Protests at NRA convention in Texas, but speakers reject new gun laws

HOUSTON, May 27 (Reuters) – Protesters holding signs and crosses with photos of victims from the Texas elementary school shooting protested Friday outside the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, as the gun lobby came under pressure after the massacre. Attendance was dampened and speakers and featured musical acts stayed away as about 500 … Read more

First steps in reforming global health emergency rules agreed at WHO meeting

GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) – Countries have agreed to an initial US-led push to reform of the rules around disease outbreaks, known as the International Health Regulations, after early opposition from Africa and others was overcome this week, sources told Reuters on Friday. The amendments, once confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, are … Read more

EU in talks for common purchase of vaccine, antiviral against monkeypox

STOCKHOLM, May 27 (Reuters) – The European Union is working on a common purchasing agreement for vaccines and antiviralsagainst monkeypox, as cases of the viral disease usually endemic to Africa gather steam in Europe and beyond. A broad consensus was reached in principle with member states for the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) … Read more

Africa CDC warns on vaccine hoarding amid monkeypox outbreak

JOHANNESBURG, May 26 (Reuters) – The acting director of Africa’s top public health agency said on Thursday that he hoped vaccine hoarding, as seen by wealthier nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, would not be repeated with the current monkeypox outbreak. Monkeypox, a usually mild viral infection, is endemic in the African countries of Cameroon, Central … Read more

Monkeypox can be contained if we act now, WHO says

No need for mass vaccination currently, body says More data sharing needed on vaccine stockpiles Some 300 cases reported outside Africa so far GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) – Countries should take quick steps to contain the spread of monkeypox and share data about their vaccine stockpiles, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday. … Read more

North Korea stockpiled Chinese masks, vaccines before reporting COVID outbreak

People wearing protective face masks commute amid concerns about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea March 30, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING/SEOUL, May 27 (Reuters) – In the months before it acknowledged its first official COVID-19 … Read more

US confirms 9 monkeypox cases in 7 states

Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday said it had identified nine monkeypox cases in seven states, some in individuals who did not have … Read more

Exclusive: Evergrande discussing staggered payments, debt-to-equity swaps for $19 bln offshore bonds

Unfinished residential buildings are pictured at the Evergrande Oasis, a housing complex developed by Evergrande Group, in Luoyang, China September 15, 2021. Picture taken September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, May 27 (Reuters) – China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) is considering repaying offshore public … Read more

Police face questions about their response to Texas school massacre

UVALDE, Texas, May 26 (Reuters) – The gunman in the Texas school massacre barged unchallenged through an unlocked door, then killed 19 children and two teachers while holed up in their classroom for an hour before a tactical team stormed in and killed him, police said on Thursday. The latest official details from the Texas … Read more

Ukraine health emergency sparks rival resolutions at WHO assembly

GENEVA, May 26 (Reuters) – A proposal to condemn the regional health emergency triggered by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine will come before a World Health Organization (WHO) assembly on Thursday, prompting a rival resolution from Moscow that makes no mention of its own role in the crisis. The original proposal, backed by the United States … Read more