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Scientist behind UK vaccine says next pandemic may be worse

Dec. 06, 2021 13:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may be more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. In excerpts released before a...

Nigeria slams UK's 'discriminatory' travel ban over omicron

Dec. 06, 2021 09:05 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian official on Monday criticized a travel ban imposed on the West African nation by the British government amid fears about the new omicron coronavirus variant as “punitive, indefensible and discriminatory.” U.K. Health Secretary Sajid...

UK tightens travel testing rules amid omicron concerns

Dec. 04, 2021 14:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government tightened travel restrictions Saturday amid concerns about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, saying all travelers arriving in England will need to take a COVID-19 test before they board their flight. Health Secretary...

Variants, boosters turn rich-poor vaccine gap into chasm

Dec. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines fairly already scaled back its pledge to the world's poor once. Now, to meet even that limited promise, COVAX would have to deliver more than a million doses every hour until the end of the year in some of the world's most...

UK to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

Nov. 29, 2021 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is extending its COVID-19 booster vaccine program to millions more people as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new omicron variant, which is feared to be more contagious and vaccine-resistant. The British government said Monday that it...

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Nov. 28, 2021 21:16 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other...

World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

Nov. 26, 2021 20:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel...

South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike

Nov. 25, 2021 16:25 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday. ...

UK to probe racial bias in medical devices after COVID toll

Nov. 21, 2021 07:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government is investigating whether built-in racial bias in some medical devices led to Black and Asian people getting sick and dying disproportionately from COVID-19. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Sunday that the pandemic had highlighted...

In shift, UK to require COVID vaccination for health workers

Nov. 09, 2021 09:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government says all health care staff who work with the public will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus starting in April, despite concerns the move could drive thousands of people to quit their jobs. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said...