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COVID variants are hitting US young hard

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Faster-spreading COVID variants are sending children and young adults to hospital with serious symptoms.

Is the South African COVID variant immune to vaccines?

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Dr Khan examines fears that the coronavirus variant which began in South Africa might be able to evade current vaccines.

Bangladesh extends coronavirus lockdown for another week

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Bangladesh extends nationwide lockdown for yet another week to counter the spike in infections, says official.

COVID roundup: India’s rising cases and a ‘travel bubble’

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India continues reporting over 200,000 daily cases, but Australia and New Zealand open quarantine-free 'travel bubble'.

New record rise in India’s COVID cases, deaths; curfew in capital

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Delhi to be under curfew as India sees 273,810 new cases, taking total caseload past 15 million and record 1,619 deaths.

Hugs, tears as Australia and New Zealand ‘travel bubble’ starts

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Quarantine-free travel agreement allows families to reunite and airlines are adding more flights to meet demand.

Ontario’s COVID crisis: ‘This scenario was entirely preventable’

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Anger rises alongside COVID-19 infections in Canadian province, as healthcare workers want more action from government.

Argentina receives AstraZeneca jabs amid anti-lockdown protests

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New COVID-19 restrictions have been imposed in and around Buenos Aires in effort to stem recent rise in infections.

COVID roundup: India’s record cases, no masks in Israel

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Record cases being reported across the world but some good news from Australia and Israel.

South Africa regulator recommends lifting pause on J&J vaccine

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Health regulator sets conditions for lifting the pause on Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

COVID-free Australia ‘in no hurry’ to open its borders

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Scott Morrison says he will not put at risk Australians' nearly coronavirus-free lifestyle.

COVID: More than three million people have died of coronavirus

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The number of lives lost to the pandemic is almost equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine or Caracas, Venezuela.

‘Frightening’: Weekend shutdown in Delhi as COVID grips India

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India faces a ferocious new coronavirus wave with another record high of 234,692 new cases on Saturday.

The AstraZeneca jab and the price of fragmented decision-making

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Experts warn authorities' divergent policies may damage trust and increase hesitancy in countries facing shortages.

India: migrant workers leave cities as COVID measures bite

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The government of Maharashtra state, home to Mumbai, imposed lockdown-like curbs on Wednesday for 15 days.

Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants

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Money will go to genomic sequencing, research centres for genomic epidemiology and a national bioinformatics network.

J&J pitched vaccine makers industrywide probe on blood clots: WSJ

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Only AstraZeneca accepted Johnson & Johnson’s pitch, while Pfizer and Moderna declined, sources told the WSJ.

Germany’s Merkel pushes for widening of powers as COVID surges

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Chancellor Merkel says gov't must be able to impose 'emergency brake' restrictions on regions with high infection rates.

Pfizer CEO: Third vaccine dose ‘likely’ needed within 12 months

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Researchers currently do not know how long vaccines provide protection against the coronavirus.

COVID booster jabs may be needed within a year: US official

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Biden's chief science officer says 'vulnerable' will be first to get boosters as studies on jab protections continue.

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