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Nigeria says it found first case of omicron in November

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in travelers that arrived from South Africa in the past week, the country’s national public health institut...

Live updates: S. Korea confirms cases of new virus variant

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first five cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant in people linked to arrivals from Nigeria, prompting the government to tighten the c...

Vaccine champions Spain, Portugal focus on the reluctant few

MADRID (AP) — Juan Esteban Mariño, a healthy 29-year-old, has been part of the rare cohort in Spain who have resisted health authorities' strong recommendations to get their vaccine shots. His positio...

Omicron keeps world jittery as more information drips out

TOKYO (AP) — The omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday as Japan further tightened travel restrictions, infections linked to the new version of the coronavirus popped up in more pla...

Haugen returns to DC as Congress weighs social media curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers are putting forward proposals to curb social media giants by limiting their free-speech protections against legal liability. Their efforts are comin...

Biden HIV/AIDS strategy calls racism 'public health threat'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration in its new HIV/AIDS strategy calls racism “a public health threat” that must be fully recognized as the world looks to end the epidemic. Th...

Despite variants, Singapore's COVID-19 strategy on track

SINGAPORE (AP) — When Singapore embarked upon its strategy of living with COVID-19, backed by one of the world's leading vaccine programs, the wealthy city-state saw a spike in its rate of infections,...

Microsoft and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy launch APAC Leaders Digital Alliance

Consortium convenes public and private sector leaders from seven countries to explore cloud-first and digital-native policies for inclusive economic growthSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 1 December 202...

Fauci says COVID diverted resources from fighting AIDS

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the COVID-19 pandemic has diverted scientific and financial resources from the fight against AIDS, serious...

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a C...

Canada bans more countries amid fears over omicron variant

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced a ban Tuesday on foreign nationals from three more countries because of concerns with the omicron COVID-19 variant. Canada is banning all foreigners ...

NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses

NEW YORK (AP) — The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing deadly overdoses, officials said...

US tracking of virus variants has improved after slow start

After a slow start, the United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples per week since e...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. Just uphill, Total En...

Greece mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for residents over 60

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Residents in Greece over 60 years old will have to undergo mandatory vaccinations against coronavirus or face monthly 100-euro ($114) fines beginning next year, the prime ministe...