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The Latest: Arizona reports more deaths, fewer virus cases

PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 100 daily coronavirus deaths for the second time since February. The 108 confirmed deaths and 2,742 new coronavirus cases were reported Saturday....

UN using honor system to check vaccinations for big meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is relying on an honor system — and only an honor system — to ensure that world leaders have been vaccinated before they speak at next week's big meetin...

Small agency, big job: Biden tasks OSHA with vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t make many headlines. Charged with keeping America’s workplaces safe, it usually busies itself with tasks such as setting and...

Why COVID cases are rising again in some Indian states

After India’s deadly second wave in April and May, cases declined all over the country, even as restrictions eased. The past couple of months have seen a spike again in the western state of Maha...

Taiwan thanks Japan for 500,000 more doses of AZ vaccine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday (Sept. 14) thanked Japan for arranging its fifth coronavirus vaccine donation to Taiwan, adding another 500,000 jabs to t...

Australia buys additional 1 mln doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

Australia has purchased an additional 1 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine from the European Union, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as the country accelerates its inoculation programm...

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

The National Nurses Union applauded President Joe Biden's proposal to require that companies with more than 100 employees vaccinate their work force. The American Federation of Teachers once said vacc...

Fitch Ratings raises Taiwan to AA level for first time since 2012

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fitch Ratings has upgraded Taiwan’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to AA from AA- for the first time since 2012, reports said Friday (Sept. 1...

Japan's struggling PM Suga steps down, sets stage for new leader

TOKYO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday he would step down, setting the stage for a new premier after a one-year tenure marred by an unpopular COVID-19 response...

Taiwan thanks Japan for scheduled 4th vaccine donation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Presidential Office on Friday (Sept. 3) thanked Japan for a scheduled fourth COVID-19 donation to Taiwan, expected later this month. Japan Foreign Minister Motegi T...

Employers in Taiwan cannot ask job seekers to provide proof of COVID vaccination

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Employers in Taiwan are prohibited from requiring interviewees to present a certificate indicating they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the labor autho...

Taiwan's Medigen mentioned in WHO's COVID booster shot debate

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At a World Health Organization (WHO) consultation on the need for COVID-19 booster shots, Taiwan-made vaccine Medigen was on the agenda. As reports of COVID-19 breakthr...

Moderna most popular vaccine in Taiwan, Medigen 3rd

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The majority of Taiwanese surveyed prefer the COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna, followed by Pfizer-BioNTech's and Medigen's, with AstraZeneca's coming in last ...

Taiwan’s nasal spray vaccine against COVID shows promise in animal trials

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new nasal spray against COVID-19 developed by National Taiwan University (NTU) has been shown to be effective and is expected to enter human trials in the first half of ...

Nepal fears 'third wave' as COVID cases surge

As COVID cases continue to rise, Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has warned of a third coronavirus wave, instructing all hospitals and health centers to gear up and prepare necess...