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Shanghai to allow parents to stay with COVID-infected kids

BEIJING (AP) — Following a public uproar, Shanghai is allowing at least some parents to stay with children infected with COVID-19, making an exception to a policy of isolating anyone who tests positiv...

COVID outbreak 'extremely grim' as Shanghai extends lockdown

BEIJING (AP) — The COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest metropolis of Shanghai remains “extremely grim” amid an ongoing lockdown confining around 26 million people to their homes, a city official said...

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 (...

Novavax asks EU regulator to clear COVID vaccine for teens

LONDON (AP) — The pharmaceutical developer Novavax says it has asked the European Medicines Agency to extend the authorization of its coronavirus vaccine to children aged 12 to 17 a...

BioNTech's quarterly profit soars on COVID-19 vaccine demand

BERLIN (AP) — BioNTech, the German pharmaceutical company that teamed with Pfizer to develop the first widely used COVID-19 vaccine, on Wednesday reported strong quarterly earnings growth on pandemic-...

Relief payment for Taipei woman's death after getting COVID vaccine reaches NT$6 million

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taipei City woman’s death has been judged to be connected with a COVID-19 vaccine shot, and the NT$6 million (US$210,000) relief payment approved for the loss is t...

EU regulator starts reviewing Spanish COVID vaccine booster

MADRID (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator said Tuesday it has begun an accelerated review process for an experimental coronavirus vaccine booster made by the Spanish company Hipra. ...

Taiwan to buy 2 million doses of Novavax COVID vaccine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed on Thursday (March 24) that the country is in the process of purchasing two million doses of Novavax Inc.&rsq...

EU clears Moderna shot for young kids, Pfizer boosters

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said it has authorized Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for children aged six to 11, in addition to recommending booster shots of Pfizer's vaccine for those...

Japan recognizes Taiwan's COVID vaccine card, no quarantine for boosted

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan on Tuesday (March 1) officially recognized Taiwan's COVID vaccine certificate for travelers arriving from Taiwan, enabling those who have received a booster shot...

WHO works to spread COVID vaccine technology to more nations

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is creating a global training center to help poorer countries make vaccines, antibodies and cancer treatments using the messenger RNA technology that has su...

EU advises further relaxing travel rules for foreigners

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union member countries agreed Tuesday that they should further facilitate tourist travel into the 27-nation bloc for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus or have ...

Six African countries to receive mRNA vaccine technology

BRUSSELS (AP) — The first African countries selected to receive the technology necessary to produce mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 are Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, a summi...

Israel to scrap COVID passport system as omicron wanes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says the country’s coronavirus vaccination “green pass” system will be suspended as new daily cases of COVID-19 continue to decline. Naftali ...

UK to offer COVID vaccine to all children 5-11

LONDON (AP) — British authorities will offer a coronavirus vaccine to almost six million children from age 5 to 11, officials said Wednesday. The government said young children will...