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US sees risk of COVID supply rationing without more funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is planning for “dire” contingencies that could include rationing supplies of vaccines and treatments this fall if Congress doesn’t approve more money for fighting CO...

Japan to fully lift COVID-19 restrictions as infections slow

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday announced plans to fully lift coronavirus restrictions on March 21 as new infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant slow...

Japan eases border controls amid criticism as exclusionist

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Thursday it will ease its tough COVID-19 border controls by increasing the number of people allowed to enter each day and reducing quarantine requirements following critic...

Japan OKs Pfizer COVID-19 oral pills amid surging infections

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has granted fast-track approval to U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 pill, the heath minister said Thursday, as the country struggles to slow fast-spreading omicron infections....

Players, coaches welcome league’s latest COVID-19 protocols

Morning nasal swabs, part of the daily routine for NHL players in recent months, are going away. The league updated its COVID-19 protocols earlier this week, droppin...

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...

Frustration grows as Dutch Cabinet mulls future of lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The new Dutch government met Thursday to discuss whether to extend or ease its coronavirus lockdown amid growing anger among owners of businesses that have been shuttered...

Japan keeps border controls as it prepares for omicron surge

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will keep its borders closed to most foreign citizens through February as it attempts to accelerate coronavirus booster shots for elderly people and expand hospital capacity to cope...

Indonesia approves five COVID-19 vaccines for booster shots

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Monday granted emergency authorization for the use of five different COVID-19 vaccines as booster shots that will prioritize vulnerable groups. ...

Taiwan's Medigen can be used as COVID booster shot

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Dec. 20) announced that Taiwan's Medigen COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) and Mode...

Netherlands 'going into lockdown again' to curb omicron

LONDON (AP) — Nations across Europe moved to reimpose tougher measures to stem a new wave of COVID-19 infections spurred by the highly transmissible omicron variant, with the Netherlands leading the w...

Pressure on PM Johnson after UK Tories suffer election upset

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has suffered a stunning defeat in a parliamentary by-election that was viewed as a referendum on his government amid weeks of scand...

Man United game postponed as EPL coronavirus cases hit high

LONDON (AP) — The English Premier League reported its highest weekly coronavirus infections as Manchester United's meeting with Brentford became the second match in three days to be postponed due to o...

Boris Johnson: UK faces 'tidal wave' of omicron cases

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that Britain faces a “tidal wave” of infections from the omicron coronavirus variant, and announced a huge increase in booster vaccinations to ...

Australia shortens wait time for COVID-19 booster doses as Omicron cases rise

Australia said on Sunday it will shorten the wait time for people to receive COVID-19 booster vaccines following a rise in cases of the Omicron variant. Australia had previously said it would offer...