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Virus-wracked Indonesia to loosen Covid-19 curbs

Virus-wracked Indonesia to loosen Covid-19 curbs

JAKARTA: Virus-wracked Indonesia said Sunday that small businesses and some shopping malls could reopen despite warnings that loosening curbs could spark another devastating Covid-19 wave, even as it moved to extend a web of restrictions launched this month. President Joko Widodo said measures imposed in early July would continue until August 2 as the highly infectious Delta variant tears across the Southeast Asian archipelago, which has been overtaking battered India and Brazil as the world's virus epicentre. But he added that "adjustments" would be made to a shutdown that closed malls, restaurants, parks and offices including in the capital Jakarta,…
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Study: Chinese vaccine offers poor protection from Covid-19 among the elderly

Study: Chinese vaccine offers poor protection from Covid-19 among the elderly

BUDAPEST: A new study suggests that a Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection from Covid-19 among the elderly, raising questions for dozens of countries that have given the Chinese company's shots to their most vulnerable populations. A survey of blood samples taken from 450 people in Hungary at least two weeks after their second Sinopharm dose found that 90% under 50 years old developed protective antibodies. But the percentage declined with age, and 50% of those over 80 had none. The study by two Hungarian researchers was posted online this week but not yet reviewed by other scientists. Three outside experts…
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Covid Delta variant to dominate within months: WHO

Covid Delta variant to dominate within months: WHO

GENEVA: The highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 is expected to become the dominant strain of the virus over the coming months, the world health organization said on Wednesday. Delta, which was first detected in India, has now been recorded in 124 territories - 13 more than last week - and already accounts for more than three-quarters of sequenced specimens in many major countries, the WHO said. "It is expected that it will rapidly out-compete other variants and become the dominant circulating lineage over the coming months," the UN health agency said in its weekly epidemiological update. Of the three…
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Taiwan angers China with first Europe office using its name

Taiwan angers China with first Europe office using its name

TAIPEI: Taiwan will set up its first office in Europe using the name “Taiwan,” drawing a rebuke from China and praise from the US as the island democracy seeks to strengthen its diplomatic presence around the globe in the face of pressure from Beijing. The government in Taipei will open its office in eastern European Union state of Lithuania, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told a briefing Tuesday. Taiwan’s other diplomatic outposts on the continent are under the name of “Taipei.” “Lithuania has firmly believed in universal values such as democracy, freedom and human rights, and is a like-mined partner…
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Immunized but banned: EU says not all Covid vaccines equal

Immunized but banned: EU says not all Covid vaccines equal

LONDON: After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a UN -backed effort - could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don't recognize the Indian-made version of the vaccine for travel. Although AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent's drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India hasn't…
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Covid-19: US officials say fully vaccinated don’t need booster

Covid-19: US officials say fully vaccinated don’t need booster

WASHINGTON: US health officials, after meeting with vaccine maker Pfizer, reiterated on Monday that Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need to get a booster shot, a spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Department said. Pfizer said last week it planned to ask US regulators to authorize a booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine, based on evidence of greater risk of infection six months after inoculation and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. HHS officials had a briefing from Pfizer on Monday regarding their latest, preliminary data on vaccinations and will continue to discuss when…
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WHO says countries should not order Covid-19 boosters while others still need vaccines

WHO says countries should not order Covid-19 boosters while others still need vaccines

GENEVA: Rich countries should not be ordering booster shots for their vaccinated populations while other countries have yet to receive Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization said on Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said deaths were again rising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delta variant was becoming dominant, and many countries had yet to receive enough vaccine doses to protect their health workers. "The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in Covid-19 cases and death," Tedros told a briefing, noting that the highly contagious variant, first detected in India, had…
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Pfizer Covid Vaccine: Pfizer pushes for 3rd shot as Delta drives global outbreaks | World News

Pfizer Covid Vaccine: Pfizer pushes for 3rd shot as Delta drives global outbreaks | World News

WASHINGTON: Pfizer and BioNTech said they would seek authorization for a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine to boost its efficacy as the Delta variant drove devastating outbreaks in Asia, including in Thailand where fresh curbs were announced Friday. With the pandemic once again wreaking havoc, Japan banned fans from most Olympic events and placed Tokyo under a virus state of emergency throughout the Games just two weeks before the opening ceremony. The highly-transmissible Delta variant, first detected in India, is sweeping across the globe as countries race to vaccinate their populations to ward off fresh outbreaks. Pfizer and BioNTech…
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Seoul spy agency: No sign North Korean leader has been vaccinated

Seoul spy agency: No sign North Korean leader has been vaccinated

SEOUL: There is no sign that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been inoculated against the coronavirus and his country hasn't received any foreign vaccines, South Korea's spy agency said Thursday. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing that it hasn't detected any information that North Korea has acquired vaccines, according to Ha Tae-keung, one of the legislators who attended the session. He quoted the NIS as saying there were no signs that Kim has been inoculated. Covax, the UN-backed program to ship Covid-19 vaccines worldwide, said in February that North Korea could receive 1.9…
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