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Vaccines and Children

It has been about one month since the FDA cleared the Covid vaccine for teenagers, yet most are remaining on the sidelines. Fourteen-year old Angelina Allegrini of San Antonio got the shot, and says the key to influencing people her age lies on sites like Twitter and Instagram. There are nearly 17 million children in the country eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine, and health experts want them protected by the start of school in the fall. They point to a rise in the highly transmissible Delta Covid variant, which is hitting children the hardest. Those who catch it are two-and-a-half times more likely to end up in the hospital.
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Australia struggles to quash persistent coronavirus outbreaks

Sydney was battling a fresh Covid-19 cluster on Tuesday just as Melbourne's latest outbreak receded, highlighting Australia's difficulty in quashing persistent small virus flare-ups. Ten people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Sydney overnight, taking the cluster that first emerged in the city's Bondi Beach area last week to 21 cases. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said health officials expected the outbreak in Australia's most populous city to continue growing in the coming days, after several people were infected in just "fleeting" non-physical contact with a case in a cafe and a large shopping centre. In response, the government has reimposed mandatory mask-wearing in public transport and retail outlets across much of greater Sydney, but it has stopped short of ordering a lockdown.
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The Latest: Fiji outbreak grows rapidly, N Zealand sends $7M

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A coronavirus outbreak in Fiji is rapidly growing, with 180 new cases reported on Tuesday. The current outbreak began in April and has resulted in seven deaths and numerous restrictions, although so far the island nation has resisted a nationwide lockdown. New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia...
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Delay expected to easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland

The Scottish first minister is due to make an announcement at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood on Tuesday (June 22) as part of the latest review of the route map out of lockdown. Nicola Sturgeon is expected to confirm a delay to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland, say...
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DS Smith sees recovery after profit slump on initial pandemic impact

(Reuters) - British cardboard maker DS Smith reported on Tuesday a 38% slump in annual pre-tax profit, as the pandemic impacted its operations initially, but said online shopping boom during the rest of the financial year aided recovery in sales. DS Smith, which supplies packaging products to companies including Amazon,...
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Are you kidding me?: Fauci hits back

New Delhi, June 22 (SocialNews.XYZ) Anthony Fauci, Americas top infectious disease expert, has responded strongly to growing right-wing criticism and conspiracy theories connected to the release of thousands of his emails under freedom of information laws, according to media reports.
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U.S. COVID-19 deaths drop to lowest level since March 2020, but young adults are a growing challenge

There was encouraging news about America's COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. Deaths from the new coronavirus have dropped to an average of 292 a day, from more than 3,400 a day in mid-January, according to Johns Hopkins University's data, and about 11,400 new cases are reported each day, down from more than 250,000 a day in early January. COVID-19 vaccines are the main cause of the shrinking pandemic in the U.S., and as of Monday, at least 150 million Americans are fully vaccinated.
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Box-maker DS Smith takes profit hit from Covid crisis

Packaging producer DS Smith has seen a plunge in profits as the Covid-19 crisis hit the business. Bosses said profits were hit by an initial fall in packaging volumes and swings in the cost of raw materials, particularly during the first quarter of the financial year. But, as the year...