China urges U.N. states not to attend anti-China event

China Xinjiang Uyghur Surveillance Screen Jinping ©Getty Images

NEW YORK (Reuters) – China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday.  “It is a politically-motivated event,” China’s U.N. mission wrote in […]

As COVID-19 rages in India, scientist warns further waves ‘inevitable’

As Covid-19 Devastates India, Deaths Go Undercounted - Photographs by Atul Loke NEW DELHI (Reuters) -A top scientific adviser to the Indian government warned on Wednesday the country would inevitably face further waves of the coronavirus pandemic, as almost 4,000 people died in the space of a day. With hospitals scrabbling for beds and oxygen in response to a deadly second surge in infections, the World […]

Facebook oversight board to rule on Trump’s return to Facebook

Facebook oversight board to rule on Trump's return to Facebook - PH Alex Brandon - AP Photo

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s oversight board on Wednesday will decide whether to uphold the company’s indefinite suspension of former U.S. President Donald Trump, in a much-awaited verdict that may signal how the company will treat rule-breaking world leaders in the future. Facebook indefinitely blocked Trump’s access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns of […]

Biden warns Congress

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks at an event in Flint, Mich., in March. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday that the United States is “on the move again” 100 days after he took office, in a speech to a joint session of Congress that he used to promote a $1.8 trillion plan he said is needed to compete with China. Biden appeared in the chamber of […]

Brazil health regulator rejects Russia’s Sputnik vaccine while India will receive first batch of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine on May 1 -RDIF

Bottles of Russia's "Sputnik-V" COVID-19 vaccine are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

BRASILIA (Reuters) -The Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Monday rejected importing the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine requested by state governors battling a deadly second wave of the virus that is battering Latin America’s largest nation. Anvisa’s five-strong board voted unanimously not to approve the Russian vaccine after technical staff had highlighted “inherent risks” and […]

Examining heart inflammation cases in people who received Pfizer COVID shot

ISRAEL examining heart inflammation cases in people who received Pfizer COVID shot

Israel’s Health Ministry said on Sunday it is examining a small number of cases of heart inflammation in people who had received Pfizer’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine, though it has not yet drawn any conclusions. Pfizer said it has not observed a higher rate of the condition than would normally be expected in the general population. Israel’s pandemic […]

EU drug regulator to issue view on J&J vaccine side effects on April 20

A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Johnson&Johnson logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Europe’s drug regulator on Friday said it would hold a press briefing on its review of very rare blood clotting disorders associated with the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, April 20, at 1500 GMT. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had previously announced it would provide an update on […]