US & Canada

US FDA advisers back Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

An authorisation for that age group would be an important step toward reaching about 28 million children – most of them back in school – for inoculation.

27 Oct 2021 - 5:48AM
Children to be exempt from US Covid-19 travel rules

The Biden administration’s new rules requiring most foreign nationals to be vaccinated before flying to the United States take effect on November 8.

26 Oct 2021 - 1:11PM
FDA says benefits outweigh risks for Pfizer virus vaccine in young children

The jab’s capacity to prevent hospitalisation and deaths likely exceed the risk of adverse outcomes such as the heart condition myocarditis.

23 Oct 2021 - 1:00PM
US marks 200 million Covid-19 shots shared with world

The Biden administration aims to lead a global vaccination campaign even as it rolls out boosters for domestic use.

21 Oct 2021 - 4:44PM
US FDA clears Moderna and J&J boosters, backs ‘mix-and-match’ strategy

The decision paves the way for millions more to get extra protection, with the Delta variant causing breakthrough infections in some who are fully vaccinated.

21 Oct 2021 - 5:55AM
Authorities seize Vancouver care home for Chinese elders where virus killed 41

All assets and operations of the society that ran Little Mountain Place will be taken over by the Vancouver Coastal Health authority. Relatives of residents at the facility, where 87 per cent of elders caught Covid-19, have demanded accountability for British Columbia’s deadliest outbreak.

20 Oct 2021 - 10:58PM
Colin Powell’s age and cancer left him vulnerable to Covid-19

Although dying from Covid-19 is uncommon among fully vaccinated, health experts say age and pre-existing medical conditions may increase the odds of breakthrough infection, even death.

19 Oct 2021 - 11:05PM
Colin Powell dies of Covid-19 complications

Colin Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated but died on Monday morning of complications from Covid-19, his family said.

19 Oct 2021 - 8:22AM
US will accept mixed vaccines for international travellers

The decision is good news for visitors from Canada and other countries, as the US prepares to relax entry requirements on November 8.

16 Oct 2021 - 8:02AM
US plans to open up to vaccinated foreign travellers from November 8

Move means those who have been jabbed can move around more freely than those who have not.

16 Oct 2021 - 8:15AM
Covid-19 ‘faultlines’, ‘hobbled’ recoveries push IMF to downgrade outlook

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its global economic growth forecast for the year due to periodic coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access and weak government policy support.

15 Oct 2021 - 12:42AM
US to open land borders in November to vaccinated travellers

By January 2022, all visitors to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated.

13 Oct 2021 - 10:46PM
US will accept WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines for international visitors

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said six vaccines approved by the FDA or listed by the world health body for emergency use will meet the criteria.

9 Oct 2021 - 7:56AM
Pfizer asks US to approve Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11

White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients said the shots for kids could begin by November.

8 Oct 2021 - 1:39AM
US eclipses 700,000 deaths as Delta hits unvaccinated hard

It took 3 ½ months for the US to go from 600,000 to 700,000 deaths, driven by the Delta variant’s rampant spread through unvaccinated Americans.

4 Oct 2021 - 12:11PM
California to require Covid-19 vaccines for schoolchildren

The new rules will take effect as early as January, but the FDA must first fully approve inoculations for the age groups.

2 Oct 2021 - 3:19AM
Biden gets Covid-19 booster and says he wants more vaccine mandates

Americans who refuse to be vaccinated are causing ‘an awful lot of damage for the rest of the country’, the US president says.

28 Sep 2021 - 2:18AM
‘Mark of the beast’: why some Americans resist Covid-19 vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines have been scientifically proved to save lives, but for a select group of Americans in the religious realm, a more important matter is at stake – eternal salvation.

27 Sep 2021 - 10:33PM
US booster shots start, even as millions remain unvaccinated

The CDC earlier took the rare step of overruling advice from its own expert panel to make more Americans eligible for a third shot.

25 Sep 2021 - 7:41AM
Coronavirus: US approves Pfizer booster shots for elderly, high risk

Tens of millions of Americans will now be eligible for a third Pfizer/BioNTech dose, six months after their second Covid-19 vaccine shot.

23 Sep 2021 - 12:35PM