When Africans asked for COVID shots, they did not get them. Now they do not want them

Demand for COVID shots drops in Africa as supply rises Countries turn to mobile campaigns to boost uptake Africa, average age 20, has fared better in pandemic Experts warn new variants could emerge on continent DAKAR / ACCRA, May 18 (Reuters) – It’s noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined int’l offer of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed to have been vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and … Read more

As Beijing battles outbreak, China warns ‘zero COVID’ doubters

Beijing residents nervous as daily COVID cases not dropping Chinese authorities vow to fight critics of ‘zero COVID’ Non-essential services close to Beijing’s biggest district Official in locked down Shanghai says city cannot slack off BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 6 (Reuters) – Beijing residents fretted on Friday over tightening COVID curbs in its biggest district … Read more

Russian fighting destroys, damages nearly 400 hospitals, medical centers, Zelenskiy says

400 hospitals, meidcal centers destroyed, damaged – Zelenskiy ‘Heavy bloody fighting’ in Mariupol – Ukrainian soldier Mariupol evacuation attempt on Friday ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 6 (Reuters) – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated hundreds of hospitals and other medical institutions and left doctors without drugs to tackle cancer or the ability to perform surgery, President … Read more

Shanghai marks key COVID milestone, Beijing sits on edge

Shanghai records no COVID cases outside quarantine areas Beijing on tenterhooks, bracing for more restrictions Breakthrough would mark victory for Xi in crucial year Infections ease as China starts Labor Day holiday SHANGHAI / BEIJING, April 30 (Reuters) – Shanghai said on Saturday it had detected no new daily COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas, marking … Read more

‘Entry only. No exit: ‘Beijing sees more COVID closures as anger grows in Shanghai

Beijing closes more gyms, malls, cinemas to contain outbreak Delivery companies work overtime to supply residents “The virus is what’s hurting the economy” – health official BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 29 (Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing closed more businesses and residential compounds on Friday, with authorities ramping up contact tracing to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, … Read more

China’s capital sharpens COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing to test most of its 22 mln residents for COVID this week Beijing steps up precautions, curbs to avoid Shanghai lockdown Shanghai’s focus shifts to vaccination of the elderly BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 28 (Reuters) – Beijing closed some schools and public spaces on Thursday, as most of the Chinese capital’s 22 million residents … Read more

Beijing to test 20 mln for COVID in bid to avert Shanghai lockdown misery

Beijing expands mass testing to almost entire city Residents flock to supermarkets to stock up on food, supplies Frustration flares in Shanghai after a month in lockdown BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 26 (Reuters) – Three-quarters of Beijing’s 22 million people lined up for COVID-19 tests on Tuesday as authorities in the Chinese capital raced to … Read more