The leader of the Taliban has delivered his first televised address since the group took power in Afghanistan in mid-August. He vowed not to interfere in other countries, and asked for international aid.
A number of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms have announced strategies to address the newly identified COVID-19 variant, dubbed Omicron, including plans to alter existing vaccines and develop new boosters.
American drugmaker Merck has stated that the latest data on its COVID-19 treatment showed the pill to be less effective than initially reported, just days before a panel meeting where US regulators will review the new drug.
Belgium’s prime minister has warned that the coronavirus facing the world today is very different from the one that appeared in Wuhan two years ago, claiming it is three times more contagious than the original strain.
The former Soviet Republic of Georgia and its population are so special and unique that citizens will likely not be subject to strict rules on their COVID passes if they have recovered from the virus, its health minister has said.