Pandemic

    • Moderna: Covid-19 pandemic may end in one year

      Moderna: Covid-19 pandemic may end in one year

      The CEO of US pharmaceutical company Moderna Stephane Bancel said that the Covid-19 pandemic may end in about one year as increased vaccine output guarantees enough global supplies. "If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities over the past six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of next year so that everyone on this earth can be vaccinated. Boosters should also be possible to the extent required," Bancel said, quoted by Reuters.

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    • Johnson sets winter pandemic roadmap

      Johnson sets winter pandemic roadmap

      British PM Boris Johnson is set to announce today how his government plans to control the coronavirus during the fall and winter, news wires reported. At a news conference he is expected to say that mask-wearing, work-from-home advice and social distancing rules that were lifted in July could return if cases climb.

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    • EU removes Japan, 5 other countries from safe travel list, adds Uruguay

      EU removes Japan, 5 other countries from safe travel list, adds Uruguay

      The European Union on Thursday removed Japan and five other countries from its list of safe travel destinations, meaning visitors or people returning from those countries are likely to face tighter controls such as Covid-19 tests or quarantine, Reuters reported. Following a review, the governments of the EU's 27 member states agreed to drop Japan, along with Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei and Serbia, the European Council said on Thursday. Uruguay has been added to the list.

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    • G20: Virus variants threaten global recovery

      G20: Virus variants threaten global recovery

      An upsurge in new coronavirus variants and poor access to vaccines in developing countries threaten the global economic recovery, finance ministers of the world's 20 largest economies warned cited by news wires. The G20 gathering in Venice was the ministers' first face-to-face meeting since the start of the pandemic.

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    • Iceland says goodbye to pandemic

      Iceland says goodbye to pandemic

      Iceland lifted all domestic Covid-19 restrictions after up to 87% of its citizens over 16 received at least one vaccine dose, and new coronavirus cases are close to zero, news wires reported. About 48% of those 16 and over are fully vaccinated. The island nation, with a population of about 369,000, has seen 6,637 cases, with 30 deaths overall.

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    • EU summit to debate Russia, Turkey relations, pandemic recovery

      EU summit to debate Russia, Turkey relations, pandemic recovery

      EU leaders gather today in Brussels for a final summit under Portuguese Presidency to debate some of the hottest issues on European agenda, news wires reported. Relations with Russia and Turkey and economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic will be put into the centre of the debates while Hungarian bill seen as anti-LGBT will further ignite the passions.

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    • Portugal fears fourth covid wave caused by the Delta variant

      Portugal fears fourth covid wave caused by the Delta variant

      Portugal fears a fourth wave of the pandemic may soon take hold across the country as the highly contagious Delta variant now accounting for more than 60 percent of new cases in the capital Lisbon, news wires reported. In attempt to prevent the spread, travel between the capital region and the rest of Portugal was banned from last weekend.

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