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US to ship 500 million COVID vaccines from August

WASHINGTON: The United States will ship the first batch of 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to 92 countries from the month of August, the White House announced on Thursday. “Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries…

San Francisco to fully reopen on June 15

SAN FRANCISCO: Staring from June 15, the city of San Francisco will fully reopen and eliminate capacity limits, according to an announcement by Mayor London Breed. Based on the draft guidelines that the state had released in advance, San Francisco has determined that it will fully align with the state plan with some limited exceptions…

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 174

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.76 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 174,759,974 and…

US senator chides Apple, Nike for 'using forced labour' from

WASHINGTON: A US senator on Thursday slammed top American companies including Amazon, Nike and Apple for using forced labour from China, accusing them of making Americans complicit in Beijing crimes against Uyghurs. Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on China’s crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in its western Xinjiang region, Republican…

US FDA approves new drug for Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug, Aduhelm (aducanumab), for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, a debilitating disease affecting 6.2 million Americans. Aduhelm was approved on Monday using the accelerated approval pathway, which can be used for a drug for a serious or life-threatening illness that provides a meaningful therapeutic advantage…

US SC rules against temporary immigrants seeking green cards

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court ruled that immigrants who entered the country unlawfully and were later allowed temporary status for humanitarian reasons will not be eligible to apply for green cards and become permanent residents. Thousands of immigrants, including many who have lived in the country for years, could be affected by Monday’s ruling, reports…

global covid-19 cases: Global Covid-19 caseload tops 173

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 173.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.73 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 173,538,801 and…

Joe Biden reassures Zelensky of continuous support

WASHINGTON: In an effort to reassure Ukraine ahead of the US-Russia summit next week, American President Joe Biden reaffirmed Washington’s support to Kiev in a call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a White House briefing on Monday that Biden told Zelensky that “he will stand up firmly…

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines cut infection risk by 91%: US CDC

WASHINGTON: Taking two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s mRNA-based vaccines, authorised by the Food and Drug Administration, can reduce the risk of coronavirus infection by 91 per cent, according to a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even a single dose of the mRNA vaccines can reduce the…

Joe Biden says will stand with European allies ahead of

WASHINGTON: The United States will stand with its European allies against Russia, President Joe Biden has promised ahead of the first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin of his administration. Biden will head to Europe Wednesday, and is set to attend both the G-7 and NATO summits as well as holding a high-stakes meeting with the…