Vaccination, not travel barbells, the key to fighting Omicron, says WHO

Vaccination, not travel barbells, the key to fighting Omicron, says WHO

WHO says border control only ‘buys time’ There are no reports of Omicron-related deaths yet, a WHO spokesman said Five US states find cases of Omicron variant The BoE is taking a wait-and-see approach to raising interest rates GENEVA, December 3 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) called on countries to increase health capacity … Read more

British study finds that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide the greatest booster effect

British study finds that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide the greatest booster effect

Data behind UK booster decision released Pfizer and Moderna provide great antibody, T-cell boosts Broad T-cell responses offer hope for variant protection LONDON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer (PFE.N) and Moderna (MRNA.O), using mRNA technology, give the biggest boost to antibody levels when given 10-12 weeks after the second dose, a … Read more

Google will delay mandatory return to office after January 10th

Google will delay mandatory return to office after January 10th

December 2 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday that it is indefinitely pushing its return to office plan for January globally amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus and a show resistance to company-imposed vaccinations. Google had said in August that it would expect workers to come in about three … Read more

New US COVID-19 international travel test rules take effect Monday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – New rules requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to pass a negative COVID-19 test within one travel day take effect Monday at 7 p.m. 12:01 ET (0501 GMT), according to an order issued late Thursday. According to current regulations, vaccinated international air travelers can present a negative … Read more

The U.S. Senate passes bills to prevent government closure, sending it to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to fund the government until mid-February, averting the risk of a shutdown after overcoming an attempt by some Republicans to delay the vote in a protest against vaccine mandates. The vote of 69-28 leaves government funding at its current level until … Read more

To combat Omicron, Biden sets new travel rules and adds free COVID tests

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday laid out his strategy to combat the Omicron and Delta coronavirus variants over the winter, including free and insurance-funded home COVID-19 testing and new requirements for international travelers. The U.S. government will require private health insurance companies to reimburse their 150 million customers the cost … Read more

Omicron could pose a ‘significant’ threat to the global economy, Yellen said

December 2 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of COVID-19 could slow global economic growth by exacerbating supply chain problems and suppressing demand, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Reuters next conference on Thursday. Yellen cited some uncertainty about the impact of the highly contagious variant first discovered in South Africa, due to the severe US … Read more

OPEC + agrees to move forward with an increase in oil production as US pressure trumps virus fear

The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is located outside the headquarters prior to the OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting, Austria, 6 December 2019. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger / File Photo Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Sign up OPEC + agrees to add another 400,000 bpd in January … Read more

Germany imposes unvaccinated curbs to make shots mandatory

People walk past a COVID-19 test station on the Kurfuerstendamm shopping street, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), in Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2021. REUTERS / Annegret Regards Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Sign up BERLIN, December 2 (Reuters) – Germany on Thursday imposed restrictions on the unvaccinated as … Read more

Japan lifts ban on incoming flight reservations following confusion

A passenger wearing a protective mask walks next to an arrival gate at Narita International Airport on the first day of closed borders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus Omicron variant in the midst of the pandemic with coronavirus disease (COVID) 19) in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, November 30, 2021. REUTERS / … Read more