New Brazil coronavirus variant found in nearly half of Amazon city cases

A variant of the novel coronavirus already accounts for about half of new infections in the Brazilian Amazonian city of Manaus, raising concerns about a greater risk of spread, a researcher warned on Friday.   A team led by immunologist Ester Sabino collected genomic data from COVID-19 tests in Manaus that indicated 42 percent of the confirmed cases were infected

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Biden seeks to speed delivery of coronavirus stimulus checks and food aid

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday will sign orders to speed the issuance of pandemic stimulus checks to needy families and increase food aid for children who normally rely on school meals for nutrition.   Biden is using the two executive orders to try to ease people’s burdens while Congress negotiates the fate of his proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

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Director of Palestinian Affairs, UNRWA discuss COVID-19 consequences

Director General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs, Rafiq Kharfan, discussed with Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Affairs in Jordan, Marta Lorenzo, issues of mutual interest, mainly the agency’s programs in light of the coronavirus pandemic, including the vaccination program.   In a statement on Tuesday, the department said

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