Queen Elizabeth II urges public to “think about other people” and get vaccinated

Cars are lined up at the mass Covid-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on February 23 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images More than half of Americans said they have already gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine or want to get vaccinated as soon as possible, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported … Read more

Coronavirus update: Latest Covid-19 vaccine and world news

A health care worker gestures to her arm before receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a public health center in Incheon, South Korea on February 26. SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg/Getty Images South Korea began its vaccine rollout on Friday as health authorities extended current social distancing measures and bans on gatherings of five or more … Read more

Finland to enter a 3 week lockdown on March 8 

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks at a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on February 1. Helmut Fohringer/APA/AFP/Getty Images Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will push the European Union Thursday to introduce a “green passport” for people who have protection against coronavirus, he said.  “We need a ‘green passport’ for everyone who has either been vaccinated or … Read more

Austria’s chancellor calls for ‘Green Passports’ for those vaccinated against coronavirus  

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks at a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on February 1. Helmut Fohringer/APA/AFP/Getty Images Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will push the European Union Thursday to introduce a “green passport” for people who have protection against coronavirus, he said.  “We need a ‘green passport’ for everyone who has either been vaccinated or … Read more

No cheering allowed for Tokyo Olympics torch relay, officials say

The Olympic cauldron is lit during the ‘Flame of Recovery’ exhibition on March 25, 2020, in Iwaki, Japan. Clive Rose/Getty Images The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will start in Fukushima prefecture on March 25, 2021 with several Covid-19 countermeasures in place, officials announced on Thursday.  The Olympics were originally scheduled for last summer, but were … Read more

France imposes local lockdowns as cases of British variant surge

Swiss President Guy Parmelin, right, speaks next to Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset during a press conference on February 24 in Bern, Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images Switzerland will move forward with a phased reopening of its economy and society which will see some coronavirus restrictions lifted on March 1, the Swiss federal government … Read more

Greece calls for EU to adopt Covid vaccine passport

A new, more contagious variant of coronavirus first detected in the UK is likely to fuel a surge of cases in the spring, several experts predicted Tuesday. The variant, called B.1.1.7, was suspected of causing renewed spread in Britain. It’s been seen across much of the US — with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Read more

WHO reports sixth consecutive week of declining global coronavirus cases

A new, more contagious variant of coronavirus first detected in the UK is likely to fuel a surge of cases in the spring, several experts predicted Tuesday. The variant, called B.1.1.7, was suspected of causing renewed spread in Britain. It’s been seen across much of the US — with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Read more

New Zealand to roll back social distancing restrictions

New Zealand will lift social distancing restrictions across the country from Thursday, officials have announced. Auckland will reduce restrictions to Level Two, its second-lowest level, while the rest of the country will be reduced to Level One.  The Wednesday announcement comes as testing uncovered three new Covid-19 cases – including two locally transmitted infections, linked … Read more