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Global vaccines project to revamp rules after Britain got more than Botswana

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In March, as wealthy Britain led the world in vaccination rates and almost half its people had received a shot, the organisation meant to ensure fair global access to COVID-19 vaccines allotted the country over half a million doses from its supplies. Learn More


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New Zealand to begin letting people isolate at home as it looks to ease border curbs

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand is to begin allowing small numbers of vaccinated travellers to isolate at home instead of in state-run quarantine facilities as part of a phased approach to re-opening its borders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. More »


China says will reduce abortions for 'non-medical purposes'

BEIJING (Reuters) -China will reduce the number of abortions performed for "non-medical purposes", the country's cabinet said in new guidelines issued on Monday that it said were aimed at improving women's reproductive health. More »


What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

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Sydney's COVID-19 lockdown to end sooner for the vaccinated

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian authorities announced plans on Monday to gradually reopen locked-down Sydney, unveiling a two-tiered system that will give citizens inoculated for COVID-19 more freedoms than their unvaccinated neighbours for several weeks. More »


Thailand to reopen to more vaccinated visitors from November

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions from Nov. 1 to vaccinated arrivals, authorities said on Monday, as the country tries to boost its immunisation rate and revive its battered tourism sector. More »


Russia, Vietnam reach agreement on Sputnik V supplies -RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Direct Investment Fund and Vietnamese T&T group have reached an agreement on Sputnik-V vaccine supplies to Hanoi, the RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing Vietnamese ambassador to Moscow Dang Minh Khoi. More »


COVID-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War Two –study

LONDON (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. More »


New York may tap National Guard to replace unvaccinated healthcare workers

(Reuters) - New York Governor Kathy Hochul is considering employing the National Guard and out-of-state medical workers to fill hospital staffing shortages with tens of thousands of workers possibly losing their jobs for not meeting a Monday deadline for mandated COVID-19 vaccination. More »


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