China Battles New COVID-19 Surge as Winter Olympic Games Draw Near

China faces another COVID-19 surge as the Beijing Winter Olympics is coming. Chinese authorities have placed the country under strict stay-at-home protocol as the COVID-19 cases increase in China. Residents of Beijing were instructed not to leave the city unless …

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European Medicines Agency Approves Moderna COVID-19 Booster Shot

The drugs regulator of the European Union (EU) approved on Oct. 25 the COVID-19 booster shot developed by Moderna. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that the Moderna COVID-19 booster dose “may be considered” in people aged 18 years and …

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Ed Sheeran Tests Positive for COVID-19

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran announced on Oct. 24 that he is currently self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. “I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,” Sheeran said on his verified Instagram account. “It means …

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Fatal Melioidosis Outbreak Linked to Walmart Distributed Aromatherapy Spray

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified a harmful melioidosis bacteria in an aromatherapy spray, “Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones.” Melioidosis sickened four people in the …

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CDC Vaccine Advisers Vote to Recommend Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shots

An independent panel of vaccine advisers to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted unanimously on Oct. 21 to recommend booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The recommendations from the Advisory …

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Tokyo to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurants

Tokyo and the neighboring cities of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa will begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars starting Monday next week as cases of infections in the area decline. The Tokyo metropolitan government decided on Oct. 21 to …

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U.S. FDA Authorizes Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shots

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots. The FDA announced on Oct. 20 that a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered …

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