Covid cases in England are 26 times higher than a year ago | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Coronavirus infections in England are now 26 times the levels that were experienced this time last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Scientists described the figures as “sobering”. They warned that the reopening of schools in England this week was likely to trigger further rises in Covid cases – with more to follow … Read more

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates | The Texas Tribune

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of a vaccine’s approval status with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He also said he was adding the issue to … Read more

Politicizing COVID-19 vaccine mandates could backfire, experts warn – National | Globalnews.ca

Standing in front of a crowd of reporters on Friday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau once again shared his position on a vaccine mandate — and slammed the Conservatives for theirs. “Scrapping our commitment to make sure everyone on a plane or train is vaccinated, it’s not just irresponsible — that’s dangerous,” Trudeau said. Read more: … Read more

COVID-19 vaccines now mandatory for all B.C. long-term and assisted living staff | Globalnews.ca

B.C. health officials announced new orders Thursday that everyone who works in long-term care and assisted living facilities in the province must be vaccinated against COVID-19. “We think this additional step to the steps we took earlier on… that this additional step will add to the safety of all of those living in long-term care,” … Read more

U.S. will send 8.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The United States will send Mexico 8.5 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccine as the delta variant drives the country’s third wave of infections, Mexican officials said Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said the U.S. government will send AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, though the latter hasn’t yet been approved by Mexican … Read more

Stevie Nicks postpones remaining 2021 shows due to COVID-19 – CBS News

Stevie Nicks announced on Tuesday that she is cancelling her remaining 2021 performance dates due to COVID-19. The singer was set to play at several festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which has been postponed altogether.  “These are challenging times with challenging decisions that have to be made,” Nicks said in a … Read more

Regional One, Methodist announce mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for employees

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) Two more Mid-South hospital systems will require all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare announced their new mandates Monday, saying they are aimed at protecting patients, staff and the community from the transmission of COVID-19 and the surging Delta variant. “As health care providers, … Read more

Fears as more children falling ill in latest US Covid surge and school approaches | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Amid increased fears that children are now both victims and vectors of the latest Covid-19 variant surge, National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins signaled on Sunday that increasing numbers of children are falling ill in the US. His comments also came as one of America’s largest teachers unions appeared to shift its position on … Read more

NSW records 262 COVID-19 cases, woman aged in her 80s dies – ABC News

NSW recorded 262 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and one death in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday. A woman in her 80s, who had been a resident at the Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill in Sydney’s inner west, died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.  She had tested positive for COVID-19 on … Read more

Individuals with allergic reactions to first dose of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines can take Sinovac for second, will be considered fully vaccinated – Mothership.SG – News from Singapore, Asia and around the world

Individuals who have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, but are unable to receive the second dose due to allergic reactions, will be invited to take the Sinovac vaccine instead. According to Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary, any individual who receives one dose of the mRNA vaccine, experiences … Read more