Health

US hopes to start virus vaccines in December as pandemic surges

  By AFP bureaus Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON (AFP)— The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, the latest positive news to emerge even as cases surge across the worst-hit nation …

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Pfizer/BioNTech to seek emergency approval for virus vaccine Friday

  By Ivan Couronne Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON (AFP) — Pfizer and its partner BioNTech confirmed they will apply Friday for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first to do so in the US or Europe as the …

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Nearly 12 million unemployed Americans to lose aid in December: study

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Millions of Americans who lost their jobs to the mass layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be cut off from government aid at the end of December unless Congress acts, a study said on Wednesday. …

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New coronavirus case in White House

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Another White House staffer has tested positive for coronavirus, US media reported Wednesday, the latest case among Donald Trump’s administration since last week’s election. Political director Brian Jack’s diagnosis came over the weekend, after he attended …

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US records new high of over 200,000 Covid cases in 24 hours: tally

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States on Tuesday far exceeded its previous daily record of new Covid-19 cases, adding 201,961 cases in 24 hours, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The high number, partly due to …

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US surpasses 10 million coronavirus cases: Johns Hopkins

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States recorded its 10 millionth case of the coronavirus Monday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, the same day that Pfizer and BioNTech announced their vaccine showed 90 percent effectiveness. Shortly before …

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Over 500,000 virus cases worldwide in new daily record

  PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — More than 500,000 new coronavirus cases were reported worldwide on Tuesday in a new record, according to a tally from health authorities compiled by AFP. In total, 516,898 new infections and 7,723 deaths were announced, …

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Preparations underway in Hawaii for statewide COVID-19 vaccination program

HONOLULU (Eagle News) — As the world waits for an approved vaccine, Hawaii state and county officials, together with private-sector partners representing over 90 organizations, have already launched a preliminary plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccination program. The said plan …

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Masks could cut Covid-19 deaths in the US by 130,000: study

By Marlowe Hood Agence France-Presse PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — Even if state-level governments in the United States reimpose limited social distancing measures to halt the spread of Covid-19, the death toll could more than double by the end of February …

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Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges over opioid sales

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — US drugmaker Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to three criminal charges over its production and sales of the prescription opioid Oxycontin, which stoked a nationwide addiction crisis, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Purdue also agreed to $8.3 …

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Battle in Portugal over plans for compulsory virus app

  By Levi Fernandes Agence France-Presse LISBON, PORTUGAL (AFP) — Portugal’s government is in damage control mode after it triggered widespread outrage and ignored EU guidelines with plans to make a Covid-19 contract tracing app compulsory. Dubbed “Stay Away Covid”, …

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Global daily virus cases top 400,000: AFP tally

  PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) – More than 400,000 new coronavirus infections were declared across the world on Thursday, a record number, according to a tally by AFP on Friday based on data from health authorities. A total of 404,758 new …

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