Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Jun. 16, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully...

The Latest: EU suggests lifting travel limits on US tourists

Jun. 16, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS — The European Union is recommending member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday to add the United States to the list of countries from which restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted....

UK fends off demands to give workers more virus support help

Jun. 15, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government fended off calls Tuesday to provide more financial support to businesses and workers suffering from its decision to delay lifting coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19. Although many restrictions were eased in recent...

Vaccine laggard Japan steps up shots with company efforts

Jun. 15, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese companies have joined the effort to speed up the country’s lagging coronavirus vaccine rollout before the Tokyo Olympics begin next month. Medical professionals were being inoculated with the Moderna vaccine Tuesday at a downtown Tokyo office of...

Hawaii detects delta COVID-19 variant after resident travels

Jun. 14, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Monday said a vaccinated Oahu resident who traveled to Nevada last month has tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19, a highly transmissible strain of the disease. The delta variant was first detected in India. Scientists in the...

Gillette Stadium mass vaccination site shutting down

Jun. 14, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — After giving out more than 600,000 shots over five months, the mass coronavirus vaccination site at Gillette Stadium is closing its doors on Monday. The site opened in January by administering shots to first responders and health care workers,...

'Freedom Day' for England pushed back 4 weeks to July 19

Jun. 14, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Monday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks, until July 19, a decision he said will save thousands of lives as the government speeds up its vaccination drive. ...

Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective

Jun. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the U.S. and Mexico, potentially offering the world yet another weapon against the virus at a time when developing countries are desperate for...

South Africa rejects 2m J&J vaccines due to FDA decision

Jun. 14, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been hit by further delays as it will have to discard at least 2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines produced in the country. The vaccines were found by the U.S Food and Drug Administration to be...

The Latest: Lebanon marks daily record of vaccinations

Jun. 13, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT — Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million. The Health Ministry said nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday alone in...