U.S. schools should continue to use masks, latest CDC guidance says

Schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the 2020-2021 school year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday. The CDC in … Read More

COVID-19 cases in India hopefully stabilizing, as daily deaths stay near 4,000: officials

India reported its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three weeks on Saturday, with deaths still near the 4,000-mark, but federal health officials said cases and fatalities are … Read More

U.K. officials race to test, vaccinate as COVID-19 variant threatens reopening plans

Britain deployed public health officials, supported by the army, to distribute COVID-19 tests door-to-door in two northern England towns on Saturday in an effort to contain a fast-spreading variant that … Read More

Canada-U.S. border should be reopened amid new CDC mask guidance, congressman says

By Staff The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2021 5:47 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ A U.S. lawmaker who has … Read More

U.S. states, businesses scrambling to figure out new COVID-19 CDC mask guidance

More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully COVID-19 vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases. But other … Read More

WHO asks rich countries to donate COVID-19 jabs instead of vaccinating kids

The World Health Organization urged rich countries on Friday to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate COVID-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations. … Read More

India surpasses 24 million COVID-19 cases as mutant variant spreads across globe

The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in India climbed above 24 million on Friday amid reports that the highly transmissible coronavirus mutant first detected in the country was spreading across … Read More

Brazil ignored Pfizer’s offers of COVID-19 vaccine for months last year, company says

Pfizer repeatedly offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil’s Health Ministry between August and November last year, but got no answer from the government, Pfizer’s chief executive for Latin … Read More

COVID-19 vaccinated Americans can avoid masks in most places, CDC says

By David Shepardson Reuters Posted May 13, 2021 2:41 pm     Updated May 13, 2021 2:42 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font … Read More

U.S. schools unlikely to push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines anytime soon

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use in children as young as 12 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week – but do not expect schools … Read More

Amazon to offer $100 more to new U.S. hires with COVID-19 vaccination proof

Amazon.com Inc will give $100 more to new hires with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, the world’s largest e-commerce retailer said on Thursday, as part of its plan to employ 75,000 … Read More

Will you need a yearly COVID-19 booster shot? Some scientists aren’t so sure

COVID-19 vaccine developers are making ever bolder assertions that the world will need yearly booster shots, or new vaccines to tackle concerning coronavirus variants, but some scientists question when, or … Read More

Delaying 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose can help reduce deaths: study

Giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if certain … Read More

New Zealand to explore more ‘travel bubbles’ with other countries later this year

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday her government will explore more travel “bubbles” and lead trade delegations later this year to re-connect with a post-pandemic world after … Read More

From free beer to $1 million: What U.S. states are offering for COVID-19 vaccinations

Political leaders in the United States are resorting to desperate measures to convince more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. President Joe Biden is aiming to have enough of … Read More

Mixing COVID-19 vaccines appears safe — but no data on whether it works, U.K. study says

New preliminary data suggests that mixing Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines is safe, but it’s still too soon to tell whether combining doses will provide protection against the virus. The … Read More

‘The lost month of February’: COVID-19 was preventable, report shows

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented but due to a lack of world leadership, an outbreak turned into a global health catastrophe that has killed more than 3.3 million … Read More

Indian COVID-19 deaths surpass a quarter million as scientists race to trace variant

India said on Wednesday a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, pushing its overall death toll over a quarter million, while a … Read More

Rare but deadly ‘black fungus’ adds to India’s COVID-19 struggle

Doctors in India are being told to watch out for an extremely rare but often deadly “black fungus” that can afflict people with severe cases of COVID-19, as the country’s … Read More

Bolivia signs deal to import J&J vaccine from Canadian company, pending patent issues

A Canadian company hoping to contribute to the world’s vaccination efforts says it has reached a deal to provide 15 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine … Read More

‘Trying our best’: Tragedy grips small-town hospital in India amid COVID-19 crisis

In the emergency room of a public hospital in northern India on Tuesday, a man was trying to revive his mother who had just died from COVID-19-like symptoms. On another … Read More

U.K. allows indoor pints and movie theatres. When will Canada relax COVID-19 rules?

As the United Kingdom slowly eases COVID-19 restrictions, such as allowing people to have a pint indoors or take in a football game, experts say Canada may be months away … Read More

COVID-19 vaccinations could start for U.S. kids aged 12-15 this week

U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12 and said they could begin receiving shots as soon as Thursday, widening the country’s … Read More

Non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients have low risk of serious long-term effects, study says

Non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients have a low risk of serious long-term effects, but they report more visits to general practitioners following infection, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious … Read More

COVID-19 variant first seen in India designated as global concern, WHO says

By Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge and Silke Koltowitz Reuters Posted May 10, 2021 11:59 am     Updated May 10, 2021 12:08 pm Article Source

India COVID-19 cases continue to surge as calls for national lockdown grow

Indian coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record daily highs on Monday, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lock down the world’s second-most populous … Read More

India to recruit ex-army medics as COVID-19 overwhelms healthcare system, officials say

India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths … Read More

‘Unfair and unjust’: experts explain why some countries still don’t have COVID-19 jabs

At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad’s capital, there are no debates over which COVID-19 vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. … Read More

‘Unfair and unjust’: why some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all

At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad’s capital, there are no debates over which COVID-19 vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. … Read More

EU hasn’t ordered more AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines past June, official says

By Sybille de La Hamaide Reuters Posted May 9, 2021 9:48 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The European Union has … Read More

India’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign falters as cases grow

Since India opened COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults this month, hoping to tame a disastrous coronavirus surge sweeping across the country, the pace of administering the shots has dropped with … Read More

As India’s COVID-19 cases climb, neighbouring Bangladesh faces variant threats

India’s surge in COVID-19 cases is having a dangerous effect on neighbouring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination … Read More

COVID-19 variant first found in U.K. accounts for 70% of cases in Pakistan: researchers

A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70 per cent of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the … Read More

COVID-19 variant first found in U.K. accounts for 70% of cases in Pakistan: researcher

A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70 per cent of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the … Read More

U.S. stand on waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents is no ‘magic bullet’: European Union

European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the U.S. call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would bring no short or midterm relief. They instead urged … Read More

Southern India states lock down as country reports over 4,100 new COVID-19 deaths

Two southern states in India became the latest to declare lockdowns, as coronavirus cases surge at breakneck speed across the country and pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government … Read More

AstraZeneca considers seeking full U.S. approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca Plc may skip asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine and instead pursue the more time-intensive application for a full-fledged license to sell … Read More

U.S. bound international travellers can use some self COVID-19 tests: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that U.S.-bound international travellers can use some self COVID-19 tests to meet entry requirements. Read more: Canada’s vaccination rate … Read More

Modi faces growing pressure to lock down India as COVID-19 crisis devastates country

With coronavirus cases still surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid a debate whether restrictions imposed by … Read More

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine effective at preventing severe outcomes from 2 variants: studies

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was found to be extremely effective at preventing severe outcomes — like hospitalization and death — caused by more transmissible or vaccine-resistant variants, according to two recently-published … Read More

EU to consider patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

The European Union is willing to discuss a proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday, as drugmakers fought … Read More

Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy in COVID-19 infections caused by B.1.351 variant

Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51 per cent against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43 per cent in a … Read More

Australia reinstates COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney after new ‘mysterious’ case

Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair’s “travel bubble” on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of COVID-19 could spur a … Read More

India sets new record of 412K COVID-19 cases, nearly 4K deaths as infections spread

India reported a record 412,262 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from … Read More

Canada should ‘join forces’ with U.S. to support waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents: expert

The United States’ support of waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines is a “major first step” to aiding global efforts to end the pandmeic, one health expert says, but now … Read More

Canadians flying south for COVID-19 vaccines as U.S. demand for doses falls

With COVID-19 vaccine demand declining in the United States, some Canadians facing third-wave lockdowns are flying south to get inoculated, perhaps months earlier than they would be able to at … Read More

U.S. supports waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines: USTR

The United States supports waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Wednesday. These extraordinary times and circumstances of call for extraordinary measures. The … Read More

No one in Canada has 2nd AstraZeneca dose. Are blood clot risks the same?

As with all COVID-19-related science, data is still evolving. At this point, it’s not entirely clear whether the risk of blood clots differs between the first and second doses of … Read More

Risk of blood clots appears ‘even more rare’ on 2nd AstraZeneca dose: experts

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story erroneously stated no one in Canada had received a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This has been corrected.  As with all … Read More

Canada sends medical supplies to India as COVID-19 overwhelms country’s health care

Canada is sending medical supplies in an effort to support India’s COVID-19 response as the country faces a devastating second wave that has overwhelmed its health-care system. The federal government … Read More