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Britain rolls out AstraZeneca shots as virus vaccinations gather pace

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by Anna MALPAS with AFP bureaus Britain on Monday began rolling out the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a possible game-changer in fighting the disease worldwide, while China raced to inoculate millions with a homegrown prophylactic. Britain started the new drive with 530,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine,...

India approves vaccines as nations fight virus resurgence

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by AFP bureaus India on Sunday approved emergency use of two Covid-19 vaccines to kick off one of the world's biggest inoculation drives, while the European Union offered to help drug companies expand production to ease distribution bottlenecks. India, the second-worst affected country, has authorised use...

Lockdowns, curfews, alcohol bans as nations fight resurgent virus

by AFP bureaus Countries across the world tightened restrictions on their populations Saturday to fight a resurgence in the coronavirus, as the European Union offered to help drug companies expand vaccine production to improve distribution "bottlenecks". From local curfews, to alcohol bans and complete lockdowns, governments are...

Bangkok imposes partial lockdown to combat virus

Bangkok's nightlife will go quiet as a ban on bars, nightclubs and restaurant alcohol sales goes into effect Saturday, among a raft of restrictions aimed at curbing the kingdom's rising coronavirus toll. Thailand initially appeared to have escaped the worst of the virus, registering just...

Teachers and lion tamers get same wage under Cuban reform

Cuban school teachers, journalists, lion tamers and doctors-in-training will earn the same salary under reforms spelled out Thursday and taking effect in the new year. The changes will quintuple the minimum salary to the equivalent of $87 a month and prices in the state-run economy...

Virus hollows out German city centres

by David COURBET The charming German city of Luebeck was lovingly done up for the holidays with fairy lights and garlands but the usual festive bustle was eerily absent this pandemic-scarred winter. Across the country, all non-essential businesses have been forced to shut until at least...

Trump will be gone, but trauma of 2020 may haunt Biden

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by Sebastian Smith Covid and a traumatic presidential election left the US reeling in 2020, but even with Donald Trump gone and Joe Biden promising to heal the nation there'll be no quick return to normal in 2021. For many in the world's richest country, 2020...

China ramps up virus controls to head off winter wave

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Temperature checks, queues for tests and inspections at airports -- Chinese authorities have stepped up health checks to snuff out the threat of a coronavirus resurgence. China, where the virus first emerged around a year ago, largely contained its outbreak, and its economy has roared...

Australian lobster sector claws back trade after China ban

Even in the scorching Australian summer sun, long queues of customers snake around Fremantle harbour -- a soothing sight for beleaguered local fishermen trying to replace lost business with China. Australia's rock lobster exports are worth half a billion US dollars a year -- and...

Singapore’s Covid-19 Christmas economics

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Kuala Lampur, Dec. 27 -- There's no snow. No real sleigh bells. And no one's roasting anything by an open fire but this weekend Singapore celebrated Christmas like never before. Instead of big parties and Christmas fairs, we had smaller events and households hosting smaller...
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