FACTBOX-Latest on worldwide spread of coronavirus

The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, ending historic curbs on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to address the pandemic.

EUROPE

* Russia and the EU will discuss terms for the mutual recognition of vaccine certificates for their respective shots at talks, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s health ministry as saying.

* Britain said that people should buy normally for Christmas and that there would be no shortage of gifts after shipping containers carrying toys and electrical goods were diverted from the country’s biggest port because it was full.

AMERICAS

* White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order barring employers and others from imposing a vaccine mandate is out of step with businesses in the state.

* A federal judge ruled that New York state cannot impose a vaccine mandate on healthcare workers without allowing their employers to consider religious exemption requests.

* Panama has approved a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine for high-risk people, including healthcare workers, bedridden patients, nursing home residents and people over 55.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* New South Wales could ease more restrictions in Sydney a week earlier than planned on Oct. 18 as Australia’s most populous state races towards its 80% double-dose vaccination target.

* Asia-Pacific airlines are ramping up flights and ticket offers as some of the world’s strictest pandemic-related travel rules begin to ease.

* South Korea established a panel on Wednesday to debate a strategy on how to “live with COVID-19” in the long-term, as the country seeks to phase out coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economy amid rising vaccination levels.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa could be potential locations for Moderna’s planned vaccine factory in Africa, the U.S. drugmaker’s co-founder and chairman said as it steps up its search for a site on the continent.

 

Source: Tap News Agency