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'I want to feel safe again': Americans lament slow pace of U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Jerry Shapiro, a 78-year-old pharmacist from Los Angeles, is at the top of the list of Californians now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but more than a month after the state began inoculations, he has yet to receive one. Learn More


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Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID's silent spread

(Reuters) - In early February, 57 people arrived at a Nebraska military base, among the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak. U.S. health officials knew very little then about the mysterious new virus, and the quarantined group offered an early opportunity to size up the threat. More »


Walmart expands vaccinations in boost to U.S. COVID-19 program

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walmart Inc said it is preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in seven more states, as well as in Chicago and Puerto Rico, this week and next, expanding beyond the two states where its pharmacists are offering inoculations. More »


Travel group, airlines oppose quarantine for U.S.-bound air passengers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Groups representing the U.S. travel industry and airlines on Friday voiced opposition to mandatory quarantines for air passengers arriving in the United States from overseas a day after President Joe Biden signed an order to take that step. More »


Severe allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine appear rare: CDC report

(Reuters) - Severe allergic reactions to Moderna Inc's coronavirus vaccine appear to be quite rare, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday, after over 4 million people had received their first dose. More »


Exclusive: AstraZeneca to supply 31 million COVID-19 shots to EU in first quarter, a 60% cut - EU source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc has informed European Union officials on Friday it would cut deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc by 60% to 31 million doses in the first quarter of the year due to production problems, a senior official told Reuters. More »


Australia's Victoria logs 17 days with no community COVID cases

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Victoria state recorded its 17th straight day without any new local coronavirus cases on Saturday as officials focus on keeping the community separated from staff and players here for next month's Australia Open. More »


Mexico reports 21,007 new coronavirus cases, 1,440 more deaths

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Health Ministry on Friday reported 21,007 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 1,440 additional fatalities, bringing the country's total to 1,732,290 cases and 147,614 deaths. More »


British PM says new variant may carry higher risk of death

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the new English variant of COVID-19 may be associated with a higher level of mortality although he said evidence showed that both vaccines being used in the country are effective against it. More »


China reports 107 new mainland COVID-19 cases vs 103 a day earlier

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported 107 new COVID-19 cases on the mainland on Jan. 22, up from 103 cases a day earlier, the national health authority said on Saturday. More »


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