COVID infections, deaths plummet across America – health agency

A woman receives a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination campaign in the University of Santiago, Chile, June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado BRASILIA, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – COVID-19 is slowly retreating across most of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Wednesday, reporting that last week’s death and … Read more

US Oil Demand Soars, Tanks Are Emptying in Oklahoma

Crude oil storage tanks can be seen in an aerial view at the Cushing Oil Hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, US Apr. 21, 2020. REUTERS/Drone Base NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Crude oil tanks in the Cushing, Oklahoma storage and delivery hub for US crude futures are more depleted than in the past three years, … Read more

Cuba welcomes tourists as homegrown vaccination campaign kicks off

HAVANA, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – Cuba will open its borders and relax entry requirements next month after it vaccinates most of its people with homegrown COVID-19 drugs, allowing it to welcome foreign visitors and give it a shot in the arm to its ailing tourism industry. Strict restrictions due to the pandemic, a drastic cut … Read more

France takes steps to shield its book industry from Amazon

New legislation would impose minimum shipping costs for new books Amazon delivers books for 1 cent in France Says legislation would punish rural people Paris says law needed to regulate ‘distorted competition’ PARIS, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Sophie Fornairon’s independent bookstore has survived Amazon’s rise thanks to a French law banning price discounts on new … Read more

US FDA Advisors Support Pfizer/BioNTech Childhood COVID-19 Vaccine

A vial containing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can be seen in this illustration photo, taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Oct. 26 (Reuters) – A panel of experts voted by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday to recommend to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE COVID-19 … Read more

EXCLUSIVE African Union to buy up to 110 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines – officials

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – The African Union (AU) plans to buy up to 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc in a deal brokered in part by the White House, which will allow delivery of some doses intended for the United States to facilitate the deal, officials told Reuters. The AU’s doses … Read more

Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine is protective, safe in young children

Medical staff prepare Moderna vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19) to be administered at newly opened mass vaccination center in Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2021. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said Monday that the COVID-19 vaccine elicited a strong immune response in children ages six to 11 and plans to submit … Read more

Amazon warehouse workers on Staten Island file petition for union election -NLRB

Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Workers at an Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) warehouse on New York’s Staten Island have filed a petition to form a union, the US National Labor Relations Board said Monday. Chris Smalls, a former warehouse employee, led the effort to collect the 2,000 signatures needed to request regulators to hold a vote. For … Read more

Facebook takes down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro responds during a ceremony approving the bill created by the Federal Regional Court at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Oct. 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) late Sunday removed a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro from its platforms, in which the … Read more

India’s Biological E., US Agency Completes $50 Million COVID-19 Shot Financing Agreement

A woman walks past coronavirus-themed graffiti, amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, on a street in Mumbai, India, Oct. 12, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas BENGALURU, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – The United States and India’s Biological E. Ltd said Monday they had finalized a $50 million financing deal to expand the vaccine maker’s capacity to produce … Read more