Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccine amid criticism

Taiwan has begun administering its first domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, amid criticism that its approval was rushed. The island’s health ministry authorized emergency use of the Medigen vaccine last month although clinical trials are yet to be completed. Taiwan’s vaccination efforts have been hampered by delivery delays and hesitancy amongst its population. President Tsai Ing-wen led the way in receiving the Medigen jab on Monday. At the time of its approval, the vaccine – made by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp – has yet to complete phase three trials but was granted emergency approval by regulators. The company said there were … Continue reading Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccine amid criticism

Singapore sentences Briton to six weeks in prison for not wearing face mask

A Singapore court sentenced a British man to six weeks in prison on Wednesday, local media reported, after he repeatedly breached coronavirus protocols by refusing to wear a face mask in public.A man reading a newspaper sits on an unmarked safety distancing marker at a train station on April 21, 2020 in Singapore. Benjamin Glynn, 40, was found guilty on four charges over his failure to wear a mask on a train in May and at a subsequent court appearance in July, as well as causing a public nuisance and using threatening words towards public servants. Glynn was earlier subjected to a … Continue reading Singapore sentences Briton to six weeks in prison for not wearing face mask

WHO discovers fake jabs in India, Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has identified counterfeit versions of India’s primary Covid vaccine, Covishield. The doses were seized by authorities in India and Africa between July and August, a WHO statement said. It also said the vaccine’s maker, Serum Institute of India, confirmed that the doses were fake. The WHO warned that fake vaccines “pose a serious risk to global public health”. It called for their removal from circulation. There has been no official statement by the Indian government, but local reports said the country’s health ministry was investigating the matter. “Although we have a strong system … Continue reading WHO discovers fake jabs in India, Africa

Great Move: Australia’s Qantas to make vaccines mandatory for staff

Australian airline Qantas said Wednesday it would make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for staff, as the company bids to get planes back into the skies. The national carrier is one of the first major Australian firms to mandate vaccines for employees, saying the rule would also apply to its budget offshoot Jetstar. Pilots, cabin crew and airport staff must be fully vaccinated by November 15, with other staff members given until March 31 next year. “Having a fully vaccinated workforce will safeguard our people against the virus but also protect our customers and the communities we fly to,” Qantas CEO Alan … Continue reading Great Move: Australia’s Qantas to make vaccines mandatory for staff

Hong Kong lengthens quarantines for 16 countries

Hong Kong will tighten entry restrictions for travelers arriving from the United States and 15 other countries beginning Friday, extending the quarantine period to 21 days.People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus walk on a downtown street in Hong Kong. Previously, the 15 countries, which also include Malaysia, Thailand, France and the Netherlands, were classified as medium-risk, with travelers able to serve only 7 days of quarantine if they were fully vaccinated and tested positive for antibodies prior to leaving for the city. A resurgence of coronavirus cases in these countries due to the delta variant led … Continue reading Hong Kong lengthens quarantines for 16 countries

OMG: Germany fears thousands got saline, not vaccine from nurse

Authorities in north Germany have asked more than 8,000 people to get repeat Covid vaccinations because a nurse is suspected of having injected saline instead of vaccine in many cases. Police are investigating the nurse’s actions at a vaccination centre in Friesland, near the North Sea coast. Initially just six people were believed to have received the harmless salt solution there in March and April. Many of those affected were aged over 70 – a high-risk group in the pandemic. Inspector Peter Beer, quoted by Süddeutsche Zeitung, said the 40-year-old woman had been sharing “corona-critical information” on social media, criticising … Continue reading OMG: Germany fears thousands got saline, not vaccine from nurse

New Zealand borders to remain closed for rest of the year

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that that the country’s borders will remain closed until at least the end of the year. She said an elimination strategy was the best way to keep Covid-19 out and the economy open. The prime minister also said New Zealand would move to a new individual risk-based model for quarantine-free travel from the start of next year. She stressed the priority was vaccinating the population by end 2021. New Zealand is seen as one of the most successful countries in the world in controlling the coronavirus pandemic. The country has recorded just … Continue reading New Zealand borders to remain closed for rest of the year

St Vincent and the Grenadines leader hit during anti-vaccine mandate protest

The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has been hospitalized after being injured at a protest against a proposed vaccine mandate. Ralph Gonsalves was walking through a crowd outside parliament when he was reportedly hit in the head by a stone. Images show the prime minister bleeding as he was rushed away from the scene. The finance minister said he had been transferred to Barbados for an MRI scan on the advice of medical staff, Reuters news agency reports. Protesters had gathered on Thursday to demonstrate against plans to require most frontline health workers to be vaccinated against … Continue reading St Vincent and the Grenadines leader hit during anti-vaccine mandate protest

Google mogul Larry Page allowed into New Zealand despite closed border

Google co-founder Larry Page was allowed into New Zealand despite its closed border so his son could receive urgent medical attention, the government confirmed Thursday.Larry Page founded Google with Sergei Brin in the 1990s and is listed by Bloomberg as the sixth-richest person in the world The billionaire’s visit had prompted criticism from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s political opponents, who demanded an explanation for why he was permitted to enter despite coronavirus travel restrictions. Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi told reporters Page had applied for a medical exemption “to make sure his son got the treatment that was required”.  Health Minister … Continue reading Google mogul Larry Page allowed into New Zealand despite closed border

LOL: Ibiza is hiring foreigners aged between 30 and 40 to go undercover at parties

Want to get paid to live out your James Bond dreams by going to raves on the party island of Ibiza? Then there’s a job for you, but it’s got a pretty major catch. You can get paid to party in Ibiza, but you’ll be working as an undercover agent for the Ibiza police, reporting back to the government on gatherings that flout Covid-19 regulations. According to local news outlet Diario De Ibiza, the Spanish police are looking to set up a “party-tracking” crew to help them crack down on illegal parties. They need foreigners because, they say, locals have already been … Continue reading LOL: Ibiza is hiring foreigners aged between 30 and 40 to go undercover at parties

Hong Kong eases entry for vaccinated residents and tourists

Hong Kong will allow vaccinated tourists from all but 10 places in the world to enter the city starting on Aug. 9, a significant easing of some of the tightest border curbs in the world.View of Hong Kong Vaccinated visitors from countries now considered “medium-risk” which includes the U.S. and Canada will be able to enter the city for the first time since the pandemic started. Meanwhile, Hong Kong residents from previously banned places like the U.K. and India can now return home. Visitors and residents from medium-risk countries must spend seven days in hotel quarantine after they arrive. They … Continue reading Hong Kong eases entry for vaccinated residents and tourists

Canada fines travellers for fake vaccination and testing papers

Canada has fined two travellers arriving from the US who, officials say, forged Covid-19 testing and vaccination documents. Each was fined C$19,720 ($16,000, £11,500) after inspectors at the Toronto airport found their vaccine cards and proof of testing were fake. It comes as Canada is set to ease travel restrictions on US visitors. Around the world, nations are grappling with how to re-open their borders to travellers amid a virus surge. According to a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the two unnamed travellers had entered Canada from the US during the week of 18 July. The Canada … Continue reading Canada fines travellers for fake vaccination and testing papers