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SANTIAGO, Chile — Health authorities in northern Chile have fined two veterinarians they say were giving or promoting canine vaccines as false protection against COVID-19.SANTIAGO, Chile — Health authorities in northern Chile have fined two veterinarians they say were giving or promoting canine vaccines as false protection against COVID-19.

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The huge percentage of GOP voters refusing to get vaccinated is likely to drag out the pandemic.The huge percentage of GOP voters refusing to get vaccinated is likely to drag out the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to Republican Anti-Vaxxers, the U.S. May Never Reach COVID-19 Herd Immunity | Vanity Fair

Thailand sees record new cases in recent days blamed on a highly transmissible variant as immunisation remains slow.Thailand sees record new cases in recent days blamed on a highly transmissible variant as immunisation remains slow.

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VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union will ship over half a million COVID-19 shots to the Western Balkans by August using for the first time in the region a vaccine-sharing mechanism meant to help its poorer neighbours and to challenge Chinese and Russian influence. The EU move comes after China and Russia distributed millions of doses of their vaccines in the region, whose countries are candidates to join the EU, and months after the EU vaccine-sharing mechanism was set up. "Despite the current global shortage, the EU will deliver life-saving vaccines for the Western Balkans," Oliver Varhelyi, the EU commissioner responsible for the region, told a news conference on Tuesday.VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union will ship over half a million COVID-19 shots to the Western Balkans by August using for the first time in the region a vaccine-sharing mechanism meant to help its poorer neighbours and to challenge Chinese and Russian influence. The EU move comes after China and Russia distributed millions of doses of their vaccines in the region, whose countries are candidates to join the EU, and months after the EU vaccine-sharing mechanism was set up. "Despite the current global shortage, the EU will deliver life-saving vaccines for the Western Balkans," Oliver Varhelyi, the EU commissioner responsible for the region, told a news conference on Tuesday.

EU to funnel COVID vaccines to Balkans after China, Russia shipments

Thailand is waiting for price quotes from US-based Pfizer Inc before the country can buy 5-10 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.Thailand is waiting for price quotes from US-based Pfizer Inc before the country can buy 5-10 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Pfizer shots may be available in July

AstraZeneca vaccines are now available for anyone 40 and older in the province, but there is concern about whether there is enough supply to go around.AstraZeneca vaccines are now available for anyone 40 and older in the province, but there is concern about whether there is enough supply to go around.

Pharmacies wait for new supply of vaccines as demand skyrockets | CTV News

Chinese experts said some foreign media reports misinterpreted China's latest health code application regulations for foreign COVID-19 vaccine recipients in the US, saying that the aim is to prevent imported cases, and it is not an indication that China is now recognizing foreign vaccines.

Change in regulations not a sign that foreign vaccines now recognized: experts - Global Times

France adds India to list of restricted countries to prevent transmission of double mutation variant - Anadolu AgencyFrance adds India to list of restricted countries to prevent transmission of double mutation variant - Anadolu Agency

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott caused a stir recently when he said his state was "very close" to achieving herd immunity against COVID-19, that much-discussed but often-misunderstood goal that we've all been ...

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The connection between the Covid-19 vaccine and herpes infections gets muddied. Here we clear some things up. The connection between the Covid-19 vaccine and herpes infections gets muddied. Here we clear some things up.

The Covid-19 Vaccine Won’t Give You Herpes. Here’s Why.

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic has been postponed at a southern Alberta meat-packing plant, where last year nearly half the workers contracted COVID-19 and two employees died.A COVID-19 vaccination clinic has been postponed at a southern Alberta meat-packing plant, where last year nearly half the workers contracted COVID-19 and two employees died.

Vaccination clinic at Alberta’s Cargill meat-packing plant postponed | Globalnews.ca

ROME — The Italian government is opening cinemas, theatres and concert halls to limited numbers of spectators in regions with the lowest level of contagion starting next Monday, while confirming the opening of outdoor restaurant dining for lunch and dinner. Limits were set with a maximum 500 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors. This is the first national loosening of restrictions since the fall surge and the arrival of quick-spreading variants of the novel coronavirus. The level of contagion has slowed as the vaccine campaign progresses, but virologists are warning that the government is sending a message of “everything open” before the situation is under control. Cabinet ministers meeting Wednesday also confirmed the current 10 p.m. curfew. That drew ire from the right-wing League, which said it would abstain when the measures come to parliament for a vote. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Biden pushes tax credit, vaccines for all over age 16 — Greece to reopen tourism services on May 15 — FDA inspection found problems at factory making J&J vaccine — Tokyo Olympics delay decision on local fans from Japan ___ Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: MIAMI — One of Florida’s largest hospital networks announced Wednesday it would no longer administer first vaccine shots to the public after the end of the month because of a “decrease in demand.” Jackson Health, a public hospital, vaccinated more than 167,000 people, of which 15% were Black and 54% Hispanic. Carlos A. Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System, said the hospital network is still dedicating substantial resources to treating COVID-positive patients in its hospitals, emergency departments, and clinics. ___ SEATTLE — Washington state is upping its COVID-19 vaccine ambitions as cases increase, worrying variants spread, and vaccine demand softens in some areas. The Seattle Times reports that state Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said Wednesday the state’s new goal is 90,000 vaccines daily if the federal government can provide them. Earlier this year, the goal was 45,000 shots daily. Shah also said the state is hearing some concerns about the willingness of Washington residents to seek vaccines, with many scheduled appointments going unfilled. Everyone over age 16 is now eligible for vaccination and a third of the state’s residents have received at least one dose. ___ JOHNSTON, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds implored Iowans on Wednesday to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but she refused to acknowledge that slowing demand for the shots is greatest in Republican parts of the state or that there’s a political aspect to the trend. After 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties this week declined additional shipments of vaccine because of a decrease in demand, Reynolds, a Republican, promoted the vaccination effort by sharing the stage at her weekly news conference with National Guard Adjutant General Ben Corell, who is still recovering from a COVID-19 infection last winter. She also noted that Republican Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg would be vaccinated later this week in Sioux City. Of the 43 Iowa counties to decline vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 12 as having high rates of coronavirus transmission. Voter registration information shows that all 12 are heavily Republican counties ___ NEW YORK — Health officials have released more evidence that COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated people are uncommon. The latest study looked at recent infections in about 75 Chicago skilled nursing facilities. Nearly 8,000 residents and nearly 7,000 staff received two doses of vaccine at the facilities. In those fully vaccinated, health officials detected 22 breakthrough infections. Most experienced no symptoms, but two were hospitalized and one died. Other statistics have suggested breakthrough rates are significantly lower. However, residents of nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities tend to be older and more frail than the overall population, and some studies have suggested vaccine effectiveness can be lower in that group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the study online. Last week, federal officials reported about 5,800 breakthrough infections have been seen in about 40 states that have reported such data. That count included 74 deaths. ___ MISSION, Kan. — About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of coronavirus vaccine at least once over the past month and several have done so for four straight weeks, state data show. Six counties have rejected allocations for all four weeks and 33 other counties paused shipments from the state for one week. Twenty-six other counties paused shipments for two weeks and 16 paused for three weeks. Only 24 counties, mostly the larger ones such as Shawnee, Johnson, Sedgwick and Johnson, haven’t turned down any shipments. The numbers, however, don’t account for doses that may have been shipped through the federal government to pharmacies and some clinics. Data show that Just 37% of the state’s residents are at least partially vaccinated. That percentage is far from where the state needs to get to reach a level of herd immunity that would make it difficult for the virus to spread. ___ BANGKOK — Thai health officials are investigating six women who got stroke-like symptoms immediately following vaccination with China’s Sinovac COVID-19 shot. The country should continue with its vaccination drive since the issues were temporary and treatable, said Dr. Kulkanya Chokpaibulkit, a member of the committee investigating the cases. The six health workers were vaccinated earlier this month and had a reaction five to 30 minutes after getting their shot, Thai health officials said at a news conference Wednesday. More than 300,000 doses from the same lot have been given to others nationwide and there were no other reports of stroke-like symptoms elsewhere, officials said. Reactions included dizziness, weakness in limbs, facial paralysis and sleepiness. The Thai cases are nothing like the rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which occurred days to weeks after vaccination. Scientists expect some serious health issues and deaths to be reported with mass vaccinations, simply because millions of people are receiving the shots and problems would be expected to occur randomly in a group so large. The vast majority of these end up not being connected to the vaccine. Sinovac’s director of brand management and public relations told The Associated Press it will investigate the Thai cases. —- MADRID — Spain is set to administer its first doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after European regulators gave it their approval while deeming it had a “possible link” to extremely rare cases of blood clots. Central authorities on Wednesday distributed the lot of 146,000 shots that had been kept in storage to regional healthcare managers for their immediate use. Health Minister Carolina Darias said authorities will stick to their plan of using the single-dose J&J vaccine first on those between 70-79 years old, while not placing any official age limits on the vaccine. Spain has limited the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is also linked to extremely rare blood clots, for those over 60. Hampered like the rest of Europe by shipment delays during the first three months of the vaccination program, Spain has picked up the pace recently as the vaccines start to flow into the country. ___ ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister says the country’s tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will be lifted. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the announcement in a televised address Wednesday, adding that restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen in outdoor areas starting on May 3. Restrictions, many of which have been in effect since early November, will remain in place over the Orthodox Easter on May 2. Despite the lockdown measures, Greece has struggled to contain a flare-up in cases that started in late January. Its mortality rate remains above the European Union average. The total confirmed death toll in Greece reached 9,713 on Wednesday. —- ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey recorded another daily record of COVID-19 deaths at 362 in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The country reported 61,967 new confirmed cases. The coronavirus confirmed death toll stands at 36,975, with at least 4.4 million cases. The country has been placed under a partial lockdown since April 13, which involves an extended evening curfew on weekdays, a return to online education and a ban on unnecessary intercity travel. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the government will impose stricter measures if the infection and death rates fail to decline. Officials have blamed the faster-spreading variants for the rising number of cases and deaths. ___ TUCSON, Ariz. — A plan to establish a large federally supported mass vaccination in metro Tucson is being shelved and Pima County is instead asking for mobile vaccination sites. State and federal officials didn’t reach consensus on details of an agreement authorizing and running the proposed mass vaccination site, officials said Tuesday. The county is pivoting to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for mobile sites capable of providing about 300 shots daily to reach populations that could use help getting vaccinated, said County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry. “It’s an inconvenience for a variety of reasons because they don’t have the technology, they don’t have the time, because they don’t have the wherewithal, mobility issues, language barriers,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, the county’s medical officer. “We need to decrease those barriers.” ___ CAIRO — Egypt’s health minister says a southern province has seen a “slight but continuous” spike in confirmed cases of coronavirus, amid calls to impose restrictions to contain the spread. Authorities have reported 400-450 cases per week amid a third wave of the pandemic in Sohag province. That compares to an average of 600 cases weekly at the peak of the first wave last summer, Health Minister Hala Zayed said in a statement. Zayed’s report came as the head of the doctors’ union in Sohag, Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy, called for authorities to impose a curfew across the province to stem the spread. Fahmy said this week that hospitals designed to treat COVID-19 patients in Sohag were full, and there was a shortage of ventilators. Egypt has reported more than 218,000 confirmed cases and 12,820 confirmed deaths. ___ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met the goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office. More than 50% of adults are at least partly vaccinated and about 28 million vaccine doses are being delivered each week. “We’re entering a new phase of our vaccination efforts,” Biden said in a White House speech on Wednesday, noting the first months of the rollout were aimed at older people and essential workers. “Now our objective is to reach everyone, everyone over the age of 16 in America.” Biden added: “Vaccines can save your own life, but they can also save your grandmother’s life, your co-worker’s life, the grocery store clerk or the delivery person helping you and your neighbours get through the crisis. That’s why you should get vaccinated.” Also, the White House announced its trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. ___ NEW YORK — U.S. regulators say a Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff. The problems resulted in contamination of a batch of material that was going to be put in the shots. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory. J&J and Emergent say they’re working to fix the problems. The nearly 8 million doses of J&J vaccine that have been used in the U.S. came from European sources. Agency inspectors said a batch of the bulk drug substance for J&J’s single-shot vaccine was contaminated with material used to make COVID-19 vaccines for another Emergent client, AstraZeneca. That batch, reportedly enough to make about 15 million J&J vaccine doses, had to be thrown out. Nothing made at the factory for J&J has been distributed yet. The Baltimore factory halted production late last week at the request of the FDA. The agency hasn’t given emergency approval to the factory, which is needed before any vaccine material made there can be distributed. ___ PARIS — A government official says France is about to impose new entry restrictions on travellers from India to fight a contagious coronavirus variant spreading in that country. The restrictions come in addition to those previously announced regarding four other countries, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, which will be implemented starting from Saturday. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed that France will lift its ban on domestic travel as planned on May 3. But it will maintain its nighttime curfew, now in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The official says nonessential shops, closed since the partial lockdown of the country in early April, won’t reopen before mid-May. ___ LISBON, Portugal — Portugal will start administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine a day after European regulators gave it the go-ahead following a blood clot concern Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido says the shot will speed up the goal of vaccinating those over 60 years old. But she added national authorities will study findings by European regulators to determine if any restrictions should be placed on its use for younger people. The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and that a warning should be added to the label. Last month Portugal restricted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to only people over 60 after it was linked to similar cases of rare blood clots. Portugal has received 31,200 doses from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and more deliveries are expected. ___ TOKYO — Japanese residents with tickets to the Tokyo Olympics may not know until weeks before the games open if they’ll be allowed to attend. Fans from abroad have already been barred. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto says a decision on venue capacity may not be made until June. She had previously promised that decision for this month. Hashimoto says “we are still studying the timing.” Hashimoto spoke after she and CEO Toshiro Muto took part in an online briefing with the IOC executive board in Switzerland. The opening ceremony to the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for July 23. The Associated PressROME — The Italian government is opening cinemas, theatres and concert halls to limited numbers of spectators in regions with the lowest level of contagion starting next Monday, while confirming the opening of outdoor restaurant dining for lunch and dinner. Limits were set with a maximum 500 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors. This is the first national loosening of restrictions since the fall surge and the arrival of quick-spreading variants of the novel coronavirus. The level of contagion has slowed as the vaccine campaign progresses, but virologists are warning that the government is sending a message of “everything open” before the situation is under control. Cabinet ministers meeting Wednesday also confirmed the current 10 p.m. curfew. That drew ire from the right-wing League, which said it would abstain when the measures come to parliament for a vote. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Biden pushes tax credit, vaccines for all over age 16 — Greece to reopen tourism services on May 15 — FDA inspection found problems at factory making J&J vaccine — Tokyo Olympics delay decision on local fans from Japan ___ Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: MIAMI — One of Florida’s largest hospital networks announced Wednesday it would no longer administer first vaccine shots to the public after the end of the month because of a “decrease in demand.” Jackson Health, a public hospital, vaccinated more than 167,000 people, of which 15% were Black and 54% Hispanic. Carlos A. Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System, said the hospital network is still dedicating substantial resources to treating COVID-positive patients in its hospitals, emergency departments, and clinics. ___ SEATTLE — Washington state is upping its COVID-19 vaccine ambitions as cases increase, worrying variants spread, and vaccine demand softens in some areas. The Seattle Times reports that state Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said Wednesday the state’s new goal is 90,000 vaccines daily if the federal government can provide them. Earlier this year, the goal was 45,000 shots daily. Shah also said the state is hearing some concerns about the willingness of Washington residents to seek vaccines, with many scheduled appointments going unfilled. Everyone over age 16 is now eligible for vaccination and a third of the state’s residents have received at least one dose. ___ JOHNSTON, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds implored Iowans on Wednesday to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but she refused to acknowledge that slowing demand for the shots is greatest in Republican parts of the state or that there’s a political aspect to the trend. After 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties this week declined additional shipments of vaccine because of a decrease in demand, Reynolds, a Republican, promoted the vaccination effort by sharing the stage at her weekly news conference with National Guard Adjutant General Ben Corell, who is still recovering from a COVID-19 infection last winter. She also noted that Republican Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg would be vaccinated later this week in Sioux City. Of the 43 Iowa counties to decline vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 12 as having high rates of coronavirus transmission. Voter registration information shows that all 12 are heavily Republican counties ___ NEW YORK — Health officials have released more evidence that COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated people are uncommon. The latest study looked at recent infections in about 75 Chicago skilled nursing facilities. Nearly 8,000 residents and nearly 7,000 staff received two doses of vaccine at the facilities. In those fully vaccinated, health officials detected 22 breakthrough infections. Most experienced no symptoms, but two were hospitalized and one died. Other statistics have suggested breakthrough rates are significantly lower. However, residents of nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities tend to be older and more frail than the overall population, and some studies have suggested vaccine effectiveness can be lower in that group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the study online. Last week, federal officials reported about 5,800 breakthrough infections have been seen in about 40 states that have reported such data. That count included 74 deaths. ___ MISSION, Kan. — About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of coronavirus vaccine at least once over the past month and several have done so for four straight weeks, state data show. Six counties have rejected allocations for all four weeks and 33 other counties paused shipments from the state for one week. Twenty-six other counties paused shipments for two weeks and 16 paused for three weeks. Only 24 counties, mostly the larger ones such as Shawnee, Johnson, Sedgwick and Johnson, haven’t turned down any shipments. The numbers, however, don’t account for doses that may have been shipped through the federal government to pharmacies and some clinics. Data show that Just 37% of the state’s residents are at least partially vaccinated. That percentage is far from where the state needs to get to reach a level of herd immunity that would make it difficult for the virus to spread. ___ BANGKOK — Thai health officials are investigating six women who got stroke-like symptoms immediately following vaccination with China’s Sinovac COVID-19 shot. The country should continue with its vaccination drive since the issues were temporary and treatable, said Dr. Kulkanya Chokpaibulkit, a member of the committee investigating the cases. The six health workers were vaccinated earlier this month and had a reaction five to 30 minutes after getting their shot, Thai health officials said at a news conference Wednesday. More than 300,000 doses from the same lot have been given to others nationwide and there were no other reports of stroke-like symptoms elsewhere, officials said. Reactions included dizziness, weakness in limbs, facial paralysis and sleepiness. The Thai cases are nothing like the rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which occurred days to weeks after vaccination. Scientists expect some serious health issues and deaths to be reported with mass vaccinations, simply because millions of people are receiving the shots and problems would be expected to occur randomly in a group so large. The vast majority of these end up not being connected to the vaccine. Sinovac’s director of brand management and public relations told The Associated Press it will investigate the Thai cases. —- MADRID — Spain is set to administer its first doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after European regulators gave it their approval while deeming it had a “possible link” to extremely rare cases of blood clots. Central authorities on Wednesday distributed the lot of 146,000 shots that had been kept in storage to regional healthcare managers for their immediate use. Health Minister Carolina Darias said authorities will stick to their plan of using the single-dose J&J vaccine first on those between 70-79 years old, while not placing any official age limits on the vaccine. Spain has limited the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is also linked to extremely rare blood clots, for those over 60. Hampered like the rest of Europe by shipment delays during the first three months of the vaccination program, Spain has picked up the pace recently as the vaccines start to flow into the country. ___ ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister says the country’s tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will be lifted. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the announcement in a televised address Wednesday, adding that restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen in outdoor areas starting on May 3. Restrictions, many of which have been in effect since early November, will remain in place over the Orthodox Easter on May 2. Despite the lockdown measures, Greece has struggled to contain a flare-up in cases that started in late January. Its mortality rate remains above the European Union average. The total confirmed death toll in Greece reached 9,713 on Wednesday. —- ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey recorded another daily record of COVID-19 deaths at 362 in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The country reported 61,967 new confirmed cases. The coronavirus confirmed death toll stands at 36,975, with at least 4.4 million cases. The country has been placed under a partial lockdown since April 13, which involves an extended evening curfew on weekdays, a return to online education and a ban on unnecessary intercity travel. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the government will impose stricter measures if the infection and death rates fail to decline. Officials have blamed the faster-spreading variants for the rising number of cases and deaths. ___ TUCSON, Ariz. — A plan to establish a large federally supported mass vaccination in metro Tucson is being shelved and Pima County is instead asking for mobile vaccination sites. State and federal officials didn’t reach consensus on details of an agreement authorizing and running the proposed mass vaccination site, officials said Tuesday. The county is pivoting to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for mobile sites capable of providing about 300 shots daily to reach populations that could use help getting vaccinated, said County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry. “It’s an inconvenience for a variety of reasons because they don’t have the technology, they don’t have the time, because they don’t have the wherewithal, mobility issues, language barriers,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, the county’s medical officer. “We need to decrease those barriers.” ___ CAIRO — Egypt’s health minister says a southern province has seen a “slight but continuous” spike in confirmed cases of coronavirus, amid calls to impose restrictions to contain the spread. Authorities have reported 400-450 cases per week amid a third wave of the pandemic in Sohag province. That compares to an average of 600 cases weekly at the peak of the first wave last summer, Health Minister Hala Zayed said in a statement. Zayed’s report came as the head of the doctors’ union in Sohag, Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy, called for authorities to impose a curfew across the province to stem the spread. Fahmy said this week that hospitals designed to treat COVID-19 patients in Sohag were full, and there was a shortage of ventilators. Egypt has reported more than 218,000 confirmed cases and 12,820 confirmed deaths. ___ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met the goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office. More than 50% of adults are at least partly vaccinated and about 28 million vaccine doses are being delivered each week. “We’re entering a new phase of our vaccination efforts,” Biden said in a White House speech on Wednesday, noting the first months of the rollout were aimed at older people and essential workers. “Now our objective is to reach everyone, everyone over the age of 16 in America.” Biden added: “Vaccines can save your own life, but they can also save your grandmother’s life, your co-worker’s life, the grocery store clerk or the delivery person helping you and your neighbours get through the crisis. That’s why you should get vaccinated.” Also, the White House announced its trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. ___ NEW YORK — U.S. regulators say a Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff. The problems resulted in contamination of a batch of material that was going to be put in the shots. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory. J&J and Emergent say they’re working to fix the problems. The nearly 8 million doses of J&J vaccine that have been used in the U.S. came from European sources. Agency inspectors said a batch of the bulk drug substance for J&J’s single-shot vaccine was contaminated with material used to make COVID-19 vaccines for another Emergent client, AstraZeneca. That batch, reportedly enough to make about 15 million J&J vaccine doses, had to be thrown out. Nothing made at the factory for J&J has been distributed yet. The Baltimore factory halted production late last week at the request of the FDA. The agency hasn’t given emergency approval to the factory, which is needed before any vaccine material made there can be distributed. ___ PARIS — A government official says France is about to impose new entry restrictions on travellers from India to fight a contagious coronavirus variant spreading in that country. The restrictions come in addition to those previously announced regarding four other countries, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, which will be implemented starting from Saturday. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed that France will lift its ban on domestic travel as planned on May 3. But it will maintain its nighttime curfew, now in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The official says nonessential shops, closed since the partial lockdown of the country in early April, won’t reopen before mid-May. ___ LISBON, Portugal — Portugal will start administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine a day after European regulators gave it the go-ahead following a blood clot concern Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido says the shot will speed up the goal of vaccinating those over 60 years old. But she added national authorities will study findings by European regulators to determine if any restrictions should be placed on its use for younger people. The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and that a warning should be added to the label. Last month Portugal restricted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to only people over 60 after it was linked to similar cases of rare blood clots. Portugal has received 31,200 doses from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and more deliveries are expected. ___ TOKYO — Japanese residents with tickets to the Tokyo Olympics may not know until weeks before the games open if they’ll be allowed to attend. Fans from abroad have already been barred. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto says a decision on venue capacity may not be made until June. She had previously promised that decision for this month. Hashimoto says “we are still studying the timing.” Hashimoto spoke after she and CEO Toshiro Muto took part in an online briefing with the IOC executive board in Switzerland. The opening ceremony to the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for July 23. The Associated Press

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The pace of China's massive inoculation campaign has slowed, to a daily average of about 3.3 million doses in the seven days until Monday, down from the corresponding figure of 4.2 million in the week until April 12, Reuters calculations showed.The pace of China's massive inoculation campaign has slowed, to a daily average of about 3.3 million doses in the seven days until Monday, down from the corresponding figure of 4.2 million in the week until April 12, Reuters calculations showed.

Some parts of China battle tight supply of Covid-19 vaccines: State media | Hindustan Times

The delivery is part of the Covax programme, which has already sent doses to more than 100 countries and territories worldwideThe delivery is part of the Covax programme, which has already sent doses to more than 100 countries and territories worldwide

Covid-19 vaccine: Syria's Idlib receives its first batch | Middle East Eye

­­The United States may never reach full herd immunity against COVID-19 experts say, but vaccination can tame the coronavirus.­­The United States may never reach full herd immunity against COVID-19 experts say, but vaccination can tame the coronavirus.

Is herd immunity to COVID-19 possible? Experts increasingly say no.

Syria's Idlib receives first batch of Covid vaccinesSyria's Idlib receives first batch of Covid vaccines

Syria's Idlib receives first batch of Covid vaccines - RFI

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Researchers have discovered through an Israeli study that a herpes infection could be triggered by Covid-19 vaccinations for certain patients with underlying conditions.Researchers have discovered through an Israeli study that a herpes infection could be triggered by Covid-19 vaccinations for certain patients with underlying conditions.

Covid-19 vaccine could possibly ‘trigger’ herpes infection in rare cases – study — RT World News

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has registered eight cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India and believes that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is at least partially effective against it, an Israeli health official said on Tuesday.JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has registered eight cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India and believes that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is at least partially effective against it, an Israeli health official said on Tuesday.

Israel logs Indian COVID-19 variant, sees some vaccine efficacy against it | Reuters

China could produce 5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year - CGTN

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

Who have provinces pegged to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks? - Vancouver Is Awesome

BANGKOK (AP) — Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, under intense criticism for failing to secure adequate supplies of coronavirus vaccines, said Tuesday his government is negotiating to buy 5 million to 10 million doses from U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

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Nachman Ash says that while it is expected Israelis will need further shots for protection against COVID, the timeframe is still unclearNachman Ash says that while it is expected Israelis will need further shots for protection against COVID, the timeframe is still unclear

Virus czar rejects Netanyahu's prediction of another vaccine round in 6 months | The Times of Israel

The CDC collected reports of under 6,000 people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who still caught the virus. The cases are very rare but can help experts understand how well the shots work.The vaccines work.

What we’re learning from the rare cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people - The Verge

New infections of inoculated residents are occurring, signaling the need to maintain safety measures, C.D.C. studies show.New infections of inoculated residents are occurring, signaling the need to maintain safety measures, C.D.C. studies show.

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A type of herpes that causes shingles has been linked to the COVID vaccine in a new study. Find out more about this possible side effect of vaccine here.A type of herpes that causes shingles has been linked to the COVID vaccine in a new study. Find out more about this possible side effect of vaccine here.

A Herpes Infection May Be Linked to the COVID Vaccine | Health.com

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The latest data show that getting a shot not only protects vaccinated individuals, it reduces the chance they can spread the virus to others.The latest data show that getting a shot not only protects vaccinated individuals, it reduces the chance they can spread the virus to others.

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The group “Joints for Jabs” handed out J’s in Union Square Park to adults who had an official vaccine card as part of a nationwide vaccination drive.The group “Joints for Jabs” handed out J’s in Union Square Park to adults who had an official vaccine card as part of a nationwide vaccination drive.

‘Joints for Jabs’ Hands Out Weed to Vaccinated Adults in NYC on 4/20 – NBC New York

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EU to provide vaccines for Western Balkan frontline healthcare workers – EURACTIV.com

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Queensland’s authorities are investigating blood clots in a man who received the vaccine this week. Queensland’s authorities are investigating blood clots in a man who received the vaccine this week. 

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CarolinaEast doctor breaks down booster shots and comments on symptoms associated with an annual dose.CarolinaEast doctor breaks down booster shots and comments on symptoms associated with an annual dose.

Local health providers say its unknown if there will be side effects from COVID booster

Local news from StateCollege.com and Centre County Partners. Read about Centre County Adds 65 COVID-19 Cases; Pennsylvania Reports 4,602 and more from the State College, PA regionLocal news from StateCollege.com and Centre County Partners. Read about Centre County Adds 65 COVID-19 Cases; Pennsylvania Reports 4,602 and more from the State College, PA region

Centre County Adds 65 COVID-19 Cases; Pennsylvania Reports 4,602 | State College, PA

BATAVIA — Two new COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Genesee and Orleans counties.BATAVIA — Two new COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Pfizer vaccine clinics set for Thursday and Saturday in Ridgeway and Batavia | Local News | thedailynewsonline.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 4,602 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing state totals to 1,118,470 known cases since the start of the pandemic. Since Tuesday, 60 new deaths have been identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, bringing a total of 25,827 deaths attributed to COVID-19. There are 2,833 individuals […]HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 4,602 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing state totals to 1,118,470 known cases since the start of the pande…

4,602 new COVID cases reported, 309 in our central region April 21, 2021 | WTAJ - www.wearecentralpa.com

What is a breakthrough COVID case? Breakthrough infections happen in people who've been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but still test positive. Doctors explain.“This is something that we take seriously and follow closely,” Dr. Anthony Fauci says.

COVID breakthrough cases after vaccine tracked closely by CDC