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Australian police arrest hundreds in anti-lockdown protests, several people injured

Australia’s police have arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation during the violence on Saturday. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed. […]

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Vietnam approves Cuba’s Abdala Covid-19 vaccine as country battles deadly outbreak

Vietnam has approved Cuba’s Abdala vaccine for use against the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian country battles its worst outbreak of the pandemic. Abdala becomes the eighth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region, with only 6.3% of its […]

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United States: FDA recommends boosters for people aged above 65

A panel advising the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended boosters of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and over, and those at high risk. But it voted against recommending a shot for everyone aged 16 and over. The outcome is a blow for President Joe Biden, who said widespread jabs would be […]

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India administers over 22 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to mark Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday

India administered over 22 million Covid vaccine doses in a record-breaking effort to mark PM Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on Friday. The effort surpassed the country’s previous daily record of more than 13 million doses on 27 August. India aims to vaccinate all eligible Indians by the end of 2021 but experts say the drive […]

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Man who escaped prison 30 years ago turns himself in as Covid lockdowns make him jobless, homeless

A 64-year-old fugitive walked into a Sydney police station to give himself up almost 30 years after he used a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape from prison, police said on Wednesday. Darko Desic decided to go back to prison because Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown made him jobless and homeless, media reported. Desic surrendered at […]

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Boeing expects air travel to reach pre-pandemic levels by end of 2023, early 2024

Boeing says it expects that it will take another two and a half years for global aviation to return to pre-pandemic levels. Its vice president of commercial marketing, Darren Hulst, said: “The industry recovers to 2019 levels of traffic by the end of 2023, early 2024” and domestic flying would be at the forefront of […]

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China: Man who completed 21 days of strict quarantine likely source of a new Covid-19 outbreak

A man who completed a 21 days of quarantine upon returning to China from overseas has been identified as the likely source of a new outbreak. The fresh outbreak in Fujian province on China’s southeastern coast has infected more than 60 people, including 15 elementary school pupils. It emerged just two weeks after China contained […]

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Texas sues six school districts for imposing mask mandate at public schools

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Friday that he’s suing at least six districts that defied Governor Greg Abbott’s order prohibiting mask mandates at public schools. Paxton said the Elgin, Galveston, Richardson, Round Rock, Sherman and Spring school systems are among those not following the law, adding that an ongoing list of those out […]

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Former French health minister Agnès Buzyn faces investigation over handing Covid-19

The former health minister of France is being investigated over the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prosecutors looking into government failings are investigating Agnès Buzyn for “endangering the lives of others”. Ms Buzyn left the post in February 2020 to run for Paris mayor, saying Covid was low risk. But she later spoke of knowing […]

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Unvaccinated people 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than vaccinated people, CDC study finds

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely than vaccinated people to die from Covid-19, a large study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study looked at Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 13 states “and found further evidence of the power of vaccination,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a […]

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Joe Biden announces sweeping changes to make vaccine mandatory for over 100 million Americans

President Joe Biden ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 delta variant. Speaking at the White House Thursday, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives. “We’ve been patient. […]

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Kerala: Indian state on high alert for Nipah virus amid surging Covid-19 infections

The Indian state of Kerala is quickly ramping up efforts to stop a potential outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, even as the state continues to battle the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. Kerala is on high alert after a 12-year-old boy died of the rare virus on Sunday, spurring health officials […]