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Beijing offering COVID-19 boosters, 4 months before Olympics

Beijing offering COVID-19 boosters, 4 months before Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — China’s capital Beijing has begun offering booster shots against COVID-19, four months before the city and surrounding regions are to host the Winter Olympics.
Braves get Soler back in NLCS Game 5 after COVID-19 absence

Braves get Soler back in NLCS Game 5 after COVID-19 absence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Braves welcomed back outfielder Jorge Soler for Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday after he was sidelined following a positive COVID-19 test.
What is the 'delta plus' variant of the coronavirus?

What is the 'delta plus' variant of the coronavirus?

What is the “delta plus” variant? It’s a relative of the delta variant, identified by British scientists last month.
Pfizer will ship millions of vaccine doses for kids as soon as it's approved: Trudeau

Pfizer will ship millions of vaccine doses for kids as soon as it's approved: Trudeau

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five.

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year.
COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday.
New Zealand sets 90% vaccination target to end lockdowns

New Zealand sets 90% vaccination target to end lockdowns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Friday set an ambitious target of fully vaccinating 90% of all eligible people to end coronavirus lockdowns.
B.C. residents to require two vaccine cards, Health Ministry says

B.C. residents to require two vaccine cards, Health Ministry says

VICTORIA — British Columbia residents will need to carry two proof of COVID-19 vaccination cards, one to attend non-essential activities and another for travel within Canada and internationally. Premier John Horgan said Thursday the current B.C.

Drake forfeits football game due to "COVID-19 issues"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A football game between Drake and Stetson set for Saturday in Des Moines was canceled Thursday due to coronavirus concerns among Drake personnel.
Alberta's top doctor says COVID-19 cases receding but vigilance needed at Halloween

Alberta's top doctor says COVID-19 cases receding but vigilance needed at Halloween

EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says COVID-19 case numbers in the province continue to recede. But Dr. Deena Hinshaw cautions that the hospital situation remains precarious given the high number of patients.