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US unveils guidance for federal vaccine mandate, exemptions

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just weeks remaining before federal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the federal government on Monday outlined procedures for employees to request medical or religio...

The Latest: 3rd Alaska hospital institutes crisis protocols

Three Alaska hospitals have now instituted crisis protocols that would allow them to ration care if needed as the state recorded the worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in the U.S. in recent days. ...

Russians flock to antibody tests; West notes tool's limit

MOSCOW (AP) — When Russians talk about the coronavirus over dinner or in hair salons, the conversation often turns to “antitela,” the Russian word for antibodies — the proteins produced by the body to...

Indonesian caregiver tests positive for COVID in New Taipei after 12 negative tests

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Indonesian caregiver has tested positive for COVID-19 after testing negative 12 times. Health Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chun...

Confirmed COVID case visited 'some places' in Taipei's Wanhua

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's health department on Tuesday (Sept. 28) announced that the latest local COVID case had visited "some places" in the city's Wanhua District in Ma...

Toews practices with Blackhawks on 1st day of training camp

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews is skating again. He is practicing with the Chicago Blackhawks, just like he did before he missed all of last season. He is smiling and joking around with his teammates a...

New COVID cluster infection reported in New Taipei City

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A woman on Wednesday (Sept. 22) became the third person to be confirmed with COVID-19 in one New Taipei City household. Deputy Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) ch...

Expert recommends antibody tests for parents in New Taipei kindergarten COVID cluster

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During an interview on Tuesday morning (Sept. 7), National Taiwan University (NTUCH) Superintendent Huang Li-min (黃立民) said identifying people carrying antibodies but no v...

Central Taiwan city proposes out-of-pocket COVID tests for teachers who refuse vaccine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Though most teachers in Taiwan’s six special municipalities had gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before schools reopened on Wednesday (Sept. 1), Taichu...

Asia Today: Hong Kong lengthens quarantines for 16 countries

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will tighten entry restrictions for travelers arriving from the United States and 15 other countries beginning Friday, extending the quarantine period to 21 days. P...

India: How reliable are COVID surveys and herd immunity claims?

Two-thirds of India's over 1.3-billion-strong population have antibodies against the coronavirus, according to data released recently from a serological survey conducted by the country's top m...

Hungarian capital offers tests amid vaccine efficacy worries

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's capital city is offering free antibody testing to its elderly residents in a bid to ratchet up pressure on the government over concerns that certain vaccines don't p...

Taiwan's push to shortcut vaccine approval sparks debate

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — At the end of May, Chen Pei-jer, a member of an expert committee in Taiwan to evaluate COVID-19 vaccines for use on the island, resigned. Chen's resignation ca...

France greenlights non-essential travel for Taiwan nationals

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has included Taiwan on its list of nations approved for non-essential travel. The ministry said that Taiwanese entering the Europ...

China Airlines pilot, flight attendant test positive for COVID in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (May 4) announced that two additional China Airlines employees have tested positive for COVID-19, and six imported ca...