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The Latest: Britain says variant booster ready by September

LONDON — Britain’s vaccines minister says booster shots designed to fight new variants of the coronavirus should be ready for distribution to people over 70 by September. Nadhim Zaha...

The Latest: US says AstraZeneca info may have been outdated

WASHINGTON — Results from a U.S. trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine may have used “outdated information,” U.S. federal health officials say. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board...

Pakistan: Conspiracy theories hamper COVID vaccine drive

In February, the Pakistani government launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive, starting with frontline health workers. After successfully inoculating 37,289 by mid-February, the authorities started re...

The Latest: Sri Lanka approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s drug regulatory body has approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine as the second available for use in the Indian Ocean island nation. The state minister...

Syria govt says it has virus vaccine; doesn't say from where

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's health minister on Thursday said his government procured coronavirus vaccines from a friendly country which he declined to name, adding that frontline health workers wou...

Pakistan: Plan to commercialize Covid vaccine sparks outcry

Health experts are voicing concerns over Pakistan's decision to allow some private companies to import coronavirus vaccines, which are likely to be sold at commercial rates. The move has caused a...

The Latest: Philippines sets back theater, arcade reopenings

MANILA, Philippines — The approval for many Philippine movie theaters, video game arcades and other leisure businesses to reopen has been postponed another two weeks after mayors expressed fear it wil...

Mexico plan to vaccinate elderly, poorest, most remote first

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico received a shipment of 870,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from a plant in India Sunday and laid out plans to vaccinate elderly people in the country’s poorest, most remote are...

The Latest: Israel eases restrictions 6 weeks after lockdown

JERUSALEM — Israel has started to ease restrictions nearly six weeks after entering its third nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some businesses began reop...

The Latest: China gives broader approval for Sinovac vaccine

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine. The decision on the Sinovac vaccine was announced Saturday. It expands who can re...

Desperation grows as Mexico runs out of vaccines

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Desperation mounted in Mexico Thursday as the country runs out of coronavirus vaccines, a government registration website crashed for a third straight day and restaurant workers pro...

German army medics arrive in Portugal to help fight pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German army medical team flew into Lisbon on Wednesday to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. ...

Deadliest virus month piles strain on Portugal's government

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The pressure appears to be getting to Portugal’s government after almost two weeks at the top of the world rankings of daily new COVID-19 cases and deaths by size of population...

South Africa to welcome first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is preparing a hero's welcome Monday for the delivery of its first COVID-19 vaccines — 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of In...

The Latest: Japan official dismissed, defied virus emergency

TOKYO — A Japanese vice education minister has been dismissed from his Cabinet post over his recent visit at an expensive Tokyo hostess club, defying an ongoing coronavirus state of emergency. ...