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Moderna begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Moderna has begun testing an omicron-specific COVID-19 booster in healthy adults. The company announced Wednesday that the first participant had received a do...

Gates Foundation expands board following Bill, Melinda split

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will add four members to its board of trustees, a first for the Seattle-based philanthropic giant whose decision making has been guided by ...

EXPLAINER: What's known about 'stealth' version of omicron?

Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the omicron variant that has been found in at least 40 countries, including the United States. ...

WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes him

GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus laid out more plans Tuesday to fight the virus as he pitched his case for a new five-year term and faced criticism from his own...

Pfizer begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults

Pfizer is enrolling healthy adults to test a reformulated COVID-19 vaccine that matches the hugely contagious omicron variant, to see how it compares with the original shots. Pfizer ...

Do not assume COVID pandemic reaching 'end game', warns WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant would herald the end of COVID-19's acutest phase, exhorting nations to stay foc...

WHO chief warns against talk of 'endgame' in pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's director-general on Monday warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and it's dangerous to assume omicron is the last on...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2022. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23,...

China proves that a zero-COVID policy is no longer practical

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – Are there any merits at all for any country attempting to enforce a zero-COVID policy in 2022? In 2020, it made perfect sense. China, despite being the cause of all ...

Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

TOKYO (AP) — Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caus...

More than 2 dozen drugmakers to make Merck's COVID-19 pill

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N.-backed organization announced Thursday that it has signed agreements with more than two dozen generic drug makers to produce versions of Merck's COVID-19 pill to supply 105 develo...

EXPLAINER: What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?

Some European countries such as Spain are making tentative plans for when they might start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic” disease, but the World Health Organization and other officials have warned ...

Global vaccine program COVAX low on funds, seeks $5.2B

GENEVA (AP) — The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines equally between rich and poor countries asked Wednesday for $5.2 billion in funds to be able to keep buying doses in coming months. ...

Global Health Insurance Market Projected to Boost at 5,518.60Bn And Growing at A CAGR of 5.99% By 2031

The global Global Health Insurance Market is expected to be worth around 5,518.60Bn by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 5.99% during the forecast period 2021 to 2031 A New Report on the Global Health Insu...

China cites coronavirus on packaging, despite doubts abroad

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say parcels mailed from overseas may have spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere, despite doubts among overseas health experts that t...