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Japan’s state of emergency may last months as critics say steps too narrow – world news

Restrictions set to be imposed under Japan’s state of emergency could last months, with both government advisers and critics of its strategy calling for broader steps than current proposals. Japan is set to declare an emergency as early as Thursday in Tokyo and three surrounding areas, with relatively narrow restrictions focused on reducing infections at bars and restaurants. But as ...

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Japan weighs state of emergency in Tokyo area as Covid-19 cases surge – world news

Japan will decide this week whether to impose a state of emergency in the Tokyo area, a top official said on Tuesday as daily Covid-19 infections hit a record, a move some derided as too little, too late in a nation set to host the Olympics. The government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said a decision would likely ...

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WHO welcomes India’s decision giving emergency use approval to Covid-19 vaccines – india news

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday welcomed India’s decision giving emergency use authorization to Covid-19 vaccines. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region said, “World Health Organization welcomes India’s decision giving emergency use authorization to Covid-19 vaccines.” Drugs Controller General of India VG Somani has formally announced the approval for the emergency-use of two coronavirus vaccines, ...

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Netherlands to vaccinate emergency care workers as soon as possible – world news

The Netherlands will start vaccinating 30,000 emergency care workers as soon as possible, the health ministry said on Saturday, as the government comes under fire for lagging other European Union countries in launching immunisations. The government had previously said its national vaccination campaign would start on Jan. 8, the latest date for any EU country. The first doses were planned ...

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Tokyo to request new emergency declaration amid surge in Covid cases: Report – world news

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will ask the central government later on Saturday to declare a state of emergency following a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, local media reported. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will make the request in a meeting with Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who coordinates government measures to fight the pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said, citing multiple sources. Calls by ...

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UK reactivates emergency hospitals as coronavirus cases surge – world news

British health officials have reactivated emergency hospitals that were built at the start of the pandemic to handle a surge in Covid-19 cases that is putting existing wards under extreme pressure, particularly in London. The United Kingdom has recorded more than 50,000 new daily cases of the virus for the past four days, driven in part by a new variant ...

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Govt’s expert panel approves AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use – india news

India’s drug regulator on Friday approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The approval paves the way for its rollout in the world’s second worst affected country. A representative of India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), whose experts are meeting for the second time ...

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Nod for emergency use authorisation expected in a few days: SII's Adar Poonawal…

The Pune-based vaccine maker’s CEO Adar Poonawalla said separately on Monday that approvals were expected in a few days,

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CDSCO expert panel may convene this week to examine Covid vaccines’ emergency applications – india news

The subject expert committee (SEC) of the central drugs standard control organisation (CDSCO) is likely to meet sometime this week to examine Serum Institute of India’s (SII) emergency-use authorisation (EUA) application for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to government sources. SII, which is manufacturing and testing the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in India, last week had submitted additional data ...

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Serum Institute submits more data for emergency use licence – india news

The Serum Institute of India (SII), which is manufacturing and testing the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in India, has submitted new data to regulators for its application for an emergency use licence, officials aware of the process said on Tuesday, adding that a meeting will now be called this week to assess the information. The meeting will also review data for ...

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