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China and Hong Kong report COVID-19 surge; the latest health stories from around the world

China and Hong Kong have become the new focal point of the latest COVID-19 surge. China is enduring its first big outbreak of the Omicron variant and its “zero COVID” policy is bringing more pain with little gain. The restrictions pose a threat to China’s economic rebound and the world’s supply chains.  Hong Kong, once …

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China COVID-19 cases double in a day; the latest health stories from around the world

China reported nearly 3,400 daily COVID-19 cases on Sunday, double the previous day, forcing lockdowns in virus hotspots as the country contends with its gravest outbreak in two years www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/13/china-battles-worst-covid-outbreak-for-two-years-as-cases-double-in-24-hours? A nationwide surge in cases has seen authorities close schools in Shanghai and lock down several north-eastern cities, as almost 19 provinces battle clusters of …

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COVID-19 cases falling globally; the latest health stories from around the world

Global COVID cases and deaths have dropped, except in key hot spots. Overall, cases declined 16% last week compared to the week before, reflecting a 4-week downward trend. Meanwhile, deaths dropped by 10%. Of the more than 10 million cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) last week, the countries that reported the most …

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Canada continues its struggle with vaccine-mandate protests; the latest health stories from around the world

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/13/world/americas/canada-trucker-protest.html There’s been a breakthrough in Canada engulfed in anti-Covid vaccine mandates by irate truckers. Law enforcement officials said Sunday that they had reopened a major international bridge that protesters had been blockading for almost a week, raising hopes for industries that the unrest had slowed to a near-standstill. As they announced that the Ambassador …

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Vaccine equity issues among Omicron surge; the latest health stories from around the world

A year and twenty days since the first jab was given, 10 billion Covid shots have been administered globally. However, gaps persist in who gets the vaccine since the milestone has not been arrived at equitably. Theoretically, 10 billion doses could have meant at least one shot for each of the world’s 7.9 billion people. …

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Indonesia plans new global health agency; the latest health stories from around the world

Indonesia plans to propose the creation of a new global health agency when leaders meet at the Group of 20 Summit. The agency will set up standard operating procedures for international travel and health protocols, as well as procure vaccines and ensure access and investment in medical equipment and medicines for developing countries, President Joko …

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New COVID-19 variant emerges; the latest health stories from around the world

As we stagger towards 2022, the words of that old Carpenters’ song come back suddenly: “Its yesterday once more!” Unlike that song, this is a nightmare, not nostalgia. COVID-19 devastated the world back in 2020 when vaccines were a faint glimmer at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel. The vaccines arrived at the threshold …

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A new era for vaccines in Africa?

Pharma major BioNTech plans to start construction on its first start-to-finish vaccine plant in Africa in the middle of next year, Bloomberg reports (www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-26/biontech-to-start-building-vaccine-plant-in-africa-next-year). The German company said it is developing the plans with the governments of Rwanda and Senegal, and initially, the factory will have an annual capacity of 50 million messenger RNA vaccine …

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EU putting weight behind Ethiopia’s Tedros for a second term in WHO DG role

Tedros 2.0? German government sources told Reuters on 23 September that Berlin would officially nominate Tedros as the Director General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the second time around and was seeking support from other European Union (EU) member states. At least 17 EU states have said they would also submit his …

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