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Virus expected to last long-term despite global vaccine rollout

Virus expected to last long-term despite global vaccine rollout

The head of the EU's disease control agency warned Friday that the novel coronavirus could last indefinitely even as global infections slowed by nearly half in the last month and vaccine rollouts gathered pace in parts of the world.

There are 4,000 variants of virus that causes Covid-19, UK minister says

There are 4,000 variants of virus that causes Covid-19, UK minister says

There are around 4,000 variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 around the world now so all vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc are trying to improve their vaccines, a British minister said.

Passengers flying to US will need to quarantine on arrival: Biden

Passengers flying to US will need to quarantine on arrival: Biden

In addition to requiring a test before they fly, travellers to the US will need to quarantine upon arrival, US President Joe Biden said Thursday ...

Flowers and consent forms for India's huge vaccine rollout

Flowers and consent forms for India's huge vaccine rollout

India began one of the world's biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes on Saturday, hoping to end a pandemic that has killed 150,000 people in the country and torpedoed the economy.

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

A Japanese cabinet minister admitted Friday that ‘anything can happen’ with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first senior official to concede uncertainty about the Games ...

Concerns as India to roll out home-grown vaccine

Concerns as India to roll out home-grown vaccine

A homegrown coronavirus vaccine will be rolled out in India from Saturday even though clinical trials haven't been completed. But the government insists it will be safe and effective.

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report 'fake news'

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report 'fake news'

Tokyo Olympics organisers played down a poll showing plunging support for the Games on Tuesday and said a report claiming cancellation could be discussed next month was ‘fake news’.

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

Masks that helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic are proving a deadly hazard for wildlife, with birds and marine creatures ensnared in the staggering number of discarded facial coverings littering animal habitats.

India readies colossal coronavirus vaccine rollout

India readies colossal coronavirus vaccine rollout

India aims to begin vaccinating its 1.3 billion people against coronavirus from Saturday, a colossal and complex task compounded by safety worries, shaky infrastructure and public scepticism.

US logs more than 3,900 Covid deaths in new 24hr record: Johns Hopkins

US logs more than 3,900 Covid deaths in new 24hr record: Johns Hopkins

The United States broke its own record for the number of daily deaths from Covid-19 yet again Tuesday, recording 3,936 fatalities in 24 hours, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins university.

India holds vaccine drills ahead of mass inoculation drive

India holds vaccine drills ahead of mass inoculation drive

India on Saturday staged nationwide drills to start one of the world's biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes as the drug regulator prepared to approve the first vaccine.

US Covid-19 cases surpass 20 million as deaths mount

US Covid-19 cases surpass 20 million as deaths mount

The United States marked the New Year on Friday by passing the extraordinary milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases, after global celebrations welcoming in 2021 were largely muted by the pandemic.