Japan's Princess Mako celebrates 30th birthday ahead of marriageBy TRN Online
Japan's Princess Mako celebrated her 30th birthday on Saturday, marking the last birthday she would have as a member of the imperial family before she marries her boyfriend next week.
More than half of Australia's population is now 'living with Covid.' The rest is still some way offBy TRN Online
The easing of restrictions means that, as of Friday, more than half of Australia's nearly 26 million population is living with the virus, while authorities in the rest of the country push to raise vaccination rates while controlling borders to keep it out.
Beijing offering COVID-19 boosters, 4 months before OlympicsBy The Rising Nepal
China’s capital Beijing has begun offering booster shots against COVID-19, four months before the city and surrounding regions are to host the Winter Olympics.
COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shotsBy The Rising Nepal
Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday.
FDA authorizes booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, says mix and match OKBy TRN Online
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Wednesday and also said any of the three authorized vaccines could be used as a booster in a "mix and match" approach.
Pfizer, BioNTech report high efficacy of COVID-19 booster shot in studyBy TRN Online
Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and German partner BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE) on Thursday said a trial of 10,000 participants aged 16 or older showed 95.6 per cent effectiveness against the diseases, during a period when the Delta strain was prevalent.
WHO warns pandemic will drag on deep into 2022By BBC
The Covid pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boostersBy The Rising Nepal
U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.
When a cobra became a murder weapon in IndiaBy BBC
Public prosecutor Mohanraj Gopalakrishnan called the case a "milestone in police investigations in India when prosecutors could decisively prove that an animal was used as a weapon of murder".
Syria war: Deadly bomb blasts hit military bus in DamascusBy BBC
A bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported.
Taliban praise suicide bombers, offer families cash and landBy TRN Online
The Taliban praised suicide bombers who died during the war against the former government and its Western allies and offered their families sums of cash and promises of land, the movement's interior ministry said in a statement.
Uttarakhand: At least 46 killed in floods in Himalayan stateBy BBC
At least 46 people have died in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Images and videos from the state show flooded roads, submerged homes, and fallen bridges.
Businesses nervously await fine print of vax-or-test ruleBy The Rising Nepal
More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies with 100 or more workers, President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day.
WHO-led program aims to buy antiviral COVID-19 pills for $10By TRN Online
The document, which outlines the goals of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) until September next year, says that the programme wants to deliver about 1 billion COVID-19 tests to poorer nations, and procure drugs to treat up to 120 million patients globally, out of about 200 million new cases it estimates in the next 12 months. Merck & Co's (MRK.N) experimental pill molnupiravir is likely to be one of the drugs, and other drugs to treat mild patients are being developed.
A fully solar-powered campervan has just driven through EuropeBy TRN Online
Traveling along the highways of Europe, a campervan named "Stella Vita" has driven almost 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) without stopping for fuel or plugging in to charge. Described as a "self-sustaining house on wheels," the campervan has solar panels fitted to its roof and is powered by the energy of the sun alone.
Why vaccinated people dying from Covid-19 doesn't mean the vaccines are ineffectiveBy TRN Online
The deaths of vaccinated people doesn't mean the vaccines are ineffective, a medical expert explains. The most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that they reduce the likelihood of testing positive for Covid-19 by six-fold and the likelihood of death by 11-fold.
Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in Europe to build ‘metaverse’By The Rising Nepal
Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control over people’s online lives.
Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus successBy TRN Online
Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low.
Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build 'metaverse'By TRN Online
Facebook Inc (FB.O) plans to hire 10,000 in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse - a nascent online world where people exist and communicate in shared virtual spaces.
At least 24 killed in India floodsBy BBC
At least 24 people have been killed in floods in southern India after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off towns and villages. Five children are among the dead. There are fears the death toll could rise further as many people are missing.