Poorest countries reject more than 100 million COVID vaccines, as many close to expiring

Poorest countries reject more than 100 million COVID vaccines, as many close to expiring

Short shelf life, lack of refrigerators are the main reasons for refusal Nearly 700 million doses delivered stored in poor countries WHO COVAX program nears delivery of one billion doses BRUSSELS, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Poorer countries last month rejected more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the global COVAX program, mainly … Read more

Djokovic free but threat of deportation from Australia still looms

Djokovic free but threat of deportation from Australia still looms

Australian minister considers cancellation of visa for Djokovic Leaders of Serbia and Australia talk on the phone For his rival Nadal, the court decision is the “fairest decision” Australian Kyrgios “embarrassed” by treatment of Serbs MELBOURNE, Jan.11 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic swapped one court for another on Tuesday, hitting a few practice shots at Melbourne … Read more

Djokovic back in practice after winning appeal to stay in Australia

Djokovic back in practice after winning appeal to stay in Australia

Star tweets photo of himself in court hours after ruling Police use pepper spray on Djokovic supporters Judge considers cancellation of Djokovic visa “unreasonable” The Minister of Immigration could still exercise the power to revoke a visa Djokovic had requested a medical exemption from the vaccine obligation MELBOURNE, Jan.10 (Reuters) – World tennis number one … Read more

Australia rushes to file defense of Djokovic ban as court battle looms

Australia rushes to file defense of Djokovic ban as court battle looms

MELBOURNE, Jan.9 (Reuters) – Australian authorities rushed on Sunday to file a legal defense over their decision to bar entry to world tennis number one Novak Djokovic over his COVID-19 vaccination status, as the Serbian superstar spent his fourth day in immigrant detention. Djokovic had been hoping to win his 21st Grand Slam at the … Read more

Hong Kong bans some inbound flights, tightens COVID-19 restrictions

Hong Kong bans some inbound flights, tightens COVID-19 restrictions

HONG KONG, Jan.5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong announced a two-week ban on inbound flights from eight countries, including the United States and Britain, and tightened restrictions on Wednesday as authorities feared a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. The restrictions were announced as health officials scoured the city looking for contacts of a COVID-19 patient, some … Read more

French Parliament suspends COVID debate amid anger over Macron’s remark

French Parliament suspends COVID debate amid anger over Macron’s remark

President Macron wants more people to get vaccinated Opposition MPs upset by Macron’s comment Parliament considers new COVID-19 law PARIS, Jan. 5 (Reuters) – The French parliament on Wednesday suspended debate on a new COVID-19 law as opposition MPs demanded an explanation from President Emmanuel Macron over comments in which he said he wanted to … Read more

Australia: increase in COVID-19 cases, testing system overloaded

Australia: increase in COVID-19 cases, testing system overloaded

Healthcare workers wait for the next vehicle at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Sydney, Australia on December 30, 2021. REUTERS / Nikki Short Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Jan.4 (Reuters) – Australia’s COVID-19 cases hit a pandemic record on … Read more

France, sixth country with more than 10 million COVID infections

France, sixth country with more than 10 million COVID infections

PARIS, Jan.1 (Reuters) – France has become the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, according to official data released on Saturday. French health authorities reported 219,126 new confirmed cases over a 24-hour period, the fourth day in a row that the country … Read more

UK health minister doesn’t rule out new COVID curbs before Christmas

UK health minister doesn’t rule out new COVID curbs before Christmas

People walk in the Piazza in Covent Garden amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain on December 18, 2021. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, December 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s Health Minister on Sunday refused to rule out the possibility of further COVID-19 restrictions … Read more

UK to remove all countries from COVID travel red list on Wednesday

UK to remove all countries from COVID travel red list on Wednesday

LONDON, December 14 (Reuters) – The UK government will remove the 11 countries from its COVID-19 travel red list from Wednesday as there is now community transmission of Omicron in Britain, the secretary for Health Sajid Javid. The new Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong. The UK government added 11 … Read more