Coronavirus latest: Novavax seeks emergency use approval from WHO for its Covid vaccine

Coronavirus latest: Novavax seeks emergency use approval from WHO for its Covid vaccine

The UK’s economic recovery slowed at the end of the third quarter while price pressures intensified as companies passed on the rising costs of wages, transport and raw materials, a survey showed on Thursday.The flash, or interim, composite output index published by the research group IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply … Read more

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

BUCHAREST, Sept 23 (Reuters) – After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine.Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19 patients currently in intensive care across … Read more

Novavax applies to WHO for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax applies to WHO for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

A Novavax logo is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationSept 23 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) and its partner Serum Institute of India have applied to the World Health Organization for an emergency use listing of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, potentially clearing the way for … Read more

Divorced Sask. parents fight in court over COVID-19 vaccination for teen daughter

Divorced Sask. parents fight in court over COVID-19 vaccination for teen daughter

A judge has ruled the 13-year-old child of divorced Saskatoon parents should be vaccinated against COVID-19, despite legal opposition from the girl’s mother. The father said his daughter was initially excited to receive her shot, but was then “bombarded” with false information by her mother and his own parents. CBC News agreed to grant the father confidentiality in order to protect … Read more

Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?

Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?

SYDNEY, Australia — In the war against the coronavirus’s Delta variant, few if any democracies have demanded as much of their people as Australia.In the middle of the latest lockdowns, the police in Sydney gave hefty fines to three moms with strollers chatting in a park. Melbourne’s playgrounds were wrapped in police tape, and traveling … Read more

Russia’s COVID-19 deaths return to record daily highs

Russia's COVID-19 deaths return to record daily highs

A medical specialist wearing protective gear transports a person on a stretcher at a hospital for patients infected with COVID-19, on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Tatyana MakeyevaMOSCOW, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday reported 820 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, matching an all-time high set on Aug. 26, … Read more

Emails emerge of ‘VIP route’ for UK Covid test contracts | Coronavirus

Further evidence has emerged that the government operated a “VIP” fast-track process for favoured companies leading to accusations that ministers misled the public about billions of pounds of Covid-19 testing contracts.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has previously denied operating any VIP process for companies referred by ministers for possible Covid contracts. In … Read more

President’s wife Samina Alvi tests positive for Covid-19

ISLAMABAD: The wife of President Arif Alvi, Samina Alvi, said on Thursday that she had tested positive for Covid-19. “I was tested positive for covid, day before,” said the president’s wife on Twitter and added that she was “doing well” and was only experiencing some weakness. I was tested positive for covid, day before. I have … Read more

Piers Morgan details irritating long haul COVID effects weeks after recovery

Piers Morgan details irritating long haul COVID effects weeks after recovery

Piers Morgan caught COVID back in July after he visited the Euro 2020 final By Web Desk September 23, 2021 Piers Morgan details ‘irritating’ long-haul COVID effects, weeks after recovery British broadcaster Piers Morgan has opened up about his COVID-19 symptoms and how he still seems to be suffering from them.Turning to Twitter, the TV … Read more

‘I Know Who Caused Covid-19’ review – the global blame game | Science and nature books

It’s not surprising that Covid-19 has made people angry: their lives have become disrupted in unimaginable ways. People have lost family members to the disease, or suffered for months with long Covid. With the restrictions needed to keep health services afloat, small businesses have gone under, city centres have been shuttered and people have spent … Read more

England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world | Coronavirus

England’s new Covid travel rules and refusal to recognise vaccines administered across huge swaths of the world have sparked outrage and bewilderment across Latin America, Africa and south Asia, with critics denouncing what they called an illogical and discriminatory policy.The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, described England’s new rules, unveiled last Friday, as “a new simplified … Read more

Violent protests against Covid curbs continue in Australian city – Newspaper

Violent protests against Covid curbs continue in Australian city - Newspaper

SYDNEY: Police in Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne arrested more than 200 people after projectiles thrown by protesters injured two officers on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions. Golf balls, batteries and bottles were among the items thrown at police during the protests held in defiance of stay-at home orders … Read more

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates statewide crisis standards of care to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates statewide crisis standards of care to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals

An Anchorage Fire Department ambulance arrives at the emergency department entrance at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (Loren Holmes / ADN) Alaska is activating crisis standards of care for the entire state and bringing in contracted health workers as staff shortages and influx of COVID-19 patients make it difficult for hospitals … Read more

Queensland records one new locally acquired COVID-19 case

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaking to reporters

Queensland has recorded one new local case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the COVID-positive person was a female student from St Thomas More College in Sunnybank, which was linked to a known cluster.The student has been in home quarantine.Ms Palaszczuk said there was also a second case in a person who had arrived from … Read more

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in: individuals 65 years of age and older; individuals … Read more

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, Sept. 22

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, Sept. 22

Calgary·THE LATESTAlberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing a mushrooming COVID-19 hospital crisis that now threatens to topple him as leader, accepted the resignation of his health minister Tuesday.Calgary city council approves vaccine passport bylaw with $500 fine for violationsCBC News · Posted: Sep 22, 2021 8:26 AM MT | Last Updated: September 22Equipment at an ICU … Read more

Syria sees spike in COVID-19 cases as fears grow of new wave

Syria sees spike in COVID-19 cases as fears grow of new wave

Internally displaced Syrian girls play together at Teh camp in northern Idlib, Syria May 5, 2021. Picture taken May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil AshawiNew surge threatens collapse of health serviceLow vaccinations and summer visitors help spread Delta variantSurge worse in overcrowded rebel-held northwestAMMAN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Syria is facing a new surge in COVID-19 infections … Read more

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Push for mandatory vaccination for key health workers

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Push for mandatory vaccination for key health workers

Auckland shifted to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday after over a month under Alert Level 4 restrictions. Video / Jed Bradley / Mark Mitchell / Dean Purcell / Jason OxenhamCOVID LATEST:* The 90% Project: Phil Goff – Why Aucklanders should get vaccinated today* Surprise vaccine proposal catches Parliament unawares* Covid-19: Experts answer five questions we’re … Read more

Confirmed community spread of COVID-19 in Baie Verte area with 42 cases linked to outbreak

Confirmed community spread of COVID-19 in Baie Verte area with 42 cases linked to outbreak

Dr. Rosann Seviour, acting chief medical officer of health, says public health officials have detected community spread in the Baie Verte area. (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador/YouTube) Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the majority of them in the Central Health region and linked to a growing outbreak in the Baie … Read more

19 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday

19 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday

NEWS RELEASE COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS ************************* Today, Sept. 22, Nova Scotia is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 recoveries.Fourteen of the cases are in Central Zone. Five are close contacts of previously reported cases. Nine are under investigation. There are signs of community spread among those in Central Zone aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated … Read more

‘It’s scary’: record Covid absences cause concern in England’s schools | Coronavirus

Last week more than 100,000 children were absent from school in England with confirmed or suspected Covid infections, the highest number during the pandemic, according to the Department for Education.Five parents and teachers in England share their experiences since the start of the new school year, including how they, their families and their pupils have … Read more

50-year-old among 3 Covid-19 deaths; 1,457 new cases in S’pore, Community News & Top Stories

50-year-old among 3 Covid-19 deaths; 1,457 new cases in S'pore, Community News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – A total of 1,457 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Wednesday (Sept 22), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its nightly update. Three Singaporeans have also died of Covid-19 complications, taking the Republic’s Covid-19 death toll to 68, said MOH. Before this, the highest number of new Covid-19 cases recorded … Read more

Green-thumbed Thai cabbies turn taxis into gardens amid COVID-19 crunch

Green-thumbed Thai cabbies turn taxis into gardens amid COVID-19 crunch

BANGKOK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – With demand for taxis drying up in Thailand and thousands of drivers leaving town, one Bangkok cab company has turned its vehicles into mini vegetable gardens, hoping to take the edge off the coronavirus crunch.The Ratchapruek Taxi Cooperative has taken hundreds of cars off the road in the past year … Read more

Nigeria: Around 20% of workers lost jobs due to COVID-19, stats office says

Nigeria: Around 20% of workers lost jobs due to COVID-19, stats office says

The National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Development Program surveyed nearly 3,000 businesses in the formal and informal sectors in Nigeria.In March, the NBS said a third of Nigeria’s workers were out of a job in the fourth quarter of 2020, a situation worsened by the pandemic.”While there have been promising signs of … Read more

Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 67% effective in large trial

Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 67% effective in large trial

BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A potential COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Clover Biopharmaceuticals was 67% effective against COVID-19 and 79% against the highly infectious Delta variant in a large, late-stage trial, the company said on Wednesday.The company has a deal to supply up to 414 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine through the global vaccine … Read more

U.S. parents weigh risks, benefits as COVID-19 vaccine for kids nears approval

U.S. parents weigh risks, benefits as COVID-19 vaccine for kids nears approval

A child wears a face mask on the first day of New York City schools, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSept 22 (Reuters) – In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting … Read more

Fashion label Valentino makes $690 hoodie to support COVID-19 vaccine

Fashion label Valentino makes $690 hoodie to support COVID-19 vaccine

MILAN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Luxury label Valentino is producing a limited-edition, $690-apiece “(V) Vaccinated” hoodie using its V signature logo in support of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, with proceeds donated to UNICEF.The black sweaters, with the “vaccinated” writing in red on the chest, were first created by a small Los Angeles company called … Read more

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

Because of her condition, she chokes easily and has a hard time breathing. “I just cry all the time because of my situation,” she said.Compounding the physical discomfort is her frustration that so many people in her state won’t get vaccinated against Covid, and they are getting sick and taking up hospital beds.Only 66 percent … Read more

Truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA returns positive COVID-19 test but no lockdown planned

Three men flanked by microphones

A truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA has tested positive for COVID-19, the WA Health Minister has announced.Key points:The driver wore a face mask while out of the truckThe Health Minister described the risk as “low”No lockdown or restrictions will be imposed at this stageBut neither a lockdown nor any other restrictions are being … Read more

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

A man walks near a coal-fired power plant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jason LeeBEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since early February.Three of 16 new local cases reported in China … Read more

Panama to give immunocompromised people third COVID-19 vaccine shot

Panama to give immunocompromised people third COVID-19 vaccine shot

A Panamanian health worker receives the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Santo Tomas Hospital, in Panama City, Panama February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Erick MarciscanoPANAMA CITY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Panama will offer a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to moderate and severely immunocompromised people starting this week, Health Minister Luis Sucre said on … Read more

The war against Covid is over – if we want it to be | Eben Kirksey and Lyle Fearnley

The rhetoric of warfare dominated the airways early in the pandemic.When Xi Jinping initially toured Wuhan, he declared that China would win a “people’s war” against the coronavirus. Donald Trump used the Defence Production Act to produce masks, and also ensure a steady supply of American beef, pork and chicken. Boris Johnson declared himself head … Read more

Locked-down Melbourne beefs up security as COVID-19 protesters gather

Locked-down Melbourne beefs up security as COVID-19 protesters gather

A lone woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks across an unusually quiet city centre bridge on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra SandersSYDNEY, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria State on … Read more

‘Calculated risk’: Ardern gambles as New Zealand Covid restrictions eased | New Zealand

New Zealand is loosening its Covid restrictions, even as a handful of cases continue to circulate in the community, a move experts say represents a roll of the dice for a country that has steadfastly pursued an elimination strategy.“It is a gamble,” says epidemiologist and public health professor Michael Baker. “The one phrase that I … Read more

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are leaving behind zero-Covid but they aren’t ready to open up, experts warn

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are leaving behind zero-Covid but they aren't ready to open up, experts warn

Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the US-based Council on Foreign Relations think tank, said if vaccination rates aren’t high enough with high-efficacy vaccines before restrictions are lifted, health care systems in Southeast Asia could quickly become overwhelmed.”You’re going to see this spike of severe cases then it’s going to overwhelm the ICU … Read more

Alberta asks Ottawa for immediate help to airlift COVID patients out of the province

Alberta asks Ottawa for immediate help to airlift COVID patients out of the province

Alberta’s UCP government is asking Ottawa for immediate help to lessen pressure on the province’s health-care system, which is overburdened with COVID-19 patients. Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver formally requested aid and an immediate meeting with federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair in a Tuesday letter.  He asked for the federal government to provide aero-medical … Read more

US coronavirus: The FDA could authorize Covid-19 vaccines for young children in weeks, expert says

US coronavirus: The FDA could authorize Covid-19 vaccines for young children in weeks, expert says

In the least vaccinated states, roughly eight people out of every 100,000 residents died of Covid-19 over the past week, compared with only about two out of every 100,000 people in the 10 most vaccinated states.CNN used data from Johns Hopkins University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the analysis. Less … Read more

Lee Health reports 287 COVID-19 patients isolated Tuesday, 8 deaths Monday

Lee Health reports 287 COVID-19 patients isolated Tuesday, 8 deaths Monday

FORT MYERS New COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida are slowing down, but the number of more serious cases is still high. Lee Health CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said he believes we’ll see death and ICU admissions decline eventually, but we’re not there yet and it could take weeks. Antonucci  reiterated “these are … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

New Brunswick has another 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, putting the province’s active case count at 509, the dashboard shows. The number of people in hospital and in intensive care have both risen by one to 24 and 15 respectively. No one under the age of 19 is currently hospitalized, according to a news release … Read more

Turkey registers 29,338 new COVID cases, highest since April 30 -data

Turkey registers 29,338 new COVID cases, highest since April 30 -data

People wearing protective masks walk along a street amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Diyarbakir, Turkey July 27, 2021. Picture taken July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Sertac KayarISTANBUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Turkey logged 29,338 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest number of daily infections since April 30, health ministry data showed.Turkey also recorded 260 … Read more

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after COVID mask row

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after COVID mask row

BERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – German politicians expressed shock on Tuesday over the killing of a 20-year old petrol station worker after an argument about a face mask and said that coronavirus deniers who are willing to use violence will not be tolerated.The killing on Saturday evening in the western town of Idar-Oberstein has hit … Read more

Argentina eases COVID-19 controls with ‘last stage’ of pandemic in view

Argentina eases COVID-19 controls with 'last stage' of pandemic in view

An employee checks the temperature of a woman at the entrance to a school, amid a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases , in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin MarcarianBUENOS AIRES, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Argentina on Tuesday unveiled plans to ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions, including loosening strict border controls, allowing more commercial … Read more

U.S. retail industry seeks 90-day lead time on COVID-19 rules

U.S. retail industry seeks 90-day lead time on COVID-19 rules

A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Two major U.S. retail industry groups on Tuesday asked the Biden administration for at least 90 days before imposing new rules that will require … Read more

Bolsonaro’s Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

Bolsonaro's Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil kicked off the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday by defending the use of ineffective drugs to treat the coronavirus and by pushing back on criticism of his government’s environmental record. Brazil’s far-right president said doctors should have had more leeway in administering untested medications for Covid-19, adding that he … Read more

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween — here are 4 steps that have to happen first

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween -- here are 4 steps that have to happen first

Many parents now are waiting for the time when their young children can sign up to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told MSNBC on Monday there’s a “reasonably good chance” the shot will be available by the end of October.”I think there’s a … Read more

EU states breached air pollution limits in 2020 despite COVID

EU states breached air pollution limits in 2020 despite COVID

The Eiffel Tower is surrounded by a small-particle haze which hangs above the skyline in Paris, France, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesBRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Most European Union countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year, even as COVID-19 lockdowns improved air quality in many regions, according to provisional European Environment Agency … Read more

Melbourne police fire pepper balls, pellets to break up COVID-19 protest

Melbourne police fire pepper balls, pellets to break up COVID-19 protest

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Police in Melbourne fired pepper balls and rubber pellets on Tuesday to disperse about 2,000 protesters who defied stay-at- home orders to damage property, block a busy freeway and injure three officers, leading to more than 60 arrests.It was the second day of demonstrations in the locked-down Australian city after … Read more

Canada’s Trudeau ekes out narrow win in COVID-dominated election

Canada's Trudeau ekes out narrow win in COVID-dominated election

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire and their children Ella-Grace and Xavier, waves to supporters during the Liberal election night party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos OsorioCALGARY, Alberta, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau narrowly won re-election on Monday but failed to secure … Read more