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India 'on war footing' as coronavirus infections pass 24 million

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the alarm over the rapid spread of COVID-19 through India's vast countryside on Friday, as 4,000 people died from the virus for the third straight day and total infections crossed 24 million. Learn More

 

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Explainer: What is the science behind the new U.S. mask guidance?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, updated guidance the agency said will allow life to begin to return to normal. More »

 

Delayed 2nd Pfizer/BioNTech shot boosts antibodies in elderly; COVID-19 obesity risk higher for men

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. More »

 

UK to speed up vaccinations, warns Indian variant may delay full reopening

LONDON (Reuters) -Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday Britain would accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination programme, to try to contain a fast-spreading variant first identified in India that could knock a re-opening of the economy off track. More »

 

With ICUs nearly full, Colombia nears 80,000 COVID-19 deaths

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Colombia were set to pass 80,000 on Friday with intensive care units almost full in the biggest cities, where large crowds have been gathering in protests that have entered their third week. More »

 

Canada plots course to fully vaccinated return to gatherings in fall

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Friday said there would be a gradual return to a world with indoor sports and family gatherings as more people get vaccinated, but it did not go as far as the United States in telling people they could eventually ditch their masks. More »

 

U.S. restaurant association to nix indoor mask suggestion per CDC

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The U.S. National Restaurant Association will remove a suggestion from its operating guidance for restaurants that says fully vaccinated people should still wear masks indoors, following new advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday. More »

 

U.S. officials hope new mask advice drives uptick in COVID shots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With new federal guidance allowing people to ditch their masks in most places, it will be up to individuals to decide how to protect themselves now that vaccines are readily available, top U.S. health officials said on Friday. More »

 

Brazil begins mass vaccination of Tokyo-bound Olympians

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil began a mass vaccination program on Friday for athletes, coaches, staff and journalists heading to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July. More »

 

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