Japan approves Novavax as 4th COVID vaccine amid new surge

Japan's health ministry on Tuesday formally approved Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine, a fourth foreign-developed tool to combat the infections as the country sees signs of a resurgence led by a subvariant of fast-spreading omicron.

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South Korea's COVID-19 deaths strain crematories, hospitals

Health officials in South Korea have instructed crematories to burn more bodies per day and funeral homes to add more refrigerators to store the dead as families struggle with funeral arrangements amid a rise in COVID-19 ...

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South Korea's omicron deaths surge amid faltering response

South Korea reached another daily record in COVID-19 deaths on Thursday as health officials reported more than 621,000 new infections, underscoring a massive omicron surge that has been worse than feared and threatens to ...

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South Korea reports record deaths amid omicron surge

South Korea had its deadliest day yet of the pandemic on Tuesday, with 293 deaths reported in the latest 24 hours, as the country grapples with a record surge in coronavirus infections driven by the fast-moving omicron variant.

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Danes halt virus restrictions; rest of Europe a patchwork

Denmark took the European Union lead Tuesday by scrapping most pandemic restrictions as the Scandinavian country no longer considers COVID-19 "a socially critical disease." European nations elsewhere had a patchwork of different ...

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Spain leads calls for COVID-19 to be treated like flu

Spain is spearheading calls for governments to start tackling COVID-19 as any other endemic respiratory virus like seasonal flu, despite WHO opposition and warnings that the approach is premature.

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Finland to vaccinate children aged five to 12

Finland will expand its vaccination programme to include children aged five to 12 as the country faces record COVID infections, health officials said on Wednesday.

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Chinese city suspends rail imports after fresh COVID outbreak

A northern Chinese city bordering Russia halted rail imports including coal and timber Wednesday over fears of a fresh cluster of COVID-19 infections, as the country logged its highest domestic cases in a month.

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Hong Kong to tighten COVID-19 rules, seeks to open to China

Hong Kong will tighten COVID-19 restrictions despite a lack of local outbreaks to better align with China's policies and increase chances of quarantine-free travel between the territory and mainland, leader Carrie Lam said ...

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