Pop star Olivia Rodrigo will meet with President Joe Biden and chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci at the White House on Wednesday as part of the administration’s efforts to promote covid-19 vaccination among young people. Rodrigo, singer and actor, will also be shooting videos on the importance of vaccinating young people.
Qatar allows fully vaccinated travelers to enter the Gulf state without the need for quarantine as it ramps up tourism plans ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup. A new set of measures would make visiting Qatar “as easy as possible” while maintaining precautions against the coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.
More than 1.7 million people in France have booked to receive the Covid-19 vaccine since President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday evening that access to cafes, restaurants and other locations would be restricted for those who have “health passports”. More than 900,000 bookings for vaccinations had been made by midnight, while a further 800,000 people made bookings during the day on Tuesday, according to the Doctolib medical appointment booking website.
Rich countries pay more for scarce vaccine doses of Covid-19, exacerbate the uneven distribution of jabssaid the head of the World Trade Organization. Covax, the United Nations-backed program that aims to provide Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries, has struggled to do so because of scarcity, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said Tuesday.
The UK’s vaccination campaign is: show signs of slowing ahead of the planned lifting of the coronavirus restrictions next week in England. The government estimates that 87 percent of the adult population (45 million people) have received at least one dose, and that two-thirds (34 million) have completed their vaccination schedule.
South Africa will temporarily close vaccination sites due to risk of violence, the health ministry said Tuesday as the country’s rollout stalls in days of its worst looting and rioting in decades. Some sites would close on a “precautionary basis” if damaged or in areas affected by the violence that has engulfed Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, two of South Africa’s most populous provinces, the ministry said.
US small businesses struggle to find employees, and many plan to raise wages in a bid to get more staff as the economy recovers. About 46 percent of small business owners said in June they had job openings they couldn’t fill, well above the historic average of 22 percent, according to a monthly survey of members of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Scotland is to delaying a return to the office and workplaces due to concerns about high numbers of coronavirus cases, but will continue to ease other restrictions next week, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. In a statement to the Scottish Parliament ahead of Scotland’s transition to the lowest “Level Zero” restrictions on July 19, Sturgeon made it clear that its devolved government would take a more cautious approach than the UK government would for England.
Covid-related absences from English schools have hit an all-time high as more and more students have come into contact with suspected cases of coronavirus. The Ministry of Education said on Tuesday that pandemic-related student absences in public schools are on the rise and are the highest since the schools reopened in March 2021.