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U.K. Minister Rules Out Covid Vaccine Passports

U.K. Minister Rules Out Covid Vaccine Passports

The United Kingdom is not considering the use of so-called “vaccine passports,” its vaccine minister said Sunday.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi broke the news on a BBC Sunday morning talk show.
A vaccination passport is a form of certificate that proves that the bearer has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and possibly that he tested negative for the virus.  The goal of a vaccine passport is to …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 5: Pandemic in Retreat?

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 5: Pandemic in Retreat?

The number of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States all decreased this week.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist and a top member of the Biden administration, said that the coronavirus variant known as B.1.1.7. that was first discovered in the United Kingdom may be on its way to becoming dominant in the United States.
The United Kingdom may have inoculated its entire population with …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 3: Fauci Says New Variants Could Infect People Who Have Had Covid

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 3: Fauci Says New Variants Could Infect People Who Have Had Covid

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, said that individuals who have already had Covid-19 could be reinfected if variants become dominant. He urged Americans to get vaccinated as part of an effort to stop new strains of the virus from emerging.
A University of Oxford study found that the coronavirus vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca dramatically reduces the spread of the virus, a finding that underscores the importance of …

U.K. to Require In-Hotel Quarantine for Visitors from 22 Countries

U.K. to Require In-Hotel Quarantine for Visitors from 22 Countries

The United Kingdom said Wednesday that arriving travelers from 22 countries will be required to quarantine in government-provided hotels “without exception.”
“I want to make clear that under the stay at home regulations, it is illegal to leave home to travel abroad for leisure purposes and we will enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not …

More Countries Add Travel Restrictions to Combat New Coronavirus Variants

Prospects for fewer restrictions on global travel diminished greatly as more reports of new variants of the coronavirus surfaced and President Joseph Biden of the United States banned non-U.S. citizens traveling from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, and South Africa from entering the country.
The Belgian government banned non-essential travel in and out of the country through March 1 to stem the spread of the virus. The action applies …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 25: Merck Ends Vaccine Efforts, France Considers Third Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 25: Merck Ends Vaccine Efforts, France Considers Third Lockdown

President Biden will reinstate coronavirus-related travel restrictions on non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and much of European continent. He also extended the restrictions to travelers who recently were in South Africa. The move came one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would have lifted them on Jan. 26.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that more needs to be …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 24: Biden Speaks of ‘a Dark Winter,’ U.K. Variant Possibly More Deadly Than Thought

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 24: Biden Speaks of ‘a Dark Winter,’ U.K. Variant Possibly More Deadly Than Thought

“We’re in a dark winter of this pandemic,” said President Joseph Biden at the end of the week, warning that the situation in the United States will get worse before it gets better. He warned that the death toll could rise to over 500,000 this month alone.
As the number of cases of the coronavirus across the globe passed the 99 million mark, with 25.5 million of those in the United …