Chile authorizes Sinovac vaccine for kids of 6 and older

Chilean health authorities approved on Monday the use of the Sinovac vaccine against the coronavirus for 6-year-old children and older and became the first Latin American country to take that step. Heriberto Garc, a director of Chile’s Public Health Institute, said the institution approved the new measure by five votes in favour and one against. … Read more

Soaring COVID-19 infections restrain US job gains in August

The U.S. economy created the fewest jobs in seven months in August as hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector stalled amid a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, which weighed on demand at restaurants and other food places. But other details of the Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday were fairly strong, with the … Read more

Delta variant doubles risk of hospitalisation when compared to Alpha strain: UK study

People infected with the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus have approximately double the risk of hospitalisation compared to those infected with the Alpha variant, a study of more than 40,000 cases from England between March 29 and May 23 this year has confirmed. The study has been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. … Read more

U.S. intelligence community says cannot solve COVID mystery without China

The U.S. intelligence community does not believe it can resolve a debate over whether a Chinese laboratory incident was the source of COVID-19 without more information, U.S. officials said in a declassified summary on Friday. U.S. officials said only China can help solve questions about the true origins of the virus that has now killed … Read more

American hospitals buckle under Delta, with ICUs filling up

The summer surge in coronavirus cases in the United States, led by the domination of the more contagious delta variant, is well into its second month, and the number of those hospitalized with COVID-19 has reached heights last seen during the overwhelming winter wave. The number of those patients who are critically ill, requiring treatment … Read more

Australia’s worsening outbreak raises concerns about aboriginal communities

Written by Yan Zhuang, Isabella Kwai and Christopher F. Schuetze As the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads beyond Sydney into the surrounding state of New South Wales, concern is mounting about the potential impact on vulnerable, unvaccinated Aboriginal Australians. The Australian government had made Aboriginal people a priority group for vaccination because of the … Read more

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern locks down nation over single Covid-19 case

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put the nation under strict lockdown on Tuesday after one new case of the coronavirus was reported in its largest city of Auckland, the country’s first in six months. All of New Zealand will be in lockdown for three days from Wednesday while Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal town … Read more

Delta heightens fears in an anxious return to classrooms

It was supposed to be a new school year, a fresh start with relative normalcy. Instead, it has turned into a politicized, anxiety-provoking experience for many parents, students and educators. This is the third academic year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. And while there is now broad, bipartisan support for classrooms to be open five … Read more

Trudeau triggers Canadian election, voting day Sept. 20

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau triggered an election Sunday as he seeks to capitalize on Canada being one of the most fully vaccinated countries in the world. Trudeau announced the election would be held on Sept. 20 after visiting the governor general, who holds a mostly ceremonial position representing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of … Read more

China’s new locally transmitted Covid cases down for the 4th straight day

China on Saturday reported 30 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for Aug. 13, down for the fourth consecutive day, offering fresh signs that a month-long outbreak may be waning.The country reported 66 coronavirus infections in the mainland, down from 99 a day earlier, according to the National Health Commission.There were 36 imported cases. The number … Read more

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