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"The increase in human cases in China this year is of concern. While human H5N6 cases have been reported, no outbreaks of H5N6 have been reported in poultry in China since February 2020. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not be reached for comment on the rise in H5N6 human cases. Avian influenza viruses constantly circulate in domestic and wild birds, but rarely infect people. That suggests the latest H5N6 infections in China may be a new variant.
Persons: Thijs Kuiken, Filip Claes, Dominique Patton, Michael Perry Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Chinese Center for Disease Control, Prevention, China's CDC, Regional, Emergency, Food and Agriculture Organization, The, Agriculture, Rural Affairs, Thomson Locations: BEIJING, China, Rotterdam, Hunan, Hong Kong, Sichuan, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guangdong, Anhui, Europe, Guilin
Indonesia, U.S. call on G20 to plan pandemic prevention system
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
JAKARTA, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The United States and Indonesia on Tuesday called for the launch of a forum to prepare for future pandemics, urging members of the Group of 20 leading economies to seize an opportunity this month to plan for an international response system. "We have all personally grappled with the deep human and economic cost brought on by this borderless, unforgiving pandemic. The United States and Indonesia, which have similar size populations, have been among the worst affected in their respective regions. The G20 includes the United States, Japan, Britain, Russia, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Australia and South Korea, among others. It called for greater inclusiveness and less bureaucracy and said a joint response was critical for poorer counties that lack resources to respond fast, including with vaccinations.
Persons: Janet Yellen, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Martin Petty, James Pearson Organizations: Treasury, Indonesian Finance, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: JAKARTA, United States, Indonesia, Rome, Japan, Britain, Russia, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Australia, South Korea
Cuba's home-grown vaccines are currently under review by the World Health Organization and most trial data has yet to be peer reviewed. But among countries with more than 1 million people, Cuba is vaccinating faster than any other, according to a Reuters tally of official data. At least 90% of the population has received at least one dose of one of the country's three-dose homegrown vaccines. Cuba received more than four million tourists in 2019, contributing 10.6 percent to gross domestic product (GDP), and much more through supply chains and informal economic activity. And life is slowly returning to the colonial district of Havana as it prepares to once more welcome visitors after a 19-month hiatus.
Persons: Donald Trump, Francisco Camps, Sol, Cuba's, Juan Carlos Garcia, Garcia, Ricardo Torres, Torres, Ernesto Alejandro Labrada, Marc Frank, Nelson Acosta, Dave Sherwood, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Communist, World Health Organization, Tourism, American University, Thomson Locations: HAVANA, Cuba, U.S, Dominican Republic , Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cancun, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban, Washington, The U.S, Havana
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The White House first disclosed here on Sept. 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travelers from 33 countries. One concern among U.S. officials and airlines is making sure foreign travelers are aware of the new vaccine rules that will take effect in just two weeks. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, ” Biden’s, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, White House, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization Locations: China, India, Europe, Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration also detailed requirements airlines must follow to confirm foreign travelers have been vaccinated before boarding U.S.-bound flights. The attestation form here notes it is a crime for air travelers lie about vaccination status. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to departure.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, ” Biden’s, Ned Price, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, White House, , U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization, Sputnik, Transportation Security Administration Locations: China, India, Europe, Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, United States, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Myanmar, Iraq, Nicaragua, Senegal, Uganda, Libya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen, Haiti, Chad, Madagascar, Mexico, inoculate
Taiwan and U.S. discuss UN participation ahead of key anniversary
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +1 min
A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks pass a Taiwanese flag in Taipei. China says that Taiwan is one of its provinces, and so it has the sole right to represent Taiwan internationally. In a statement late on Saturday, the U.S. State Department said U.S. and Taiwanese officials had met virtually on Friday for a "discussion focused on supporting Taiwan's ability to participate meaningfully at the UN." Participants included State Department Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Rick Waters, and Taiwan's deputy de facto ambassador in Washington, Wang Liang-yu, the State Department said. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry thanked the United States for its "firm support."
Persons: Ceng Shou Yi, Xi Jinping, Hugo Yon, Mongolia Rick Waters, Wang Liang Organizations: Getty, United Nations, U.S . State Department, UN, World Health Organization, State, International, State Department Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, People's Republic of China, China, Mongolia, Washington, United States
The White House first disclosed on Sept. 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travelers from 33 countries. The White House plans to outline the legal framework requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for most foreign air travelers replacing the current restrictions, as well as rules for exemptions from the requirements. The Biden administration will also detail requirements airlines must follow to confirm foreign travelers have been vaccinated before boarding U.S.-bound flights. The White House announced on Oct. 15 that the new vaccine rules would take effect on Nov. 8. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Persons: Kevin Lamarque, Biden, David Shepardson, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: U.S, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, COVID, Reuters, White House, White, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, United Kingdom, Europe, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil
Taiwan, U.S. discuss UN participation ahead of key anniversary
  + stars: | 2021-10-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
A demonstrator holds flags of Taiwan and the United States in support of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during an stop-over after her visit to Latin America in Burlingame, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. China says that Taiwan is one of its provinces, and so it has the sole right to represent Taiwan internationally. Participants included State Department Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Rick Waters, and Taiwan's deputy de facto ambassador in Washington, Wang Liang-yu, the State Department said. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry thanked the United States for its "firm support". China has ramped up political and military pressure to force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty.
Persons: Tsai Ing, Stephen Lam, Xi Jinping, Hugo Yon, Mongolia Rick Waters, Wang Liang, Xi, Ben Blanchard, Kim Coghill Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, U.S . State Department, World Health Organization, UN, State, International, State Department, WHO, Thomson Locations: Taiwan, United States, America, Burlingame , California, U.S, Stephen Lam TAIPEI, Republic of China, People's Republic of China, China, Taipei, Mongolia, Washington, United Nations Taiwan
Out of necessity, Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an Oct. 16 Instagram story, she developed personal strategies to help herself cope. Once you've established what you want to do, put it on your calendar and cancel any conflicts, Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "Your standards for saying YES to things must now be way higher," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "Your health is more important," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. Not good," Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, , Instagram, that's, Emily Ballesteros, Ballesteros, you've, it's Organizations: World Health Organization, CNBC, Mayo Clinic Locations: Alexandria
That has tempered excitement among hoteliers hoping for some improvement around 20 months after Israel banned most foreigners to halt the spread of the coronavirus. "Even if both parents in a family are vaccinated, their children under 12 are not, so they mostly can't come to Israel." The entry rules also apply to visitors wanting to visit the West Bank as Israel controls all the border crossings. Anyone who recovered earlier will also be admitted if they received least one vaccine dose approved by the World Health Organization. In recent months, Israel has allowed in small groups of vaccinated tourists.
Persons: Mussa, Yael Danieli, Israel, Joey Canavati, Bethlehem's Alexander, Danieli, Rami Ayyub, Steven Scheer, Alison Williams Organizations: Bank, REUTERS, TEL, Israel Hotel, Pfizer, Hotel, West Bank, Tourism, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: Bethlehem, TEL AVIV, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, United States, Nazareth, COVID
Archaeologists in Utah discovered four charred seeds of a wild tobacco plant in northern Utah. This is the earliest documented evidence of human tobacco use, dating back over 12,000 years. The researchers believe that hunter-gatherers may have used tobacco during food preparation. Up until now, according to the BBC, the earliest documented evidence of human tobacco use was a 3,300-year-old smoking pipe discovered in Alabama. The Utah researchers also discovered seeds, some of which were from wild tobacco plants.
Persons: Angela Armstrong, Ingram, Handout Organizations: Service, Reuters, BBC, Anthropological Research Group, REUTERS, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: Utah, North America, Alabama, Salt, Salt Lake City, Great Salt
It was Jan. 24, 2020 when BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin knew that Covid-19 was likely to become a global pandemic. Though it was over a month and a half before the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic, Sahin met with his wife, BioNTech's co-founder and chief medical officer Özlem Türeci. Together, they agreed to redirect most of the company's resources to developing a vaccine. BioNTech knew that to successfully produce, test and manufacture a Covid vaccine on a global scale, it would need a bigger partner. The company already had a relationship with Pfizer, having worked with them since 2018 to develop an mRNA-based flu vaccine, which is in clinical trials.
Persons: Uğur Şahin, Sahin, BioNTech's, Özlem, Türeci, BioNTech Organizations: World Health Organization, Pfizer, FDA
Austria's chancellor on Friday warned of possible restrictions for people not vaccinated against COVID-19. Restrictions for unvaccinated people would begin if ICU capacity reaches 25%, he said, according to the Associated Press. If more than 600 people require treatment in the ICU, health authorities will require the unvaccinated to remain in their homes. There are about 220 COVID-19 patients in Austrian ICUs, about half the number required to trigger the restrictions, the AP reported. According to the World Health Organization, there have been 784,429 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year.
Persons: Alexander Schallenberg, Schallenberg Organizations: COVID, Associated Press, Service, AP, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: Austria, Austrian
Over a month and a half before the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic, BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin met with his wife, BioNTech's co-founder and chief medical officer Özlem Türeci, and together they agreed to redirect most of the company's resources to developing a vaccine. Up until that point, BioNTech was little-known internationally and primarily focused on developing novel cancer treatments. The founders were confident in the potential of their mRNA technology, which they knew could trigger a powerful immune response. No mRNA vaccine or treatment had ever been approved before. CNBC spoke with Şahin and Türeci about how they, along with Pfizer, created a Covid-19 vaccine using mRNA.
Persons: Uğur Şahin, BioNTech's, Özlem Türeci, BioNTech, Şahin Organizations: World Health Organization, CNBC, Pfizer
Meanwhile, people are growing increasingly complacent about getting inoculated as infections and deaths have fallen sharply in the past month. Serum Institute of India, which produces Covishield, has nearly quadrupled its capacity since April and can now produce up to 240 million vaccine doses monthly. A government study in July estimated that more than two-thirds of Indians already had COVID-fighting antibodies, mainly through natural infection. About 75% of India's adult population have received at least one COVID-19 dose, while 31% are fully vaccinated, according to government data. Only people aged 18 and above can currently be vaccinated in India.
Persons: Amit Dave NEW DELHI, Rajib Dasgupta, Dasgupta, N.K, Arora, Krishna N, Ana Nicolaci da Organizations: Serum Institute of India, REUTERS, COVID, AstraZeneca, World Health Organization, of Social Medicine & Community Health, New, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Reuters, NDTV, Thomson Locations: Ahmedabad, India, China, Ana Nicolaci da Costa
Image Unloading vaccines distributed through Covax, the United Nations-backed vaccine program, in Nairobi, Kenya, in August. Gordon Brown, the former British prime minister who is now the W.H.O.’s ambassador for global health financing, said on Thursday that there was a shortfall of 500 million doses in the global South, while 240 million doses were lying unused in the West. The number of excess doses is projected to reach 600 million by the end of the year, Mr. Brown added. “You can’t solve this problem without vaccinating the whole of the world, not half of the world,” Mr. Brown said. estimates that 11 billion Covid vaccine doses are needed worldwide to turn the tide of the pandemic, but so far production and distribution have been concentrated in Western countries.
Persons: Daniel Irungu, Gordon Brown, , Brown, Johnson, Johnson Covid, Matshidiso Moeti, Mr, Biden, , Craig Spencer, , “ It’s Organizations: United Nations, ., Shutterstock, United, World Health Organization, British, for Disease Control, Moderna, , African Union, BBC, University of Oxford’s, White House, State Department, Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center Locations: Covax, Nairobi, Kenya, United States, West, Africa, “ Africa, NewYork
America is running out of houses, and starter homes are the biggest victims. She said the US had been about 6.5 million homes short since 2000. Record-low mortgage rates made housing theoretically more affordable for first-time homebuyers, but housing prices consistently outpaced wage growth in metro areas. In 2020, that fell to 65,000, even though 2.38 million first-time homebuyers purchased a home that year. The good news is that after months of record-high prices, signs point to a housing market that may slowly be cooling off.
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Experts in both the development and production of vaccines say the mRNA vaccines involve fewer steps, fewer ingredients and less physical capacity than traditional vaccines. Ten Candidates for mRNA Production The Times assessed 10 companies around the world that are strong candidates to manufacture mRNA vaccines. It already produces Covid vaccines for Oxford-AstraZeneca and Novavax, as well as other vaccines for the W.H.O. It already produces Covid vaccines for Oxford-AstraZeneca and Novavax, as well as other vaccines for the W.H.O. This argument over manufacturing Covid mRNA vaccines echoes one that was made two decades ago about treatments for H.I.V.
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For those who received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, anyone 18 and older who was vaccinated two or more months ago is eligible. Image The approval of the mix-and-match approach for coronavirus vaccine booster shots left Americans with many questions. Booster doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) seem to raise antibody levels higher than a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster shot at least two months after the first dose. People who have received two mRNA vaccine doses or a single Johnson & Johnson dose should still consider themselves fully vaccinated.
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Viewing Covid-related memes can boost your mood and help cope with pandemic-related stress, according to a recent study. Jessica Myrick, study co-author and a Pennsylvania State University professor who studies the psychology of media use, told NBC News that viewing memes won’t necessarily cure you of all stress. Viewing the same image with a caption not related to Covid didn’t reduce Covid-related stress, but participants reported feeling more positive emotions than those who viewed the Facebook-like text boxes. Participants who viewed Covid-related memes reported thinking more deeply about what they saw than when they viewed non-Covid memes, in addition to reporting feeling less stressed about the virus. This study, Myrick said, indicates how people can navigate social media more mindfully.
Persons: Jessica Myrick, , Myrick, Nicholas Eng, Robin Nabi, , rona, ” Myrick, Ricky Sans, , it’s, ” Sans, Sans, don’t, ’ ” Myrick, Aiden Rata, It’s Organizations: Pennsylvania State University, NBC News, University of California Santa, Popular Media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, World Health Organization, Cleveland Clinic Locations: University of California Santa Barbara, chihuahua
Doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at a vaccination centre in Zilina, Slovakia June 7, 2021. Russia said later Sputnik V is around 83% effective against the Delta variant. Gamaleya Institute, which is supervised by Russia's health ministry, developed the vaccine and oversaw the clinical trials, while Russia's sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), markets Sputnik V overseas. It said on Sept. 9 it was awaiting more data on Sputnik V before it could progress its review. "They keep changing the location of the vaccine production sites that are supposedly destined for Europe," he said.
Persons: Radovan Stoklasa, Sputnik V, Alexey Repik, Emilio Parodi, Polina Nikolskaya, Francesco Guarascio, Josephine Mason, Nick Macfie Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS, Russia's, European Medicines Agency, Gamaleya Institute, Russian Direct Investment Fund, EMA, Pfizer, Moderna, Manufacturers, Reuters, World Health Organization, Russian, EU, Thomson Locations: Zilina, Slovakia, EU, Russia, Moscow, Europe, Yaroslavl, Brussels
Still, there are many unknowns surrounding this descendent or subtype of the delta variant — formally known as AY.4.2 — which some are dubbing the new "delta plus" variant. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the variant:What is the new variant? Commenting on "delta plus" on Wednesday, U.S. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky noted that "in particular the AY.4.2 variant has drawn some attention in recent days." As well as the U.S., Israel said it had confirmed a case of the AY.4.2 variant in an 11 year-old boy entering the country at Ben Gurion airport. On Thursday, Russia also said it had registered some isolated cases of the AY.4.2 variant.
Persons: JUSTIN TALLIS, Read, Peter Titmuss, Rochelle Walensky, Israel, Hannah McKay Organizations: AFP, Getty, World Health Organization, Health Security Agency, WHO, AY, CDC, Sky, Royal London Hospital Locations: London, Covid, China, India, England, Hampshire, U.S, United States, Ben Gurion, Russia, Europe, Britain
A healthcare worker gives a dose of the COVISHIELD vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), manufactured by Serum Institute of India, to a man as others decorate the vaccination centre to celebrate the milestone of administering one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, in Ahmedabad, India, October 21, 2021. SII has more than tripled its capacity since April and can now produce 220 million vaccine doses a month. India on Oct. 21 finished administering one billion doses, nearly 90% of them the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is only behind China in total inoculations, which has administered about 2.2 billion doses so far. Reuters has reported that India has delayed supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine to COVAX.
Persons: Amit Dave, India's, Narendra Modi, Modi, SII, Poonam Khetrapal, Krishna N, Lincoln, Giles Elgood Organizations: Serum Institute of India, REUTERS, WHO, UNICEF, Twitter, AstraZeneca, World Health Organization, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Ahmedabad, India, DELHI, New Delhi, China, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, East Asia, . New Delhi
Benin parliament votes to legalise abortion
  + stars: | 2021-10-21 | by ( Allegresse Sasse | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
COTONOU, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Benin's parliament has voted to legalise abortion in most circumstances, the health ministry said on Thursday, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so. Abortion was previously legal only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother's life was at risk, or if the unborn child had a particularly serious medical condition. The law was passed on Wednesday night following a debate in parliament. "This measure is going to ease the pain of many women who, faced with the distress of an unwanted pregnancy, find themselves obliged to risk their lives by using unsafe abortion methods," Health Minister Benjamin Hounkpatin said. Teenage pregnancy is common in Benin and only about 12% of people use modern methods of contraception, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Persons: Benjamin Hounkpatin, Hounkpatin, Allegresse Sasse, Nellie Peyton, Aaron Ross, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Guttmacher Institute, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: COTONOU, Benin, Africa, Zambia, Cape Verde, Mozambique, South Africa, Tunisia, U.S
Some 83 aid workers, a quarter of them employed by the WHO, were involved in sexual exploitation and abuse during the country's massive Ebola epidemic from 2018-2020, an independent commission said last month. There will be no opportunity for sexual exploitation to occur, no impunity if it does and "no tolerance for inaction," he said in a statement on the WHO's management response plan. He is believed to be seeking a second five-year term in WHO's election next May, but declined to comment on Thursday. As first reported by Reuters last week, the WHO said that it was deploying experts to 10 high-risk countries, including Afghanistan and Ethiopia, to prevent sexual exploitation. In the past week nearly 40 employees of WHO and U.N. partner agencies have been trained in prevention, it said.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Tarik Jasarevic, Stephanie Nebehay, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Democratic, European Union, Reuters, UN OIOS, Independent, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, GENEVA, Democratic Republic of Congo, United States, Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia
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