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Japan gov’t urged to end free COVID-19 vaccinations

Tokyo, Japan | Xinhua | An advisory panel for the finance minister on Monday proposed that the Japanese government end free-of-charge coronavirus vaccinations, highlighting concerns over a further increase of its financial strain. Japan’s Ministry of Finance convened a subcommittee meeting on Monday and asked a panel of experts to start …

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COVID-19 still int’l health emergency: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that COVID-19 is still a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the WHO’s highest alert level. The announcement came although the number of weekly deaths is almost at its lowest level since the pandemic began. The WHO’s …

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Scientists using AI to see how COVID-19 might evolve to prepare for future variants

Wellington, New Zealand | Xinhua | A team of international researchers has developed a high-tech method to explore the possibilities of how the COVID-19 virus could evolve to prepare for future coronavirus variants using Artificial Intelligence (AI). University of Waikato researcher William Kelton has been working with international partners from Switzerland’s …

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