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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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Pfizer Inc’s (NYSE: PFE) experimental oral drug to treat COVID-19 could be available by the end of 2021, according to the pharmaceutical company’s chairman and chief executive officer Albert Bourla.

The drug, for which Pfizer began early-stage clinical trials in March, belongs to a class of medicines called protease inhibitors, similar to treatments used for other viral pathogens, like HIV and hepatitis C, CNBC reported.


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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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Organizers of the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, state election officials said Monday, likely triggering just the second such election in state history.

“The people of California have done what the politicians thought would be impossible,” said Orrin Heatlie, the retired county sheriff’s sergeant who launched the recall effort last year. “Our work is just beginning. Now the real campaign is about to commence.”


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HSBC Holdings PLC beat quarterly profit forecasts and released $400 million it had set aside to cover bad loans caused by the pandemic, as rapid vaccine rollouts in the United States and Britain raise hopes for an economic recovery.

Europe's biggest bank by assets cautioned, however, that high levels of uncertainty meant it was keeping the bulk of the $3 billion it set aside a year ago to cover potential bad debts.


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Microsoft Corporation’s Satya Nadella and Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai are pledging to aid India as the country battles a crushing wave of COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, the two Indian-born chief executive officers said they would deploy resources to help India as a second wave devastates communities and strains hospitals across the country.


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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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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.


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The Biden administration has taken the first step toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus.

Thousands of medical providers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic, many exposed and infected while caring for patients without adequate protection.


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United Airlines said on Friday it was adding more than 480 daily flights to its U.S. schedule in June to meet summer travel demand that is expected to rise as more people receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Airlines are seeing an uptick in bookings as accelerated vaccination efforts encourage leisure travel with friends and family after months of pandemic-linked restrictions.