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Brazil clears emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines, shots begin

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.

COVID-19 fueling education’s tech disruption, deepening digital divide

TORONTO/NEW YORK — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic deepened inequities in accessing and benefiting from education but the future of learning could be a more equal one, participants told Reuters Next panels on Monday.

Facebook and Twitter crackdown around Capitol siege is too little, too...

PALO ALTO/NEW YORK — By the time social media companies took action against users and groups spurring on the siege of Capitol Hill this week, culminating in the suspension of US President Donald J. Trump’s accounts, it was too little too late.

Apple, Amazon suspend Parler social network from App Store and web...

Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, saying the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.

Catholics show devotion to statue amid super-spreader worries

More than 400,000 Catholics in Manila celebrated on Saturday a feast for a centuries-old wooden statue of Jesus Christ, despite health experts warning it could turn into a super-spreader event for coronavirus.

Scaling roofs and mountains, students battle to take online classes

Since the pandemic forced him into remote learning, 10-year-old Jhay Ar Calma has often had to climb on to the corrugated iron roof of his home in a poor neighborhood of Manila to get Internet service.

How safe is it to switch and space COVID-19 vaccine doses?

LONDON/CHICAGO — Britain and other nations are considering ways to stretch scarce supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, including by delaying second doses, reducing dose sizes, and switching vaccine types between the first and second shots.

Corporate group urges officials consider Trump’s removal ‘to preserve democracy’

WASHINGTON — The head of a major US business group that represents 14,000 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp., Pfizer Inc., and Toyota Motor Corp....

WHO recommends two doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine within 21–28 days

GENEVA/ZURICH — People should get two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine within 21–28 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, as many countries struggled to administer the jabs that can ward off the COVID-19 virus.

December inflation accelerates to 3.5% yr/yr

MANILA - Philippine annual inflation picked up faster than expected to 3.5% in December, driven by the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages sector to...

Why Indonesia is vaccinating its working population first, not elderly

JAKARTA — As Indonesia prepares to begin mass inoculations against COVID-19, its plan to prioritize working-age adults over the elderly, aiming to reach herd...

Pope criticizes people going on holiday to flee COVID lockdowns

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others.

As end to pandemic mask-wearing nears, South Koreans scramble to arrange...

When Ryu Han-na, a 20-year-old university student, got cosmetic surgery on her nose in mid-December, she had a simple reason: it might be the last chance to do so covertly before people start taking off masks this year as vaccines are distributed.

India lifts ban on onion exports as prices plunge

MUMBAI - India decided on Monday to lift a ban on onion exports from Jan. 1, as prices have fallen sharply in the last...

9 tips to give yourself the best shot at sticking to...

For many cultures, the dawn of the new year is marked not only with celebration, but also the opportunity for personal reflection and growth. But...

After property scandal, Pope tightens money controls

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has issued a new decree making charity funds more transparent and tightening controls on Vatican finances after a scandal...

COVID SCIENCE – UK variant linked to high viral loads, Neanderthal...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for...

S.Korea sets $8.5 bln package to fight new coronavirus wave –...

SEOUL - South Korea unveiled a fresh 9.3 trillion won ($8.49 billion) package on Tuesday to support small businesses hit by a third wave...

Philippines evaluating emergency use for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Dec 26 (Reuters) - The Philippines is evaluating the emergency use of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, the presidential spokesman said on Saturday. Pfizer was...

Millions of Americans lose jobless benefits as Trump refuses to sign...

PALM BEACH, Fla/WASHINGTON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Millions of Americans saw their jobless benefits expire on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump refused to...

China to leapfrog US as world’s biggest economy by 2028 –...

LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - China will overtake the United States to become the world's biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously...

Hong Kong imposes 21-day quarantine for visitors, adds South Africa to...

HONG KONG - Hong Kong extended a compulsory quarantine by an extra seven days to 21 days for all visitors outside China, effective Friday,...

Denmark finds 33 cases of new variant of coronavirus

COPENHAGEN, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Denmark has identified 33 infections with the new variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading rapidly in parts...

Oxygen level while walking identifies at-risk patients; cancer patients should get...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery...

Apple Inc. is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

WHO says no need for major alarm over new coronavirus strain

GENEVA/ZURICH — The World Health Organization cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain,...

How to prepare and protect your gut health over Christmas and...

It’s that time of year again, with Christmas parties, end-of-year get-togethers and holiday catch-ups on the horizon for many of us — all COVID-safe,...

Early data show two doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provoked good immune...

LONDON — Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has a better immune response when a two full-dose regime is used rather than a full-dose followed...

Immune system can cause broad damage in COVID-19; dogs can detect...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

US FTC seeks data on how Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and others...

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking information from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and video streaming companies about how they use the personal information that they collect on their users, the US agency said on Monday.

As pandemic spurs a tidying-up frenzy, Japan’s market for second-hand goods...

TOKYO — When Japan announced a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, people were urged to declutter their homes to pass the time, with Tokyo’s governor even roping in household-organizing celebrity Marie Kondo in promotional videos.

Suspected Russian hackers spied on US Treasury e-mails — sources

WASHINGTON — Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal e-mail traffic at the US Treasury and Commerce departments, according to...

Facebook faces US lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

WASHINGTON/PALO ALTO — Facebook Inc. could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the US Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state filed lawsuits against the social media company, saying it used a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay.

WHO fine-tunes advice on COVID masks for public, health workers

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday tightened guidelines on wearing face masks, recommending that, where COVID-19 is spreading, they be worn...

Japan to allow ‘large-scale’ overseas visitors for Tokyo Games — Nikkei

TOKYO — Japan aims to allow “large-scale” numbers of overseas visitors to attend next year’s Tokyo Olympics without mandatory vaccinations or quarantine provided they submit negative COVID-19 test results and download tracking apps, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday.

Singapore becomes first country to approve sale of lab-grown meat

SINGAPORE — Singapore has given US startup Eat Just the greenlight to sell its lab-grown chicken meat, in what the firm says is the...

Moderna files for US vaccine authorization, will seek EU nod

Moderna Inc. said on Monday it has applied for US emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns.

Bitcoin at $100,000 in 2021? Outrageous to some, a no-brainer for...

NEW YORK — Bitcoin investors, which include top hedge funds and money managers, are betting the virtual currency could more than quintuple to as...

Plasma from recovered patients shows little benefit in those hospitalized with...

Using blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat patients with severe pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus showed little benefit, according to data released...

Japan’s ramen bars struggle to stay open as COVID hammers small...

TOKYO — Sixty-year-old Yashiro Haga is folding his Tokyo noodle ramen shop after 15 years in December, unable to overcome the prospect of a...

Philippines in advanced talks with AstraZeneca for vaccine

The Philippines is close to concluding talks with Britain's AstraZeneca for the supply of at least 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, a...

Philippine health care worker hopes COVID-19 vaccines will revive overseas job...

MANILA — Philippine health care worker Vince Umali received a blow when the coronavirus pandemic derailed his plan to work in Canada this year, but he hopes to revive his dream of an overseas job after breakthroughs in the race to develop COVID-19 vaccines.

Global dividends forecast to inch back from coronavirus cliff edge 

LONDON — Dividend payouts by the world’s biggest firms in 2020 will fall by 17.5%–20%, equivalent to some $263 billion, as a result of...

Megaprojects flagged as Trojan horse to develop remaining rainforests

KUALA LUMPUR — A rise in huge, opaque infrastructure and mining projects threatens to destroy and open up the world’s last remaining rainforests to development, researchers warned on Thursday.

‘In the DNA’: How social entrepreneurs are getting creative in pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR/NAIROBI — As COVID-19 forces businesses worldwide to reinvent themselves, social entrepreneurs are getting creative to help communities hit hard by the pandemic—from a Ugandan medicine-on-wheels service to upcycled face masks made by vulnerable women in Peru.