COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Infections from some antibiotic-resistant pathogens known as superbugs have more than doubled in health care facilities in Europe, an EU agency said on Thursday, providing further evidence of the wider impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control report said reported cases of two highly … Read more

Taiwan belongs to Taiwanese, president says in fiery pre-election rebuff to China

Taiwan belongs to Taiwanese, president says in fiery pre-election rebuff to China

Taiwan president: our existence not a provocation to anyone China has been increasing military pressure on Taiwan Taiwan to hold local elections on Nov. 26 TAIPEI, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday her mission in life was to ensure the island continued to belong to its people and that Taiwan’s … Read more

Xi, Scholz warn against ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threats over Ukraine

Xi, Scholz warn against ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threats over Ukraine

Scholz is first G7 leader to visit Beijing since pandemic Trip tests waters between China, West as tensions simmer Xi says China and Germany must work together Scholz: China has responsibility to help end Ukraine war BioNTech vaccine gains limited access to China BEIJING, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor … Read more

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in US as Europe warns of rise

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in US as Europe warns of rise

Oct 21 (Reuters) – US health regulators on Friday estimated that BQ.1 and closely related BQ.1.1 accounted for 16.6% of coronavirus variants in the country, nearly doubling from last week, while Europe expects them to become the dominant variants in a month. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said the variants are likely … Read more

WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

Oct 19 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency, nearly three years after it was first declared as one. The WHO’s emergency committee first made the declaration for COVID-19 on Jan 30, 2020. Such a determination can help accelerate research, funding and international public health measures to … Read more

Xi opens 20th congress of China’s ruling Communist Party

Xi opens 20th congress of China’s ruling Communist Party

BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping on Sunday kicked-off the 20th congress of China’s ruling Communist Party, a week-long event where he is widely expected to win a third leadership term and cement his place as the country’s most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong. The gathering of roughly 2,300 delegates from around the … Read more

Novavax says COVID booster dose shows benefit against Omicron variants

Novavax says COVID booster dose shows benefit against Omicron variants

Oct 12 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Wednesday data from studies in adults and adolescents showed that the booster dose of its COVID vaccine produced robust antibodies against several Omicron variants, including BA.1, BA.2 and BA .5. The data was from two studies – a late-stage study evaluating the booster in adults and … Read more

New premier in Canada’s oil-rich Alberta set to defy Trudeau

New premier in Canada’s oil-rich Alberta set to defy Trudeau

Oct 7 (Reuters) – Alberta’s incoming premier has set the stage for a showdown with Canada’s federal government and push back against federal laws which is likely to set the oil-rich province on a collision course with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Danielle Smith, 51, was chosen by members to lead Alberta’s ruling United Conservative Party … Read more

Cholera kills at least seven in Haiti as disease returns

Cholera kills at least seven in Haiti as disease returns

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Haiti on Sunday said at least seven people have died of cholera in a surprise return of the disease that comes as the nation is paralyzed by a gang blockade that has triggered shortages of fuel and clean drinking water. The disease killed some 10,000 people through a 2010 outbreak … Read more

Russia loses UN aviation council seat in rebuke

Russia loses UN aviation council seat in rebuke

MONTREAL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Russia failed to win enough votes for re-election to the United Nation’s aviation agency’s governing council on Saturday, in a rebuke of Moscow for aviation-related actions taken after its invasion of Ukraine. Russia fell short of the 86 votes needed to stay on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 36-nation … Read more