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Taiwan's NCKU Hospital administers nearly 10,000 booster shots in a day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan moves quickly to administer booster shots in response to COVID-19’s Omicron variant, National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH) stepped up its efforts...

Portugal's election campaign begins under pandemic limits

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The official two-week campaigning period for Portugal’s Jan. 30 general election kicked off Sunday, but there will be none of the large flag-waving rallies usually associated w...

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say

Get ready to learn more Greek letters. Scientists warn that omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world. Every...

Taiwan launches COVID vaccine booster campaign

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – During the early hours of the latest COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign, at least 430,000 people registered for a third shot, reports said Saturday (Jan. 15). From the r...

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules ...

Taiwan president, vice president prepare to receive COVID booster shots

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) will receive their third COVID-19 shots Saturday (Jan. 15) morning, according to an announcement by the ...

Taiwan's 1922 vaccine reservation website reopens on Jan. 15 for boosters

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's 1922 COVID vaccination booking platform will begin taking reservations for booster shots on Saturday (Jan. 15). The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) ...

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine...

SKorea slightly eases distancing but warns of omicron surge

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will slightly ease its coronavirus gathering restrictions starting next week but continue to maintain a 9 p.m. curfew on restaurants and entertainment venues, as ...

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine...

Puerto Rico widens booster requirements amid COVID-19 surge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Thursday that he will require public school students age 12 and older and all people in the tourism and entertainment sectors to get boost...

Majority of COVID patients in German ICUs not vaccinated

BERLIN (AP) — Most COVID-19 patients in intensive care in German hospitals aren't vaccinated, data published on Thursday indicates. The data from Germany's intensive care association...

Spain caps sale price of home test kits amid surge in demand

MADRID (AP) — Spain is introducing price controls for COVID-19 home testing kits, authorities announced Thursday, after an outcry over reports of price-gouging during the Christmas holidays when deman...

South Korea gets first supply of Pfizer's COVID-19 pills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday received its first supply of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pills to treat patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Health officials ha...

Trump slams politicians who won't say they got booster shots

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is slamming politicians who refuse to say whether they have received COVID-19 booster shots as “gutless.” “You gotta say it. Whether you...