Australia will reopen its borders, allowing its citizens stranded in other countries to return home and others to travel abroad in the coming weeks. The announcement comes 18 months after the countries borders were closed due to the global pandemic. The borders will reopen when 80% vaccination targets are met, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Friday. The ban currently is in place through December 17m but could be lifted at least a month earlier. Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to quaranteen at hoime for seven days upon their return, rather than the 14-day mandatory quarantine at a hotel.
Egypt received 1.6. million doses of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus as a gift from the United States. The vaccine are, the first shipment out of a total of 5 million doses that are scheduled to arrive in Egypt as part of the COVAX program that provides vaccines to countries that are too poor or unable to procure the vaccines for themselves. Egypt has received vaccines from AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinovac, which it is producing locally, Reuters reported.
Symptoms of long-term COVID-19 can be found in some 37% of patients, three to six months after they were infected with the coronavirus. according to a British study from Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research. The symptoms include breathing problems, headaches, abdominal problems, fatigue, pain and anxiety. The study covers over 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19. They symptoms were slightly more common among women, the study found.
Slovenia suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after the death of a woman, 20, of a stroke two weeks after she received the shot. It was the second case of an alleged adverse effect to the one-dose vaccine, which has been injected into 120,000 people. Slovenia has been giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone 18 and over, though some countries have limited its use to older people.
The Pan American Health Organization, the Americas branch of the World Health Organization, announced on Wednesday that it has secured an agreement with the Chinese vaccine company Sinovac to but 8.5 million vaccine doses for 2021 and 80 million doses for 2022 in order to vaccinate people living in countries in south and central America where very few people have received vaccine shots. More than 550,000 people have died due to the coronavirus in the Americas, or some 55% of deaths from the virus worldwide. More than a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the Americas since they became available in 2021 , but only 35% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said in a statement.
Some 600 US staff members of United Airline could be fired after failing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The company in August was identified as the first US airline to require all domestic employees to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required by Monday. United said it will begin on Tuesday to fire those that decide not to get vaccinated. Some 2,000 United workers requested an exemption on medical or religious grounds. United says it will assess those requests over the next two weeks, while those employees will be put on unpaid leave.
Japan will lift its state of emergency in place due to the coronavirus for the first time in more than six months as the number of new cases of COVD-19 continue to decline. Coronavirus emergency measures will be lifted in all Japanese regions, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. The state of emergency has been in place since April. It is set to expire at the end of the month.
More than 1 million Israelis who did not get a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine six months after receiving their second dose will officially lose their Green Passes on Sunday. In addition, people who are recovered from the coronavirus will be required to get one vaccine dose in order to receive a Green Pass. The Green Pass, a document given to people who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, enables the holder to access many public places and events, including restaurants and museums.
Pfizer has submitted to United States regulators its initial trial data on vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 against the coronavirus. The pharmaceutical company said it also would submit its data to the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authorities. It has not yet asked for an emergency use authorization for the vaccine for children but could do so in the coming weeks. The dose tested for children is about one-third of the amount currently given to adults and teens.
Jordan’s Crown Prince, Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, has contracted the coronavirus, according to the Royal Court. The prince, 27, has only mild symptoms, and was vaccinated against COVID-19 when he got sick. His parents, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, both tested negative for the virus, but decided to remain at home in quarantine for five days after the crown prince’s results.