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Omicron poses very high global risk, world must prepare -WHO

GENEVA, Nov 30: The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have “severe consequences” in some places, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. No Omicron-linked deaths had yet been reported, though further research was ...

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COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

LONDON, Nov 28:  The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on Saturday tightened its rules on mask-wearing and on ...

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Novavax developing vaccine that targets new COVID-19 variant

Nov 26: Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Friday it had started working on a version of its COVID-19 vaccine to target the variant detected in South Africa and would have the shot ready for testing and manufacturing in the next few weeks. The company’s COVID-19 shot contains an actual version of the ...

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EU regulator authorizes Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids 5-11

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov 26: The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school pupils amid a new wave of infections sweeping across the continent. It is ...

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US to require vaccines for all border crossers in January

WASHINGTON, Nov 25: President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning on Jan. 22, the administration planned to announce. A senior administration official said the requirement, which the White House previewed in ...

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Health Minister Khatiwada promises measures to curb consumption of of tobacco products

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada has said that appropriate measures would be taken to control and regulate the use of tobacco products. In his address to an all-party advocacy meeting on the theme of ‘control and regulation of tobacco products’ organized jointly by the Nepal ...

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WHO Europe warns of possible surge in COVID deaths ahead

GENEVA, Nov 24: The World Health Organization’s Europe office says projections show its 53-country region could face another 700,000 deaths in the coronavirus pandemic by next spring, topping 2 million in total. WHO Europe, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, also cited growing evidence of a decline in protection against infection and mild ...

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Nepal, India sign MoU to recognize each other’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Nepal and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for reciprocal recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates. The MoU was signed at a special ceremony organized at the Ministry of Health and Population in Kathmandu on Tuesday in the presence of Minister for Health and Population Birodh ...

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Nepal records 351 new cases, 273 recoveries and nine deaths on Tuesday

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Nepal recorded 351 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday along with 273 recoveries and nine deaths, according to the latest information provided by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). As many as 10,174 samples were tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Of them, 313 PCR ...

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How COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants

LOUISVILLE, Nov 23: Cadell Walker rushed to get her 9-year-old daughter Solome vaccinated against COVID-19 — not just to protect her but to help stop the coronavirus from spreading and spawning even more dangerous variants. “Love thy neighbor is something that we really do believe, and we want to be ...

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