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Harris positive for COVID-19, Biden not a 'close contact'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases re...

Tourism-reliant Cyprus scraps virus tests for most travelers

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus authorities on Monday made traveling to the east Mediterranean island nation easier as the summer tourist season kicks into gear by rescinding the need to undergo any COV...

Rise of COVID cases in Taiwan revives interest in vaccination

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After seeing weeks of low vaccination turnouts despite the Central Epidemic Control Center’s (CECC) urging, vaccination sites across Taiwan have seen crowds returnin...

People in 24 fields in Taiwan required to get COVID booster starting April 22

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday announced that COVID booster shots will become mandatory for people in 24 different fields beginning April 22. Duri...

UK clears 6th COVID shot despite canceling deal for doses

LONDON (AP) — British authorities have authorized a coronavirus vaccine for adults made by French drugmaker Valneva, despite the government's decision last year to cancel an order for at least 100 mil...

Taiwan soon to obtain Pfizer COVID vaccine for children 5-11

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Wednesday (April 13) said Taiwan is in the last stage of acquiring Pfizer's COVID vaccine for chil...

Taiwan's 3rd shot rate reaches 50% amid Omicron surge

TAPEI (Taiwan News) — The percentage of Taiwanese who have received a third COVID vaccine dose has surpassed 50%, as Taiwan begins to see a spike in Omicron cases. CECC head Chen Shih-chung (...

Taiwan police recorded 362 violations of COVID rules at 'special entertainment' venues Sunday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police recorded a total of 362 violations while checking COVID prevention regulations at “special entertainment venues” across Taiwan on Sunday (March 27). ...

Taiwan's nightclubs, bars require proof of 3rd COVID shot

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As of Sunday (March 27) adult entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars, and karaoke clubs require customers to present proof of a COVID booster shot. After announc...

Taiwan announces mask, vaccine rules for April

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (March 28) announced its mask regulations and vaccination requirements for entertainment venues for the month of April...

Third-dose COVID vaccination required for customers at ‘special entertainment facilities’ in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In light of a COVID-19 cluster in the northern port city of Keelung rising to 27 infections, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday (March 27) issued an orde...

4th COVID vaccine dose in Taiwan? See what other countries doing: Chen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said on Sunday (March 27) that Taiwan will wait and see how other countries are doing in terms of adminis...

Noem signs bill aiming to restrict abortion pill access

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday signed a bill that would make the state one of the most difficult places to get abortion pills, though most of the law will not be e...

Emhoff tests positive for COVID-19, VP Harris still negative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Second gentleman Doug Emhoff has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced Tuesday. Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative, but is curtailing her schedule as a re...

Puerto Rico to lift mask mandate as COVID-19 cases ease

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he is ending a requirement for mask use indoors for the second time since the pandemic began as the number of cases and hospit...