Coronavirus

    • Covid-19 Green Pass will be mandatory for all workers in Italy

      Covid-19 Green Pass will be mandatory for all workers in Italy

      The Italian government approved on Thursday some of the strictest anti-Covid measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reported. The new rules will come into force on 15 October in the latest effort by PM Mario Draghi's broad coalition to persuade people to get inoculated and blunt contagion in one of the countries worst-hit by the virus.

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    • Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes

      Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes

      New data from Moderna large Covid-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday, Reuters reported. "This is only one estimate, but we do believe this means as you look toward the fall and winter, at minimum we expect the estimated impact of waning immunity would be 600,000 additional cases of Covid-19," Moderna President Stephen Hoge said on a conference call with investors. Hoge did not project how many of the cases would be severe, but said some would require hospitalisation.

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    • UK recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 50s

      UK recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 50s

      The UK will offer a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine to everyone over age 50 and other vulnerable people after an expert panel said the boosters were needed to protect against waning immunity this winter, AP reported. Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers on Tuesday that the government had accepted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and would start offering booster shots next week. The World Health Organization has asked wealthy nations to delay booster shots until every country has vaccinated at least 40% of their populations.

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    • Germany launches vaccine week with offers in libraries, trams, mosques

      Germany launches vaccine week with offers in libraries, trams, mosques

      A nationwide vaccination campaign week kicks off in Germany on Monday in an attempt to speed up the rate of coronavirus vaccinations ahead of winter, dpa reported. In addition to the usual places where vaccines are offered anyone can get vaccinated without an appointment and free of charge at locations across the country, for example in some libraries, shopping centres and mosques.

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    • BioNTech to seek approval for use of Covid vaccine for 5-11 year olds

      BioNTech to seek approval for use of Covid vaccine for 5-11 year olds

      BioNTech is set to request approval across the globe for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as five over the next few weeks and preparations for a launch are well on track, two of the company's top executives told Der Spiegel, Reuters reported. "Already over the next few weeks we will file the results of our trial in five to 11 year-olds with regulators across the world and will request approval of the vaccine in this age group, also here in Europe," Chief Medical Officer Oezlem Tuereci told the weekly magazine.

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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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    • Biden's new Covid plan will affect 100 m workers

      Biden's new Covid plan will affect 100 m workers

      US President Joe Biden announced the most sweeping Covid-19 vaccine requirements yet on Thursday, which will affect roughly 100 million Americans, CBS news reported. The new measures include a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors, and a requirement that large companies must mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees.

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    • Italy tightens requirement for Covid Green Pass

      Italy tightens requirement for Covid Green Pass

      The Italian government of PM Mario Draghi on Thursday announced it would tighten requirements for proof of vaccination in the education and care sectors, news wires reported. Anyone entering schools or universities, including parents and non-teaching staff, will from 10 October have to provide a "green pass," which shows proof of vaccination, recovery from or a negative test for Covid-19.

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