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One out of three Americans fully vaccinated for COVID-19, CDC says

(Reuters) - The United States has fully vaccinated 110,874,920 people for COVID-19 as of Friday morning, accounting for 33.4% of the population, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. Learn More


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Brazil welcomes U.S. call for talks on vaccine patents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government said on Friday it welcomed a call from the United States for multilateral talks on vaccine patents, and would engage constructively to find a way to increase the availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. More »


Britain free of coronavirus by August, outgoing vaccine task force chief says - Telegraph

(Reuters) - The new coronavirus will no longer be circulating in Britain by August, the government's departing vaccine taskforce chief Clive Dix told the Daily Telegraph on Friday. More »


Gandhi warns 'explosive' COVID wave threatens India and the world

BENGALURU (Reuters) -India's main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi warned on Friday that unless the deadly second COVID-19 wave sweeping the country was brought under control it would devastate India as well as threaten the rest of the world. More »


CDC says U.S.-bound air travelers can use some self-administered COVID-19 tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that U.S.-bound international air travelers can meet COVID-19 entry requirements using certain self-administered tests. More »


EU calls on U.S. and others to export their vaccines

PORTO, Portugal (Reuters) - The European Commission called on Friday on the United States and other major COVID-19 vaccine producers to export what they make as the European Union does, rather than talk about waiving intellectual property rights to the shots. More »


AstraZeneca weighs seeking full, not emergency, U.S. approval for COVID-19 shot - WSJ

(Reuters) -AstraZeneca Plc may skip asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine and instead pursue the more time-intensive application for a full-fledged license to sell the shot, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. More »


Brazil eyes new Pfizer deal next week for 100 million more COVID-19 shots

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil expects to sign a new deal next week with Pfizer Inc for 100 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses, a Health Ministry official said on Friday, which would double the U.S. drugmaker's delivery to the Latin American country this year. More »


Key EU countries rebuff Biden on sharing COVID vaccine patents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European countries distanced themselves on Friday from a proposal backed by U.S. President Joe Biden to waive patent rights on coronavirus vaccines, arguing that key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic was making and sharing vaccines more quickly. More »


'You feel naked': Some Americans hesitate to shed masks despite eased outdoor rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anita Glick felt somewhat liberated as she walked her friend's dog around Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood this week, her face mask looped around a wrist thanks to U.S. health authorities' new guidance on outdoor mask wearing. More »


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