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Czech brewer Budvar again increases net profit amid pandemic

Czech brewer Budvar again increases net profit amid pandemic

PRAGUE (AP) — Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S.

South Korea approves first homemade COVID-19 vaccine

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic.
Facility able to manufacture millions of COVID-19 vaccines opens in Saskatoon

Facility able to manufacture millions of COVID-19 vaccines opens in Saskatoon

SASKATOON — A centre that can develop up to 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines a year has opened in Saskatoon, and officials say it may soon export vaccines throughout North America and Europe.
FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

At least some U.S. adults may get updated COVID-19 shots this fall, as government advisers voted Tuesday that it's time to tweak booster doses to better match the most recent virus variants.
2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini out with COVID-19

2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini out with COVID-19

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Matteo Berrettini , last year's runner-up at Wimbledon , dropped out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament hours before he was scheduled to play his first-round match Tuesday, saying that he tested positive for COVID-19 .
COVID: Paris court rules govt failed to stockpile face masks

COVID: Paris court rules govt failed to stockpile face masks

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court ruled on Tuesday that the French government failed to sufficiently stock up on surgical masks at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and prevent the virus from spreading.
China reduces quarantine for people arriving from abroad

China reduces quarantine for people arriving from abroad

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday announced an easing of its quarantine requirement for people arriving from abroad but stopped short of lifting what remains a stringent COVID-19 policy compared to most other countries.

EU countries prolong COVID-19 certificates amid rising cases

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries approved Tuesday extending the use of COVID-19 certificates by one year until the end of June 2023 as cases of the deadly virus start to grow again ahead of the summer holiday season.
Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals

Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate Murphy’s children to buy lunch at school. She and her husband would buy in bulk and make bag lunches at home.
WHO adviser says G7 leaders must prioritize COVID-19 or face economic harm, unrest

WHO adviser says G7 leaders must prioritize COVID-19 or face economic harm, unrest

OTTAWA — G7 leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, must make ending the COVID-19 pandemic a critical part of their summit in Germany, said a senior adviser to the director general at the World Health Organization. Dr.