Get a jab, win a condo: Hong Kong tries vaccine incentives
Coronavirus vaccine incentives offered by Hong Kong companies, including a lucky draw for an apartment, a Tesla car and even gold bars, are helping boost the city’s sluggish inoculation rate.
Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics
Japan has announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month.
CHARTS: What is the coronavirus positivity rate in Texas?
As coronavirus testing continues to increase in Texas, some have wondered how the number of tests being performed compares to the number of cases reported in the state.
CHARTS: Track the number of Houston-area coronavirus cases, recoveries and deaths each day
More than 212,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the Greater Houston area since the virus first arrived in the region in early March.
Vaccine effort turns into slog as infectious variant spreads
As case numbers decline and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade many Americans to get vaccinated.
UK to require COVID-19 shots for nursing home workers
Britain’s government says it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the jab.
10 California residents get $1.5M richer via vaccine jackpot
Gov. Gavin Newsom has doled out $1.5 million each to 10 vaccinated winners at Universal Studios to mark the end of the state’s coronavirus restrictions.
Study: Half of US cosmetics contain toxic chemicals
More than half the cosmetics sold in the U.S. and Canada likely contain high levels of a toxic industrial compound linked to serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight.
Fighting COVID-19 surge, South Africa increases restrictions
Confronted with a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, South Africa has returned to tighter restrictions on public gatherings and liquor sales.
Judge OKs $15M settlement over rape of incapacitated woman
A judge has approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center.
US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 600,000, even as the vaccination drive has slashed daily cases and deaths and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom.
In Argentina, pandemic exacts a heavy toll on tango culture
The empty, dark dance floor at the Viruta Tango Club is a symbol of the pandemic-induced crisis facing dancers and musicians of an art form known for close physical contact and exchanging partners.
More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by Christmas 2019
A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials.
Vaccine laggard Japan steps up shots with company efforts
Japanese companies have joined the effort to speed up the country's lagging coronavirus vaccine rollout before the Tokyo Olympics begin next month.
UK fends off demands to give workers more virus support help
Britain's government is fending off calls to provide more financial support to businesses and workers who will suffer financially from its decision to delay the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England by four weeks to July 19.
The Latest: Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at parks
Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year.
Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients
A small study offers a hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection.
Panic attacks highlight stress at shelters for migrant kids
A federal volunteer at the Biden administration’s largest shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children says paramedics were called regularly during the two weeks she worked there.
'Freedom Day' for England pushed back 4 weeks to July 19
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks until July 19, as a result of the spread of the delta variant.
From vaccine sharing to climate, G-7 talks yield agreements
The Group of Seven wealthy democracies have wrapped up their first face-to-face summit in two years at a seaside resort in southwest England.
Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray
Pope Francis is demanding that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food and other assistance.
The Latest: Lebanon marks daily record of vaccinations
Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million.
Aid groups appeal to G-7 for cash to get shots into arms
Public health experts and humanitarian groups are calling for money, increased vaccine production and logistical support to help developing countries where the virus is still raging.
Johnson voices caution over next lockdown easing in England
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India.
AMA doctors meet amid vocal backlash over racial equity plan
The nation's largest doctors' group is holding its annual policymaking meeting amid backlash over its sweeping plan to eliminate structural racism and bias in health care.
The Latest: Brazil president fined for not wearing mask
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask, in violation of local pandemic restrictions.
Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soar
Moscow’s mayor has ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week.
Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class
India’s economy was on the cusp of recovery when a new wave of infections swept the country, infecting millions, killing hundreds of thousands and forcing others to stay home.
2 cruise ship passengers test positive for COVID-19 as crews prepare to set sail from Galveston
Two passengers aboard the first cruise ship to set sail from North America since the start of the pandemic tested positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed.
Doctors urge delay in next lockdown easing in England
Britain’s main doctors’ union has joined calls for the next planned lockdown easing in England to be delayed as figures showed new coronavirus cases across the U.K. running at their highest level since late February.
US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom
The U.S. is confronted with an ever-growing surplus of COVID-19 vaccines, looming expiration dates and stubbornly lagging demand at a time when the developing world is clamoring for doses to stem a rise in infections.
Some J&J vaccine doses can be used, but many must be tossed
U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory.
VP Harris making Southern stops to promote vaccination
Vice President Kamala Harris and the Biden administration’s top environmental official are making stops in several Southern states to promote an intensive White House coronavirus vaccination effort.
WHO, UNICEF declare end of polio outbreak in the Philippines
Two U.N. agencies have declared the end of a polio outbreak in the Philippines and praised the government's efforts to continue fighting the disease despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC awards Texas $193K to address COVID-19-related health disparities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services and several Texas health jurisdictions $193,304,367 to address COVID-19-related health disparities.
China's children may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines
If China is to meet its tentative goal of vaccinating 80% of its population against the coronavirus by the end of the year, tens of millions of children are going to have to start rolling up their sleeves.
Mystery over claim world's 1st 'decuplets' born in S. Africa
South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman has, as has been claimed, actually given birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world’s first recorded case of decuplets.