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McDonald’s to Phase Out Plastic Toys from Happy Meals

Fast-food giant McDonald’s said Tuesday it would phase out plastic toys from its signature Happy Meals by 2025.”Starting now, and phased in across the globe by the end of 2025, our ambition is that every toy sold in a Happy Meal will be sustainable, ma…

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WHO: Delta Now Dominant COVID Variant Globally

The delta variant of the coronavirus has overtaken all other variants of concern, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.”Less than 1% each of alpha, beta and gamma are currently circulating. It’s really predominantly delta around the world,” said …

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Australia Warned Dementia Cases Will Double Within 40 Years

Within 40 years, more than 800,000 Australians — twice as many as now — will be living with dementia, unless a cure is found, according to a new government-sponsored report.Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia.A new study by the A…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Say Their COVID Vaccine Safe, Effective for 5- to-11-Year-Olds

The Pfizer and BioNTech drug companies said Monday that lower dose shots of their two-dose COVID-19 vaccine are safe and effective for five-to-11-year-old children.The U.S. company and its German partner BioNTech said trials showed the vaccine was well…

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‘Compassion Fatigue’ Hitting US Doctors, Report Says

A report in The Guardian says U.S. physicians treating unvaccinated patients are “succumbing to compassion fatigue” as a fourth surge of COVID-19 cases sweeps across the country.Dr. Michelle Shu, a 29-year-old emergency medicine resident, said medical …

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India Expected to Ease COVID-19 Vaccine Export Restrictions

There is growing optimism that India could resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines as production expands at a rapid pace, putting the country on track to immunize its adult population in the coming months“We had put a target of 1.85 billion doses for ourse…

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WHO: Rich Countries’ Chokehold on COVID Vaccines Prolongs Pandemic in Africa

The World Health Organization is warning that COVID-19 vaccine export bans and hoarding by wealthy countries will prolong the pandemic in Africa, preventing recovery from the disease in the rest of the world.While more than 60% of the U.S., European Un…

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Malawi Trial Shows New Typhoid Vaccine Effective in Children

— Malawi plans a nationwide rollout of the newest typhoid vaccine after a two-year study, the first in Africa, found it safe and effective in children as young as 9 months. Previously available vaccines were found not effective in children younger tha…

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US Panel Rejects Plan for Widespread COVID Booster Shots

A U.S. government advisory panel rejected a plan Friday for the widespread use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, dealing a setback to President Joe Biden’s administration, which had championed extra shots for nearly all Americans.By a vote of 16-2, a …

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Space Tourists Call Actor Tom Cruise While Orbiting Earth

While orbiting Earth, four space tourists called U.S. actor Tom Cruise to talk about life aboard the spacecraft.Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight said the crew members spoke Friday with Cruise, who is hoping to take part in …

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