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The Latest: Italy ponders suing Pfizer for vaccine delays

ROME — Italy’s virus czar is pressing ahead with plans to take legal action against Pfizer after the U.S. pharmaceutical company announced delays in delivering pre-ordered COVID-19 vaccines to Europe....

The Latest: Pakistan approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister says the country’s drug regulatory authority has approved the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and the government is trying to make it available by...

Spain rejects virus confinement as most of Europe stays home

MADRID (AP) — While most of Europe kicked off 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insist the new coronavirus variant causing havoc elsewhere is not to blame for a sh...

Dutch hold mass coronavirus testing amid new variant fears

BERGSCHENHOEK, Netherlands (AP) — Residents of a Dutch town filed into a sports hall Wednesday to take part in the country's first mass coronavirus testing program, which aims to find out more about t...

US to require negative coronavirus test for travelers from Taiwan and elsewhere

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Anyone traveling to the U.S. on an international flight, including from Taiwan, will have to present a negative coronavirus test issued within three days of their departur...

Taiwan reports first case of mutant South African Covid strain

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan on Wednesday (Jan. 13) reported its first imported case of the new mutant coronavirus strain from South Africa. On Wednesday, Health Minister and Central Epidemi...

South Africa struggles with post-holiday spike in COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is struggling to cope with a spike in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed some hospitals, as people returning from widespread holiday travel along the coast sp...

The Latest: South Korea to vaccine its 52M people for free

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president says it’ll offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all its people free of charge in phases. President Moon Jae-in made the comments in his New Yea...

Asia Today: Virus rules tightened in province near Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities say scores more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hebei province bordering on the capital Beijing. The outbreak focused on the ...

CECC refutes comparisons of Taiwan quarantine centers to prison cells

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday (Jan. 9) released photos of the new quarantine centers for overseas arrivals to refute rumors comparing the faciliti...

Cyprus to return to lockdown conditions to stem virus spread

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is returning to lockdown mode for the remainder of the month, including daytime restrictions on movement and a shuttering of schools, after the country’s health minister ...

The Latest: Japan declares state of emergency in Tokyo area

TOKYO — Japan has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three nearby areas as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. Prime Minist...

Quebec orders 8 p.m. curfew beginning Saturday, for 4 weeks

MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's premier announced Wednesday that he is imposing a provincewide 8 p.m. curfew beginning Saturday as a way to curb surging coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. ...

Taiwan reports 2 more cases of mutant UK Covid strain

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Jan. 6) announced that it has detected two more cases of the new mutant COVID-19 strain from the U.K. ...

The Latest: Thailand to expand virus testing at factories

BANGKOK — Authorities in Thailand say they plan to expand coronavirus testing to thousands of factories in a province near Bangkok as they reported 365 new cases around the country and one new death. ...