Tag - covid-19-variants

 
 

COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 1, 2022
Governments want COVID vaccine-makers to aim higher in hunt for better shots
Some health officials question the motivation of the firms that developed first-generation COVID-19 shots to find vaccines offering much broader and longer-lasting protection.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 29, 2022
Omicron 'stealth' variant BA.2 now dominant globally
BA.2 now represents nearly 86% of all sequenced cases, according to the World Health Organization.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 19, 2022
MRNA vaccines blocked worst outcomes as variants spread, U.S. says
In recent months, when the omicron variant was dominant, three doses of an mRNA shot provided 94% protection against the worst outcomes, the CDC study said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 17, 2022
Should Americans be worried about COVID — again?
U.S. COVID-19 trends have largely trailed those in Europe and the U.K. by a few weeks, and coronavirus cases are on the rise again in most of the Europe.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 16, 2022
Japanese municipalities step up preparations for teen booster shots
About 6.8 million — or 75.3% — of people age 12 to 19 have received the initial two doses so far, according to Cabinet Secretariat data.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2022
Japan may allow 10,000 people per day to enter country from April
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said the government would relax the border control measures in stages.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 12, 2022
WHO exploring when and how to declare end of COVID emergency
Such a declaration would be not just a meaningful symbolic step, and would add momentum to the rollback of many pandemic-era public health policies.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2022
The humble cough drop could be used to map omicron’s spread
Soaring sales of lozenges, gargles and other over-the-counter medication has squeezed supplies — even in countries where cases are falling.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 3, 2022
Japan scientists say omicron variant proves to be more lethal than flu
The finding is a reminder that the coronavirus still poses a threat despite the milder nature of the highly contagious variant.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 1, 2022
19.3% of Japan's population has received COVID booster shot
The pace of third vaccination shots in February ranging between 300,000 and 900,000 per day is still short of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's goal of 1 million.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 28, 2022
Japan looks to extend quasi-emergencies in Tokyo and nine other prefectures
Areas where a high proportion of beds for COVID-19 patients are occupied could see the measure extended by about two weeks.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 25, 2022
Japan opens up online applications for foreign nationals' entry permits
The government has also released details of eased border restrictions from March following Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's move last week to allow new entries of nontourist foreign nationals.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 22, 2022
Got a COVID booster? You probably won’t need another for a long time.
New studies suggest that several parts of the immune system can mount a sustained, potent response to any coronavirus variant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Feb 21, 2022
What you need to know about Japan's upcoming eased border restrictions
March will bring sweeping changes to the country's border rules — covering quarantines to those eligible for entry — but navigating government websites for answers can be tricky.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 20, 2022
Japan's top COVID-19 adviser suggests shortening isolation period
Japan's top coronavirus adviser said Sunday it is time to start considering further shortening the quarantine period for people who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Feb 19, 2022
Hong Kong's 'COVID zero' success now worsens strains of omicron spike
Like an immune system overreacting and harming the person it is meant to protect, the 'dynamic COVID zero' policies that had crushed the virus in Hong Kong have contributed to current woes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 18, 2022
With omicron as a ‘golden ticket,’ American travel fears fade
Two years into the pandemic, American travelers are generally less concerned about getting sick than getting stuck, according to travel agents.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 17, 2022
It's official: Japan eases entry restrictions for foreign students, business travelers and other nontourists
The move comes amid growing concerns over economic and reputational costs, and as Kishida indicates exiting the sixth wave.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Feb 17, 2022
Hong Kong can’t live with the virus. It can’t stop it, either.
With hospital beds on sidewalks and testing lines winding through parks, the city's flailing response has exposed crucial weaknesses.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2022
China’s Xi orders Hong Kong to tackle COVID surge by all means
The message came a day after Hong Kong announced it had no plans for a citywide lockdown, while acknowledging the omicron outbreak had overwhelmed officials' capacity to respond.

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