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Biden administration will end monkeypox public health emergency

The Biden administration does not plan to renew the public health emergency after it ends on Jan. 31 as mpox cases remain low.

Fauci says China has done a bad job of vaccinating the elderly and their shots are not very effective against Covid

Rare protests broke out across China over the weekend against Covid lockdowns and strict quarantine procedures.

China touts vaccination progress as it seeks reopening path; encourages booster shots for seniors

Tuesday's announcement and press conference followed a weekend of unrest as pockets of people in China vented their frustration with Covid policy.

FDA pulls Covid antibody treatment because it's not effective against dominant omicron variants

The FDA said bebtelovimab is no longer authorized for use because it is not expected to neutralize the omicron BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants.

Jim Cramer's Investing Club meeting Thursday: Fed caution, trimming a retailer, Humana guidance

The Investing Club holds its "Morning Meeting" every weekday at 10:20 a.m. ET.

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Europe News

Vienna vs Graz: Which city is better for foreign residents?

If you are moving to Austria, chances are high that you will live in one of its main cities. Will you opt for the international charm of Vienna, or is the Graz always greener in the Styrian capital? Here's what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: How Germany plans to make immigration easier for skilled workers

The German government has agreed on a set of reforms for the immigration of skilled workers, which was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday. Here's what they're planning.

Nine bright business ideas that haven't been exploited in Spain yet

Spain has recently approved its Startups Law, so now is certainly a good time to start thinking of businesses that could work in the country. Here are nine niche and uncomplicated ideas that have found success overseas but are still fairly novel in Spain.

EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about investing in Sweden

More than ten percent Sweden's population owned shares in 2021, with that number skyrocketing if work pension schemes are included. But knowing how to invest in Sweden can be tricky if you're not used to the system. Here are the basics.

PODCAST: How good are French American relations right now, tips for Paris Olympic tickets and why is Alsace so different?

As Emmanuel Macron is in the USA, Talking France takes a look at the long and sometimes complicated Franco-American relationship, as well as talking French Christmas festivals, baguette news, Olympic tickets and the life of one of France's greatest icons.

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South Korea: Former security adviser arrested over border killing 'cover-up'

Suh Hoon is accused of covering up events surrounding the killing of an official by North Korea.

Viking Polaris: Passenger killed after 'rogue wave' hits cruise ship

Four others were injured in the incident on board a cruise ship bound for Antarctica.

Ukraine war: Price cap on Russian oil will hit Putin immediately - US

The G7 and Australia join the EU in imposing the cap of $60 a barrel meant to hit Russia's war chest.

Dozens of child migrants go missing from UK care

Of 197 children taken in by Kent County Council this year, 39 are missing, figures show.

Ukraine war: New images show Russian army base built in occupied Mariupol

Russia captured Mariupol earlier this year, and the images suggest it is consolidating its presence.

US Air Force unveils new B-21 Raider nuclear stealth bomber

The first new bomber in three decades could cost nearly $700m (£569m) per plane.

Earthshot Prize: Prince William announces five winners

Friends from Oman who turn CO2 into rock and a UK firm making packaging from seaweed are among the winners.

Police foil group trying to steal Banksy mural from Ukraine wall

Police arrested several people who cut the artwork from the wall of a war-torn building in Hostomel.

Chennai: Transfer of 1,000 India crocodiles raises thorny question

The reptiles are being moved from a breeding centre to a far-away zoo, making conservationists uncomfortable.

Anwar Ibrahim: Honeymoon as Malaysian PM will be brutally short

He finally got his dream job - but Anwar Ibrahim faces a divided country and a weak economy.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19 on 30 January 2020, and later declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 2 June 2021, more than 171 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 3.56 million confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from none to life-threateningly severe. COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors. Transmission can also occur if splashed or sprayed with contaminated fluids, in the eyes nose or mouth, and rarely via contaminated surfaces. People remain contagious for up to 20 days, and can spread the virus even if they do not develop any symptoms.

Recommended preventive measures include social distancing, wearing face masks in public, ventilation and air-filtering, hand washing, covering one's mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfecting surfaces, and monitoring and self-isolation for people exposed or symptomatic. Several vaccines have been developed and widely distributed since December 2020. Current treatments focus on addressing symptoms, but work is underway to develop medications that inhibit the virus. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines, workplace hazard controls, and business closures. Numerous jurisdictions have also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of the infected.

The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It has led to widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, agricultural disruption, and food shortages. However, there have also been decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Numerous educational institutions and public areas have been partially or fully closed, and many events have been cancelled or postponed. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media, and political tensions have been exacerbated. The pandemic has raised issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights.

Source: Wikipedia (June 2, 2021)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

Suspension of supply of COVID-19 vaccine (COVAXIN®)

Suspension of supply of Covaxin produced by Bharat, through UN procurement agencies and recommending to countries that received the vaccine to take actions as appropriate.

WHO, Qatar, FIFA leaders agree actions to promote health at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

As part of a unique global partnership to promote health, the senior leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO), the State of Qatar and FIFA today agreed a range of measures that will be implemented at this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to protect and encourage health; and take lessons learned from the first tournament in the Middle East and Arab world to share with future mega sporting events.

The heads of WHO, Qatar Ministry of Public Health, FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) met together for the first Steering Committee meeting of the “Healthy FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – Creating Legacy for Sport and Health” partnership. Launched in late 2021, the partnership is committed to:

"The State of Qatar is proud to be the first country from the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup,” said HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Public Health and Chair of the Steering Committee Meeting. “Our overall goal is not just to hold a successful sporting event, but to also show how football and sports in general can be drivers of better health for all people. This is why we are working so closely with WHO, FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.”

At today’s meetings, the Steering Committee leaders agreed a range of action areas to be taken for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and future events, including:

“WHO is committed to working with the State of Qatar and FIFA to leverage the global power of football to help people lead the healthiest lives possible,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This partnership will help to make the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a role model for healthy sporting events.”

The first-of-its-kind agreement was also lauded by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who said, “It’s important that the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East will be the healthiest World Cup ever. Here, we put our efforts together through this innovative partnership to promote health in a different way, using the power of football to communicate certain messages. We have been working together on different awareness campaigns and what better platform now than the FIFA World Cup for passing the Health for All message?"

“You have to do whatever you can to protect your health and that of those around you. That is part of education and that is why we are proud to be part of this team here. We need health for football, and we need football for health. Let’s win this World Cup, our World Cup, which is a World Cup of humanity in the end,” Mr Infantino added.

As part of the agreement, two SC legacy programmes – Generation Amazing and B4Development (B4D) – will provide operational and technical collaboration on a range of projects. Generation Amazing is a football for development programme that has positively impacted more than 725 000 people globally since being launched during Qatar’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup™, while B4D is the region’s first “nudge unit” that utilizes behavioural science to solve a range of societal issues.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, SC Secretary General, said, “As FIFA World Cup hosts, Qatar has worked to underscore the importance of leaving sustainable and transformative social legacies that improve lives – in Qatar, within our region and around the world.”

“This partnership is critical for us as we prepare for hosting the world at the end of this year in the context of the pandemic, which has affected so many lives around the world.  We’re engaging in every effort along with local and international partners to ensure a healthy and safe FIFA World Cup.”

“Together, our work with FIFA and WHO will add to our current efforts, including projects delivered by our legacy programmes such as Generation Amazing and B4Development, to ensure the first FIFA World Cup in our region serves as a benchmark for future mega-events across the globe,” he added.

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, reinforced the Organization’s commitment to advancing health for all in the Region, and said that the partnership between WHO and Qatar would support improvements in physical activity, mental health and organized sports.

“WHO looks forward to working closely with Qatar in the months ahead to use the platform that sporting events offer to bring people together and foster solidarity, which is the core of our regional vision of 'Health for all by all: a call for solidarity and action', while at the same time promoting healthier habits, from diet to physical activity, for people of all ages, genders and cultures.”