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US weekly jobless claims fall to five-month low; Q2 GDP unrevised

Weekly jobless claims drop 16,000 to 193,000 Continuing claims decrease 29,000 to 1.347 million Second-quarter GDP contraction unrevised at 0.6% rate WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a five-month low last week as the labor market remains resilient despite rising headwinds from the Federal …

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Shionogi says COVID pill trial shows reduction in symptoms

TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Japan’s Shionogi & Co Ltd (4507.T) said on Wednesday its oral treatment for COVID-19 demonstrated a significant reduction in symptoms compared with a placebo in a Phase III trial in Asia. The drug, a protease inhibitor known as ensitrelvir, met its primary endpoint in a trial conducted among predominantly vaccinated …

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BC could move 1,800 patients out of hospital to free up beds for COVID, flu

Health Minister Adrian Dix says as many as 1,800 patients could be moved out of British Columbia hospitals should the province see a “worst case scenario” involving surges of both influenza and COVID-19 in the coming months. Ten made the comments as the province laid out its immunization and contingency plans for the fall, noting …

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Ontario opens bivalent Omicron-targeted vaccine booster bookings for adults, some kids

Ontario is expanding its offering of Omicron-targeting bivalent COVID-19 boosters to all adults in the province on Monday. While people in vulnerable communities — long-term-care and retirement home residents, people 70 and over, severely immunocompromised people — were able to receive bivalent boosters beginning Sept. 12, the rest of the population 18 and older had …

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Pfizer CEO tests positive for COVID for a second time

Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer attends a discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 24 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said on Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I’m feeling well …

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‘Blood on your hands’ if world steps back on tackling COVID now, WHO official says

Bruce Aylward, Senior Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – If rich nations think the pandemic is over, they should help lower-income countries reach that …

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Pfizer to supply up to 6 mln COVID pill courses for lower income countries

A 3D printed Pfizer logo is placed near medicines from the same manufacturer in this illustration taken September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 22 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said on Thursday it would supply up to 6 million courses of its COVID-19 antiviral treatment …

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Pfizer applies to Swissmedic for authorization of another COVID-19 vaccine

People pose with syringe with needle in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Pfizer said on Thursday it had submitted an application to Swissmedic for authorization of a further bivalent COVID-19 vaccine. The …

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Cases in BC hospitals at 11-week low but admissions rise; COVID-19 still killing about 3 per day

The number of patients with COVID-19 in BC hospitals has fallen again, but the number of weekly admissions with the virus ticked upward for the first time since mid-August, according to data released on Thursday. According to the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC), as of Sept. 22 there were 305 COVID-positive patients in hospital, …

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US labor market resilient as recession signals grow stronger

Weekly jobless claims increase 5,000 to 213,000 Continuing claims drop 22,000 to 1.379 million WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased moderately last week, indicating the labor market remains tight despite the Federal Reserve’s attempt to cool demand with aggressive interest rate increases. The weekly unemployment …

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