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European Medicines Agency approves Omicron booster vaccine
The agency expects these vaccines to "help maintain optimal protection" against a continually evolving coronavirus
Britain approves Moderna's Omicron-adapted COVID booster
Each dose of the booster shot will target both the original COVID virus that was first detected in 2020 and the omicron BA.1 variant.
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WHO Europe chief says 'we should not be complacent' over COVID-19 rise
Many European countries are experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 infections, with the more transmissible Omicron subvariant BA.5 spreading across the continent.
What are the COVID subvariants we should really care about?
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XE variant: What we know about the new COVID strain found in England
Scientists think this hybrid variant combining two strains of Omicron may be even more infectious with more than a thousand confirmed cases.
Frustration in Shanghai over COVID-19 lockdown policy
As Shanghai and other cities shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, China faces sinking economic growth.
Subvariant BA.2: What we know about the most dominant COVID strain
BA.2, one of three known subvariants of Omicron, is now the most dominant form of COVID in the world, believed to be more transmissible than previous strains.
Moderna seeks emergency approval for COVID vaccine in kids under 6
Moderna’s COVID vaccine is around 44 per cent effective for children aged 6 months to 2 years old, early clinical trial results show.
Shanghai neighbourhoods barricaded as Covid cases grow
Some residential areas of Shanghai are cordoned off with high yellow barricades, where many cases of covid-19 have been confirmed.
Europe's Omicron wave is 'moving east', warns WHO
The number of COVID-19 infections has doubled in six countries in the WHO Europe region over the past week.
Russian daily COVID count surpasses 120,000 due to Omicron onslaught
Russia’s state statistics agency puts the country's pandemic death toll much higher than Europe's record 330,728 casualties, saying the number of coronavirus-linked deaths was over 625,000.
Omicron survives up to 8 days on plastic surfaces, new study finds
The Japanese researchers found Omicron can last up to eight days on plastic surfaces and 21 hours on skin.
Europe could be moving towards 'a kind of pandemic endgame', says WHO
Europe could be moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame, said WHO's Europe director Hans Kluge. But, he added, it is too early to call COVID an endemic.
Booster shots needed against Omicron, US CDC studies show
Three studies released on Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the Omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.
COVID-19: French teachers' unions call for renewed strike action
The new strike on Thursday is a prelude to a "massive" nationwide walkout on January 27.
COVID-19: Quebec introduces new restrictions for the unvaccinated
From now on, liquor and cannabis stores are only accessible to people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.
New Zealand says it won't use lockdowns when Omicron spreads
“This stage of the pandemic is different to what we have dealt with before. Omicron is more transmissible," Ardern said. “That is going to make it harder to keep it out, but it will also make it more challenging to control once it arrives. But just like before, when COVID changes, we change.”
Pandemic is 'nowhere near over', World Health Organization warns
The pandemic is "nowhere near over" and new variants are likely to continue emerging after Omicron, the World Health Organization warned.
Denmark lifts COVID restrictions despite Omicron spread
Cinemas, zoos, museums, and theatres are among the places that could welcome visitors again.