Millions now eligible for fourth and fifth COVID booster
Australians are being encouraged to get another COVID-19 vaccine with millions now eligible for another booster. The national vaccine advisory body, ATAGI, has recommended a fifth dose for adults.
How China's Zero COVID policy fell apart
"The policy worked really well for China until it didn't." Bloomberg's Rachel Chang and Allen Wan look back at how China's Covid Zero fell apart after 3 years
China opens borders for foreign travel
China has partially lifted a three-year ban on tour groups travelling abroad, but destinations are limited to 20 countries. Al Jazeera's Florence Looi has more on how some nations in Southeast Asia are preparing to welcome back busloads ...
China-Hong Kong border reopens fully
Tens of thousands of travellers commuted between mainland China and Hong Kong on Monday (February 6), authorities said, marking the first time in three years that all border checkpoints were reopened fully without health crisis restricti...
Crowds return to Venice floating festival
Thousands of visitors crowded the narrow bridges and canal banks of Venice on Saturday to watch a floating parade that marked the start of the city's world-famous carnival, which is back to normal this year after it was scaled down durin...
Mass prisoner swap between Russia, Ukraine
The United Arab Emirates helped negotiate a prisoner swap on Saturday which saw dozens of troops from either side return home. Some 'special category' detainees were also exchanged.
Canadian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer up for sale
Canadian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Medicago is up for sale after parent company Mitsubishi shut down the biotechnology company's operations.
Hong Kong tries to tempt tourists back with free flights
Hong Kong is giving away half a million flight tickets as part of a campaign to boost tourism. The local government wants to reinvigorate the city's economy after three years of COVID-19 and political turmoil. However, it might be a long...
COVID numbers in China record surprise fall
China is witnessing a decline in COVID cases despite fears the Lunar New Year would send numbers skyrocketing. Instead, they’ve reported that the number of severe cases and deaths have dropped, with the end in sight for the huge wave of ...
Third anniversary of COVID-19 declaration
It has been three years since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a public health emergency of international concern -- its highest level of alarm.
Millions in Spain switch to private healthcare
More than a million Spaniards have switched to private healthcare since the Covid-19 pandemic with nearly 12 million people now with private health insurance.
Government stuck with millions of unused antigen tests
As COVID-19 fades into the background, governments across the country have been left with more than 150-million rapid antigen tests sitting in stockpiles. It's prompted questions about what to do with them as governments prepare to throw...
Sundance Film Festival returns after two years away
After two years of being held online, the revered Sundance Film Festival has returned to showcase the best of independent cinema. A drama about a struggling single mother has taken the Grand Jury Prize.
WHO considers if COVID still an emergency
A World Health Organization committee is meeting on Friday to decide if the COVID-19 pandemic is still a global emergency. Several leading scientists say it may be too early for WHO to declare the end of the pandemic emergency phase. The...
Canada reveals real cost of COVID misinformation
The spread of COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2,800 lives and $300 million in hospital expenses over nine months of the pandemic, according to estimates in a new report.
WHO could end COVID-19 emergency declaration
The World Health Organization is preparing to decide whether to end its COVID-19 global emergency declaration later this week. But some doctors and researchers worry about what that could mean for the fight against a virus that still pos...
Explained: What China's reopening means for the world
After three years of zero-COVID, what does China’s reopening mean for the world? Journalist Jaime Santirso explains.
FDA proposes yearly COVID-19 booster shots
U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot. The FDA on Monday proposed a simplified approach for future vaccination efforts, allowing most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to prote...
Wuhan eerily quiet three years on from outbreak
Three years after becoming what many regard as the ground zero of the pandemic, the Chinese city of Wuhan is returning to normal but caution remains as COVID cases rise
Visitors from mainland China flock to Hong Kong
People in Hong Kong are celebrating the Lunar New Year for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The territory is welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors from mainland China, and some are reuniting with family ...
Mass crowds as China opens for Lunar New Year
After three years of tough coronavirus restrictions, China is celebrating the Lunar New Year with tens of millions of people traveling to their hometowns. They’re also gathering in public spaces, enjoying festivities that were an annual ...
Three years since COVID arrived in U.S
January 21 marks three years since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the United States. About 1.1 million Americans have died from the illness so far. While the country has made advancements in fighting the virus, people are sti...
Beijing caught underreporting COVID cases
With COVID-19 raging in China, and millions on the move for the Lunar New Year, the country's rural areas could be facing a health catastrophe. These areas often have aging populations and poor access to medical care.
Chinese censors crack down on 'gloomy sentiment'
China plans to target ‘gloomy sentiments’ across the festival period in a planned crackdown over the Lunar New Year period. Censors have appeared to struggle in controlling critical commentary on social media after the country reversed i...
Chinese turn to traditional remedies to fight COVID-19
As Covid-19 rips through China's population, making millions sick and fuelling a drug shortage, many are turning to traditional medicines to battle the aches and pains brought by the virus. Encompassing a range of treatments from herbal ...
Millions in China travel for Lunar New Year
"For the first time since the pandemic emerged, people there can travel freely." Millions in China will travel home for Lunar New Year, the country's most important holiday. Michelle Cortez explains what's next for the China's Covid surge.
Lunar New Year raises COVID concerns in China
Xi Jinping says he's concerned about the covid situation in rural areas, as millions travel home for the Lunar New Year
China's population declines, first time in decades
China's population has declined for the first time in decades, led by a declining birth rate as the country struggles to economically recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Six years on from the end of the 'one-child' policy, China has anno...
Chinese New Year could cause COVID explosion
There are fears China's city dwellers heading back to their rural hometowns for the Lunar NEW Year may cause a COVID outbreak in smaller communities. Doctors and health authorities are struggling, in what is believed to be the world's la...