Fauci: Americans may still need masks to fight COVID in 2022

WASHINGTON: Americans may still need to wear masks in 2022 even as the country relaxes other restrictions to combat COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday. While daily infection rates are coming down dramatically, thousands

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NASA’s Perseverance rover touches down on Mars

WASHINGTON: NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down safely on Mars on Thursday, kicking off the agency’s ninth mission on the Red Planet, reports Xinhua news agency. Cheers erupted in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as controllers confirmed the rover,

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Hard-to-detect strain of coronavirus found in Finland – Pharmaceutical company

HELSINKI: A new strain of the coronavirus, Fin-796H, which is hard to detect by at least one type of a PCR test, has been discovered in Finland, reported Sputnik news agency, quoting the Vita Laboratories company. Several coronavirus strains have been

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UK to launch world’s first COVID-19 human challenge study

LONDON: Britain will be the first country to run a COVID-19 human challenge study, on which the country’s clinical trials ethics body has given a favourable opinion, the Imperial College London announced on Wednesday. The study, backed by a government

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Independence fighter grandson ends archive donation talks with Harvard over professor’s comfort women claim

SEOUL: A grandson of a renowned Korean independence fighter said Thursday that he had sent a letter to Harvard University’s president to end any discussions about donating his historical archives due to a professor’s article depicting Japan’s wartime sexual slavery

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China, Brazil congratulate Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala as WTO’s new chief

BEIJING: China congratulated Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala after she was appointed new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Monday, reported Xinhua news agency. “China has full confidence in Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as the WTO director-general,” the Ministry of Commerce said in

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WHO approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday gave the green light to two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, allowing them to be rolled out globally via COVAX. The two versions are produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio in

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Palestine says Israel preventing Russian coronavirus vaccine deliveries to Gaza

MOSCOW: Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila has accused Israel of preventing the delivery of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine doses to the Gaza Strip, reported Sputnik news agency. According to the Palestine news agency (WAFA), Mai al-Kaila said that on Monday,

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Biden to focus on coronavirus challenges during upcoming G7 meeting

MOSCOW: US President Joe Biden will discuss the coronavirus pandemic, economic recovery, and “challenges” posed by China during his first G7 meeting, planned for Friday, reported Sputnik news agency. According to the White House in a statement released on Sunday, Biden

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Trump won’t be back to Twitter, says official

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump will not be allowed to back on Twitter even if he wins presidency, according to the company’s Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported.  “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the

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