Biden appeals for COVID curbs for US-Mexico border migrants

       

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks while launching a new plan for Americans to receive booster shots and vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), onstage in an auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, US Oct 25, 2022. (JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS) WASHINGTON / GENEVA / BERLIN / HELSINKI – US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday said it will appeal a federal court's decision …

EU regulator backs new COVID shots for primary vaccination

       

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Sept 28, 2022. (YVES HERMAN / REUTERS) MOSCOW / LONDON / LOS ANGELES – The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday its emergency task force has concluded that messenger RNA bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, targeting the original strain and the Omicron BA.4-5 subvariants, may be used in previously unvaccinated children and adults. The recommendation …

France: Mask mandate in transports hinges on COVID situation

       

French Health Minister Francois Braun leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Oct 26, 2022. (SARAH MEYSSONNIER / REUTERS) PARIS / LOS ANGELES – The decision to make wearing face-masks in public transportation mandatory again to contain a new surge in the COVID-19 epidemic will depend on the evolution of the situation, French Health Minister Francois Braun said on …

‘Early flu season, COVID-19, RSV causes for concern in Europe’

       

Photo taken on March 30, 2021 shows an exterior view of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (CHEN JUNXIA / XINHUA) COPENHAGEN / MOSCOW – European health leaders on Thursday voiced their concern over a potential surge in respiratory virus infections across the region this winter, and called for better protection of the population, especially the most vulnerable.As concerns over the spread of respiratory …

COVID hits HIV detection in Europe, risking eradication goal

       

A volunteer lights candles forming the shape of a red ribbon during an awareness event organized on the eve of the World AIDS Day in Kathmandu on Nov 30, 2021. (PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP) LONDON – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing rates fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening a global goal of ending the disease by 2030, …

‘European women’s work-life balance worsened since COVID’

       

A woman walks inside an almost empty train station, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain March 31, 2020. (SERGIO PEREZ / REUTERS) MOSCOW / ROME / PARIS – European women's work-life balance has worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) report shows. The EIGE's Gender Equality Index 2022, which has a thematic …

COVID cases in France on the rise again, govt says

       

A man wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19 looks at an information board at train station in Paris on June 30, 2022. (MICHEL EULER / AP) PARIS / MOSCOW / HARARE – New COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in France and people should consider wearing masks on public transport or when in contact with vulnerable people, French government officials said on …

EU govt warns of COVID rise in winter, urges booster shots

       

An elderly man sits at the "Viktualienmarkt" daily food market, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Munich, Germany, March 18, 2020. (ANDREAS GEBERT / REUTERS) COPENHAGEN / MOSCOW / THE HAGUE – The EU's medicines regulator on Thursday urged Europe to prepare for a new wave of COVID-19 as "cold winter months" arrive. "Over the last weeks we have not seen a …

Finland updates COVID vaccination advice for children

       

People protest against Finnish government's regulations to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Helsinki, Finland March 20, 2021. (LEHTIKUVA / ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO VIA REUTERS) HELSINKI / MOSCOW – The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 12 years. According to the updates, the health authority recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children …

Novavax ends COVID vaccine sale agreement with Gavi

       

An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of US biotech company Novavax on Nov 17, 2020. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) MOSCOW – Novavax Inc said on Monday it had delivered a written notice to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, terminating with immediate effect an agreement for the sale of the company's COVID-19 vaccine to low- and middle-income countries. …

German panel suggests COVID shot only for at-risk children

       

Syringes with children's doses of Comirnaty, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 are seen at a practice of a children's doctor in Bonn, Germany, Dec 15, 2021. (WOLFGANG RATTAY / REUTERS) FRANKFURT / MOSCOW / LONDON – Germany's vaccine advisory panel on Thursday recommended that Pfizer-BioNTech's, COVID-19 vaccine for children from six months to four years should only be given routinely to those at risk of …

Zimbabwean top official warns of COVID-19 resurgence

       

A man is tested for COVID-19 at a private health center in Harare, Zimbabwe, Feb 3, 2022. (TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI / AP) HARARE / MOSCOW / OTTAWA – Zimbabwe's COVID-19 response chief coordinator, Agnes Mahomva, has warned that the country is not yet out of danger of a resurgence of the pandemic, amid concerns that people are getting more complacent following a general decline in the …

US: New COVID variant cases surge as vaccination rate lags

       

A registered nurse inoculates a man with a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, California, Aug 28, 2021. (JAE C HONG / AP) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW / HARARE – New Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in the United States in the past week, while health officials have …

US: New COVID variants cases surge as vaccination rate lags

       

A registered nurse inoculates a man with a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, California, Aug 28, 2021. (JAE C HONG / AP) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW – New Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in the United States in the past week, while health officials have been urging …

InaVac gets emergency approval from BPOM

       

Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Nov 14, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for InaVac, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers from Airlangga University (Unair). InaVac, COVID-19 vaccine, is developed by the University of Airlangga in Surabaya, East Java Province. (ANTARA/HO-BPBRIN Unair) “InaVac has obtained emergency use authorization from BPOM and will …

US COVID public health emergency to stay in place

       

People make their way through Times Square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Manhattan, New York City, US, May 7, 2021. (EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS) WASHINGTON / BERLIN / MOSCOW – The United States will keep in place the public health emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to still receive free tests, vaccines and treatments, two Biden administration officials said on Friday. …

EU regulator recommends Pfizer’s Omicron booster for kids

       

A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. (DADO RUVIC / REUTERS) MOSCOW – Pfizer Inc and its partner BioNTech said on Thursday the EU health regulator has recommended authorizing the use of their bivalent COVID-19 shot as a booster in children aged 5 through 11. The Omicron-tailored vaccine is already authorized by the …

US FDA panel votes against Veru’s COVID-19 pill

       

Signage is seen outside of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in White Oak, Maryland, US, Aug 29, 2020. (ANDREW KELLY / REUTERS) NEW YORK / LONDON / MOSCOW – A panel of outside advisers to the US health regulator on Wednesday voted against authorizing Veru Inc's drug for treating high-risk patients hospitalized with COVID-19, citing multiple concerns over efficacy and safety data being based on a small …

Spike in flu, RSV, COVID cases overwhelm US health facilities

       

A vaccinator draws a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pediatric vaccine in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, US, Dec 5, 2021. (HANNAH BEIER / REUTERS) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW – The United States continues to see an unusual and early spike in flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections on top of a new wave of COVID-19 cases, which overwhelm healthcare facilities nationwide. Over 4,300 influenza patients were admitted …

Canada approves 2nd new COVID booster for Omicron

       

A heath worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine for a recipient at a vaccination clinic in Toronto, Canada, on April 4, 2022. (ZOU ZHENG / XINHUA) MOGADISHU / LAGOS / OTTAWA / LOS ANGELES – Health Canada on Thursday authorized an adapted version of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants.Health Canada approved the bivalent vaccine for use as a …