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New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic Tuesday as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckl...

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the c...

U.S. will accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travelers

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travelers, a boost t...

Nursing schools see applications rise, despite COVID burnout

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people wh...

New Zealand's doctors and teachers must soon be vaccinated

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Most of New Zealand's health care workers and teachers will soon be legally required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the government announced Monday. ...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech (Full Text)

TAIPEI (Central News Agency) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) delivered her National Day address on Sunday (Oct. 10), pledging to defend Taiwan's sovereignty and democracy amid "un...

The Latest: Alabama Gov. Ivey extends help for hospitals

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended through the end of the October a COVID-19 state of emergency that relaxes some health care regulations to help hospitals with coronavirus patients...

Nevada among last states to add rapid tests to virus tally

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada this week became one of the last states to publicly report rapid antigen tests as part of its coronavirus tallies — a move that experts said could provide a fuller pict...

KTVs in Taipei City reopen, police enforce random checks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the relaxation of COVID-19 prevention rules, the Taipei City Government approved the reopening applications of 20 KTV businesses, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said in a...

Virus measures stop legal return of thousands to New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When Silvia Dancose’s daughter called in distress from Canada in August, Dancose flew over right away to comfort her. But now, after weeks of trying, she has no idea whe...

2 Taipei schools cancel classes due to CAL pilot breakthrough case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Classes have been canceled for 56 students at two elementary schools in Taipei City after a pilot and mother of two students was confirmed to have suffered a breakthrough ...

McDonald’s Taiwan scraps all dine-in restrictions from Thursday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — McDonald’s Taiwan announced Wednesday (Oct. 6) it will lift dine-in restrictions for all outlets across the country starting Thursday. The fast-food giant said pa...

New Zealand central bank raises key interest rate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s central bank raised interest rates for the first time in more than seven years on Wednesday, removing some of the support it put in place when the coronavi...

Vaccines are here. School's open. Some parents still agonize

PHOENIX (AP) — Eight days into the school year, all five of Amber Cessac’s daughters, ages 4 to 10, had tested positive for COVID-19. Having them all sick at once and worrying about...

New Zealand admits it can no longer get rid of coronavirus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government acknowledged Monday what most other countries did long ago: It can no longer completely get rid of the coronavirus. Prime Mini...