Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

France inches toward new lockdown

The French government admitted on Wednesday that current restrictions designed to contain the spread of coronavirus were not enough, raising the prospect of a third nationwide lockdown.

Vaccination

Spain running short of vaccines due to delivery delays

Health authorities in Spain say they are running out of COVID-19 vaccines and will have to postpone giving shots to health workers and nursing home residents due to delays in deliveries by pharmaceutical companies.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

China deploys anal swabs to test for COVID-19

China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting COVID-19, state TV reported, with social media users and travellers squirming over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more ...

Vaccination

Sanofi 'proud' to help make rivals' vaccines

French pharma group Sanofi is "proud" of the solidarity it has shown in agreeing to help produce 125 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer-BioNTech, a senior executive said Wednesday.

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UK to impose hotel quarantine for returning Britons

British citizens returning home from roughly 30 countries deemed at "high risk" from new coronavirus variants could soon have to quarantine in hotels, reports said on Wednesday.

Vaccination

EU rejects AstraZeneca vaccine contract claims

A senior EU official on Wednesday contested drug company AstraZeneca's explanation for a delay in vaccine deliveries and stressed Brussels is demanding it fulfil its contract.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

100 mn cases worldwide, as US seeks to reset its COVID fight

More than 100 million COVID-19 cases have now been recorded worldwide, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday, as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden pledged to ramp up the United States's struggling vaccine program.

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