gone unused, U.S. health officials said on Monday, as the governors of New … Read More

‘Confusion’: Airlines slam new coronavirus test rules for travellers returning to Canada

Airlines say a slew of questions remain about the federal government’s decision to require passengers returning to Canada to show negative results on COVID-19 tests taken abroad. Transport Minister Marc … Read More

No evidence coronavirus vaccine will work if second shot comes too late: Pfizer-BioNTech

BioNTech and partner Pfizer warned on Monday that they had no evidence that their jointly developed vaccine will continue to protect against COVID-19 if the booster shot is given later … Read More

India approves AstraZeneca, locally made coronavirus vaccines

India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, paving the way for a huge inoculation program to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the world’s second most populous country. The country’s drugs … Read More

Biden promises vastly different approach to COVID-19 pandemic

When Joe Biden is sworn-in as president of the United States, it will mark the beginning of a new era in the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans … Read More

Britain to allow coronavirus vaccine mixing on rare occasions

Britain will allow people to be given shots of different COVID-19 vaccines on rare occasions, despite a lack of evidence about the extent of immunity offered by mixing doses. In … Read More

Police in France shut down illegal rave party defying coronavirus restrictions

Several hundred French police on Saturday shut down an illegal rave party in northwestern France that had been underway since New Year’s Eve in defiance of a curfew and coronavirus … Read More

As U.S. hits 20 million coronavirus cases, lawmakers call for action on vaccine plan

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney on Friday urged the U.S. government to immediately enlist veterinarians, combat medics and others in an all-out national campaign to administer coronavirus vaccinations and slow a … Read More

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