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Omicron confirmed in nine African countries, say officials

Dec. 07, 2021 09:50 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Omicron cases have been confirmed in at least nine African countries, with some officials reporting that initial cases appear to be mild. Countries reporting omicron include: Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and...

Spain approves COVID vaccine for children in 5-11 age group

Dec. 07, 2021 09:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s health ministry gave the go-ahead Tuesday for children between ages 5 and 11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks. The Spanish health ministry tweeted news of the approval, following the decision of an...

Poland to require vaccine shots for teachers, medics, police

Dec. 07, 2021 09:34 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is introducing mandatory vaccinations by March 1 for teachers, medical workers, and uniformed security workers like police, the military, firefighters and security guards. Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Tuesday that after March 1, vaccination...

Belgian health workers rally to oppose mandatory vaccines

Dec. 07, 2021 09:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of Belgian health care workers rallied Tuesday in Brussels to oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and to demand better working conditions as a surge in new cases weighs heavily on hospitals. Around 4,000 people – some with placards reading “Save your...

Man in Germany suspected of killing 4 relatives and self

Dec. 07, 2021 09:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said Tuesday that a man suspected of killing his family and then himself left a note indicating that he was afraid of being arrested after procuring a fake vaccination certificate for his wife. The bodies of two 40-year-olds and their children...

European drug regulator backs mixing COVID-19 vaccines

Dec. 07, 2021 08:28 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union drug regulator gave its backing Tuesday to mixing different types of vaccines in initial vaccination and booster campaigns to battle the coronavirus. The European Medicines Agency said in a statement that using different types of...

State: 98% occupancy rate in hospital intensive care units

Dec. 07, 2021 08:26 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in intensive care in Minnesota has reached the highest level yet during the coronavirus pandemic. The state is reporting a 98% occupancy rate in adult ICU beds when COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients are included. Nearly 350...

WHO advises against use of survivors' plasma to treat COVID

Dec. 07, 2021 08:24 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Experts at the World Health Organization recommended Tuesday against using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for patients with the illness, saying evidence has not shown the costly, time-consuming transfusions to be effective in preventing...

WHO Europe: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates

Dec. 07, 2021 07:56 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's office for Europe said Tuesday that children in the 5 to 14 age group now account for the highest rates of reported COVID-19 infection in the region. WHO Europe regional director Dr. Hans Kluge also argued that vaccine mandates should...

Canadian drugmaker says its COVID-19 vaccine is effective

Dec. 07, 2021 07:36 AM EST

A Canadian drugmaker said its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine showed strong protection against the virus and will soon seek authorization at home and elsewhere. Medicago announced Tuesday that its two-dose vaccine was 71% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in a large, late-stage...