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Experts urge Taiwan to cut wait for children’s 2nd COVID shot to 4 weeks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Children aged 5 to 11 will only have to wait four weeks before receiving a second COVID-19 shot instead of the current 12 weeks, reports said Friday (June 10). A panel ...

Vaccine skepticism and conspiracy theories drive up Pakistan's polio rates

Pakistan's polio eradication campaign is in disarray, as a high number of cases emerge in the northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan. A total of eight polio cases were recorded in the s...

Taiwan to receive 777,600 BioNTech COVID vaccine doses for children

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 777,600 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses for children are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on May 12, with vaccinations expected to begin May 20 at the lates...

Taiwan to start COVID vaccination of children May 2

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — COVID vaccinations for children ages six to 11 can begin at schools on May 2, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday (April 26). The vaccination of children has g...

Children also eligible to receive Taiwan’s latest Moderna vaccine doses

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Children between the ages of five and 11 are also eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, with Moderna doses arriving in Taiwan on Saturday evening (April 23), accordin...

Taiwan FDA authorizes Moderna for kids 6-11

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday provided authorization for the Moderna COVID vaccine (Spikevax) to be used with children six to 11 years old. ...

Taiwan soon to obtain Pfizer COVID vaccine for children 5-11

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Wednesday (April 13) said Taiwan is in the last stage of acquiring Pfizer's COVID vaccine for chil...

Facing its first COVID outbreak, Samoa goes on lockdown

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa will go into lockdown from Saturday as it faces its first outbreak of COVID-19 after a woman who was about to leave the country tested positive. ...

Florida recommends against COVID vaccines for healthy kids

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo on Tuesday released guidance recommending against vaccinations for healthy children, contradicting federal public health leaders whos...

Russia's daily COVID-19 infections near 200,000 for 1st time

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Thursday reported nearly 200,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases, in another record fueled by the rapid spread of the omicron variant amid a low vaccination rate a...

Vietnam starts reopening schools after year-long pandemic closure

More than 17 million Vietnamese students were due to return to school on Monday for the first time in about a year, the health ministry said, as authorities announced plans to start vaccinating childr...

Russia hits new COVID-19 record; 10x more than a month ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting a record daily count of new coronavirus infections, a tenfold spike from a month ago as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads through the country. ...

Russia mulls loosening restrictions amid record virus surge

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian president says his government is considering loosening some coronavirus restrictions, even as the country is facing a record-breaking surge of infections because of the highl...

Russia nears 100,000 daily infections as omicron rages

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Friday reported over 98,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases, but the Kremlin said the actual number is likely to be much greater as the highly contagious omicron v...

Omicron spreads in New Zealand, spoiling PM’s wedding plans

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is postponing her wedding after announcing new COVID-19 restrictions Sunday following the discovery of nine cases of the ...