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Taiwan prepares 17th COVID vaccination round

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 17th round of COVID-19 vaccinations will open for registration Dec. 6-7, with the Dec. 9-15 inoculations using AstraZeneca and BioNTech shots, reports said Saturday (D...

Taiwan's PX Mart to hand out fruit, vegetables, bread with vaccines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — When supermarket chain PX Mart begins hosting COVID-19 vaccinations next week, the inoculated will receive free fruit, vegetables, and bread, reports said Saturday (Dec. 4...

New Taipei’s Mega City to become first department store to offer vaccinations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Mega City in New Taipei City’s Banqiao District is likely to become the first department store in north Taiwan to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to the public next ...

Taiwan's PX Mart could offer COVID vaccinations as soon as next week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — PX Mart could begin COVID vaccinations at its stores across Taiwan as soon as next week, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). During a press confere...

Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infec...

Slovakia eyes bonus to boost vaccinations for 60 and overs

BRATISLAVA, SLovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government has proposed a plan to give people 60 and older a 500-euro ($568) bonus if they get vaccinated against COVID-19, the finance minister said Wednesday. ...

Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls agai...

Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights

Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls against a new cor...

LA begins enforcing strict mandate requiring proof of vax

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of shots for everyone entering a wide variet...

Taiwan to start 2nd-dose BioNTech vaccinations for ages 12-17 in mid-December

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said on Monday (Nov. 29) that second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID vaccine can be administered...

Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine. “This was a word that was e...

Taiwan approves 2nd-dose BioNTech vaccinations for ages 12-17, 3rd dose for adults

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A panel of experts has decided to resume second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID vaccine for children 12-17 years of age while also giving the green light for adul...

Bookings for Taiwan's 16th round of vaccines begin Nov. 29, shots start Dec. 2

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Reservations for Taiwan's 16th round of vaccinations will start on Nov. 29, and inoculations will begin on Dec. 2. During a press briefing on Friday (Nov. 26), Heal...

50% of Taiwanese fully vaccinated, 60% COVID coverage likely by mid-December

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The percentage of Taiwanese citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID has reached 50%, nearing the Central Epidemic Command Center's (CECC) goal of 60% for the e...

Hungary's COVID-19 deaths, cases hit new highs amid surge

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's number of daily COVID-19 deaths and new officially recorded cases on Wednesday climbed to highs not seen since a devastating pandemic surge last spring. ...