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Boeing workers stage protest near Seattle over U.S. vaccine mandate

EVERETT, Wash., Oct 15 (Reuters) - Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co (BA.N) employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers.Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an...

U.S. administers 408.3 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines – CDC

Oct 17 (Reuters) - The United States has administered 408,265,959 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.The figures are up from the 407,446,961 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Oct. 16.The agency said 218,805,579 people had...

U.S. CDC to weigh rare clot risk with J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine as use paused

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. health advisory panel on Wednesday is set to review six reported cases of rare blood clots in women who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine one day after federal regulators paused the use of the shot to assess the issue.The cases, in women under age 50, were reported...

Lyft, CVS Health partner to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines

(Reuters) - Lyft Inc and CVS Health Corp said on Friday they would team up in the United States to provide access to COVID-19 vaccinations among under-served communities by arranging rides and scheduling appointments.Uber Technologies Inc and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said earlier this month they would provide educational programs and free transportation...

Drugmakers rush to test whether vaccines stop coronavirus variant

Drug makers including BioNTech and Moderna are scrambling to test their COVID-19 vaccines against the new fast-spreading variant of the virus that is raging in Britain, the latest challenge in the breakneck race to curb the pandemic.CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin, answers journalists' questions after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved its COVID-19 vaccine, at...

California faces strict new coronavirus lockdowns; some sheriffs push back

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 23 million people in Southern California were preparing on Sunday for the harshest lockdowns in the United States as COVID-19 cases spiked to record levels in the country’s most populous state.FILE PHOTO: A commuter wears a face mask as she exits from a transit trolly during the outbreak of the coronavirus...

China’s Sinovac secures $500 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine development

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Sinovac Biotech said on Monday that it had secured approximately $500 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine development.In a statement on its website, the company said it expects to be able to manufacture 300 million vaccine doses annually, and that it aims to complete construction of a second production...

COVID upsets EU summit as European Commission chief self-isolates

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The coronavirus upset a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday as one of the key participants, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, had to quit the meeting minutes after it began to go into precautionary self-isolation.FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wearing a face mask arrives for...

WHO vaccine drive bedevilled by familiar question: who pays if things go wrong?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Who foots the bill if people in poor countries fall sick with unexpected side-effects from coronavirus vaccines? It’s not clear and that’s a big problem in the battle to beat COVID-19.A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado...

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan on Tuesday approved saliva-based tests for the coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection than nasal swabs as it looks to boost its testing rates.Hours after the approval, the Tokyo government issued a stay-at-home alert following an increase in infections.Currently, nasal swabs are the main source...

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