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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...

UK launches inquiry into mortuary abuse of '100 victims'

Nov. 08, 2021 13:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government announced Monday that it would launch an independent inquiry into how a hospital electrician was able to sexually abuse at least 100 corpses in hospital mortuaries. David Fuller, 67, admitted last week during his trial at Maidstone...

UK authorizes Merck antiviral pill, 1st shown to treat COVID

Nov. 04, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain granted conditional authorization on Thursday to the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19 so far. It also is the first country to OK the treatment from drugmaker Merck, although it wasn't immediately clear how quickly the pill would be available. ...

UK encourages booster jabs, resists new virus restrictions

Oct. 20, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Under pressure from rising infections and worried health experts, the British government on Wednesday urged millions of people to get booster vaccine shots but resisted calls to reimpose coronavirus restrictions such as mandatory mask-wearing. Health...

FIFA urges players to get vaccinated, EPL lags on take-up

Oct. 03, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

FIFA offered direct encouragement for footballers to get vaccinated on Sunday. The first clear statement of its kind from world football's governing body came as players were flying to countries for men's World Cup qualifiers. “We encourage COVID-19...