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Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated visitors from all countries next month as concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus decline, officials said Thursday.

More than 2 dozen drugmakers to make Merck's COVID-19 pill

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N.-backed organization announced Thursday that it has signed agreements with more than two dozen generic drug makers to produce versions of Merck's COVID-19 pill to supply 105 developing countries.

Germany expects COVID-19 cases to peak in mid-February

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister expects the number of coronavirus infections in the country to keep rising for several weeks before peaking next month.
Calls to reduce COVID isolation for seniors in care as it may do more harm than good

Calls to reduce COVID isolation for seniors in care as it may do more harm than good

MONTREAL — After 10 days of preventive COVID-19 isolation in her room at a Montreal care facility, Joanne Béland's 84-year-old mother has more difficulty moving and expressing herself.

EXPLAINER: What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?

Some European countries such as Spain are making tentative plans for when they might start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic” disease , but the World Health Organization and other officials have warned that the world is nowhere close to declaring the
New Zealand says it won't use lockdowns when omicron spreads

New Zealand says it won't use lockdowns when omicron spreads

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday an outbreak was inevitable and the nation would tighten restriction

Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday became the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia. The country has ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.
Bars and other B.C. businesses affected by pandemic closures to receive more help

Bars and other B.C. businesses affected by pandemic closures to receive more help

VICTORIA — More financial help is on the way for British Columbia businesses forced to stay closed for at least another month as the province tries to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 news in Canada: — A Canadian study suggests the antiviral medication remdesivir could have a "modest but significant effect" on COVID-19 patient outcomes, including decreasing the need for mechanical ventilation by appro
COVID-19 antiviral pill incoming as fifth wave's peak in sight for some provinces

COVID-19 antiviral pill incoming as fifth wave's peak in sight for some provinces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the first shipment of an oral COVID-19 pill is making its way across Canada but is no substitute for vaccination against the rapidly spreading virus.