Taiwan to scrap mandatory coronavirus quarantine for arrivals from October 13

Taiwan will end its mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals from October 13 and welcome tourists back, the government said on Thursday, completing a major step on its plan to re-open to the outside world. Taiwan had kept some of its entry and quarantine rules in place as large parts of the rest of Asia relaxed… Read More Taiwan to scrap mandatory coronavirus quarantine for arrivals from October 13

Canada to drop all coronavirus travel restrictions from October 1

Canada will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from October 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains, the government said on Monday. The move is likely to boost the Canadian travel industry, already booming after months of lull during the pandemic. Canadian carriers were also pressing for an end to mask mandates… Read More Canada to drop all coronavirus travel restrictions from October 1

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tests positive for coronavirus

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms of a cold, a government spokesperson said on Monday. Scholz is isolating in the federal chancellery. He has cancelled all his public appearances this week but will attend scheduled meetings remotely, said an emailed statement. Germany is rolling out booster vaccinations… Read More German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tests positive for coronavirus

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tests positive for coronavirus

Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said on Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I’m feeling well and symptom free,” Bourla said in a statement. Bourla, 60, back in August had contacted COVID and had started a course of the company’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid. Paxlovid is an antiviral medication that is… Read More Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tests positive for coronavirus

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe tests positive for coronavirus

Queen Margrethe of Denmark has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time this year, the royal court said on Wednesday. The 82-year-old head of state, who has been on the throne for half a century, has cancelled her appointments for the week. She attended the Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London on Monday. Queen Margrethe,… Read More Denmark’s Queen Margrethe tests positive for coronavirus

China approves CanSino’s inhaled coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

China’s CanSino Biologics Inc said on Sunday that its recently developed COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the country’s drug regulator for emergency use as a booster, potentially benefiting its business. The inhaled version of Cansino’s adenovirus-vectored COVID-19 vaccine has obtained the green light from the National Medical Products Administration, the company said in a… Read More China approves CanSino’s inhaled coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

U.S. FDA approves coronavirus vaccines engineered for Omicron variant

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 booster shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna that target the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, as the government prepares for a broad fall vaccination campaign that could begin within days. The new vaccines also include the original version of the virus targeted by all… Read More U.S. FDA approves coronavirus vaccines engineered for Omicron variant

Moderna files lawsuit against Pfizer/BioNTech for patent infringement over coronavirus vaccine

Moderna sued Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday for patent infringement in the development of the first COVID-19 vaccine approved in the United States, alleging they copied technology that Moderna developed years before the pandemic. Pfizer shares fell nearly 1%, while BioNTech U.S.-listed shares were down about 1.5% and Moderna shares slipped 1.7%… Read More Moderna files lawsuit against Pfizer/BioNTech for patent infringement over coronavirus vaccine