G20 leaders snub COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver, watering down WHO funding commitments – National

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a U.S. push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization. The draft document, seen by Reuters, lists commitments of G20 nations and other countries and […]

India reports record day of COVID-19 deaths as cases pass 25 million – National

India’s total virus cases since the pandemic began swept past 25 million on Tuesday as the country registered more than 260,000 new cases and a record 4,329 fatalities in the past 24 hours. The numbers continue a trend of falling cases after infections dipped below 300,000 for the first time in weeks on Monday. […]

Joy for U.K. pubs and hugs threatened by rise in COVID-19 variant first seen in India – National

Drinks were raised in toasts and reunited friends hugged each other as thousands of U.K. pubs and restaurants opened Monday for indoor service for the first time since early January. Yet the prime minister sounded a cautious tone, warning about a more contagious COVID-19 variant that threatens reopening plans. Theatres, leisure venues and museums […]

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to weigh case that could roll back abortion rights – National

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to a showdown over abortion in a case that could dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights. With three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump part of a 6-3 conservative majority, the court is taking on a case about whether states can ban abortions before […]

U.K. prepares for major reopening as new COVID-19 variant sparks worry – National

Travelers in England were packing their bags, bartenders were polishing their glasses and performers were warming up as Britain prepared Sunday for a major step out of lockdown — but with clouds of worry on the horizon. Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality vied with anxiety that a more contagious virus variant […]

U.S. schools should continue to use masks, latest CDC guidance says – National

Schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the 2020-2021 school year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday. The CDC in its latest guidance said all kindergarten through grade 12 schools “should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of […]

COVID-19 cases in India hopefully stabilizing, as daily deaths stay near 4,000: officials – National

India reported its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three weeks on Saturday, with deaths still near the 4,000-mark, but federal health officials said cases and fatalities are rapidly stabilizing in this wave of the pandemic. The overall rate of positive cases per tests had dipped to 19.8 per cent this week […]

U.K. officials race to test, vaccinate as COVID-19 variant threatens reopening plans – National

Britain deployed public health officials, supported by the army, to distribute COVID-19 tests door-to-door in two northern England towns on Saturday in an effort to contain a fast-spreading variant that threatens plans to lift all lockdown restrictions next month. Cases of a strain first identified in India have more than doubled in a week, […]

Canada-U.S. border should be reopened amid new CDC mask guidance, congressman says – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2021 5:47 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ A U.S. lawmaker who has made a political crusade out of getting the border with Canada reopened is once again […]

U.S. states, businesses scrambling to figure out new COVID-19 CDC mask guidance – National

More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully COVID-19 vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases. But other states and cities and some major businesses hesitated amid doubts about whether the approach is safe or even workable. As many business owners pointed […]