Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

(Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to extend requirements for travellers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address COVID-19 risks, three sources told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A traveler wearing a surgical mask is seen through the glass window of a Los Angeles Metro Rail subway car at Union Station in Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Bing Guan


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* Britain’s health regulator has approved Moderna’s vaccine for use in children aged 12 to 17 years, weeks after Pfizer’s shot was given the green light for deployment ahead of schools reopening.

* Shopping malls in Paris and large parts of France now have to ask customers to show a health pass, as the government increases pressure on people to get vaccinated.


* New Zealand said that an additional four cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country overnight, including an Auckland hospital worker.

* The World Health Organization is worried about the spread of the coronavirus in Afghanistan as the upheaval caused by the Taliban advance has slowed vaccinations, a spokesperson said.

* Japan extended its state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions and announced new measures covering seven more prefectures to counter a spike in infections that is threatening the medical system.


* The Canadian province of Ontario will begin offering third COVID-19 vaccine doses to vulnerable people as early as this week.

* Cuba has turned to the military to provide oxygen amid a surge of the coronavirus even as doctors rush to administer locally developed vaccines to the population.

* The Biden administration plans to begin administering booster shots to Americans as early as mid or late September, pending authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


* Botswana needs to budget an extra 1.13 billion pula ($100 million) to help secure COVID-19 vaccines and equipment as the southern African country battles a third wave of infections, Finance Minister Peggy Serame told parliament.

* The United States is sending nearly half a million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to Rwanda, including the first doses from the Biden administration’s 500 million global pledge this summer, the White House said.


* Gritstone bio Inc said it had entered into a funding agreement of up to $20.6 million with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to advance its vaccine program against variants.


* Major stock indexes slid and defensive investments posted gains amid fears about an uneven economic recovery in the United States and the continuing spread of the Delta coronavirus variant.

* The euro zone economy grew 2% in the second quarter, the European Union statistics office said, confirming its earlier reading as the easing of coronavirus restrictions spurred economic activity after a brief recession.

* It remains unclear whether the heightened outbreak of the coronavirus Delta variant will have a noticeable impact on the economy, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said.

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