Philippine president approves amnesty program for rebels

Indonesia gets tough on COVID-19 vaccine skeptics as phase two of inoculations begins JAKARTA: Indonesia’s government said it will impose a series of progressive sanctions on individuals who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The penalties include fines, the withdrawal of social aid and the loss of access to administrative and public services. The second […]

Australia approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1613458285392055100 Tue, 2021-02-16 06:49 CANBERRA: Australia’s regulator on Tuesday approved the AstraZeneca vaccine as its second for use against COVID-19. Pfizer’s product will be available in Australia next week. It will be given in two doses three weeks apart, while AstraZeneca’s will be administered in two doses 12 weeks […]

WHO approves Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for emergency use

Shot developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is cheaper and easier to distribute than some other offerings. The United Nations’ health agency has listed the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and drugmaker AstraZeneca for emergency use, days after a panel of experts recommended the use of the products in settings […]

Qatar approves emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

The Gulf country expects to soon begin administering Moderna’s vaccines alongside its Pfizer-BioNTech jab reserves. Qatari authorities have issued an emergency use authorisation for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the second coronavirus jab approved in the country after the one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) said the move on Wednesday came […]

Biden approves federal aid for Navajo Nation over COVID-19

Federal funding will help support the Indigenous nation’s efforts to combat the virus and bolster vaccinations. United States President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation over the coronavirus pandemic, a move that unlocks much-needed federal financial assistance and other support for the Indigenous community. In a news release on Wednesday, […]

EU regulator approves AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for all over-18s

The shot is the third COVID-19 vaccine given the green light by the European Medicines Agency, after ones made by Pfizer and Moderna. The European Union medical regulator has authorised AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for use in people 18 and over throughout the bloc, amid criticism the EU is not moving fast enough to vaccinate its […]

Iran approves Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran hopes to begin purchases and start joint production of the shot ‘in the near future’. Iran has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and plans to both import it and produce it, giving the Middle East’s worst-hit country a tool to fight the spread of COVID-19, Foreign Minister Mohammad […]

Bahrain approves AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccine

The jab is the third granted emergency use in the Gulf country after China’s Sinopharm and Pfizer/BioNtech. Bahrain has granted emergency approval for the use of a coronavirus vaccine produced by the UK’s AstraZeneca drug company in collaboration with Oxford University. The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) approved the vaccine on Monday, according to Bahrain’s […]

UAE cabinet approves establishing embassy in Tel Aviv

Decision comes as Israel announces opening of embassy in Abu Dhabi months after countries’ controversial normalisation of ties. The United Arab Emirates cabinet has approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv in Israel, state media said, as Israel announced the opening of its embassy in Abu Dhabi. The UAE controversially agreed to normalise […]

Brazil approves two COVID vaccines for emergency use

Health regulator authorises emergency use of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines amid devastating second wave of the pandemic. Brazil’s health regulator has granted emergency approval to two COVID-19 vaccines as the country gears up for a mass inoculation campaign during a devastating second wave of the pandemic. The Anvisa regulator on Sunday approved vaccines from China’s […]

UN Security Council approves new Libya envoy

Slovakia’s former foreign minister Jan Kubis will succeed Ghassan Salame as the UN’s new envoy to war-stricken Libya. The United Nations Security Council has approved the appointment of veteran diplomat Jan Kubis as the UN Libya envoy nearly a year after the last mediator stepped down. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed that Kubis succeed Ghassan […]

Trump approves state of emergency declaration in US capital

BREAKING Order authorises federal assistance in Washington, DC after officials warned of threats before Joe Biden inauguration. Donald Trump has approved a state of emergency declaration in the United States capital, the White House press office said late Monday, after US law enforcement officials warned of threats before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The order authorises […]

UK approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use

Approval marks third vaccine given green light in the UK after shots produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford. The United Kingdom has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use, the third to be given the green light by the country’s medicines regulators. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said in a statement the Moderna vaccine […]

Britain approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean woman was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for hiding her meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracers as she did not want her family to think she was having an affair.Oh Bee Hiok, 65, met a close friend, 72-year-old Lim Kiang Hong, five times in the weeks […]

Moderna: EU medicines agency approves second COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union’s medicines regulator has given the green light to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the second shot it has approved after Pfizer-BioNTech’s product. Wednesday’s approval recommendation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to soon be rubber-stamped by the EU’s executive body. The move comes amid high rates of infections in many EU countries, […]

The E.U. drug regulator approves the Moderna vaccine.

The European Union drug regulator approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday after moving up a decision that had been scheduled for later in January. The regulator, the European Medicines Agency, approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in late December after coming under criticism for being too slow, as Britain and the United States began rolling out […]

Iran approves long-awaited bill to combat violence against women

Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice president for women and family affairs, dedicated the move to ‘worthy and patient Iranian women’ in a tweet. Tehran, Iran – The government of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has approved a longstanding bill that aims to better protect women against domestic and other forms of violence. In a meeting on Sunday evening, […]

Egypt approves Chinese COVID vaccine, roll-out likely this month

Arab world’s most populous country plans to buy 40 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, health minister says. Egypt has granted regulatory approval for the use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharma giant Sinopharm, with the inoculation campaign expected to get under way later in January, the health minister said. “The Egyptian pharmaceutical […]

India Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 1 Other

NEW DELHI — India on Sunday approved two coronavirus vaccines, one made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other developed in India, for emergency use, a major step toward halting the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world’s hardest-hit countries. The approvals were announced at a news conference in New Delhi on […]

India approves Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine: Report

Approval paves the way for the vaccine’s rollout in the world’s second worst affected country. India’s drug regulator has approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters news agency. Friday’s approval paves the way for its rollout in the world’s second […]

UK parliament approves Brexit trade deal as both sides look to future

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1609343373061625200 Wed, 2020-12-30 15:14 LONDON/BRUSSELS: British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union on Wednesday, as both sides looked to begin a new chapter of relations just days before their divorce becomes a reality. Britain and the European Union were signing the deal […]

‘Triumph for British science’: UK approves AstraZeneca vaccine

The UK’s prime minister, who is leading a country battling one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, welcomes the development. The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca as it battles a major winter surge driven by a new, highly contagious variant […]

Argentine Senate approves bill to legalise abortion

BREAKING Argentina becomes the first major country in Latin America to legalise abortion. Argentina’s Senate on Wednesday passed a landmark abortion bill, becoming the first major country in Latin America to legalise abortion. The Senate voted by 38 in favor to 29 against with one abstention to approve a bill allowing the procedure through the […]