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Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad.

The number of new confirmed cases breached 400,000 for the second time since the devastating surge began last month. The 412,262 cases pushed India’s tally to more than 21 million. The Health Ministry also reported 3,980 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 230,168. Experts believe both figures are an undercount.


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The Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position, amid World Trade Organization talks about a possible temporary waiver of its protections that would allow more manufacturers to produce the life-saving vaccines.


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Powered by consumers and fueled by government aid, the U.S. economy is achieving a remarkably fast recovery from the recession that ripped through the nation last year on the heels of the coronavirus and cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs and businesses.

The economy grew last quarter at a vigorous 6.4% annual rate, the government said Thursday, and expectations are that the current quarter will be even better. The number of people seeking unemployment aid — a rough reflection of layoffs — last week reached its lowest point since the pandemic struck. And the National Association of Realtors said Thursday that more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, reflecting a strong housing market as summer approaches.


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For the first time in two months, new COVID-19 cases declined significantly in Europe, but infection rates remain high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Despite the downward trend, WHO regional director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, warned Thursday that the threat posed by coronavirus “remains present.”


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BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) is seeking more details following reports from Israel of heart inflammation cases among people who received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the German startup and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE).

On Wednesday, BioNTech’s chief executive officer Ugur Sahin said the cases appeared to be anecdotal and that monitoring by public health officials in countries including the US and Germany showed no unusual side effects or similar symptoms.


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Top White House officials blasted comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan on Wednesday after he advised his younger listeners against getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

During an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, called Rogan’s comments “incorrect” and explained why he takes issue with the remarks made.


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Fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors without masks, according to updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely gather or conduct activities outside without wearing a mask when not in crowded settings.


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Most unvaccinated Americans say they do not want to take Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to a newly-released poll taken when the single-shot dose was paused amid concerns over its safety.

An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday showed that 73% of those yet to be vaccinated said they would not take J&J’s vaccine, while only 22% said they would.


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A U.S. health panel says it’s time to resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, despite a very rare risk of blood clots. Out of nearly 8 million people vaccinated before the U.S. suspended J&J’s shot, health officials uncovered 15 cases of a highly unusual kind of blood clot, three of them fatal. All were women, most younger than 50. But advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the vaccine’s benefits outweigh that serious but small risk -- especially against a virus that’s still infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day. The government will rapidly weigh that recommendation in deciding next steps.


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Japan issued its third state of emergency declaration for Tokyo and three other urban prefectures. due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, just three months before the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to kick off.

On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency declaration will be in effect from April 25 to May 11 and cover Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures.