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Moderna CEO says vaccines likely less effective against Omicron

Moderna CEO says vaccines likely less effective against Omicron

The head of drugmaker Moderna said Covid-19 vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus as they have been against the Delta variant.

WHO flags risk as countries tighten curbs

WHO flags risk as countries tighten curbs

The WHO yesterday said the Omicron coronavirus variant carried a very high risk of infection surges as more countries closed their borders and reported cases of the new strain.

WHO flags global risk from Omicron, countries tighten curbs

WHO flags global risk from Omicron, countries tighten curbs

The Omicron variant of coronavirus carries a very high global risk of surges, the WHO warned on Monday, as more countries reported cases, prompting border closures and reviving worries about the economic recovery from a two-year pandemic.

Singapore, Malaysia reopen land border amid worries over the Omicron variant

Singapore, Malaysia reopen land border amid worries over the Omicron variant

Singapore and Malaysia reopened one of the world's busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to cross after nearly two years of being shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

The Philippines has temporarily suspended a decision to allow fully vaccinated tourists entry in a bid to prevent a new, heavily mutated coronavirus variant taking off in the country where most of the population remains unvaccinated.

Covid-stricken Czech president names new PM from glass box

Covid-stricken Czech president names new PM from glass box

Right-winger Petr Fiala was named the Czech Republic’s new prime minister yesterday in an unusual ceremony, with wheelchair-bound President Milos Zeman speaking from behind a plastic barrier because he has Covid-19.

Omicron shuts borders across the globe

Omicron shuts borders across the globe

A new, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant spread across the globe yesterday, shutting borders and renewing curbs as the EU chief said governments faced a “race against time” to understand the strain.

UK readies new Covid rules as Omicron cases emerge

UK readies new Covid rules as Omicron cases emerge

Britain’s government yesterday defended the pace and scale of its response to the new Omicron strain of Covid-19 as officials reported a third case of the emerging variant, and warned of more to come.

Suu Kyi due to hear first verdict in junta trial

Suu Kyi due to hear first verdict in junta trial

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to hear the verdict in her incitement trial tomorrow, the first in a catalogue of judgements to be handed down in a junta court that could jail her for decades.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds launches its first Artistry Concept Store in India

Malabar Gold & Diamonds launches its first Artistry Concept Store in India

Malabar Gold and Diamonds launched its flagship store in Somajiguda, Hyderabad, India on Saturday.

Borders slam shut as world rushes to contain new Covid variant

Borders slam shut as world rushes to contain new Covid variant

World governments rushed to contain a new, heavily mutated Covid-19 strain Sunday, with Israel slamming its borders shut to foreign nationals and Australia reporting its first cases of the variant.

Monkey business at Thai town fruit festival

Monkey business at Thai town fruit festival

Their table manners were shocking, but the guests of honour at a special banquet in the Thai town of Lopburi on Sunday loved monkeying around.

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