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Return of the flu: EU faces threat of prolonged ‘twindemic’

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Influenza has returned to Europe at a faster-than-expected rate this winter after almost disappearing last year, raising concerns about a prolonged "twindemic" with COVID-19…

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in States/UTs

The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The nationwide COVID 19 vaccination started on 16th January 2021. The new…

Global vaccine-sharing programme reaches milestone of 1 billion doses

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The COVAX global vaccine-sharing programme has delivered 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, one of the organisations which manages it said on Saturday. Supplies to…

S.Korea authorises Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, imports Pfizer pills

SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea is turning to additional pharmaceutical tools as it looks to pre-empt a surge of COVID-19 omicron infections, authorising the use of Novavax Inc's vaccine on Wednesday…

New COVID-19 cases in India rise sharply for fifth consecutive day, but far less than daily cases in USA & Europe

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India reported more than 27,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with infections sharply rising for a fifth consecutive day, but the chief minister of the capital…

India supplies next batch of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

On the New Year's Day, today, India supplied the next batch of humanitarian assistance consisting of 500,000 doses of COVID vaccine (COVAXIN) to Afghanistan. The same was handed over to…

India to give COVID-19 booster shots to healthcare workers from Jan. 10

By Neha Arora NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India will start administering COVID-19 booster shots as a precautionary measure to healthcare and frontline workers from Jan. 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said…

Bhutan starts giving COVID-19 booster shots

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Bhutan has started giving COVID-19 booster shots to senior citizens and priority groups as the Himalayan kingdom tries to stave off the Omicron variant,…

Exclusive: WTO chief says vaccine answer close, but facing effort to block it

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization is close to resolving a dispute over how to spread COVID-19 vaccines more widely and fairly, but facing an "orchestrated…

EU leaders struggle to find common ground on COVID travel rules

By Philip Blenkinsop and Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Divisions within the European Union have deepened over travel rules to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, after Italy…

Refugees lack COVID shots because drugmakers fear lawsuits – documents

By Francesco Guarascio and Panu Wongcha-um BRUSSELS/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Tens of millions of migrants may be denied COVID-19 vaccines from a global programme because some major manufacturers are worried about…

New Zealand approves Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11 years

By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's health regulator Medsafe has granted provisional approval for the Pfizer Inc COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old, the…