China Blames Omicron Cases on Packages Sent from Canada

Chinese authorities claimed a recent locally transmitted case of the Omicron variant in Beijing came from an international package sent from Canada.  On Monday, the Beijing Municipal Health Commission said the person who tested positive with the Omicron variant had …

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Canadian Health Authority Approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 Antiviral Pill

Health Canada on Jan. 17 approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill for adults who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease. The Canadian health authority announced that it approved the oral drug known as Paxlovid after an “expedited review,” …

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Chinese Authorities Alarmed Over China H5N6 Human Deaths

Chinese authorities have called for vigilance after an H5N6 bird flu outbreak killed two people and hospitalized three in China. All five of the H5N6 patients got sick and were hospitalized last month in December but came from different regions.  …

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Czechoslovakia Convicts First Citizen for COVID-19 Disinformation

Czechoslovakia has convicted its first citizen for COVID-19 disinformation on Friday. According to court documents, Jana Peterková allegedly posted a false message claiming that some seniors died in a nursing home in Měšice after vaccination.  Reports also said that Peterková …

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Apple to Require COVID-19 Booster Shots for Staff

Apple will reportedly require retail and corporate employees to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot upon returning to in-person work. Employees that become eligible for a booster shot will be given four weeks to comply, otherwise, they will be …

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U.S. Supreme Court Blocks President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses

The United States Supreme Court on Jan. 13 blocked President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring large businesses to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or masked and tested weekly. In a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled that the Occupational …

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