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Japan's Takeda seeks govt approval for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co asked regulators on Friday to approve use of the COVID-19 vaccine of Moderna Inc, which would allow it to become the third vaccine to figure in a national inoculation effort begun last month. Takeda, which is handling domestic approval and imports of about 50 million Moderna doses, announced […]

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Japan PM Suga considering 2-week extension of COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo region

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a meeting of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection control headquarters at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday the government is considering a two-week extension of a state of […]

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Afghanistan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid rising violence

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan began its first COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, administering doses initially to security force members, health workers and journalists, in a campaign that may face challenges from a sharp rise in violence.Slideshow ( 3 images )The war-damaged country received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), which […]

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WHO team to brief media on Wuhan findings on Tuesday

Peter Daszak and Hung Nguyen-Viet, members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walk at a park of their hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6, 2021. REUTERS/Aly SongWUHAN, China (Reuters) – Members of a World Health Organization-led team looking for clues about the […]

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Countdown to 'catastrophe:' Inside Europe's fight for COVID shots

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In a meeting last week in the Europa building in Brussels, home of the European Union’s political leadership, diplomats for the 27 member states were desperate.FILE PHOTO: A view shows a meeting room in Europa, the new European Council building in Brussels, Belgium December 9, 2016. Building: Philippe Samyn and Partners architects […]

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New Zealand regulator approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer and Biontech logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationWELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand medicines regulator Medsafe has provisionally approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc and Germany’s BioNTech, the government said […]

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WHO team in China's Wuhan visits provincial CDC

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday visited the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China’s central region of Hubei, where the outbreak emerged in late 2019.Slideshow ( 4 images )The group of independent experts spent about 4-1/2 hours on its longest site […]