Covid vax protection wane over time, boosters important: Pfizer, Moderna
US drug makers Pfizer and Moderna have, in different studies, claimed that protection from their mRNA vaccine against Covid-19 can last only for about six months, or a little more, pitching a strong case for booster shots, ignoring the calls against it by a slew of scientists.
Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigns over Afghanistan crisis
Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag announced her resignation on Thursday after a majority of the Dutch parliament said she had mishandled the Afghanistan evacuation crisis, a press officer from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN.
Italy to mandate Covid-19 'Green Pass' for all workers
The Italian government has approved a decree making it mandatory for all public and private sector workers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza told a news conference on Thursday.
Trudeau says main election rival has shown poor leadership on Covid
Opinion polls show Justin Trudeau's Liberals are tied with the right-of-center Conservatives of Erin O'Toole and look set to fall well short in their bid to win a parliamentary majority. Trudeau noted that O'Toole had praised Alberta premier Jason Kenney's decision earlier in the year to quickly lift public health restrictions in his western province.
Philippine President Duterte would rather die than face International Criminal Court, spokesperson says
News/World: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would rather "die first" before facing an international tribunal, his spokesperson said Thursday, the day after the International Criminal Court announced it would investigate allegations of crimes against humanity during his bloody war on drugs.
Iran approves American J&J Covid shot as fifth wave spreads
Iran’s new government has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by US firm Johnson & Johnson, a senior official said on Thursday, as the Islamic Republic faces a fifth wave of infections. The announcement came eight months after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned imports of vaccines made by the US and Britain - though Iran has since accepted vaccines developed by Western firms but manufactured elsewhere.
China says will work closely with SCO states on Afghan issues
The eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) grouping of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan will hold its 21st summit on Friday at Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe. Afghanistan is an observer in the SCO.
Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings to host Jeopardy! through 2021
News/Entertainment: Sony Pictures Television announced Thursday that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split Jeopardy! hosting duties for the remainder of the show's 38th season. The news comes after Mike Richards, who was initially chosen to replace beloved host Alex Trebek, stepped down following revelations about controversial comments he made.