WHO lists AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use, widening access to countries in need – National

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday listed AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, widening access to the relatively inexpensive shot in the developing world. Read more: AstraZeneca to test coronavirus vaccine response in children for 1st time A WHO statement said it had approved the vaccine as produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio […]

Poorer countries unable to wait for UN’s COVAX program seek other coronavirus vaccines – National

With coronavirus cases still climbing, Honduras got tired of waiting to get vaccines through a United Nations program, so the small Central American country struck out on its own, securing the shots through a private deal. Honduras “cannot wait on bureaucratic processes or misguided decisions” to give citizens “the peace of mind” offered by […]

Vaccine hoarding ‘keeps pandemic burning’, WHO chief warns rich countries – National

Rich countries squabbling over COVID-19 vaccine supplies must consider the situation in poorer parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, warning that hoarding of shots “keeps the pandemic burning.” WHO officials were speaking after the European Commission said it had agreed a plan to control exports of vaccines from the […]

WHO approves Pfizer vaccine for emergency use, paving way for rollout to countries in need – National

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for it to be distributed to countries in need. It is the first vaccine to be added to the UN organization’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL). Its addition allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval process for the vaccine, and […]

‘Believe in science’: European countries start coronavirus vaccine rollout as cases surge – National

ROME — Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine Sunday in a symbolic show of unity and moment of hope for a continent confronting its worst health care crisis in a century. Weeks after the U.S., Canada and Britain […]

U.K. coronavirus variant spreads to more European countries – National

Millions of people in the United Kingdom faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland demanding tighter measures to try to halt a new variant of the virus that is believed to spread more quickly. Northern Ireland went into a six-week lockdown and in Wales, restrictions that were relaxed for […]

Britain cut off from Europe, other countries over new coronavirus strain – National

Trucks waiting to get out of Britain backed up for miles and people were left stranded at airports Monday as dozens of countries around the world slapped tough travel restrictions on the U.K. because of a new and seemingly more contagious strain of the coronavirus in England. From Canada to India, one nation after […]

Several European countries ban travel from U.K. as new coronavirus strain spreads – National

Italy’s foreign minister announced Sunday that Italy is suspending flights from Britain “to protect Italians” from the new coronavirus variant. Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Twitter that the government was preparing a measure that would block flights. It was not immediately clear when it would it would take effect. Italian media reports indicate […]

Asia-Pacific countries won’t see coronavirus vaccinations until mid-2021, WHO says – National

The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to COVID-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach to the pandemic. “The development of safe and effective vaccines is one thing. Producing them in adequate quantities and reaching everyone who needs them […]

For poorer countries, road to coronavirus vaccines far longer than the West – National

With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher. The ambitious initiative known as COVAX created […]