(Reuters) – President Joe Biden took aim on Thursday at vaccine resistance in America, announcing policies requiring most federal employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations and pushing large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly.
However, the plan to mandate vaccination or repeated testing for around two-thirds of U.S. workers could be hampered by supply challenges as test manufacturers strain to keep pace with demand.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* Germany’s vaccine oversight body recommended that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an mRNA-based shot.
* Italy’s medicines agency AIFA said it had approved the use of a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable groups of the population, while the country’s government ruled catering and cleaning staff in schools and nursing homes can only work if they have proof of immunity.
* Singapore is trying to live with COVID-19 and sees no need to tighten restrictions to address a spike in cases, but will hold off on more reopening moves while monitoring for increases in severe cases.
* Australia’s daily cases topped 1,900 for the first time in the pandemic on Friday as a Delta outbreak continued to gain ground in Sydney and Melbourne.
* Vietnam plans to reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month.
* Los Angeles County school officials ordered vaccinations for all students aged 12 and over, the largest school district in the United States to take that step.
* The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is doubling fines for first-time offenders who fail to wear masks, effective Friday, and said repeat offenders could face fines as high as $3,000.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* The United Arab Emirates said residents who had been fully vaccinated with a shot approved by the WHO could return as of Sept. 12 from a list of previously suspended countries.
* BioNTech is set to request approval across the globe to use its COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as five over the next few weeks and preparations for a launch are on track, the biotech firm’s two top executives told Der Spiegel.
* Vietnam has approved the Hayat-Vax coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, the seventh to be endorsed in the country. The vaccine is manufactured in China and packaged in the United Arab Emirates.
* China’s Sinovac Biotech will trial its COVID-19 vaccine in children and adolescents in South Africa as part of a global Phase III study, Sinovac and local partner Numolux Group said.
* Global shares rose and the dollar edged lower as news of a call between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden offered some relief to traders eyeing cautious central bank steps towards ending stimulus. [MKTS/GLOB]
* Britain’s economy unexpectedly slowed to a crawl in July as the Delta variant spread rapidly after lockdown restrictions were eased and as a ‘pingdemic’ kept many workers at home self-isolating.
* The euro zone economy is performing better than feared just a few quarters ago but it has yet to fully overcome the burden of the crisis, so continued support is necessary, ECB President Christine Lagarde said.
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