China Blocks Some U.S. Flights After Passengers Get Covid-19, S. Korea OKs Novavax Vaccine

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US airlines said China has blocked more than a dozen recent and future flights from entering the country as it tightens travel controls to curb the spread of coronavirus infections. Meanwhile, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety authorized the use of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

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American Airlines (ticker: AAL) and United Airlines (UAL) said that at least six of their flights were barred from entering China after some passengers tested positive for COVID-19. The Associated Press, which cited industry executives. According to the AP, Delta Air Lines (DAL) said it canceled one flight last week and another was scheduled for this Friday.

China is tightening travel restrictions to stem the rise of COVID infections, powered by the highly contagious Omicron version. Airlines for America, an industry trade group, said it was discussing the issue with US and Chinese government officials to find ways to reduce the impact on passengers, the AP reported.

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Meanwhile, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced that it has Authorized Use of Novavax (NVAX) Vaccine. The protein-based shot made by Pfizer (PFE) has become the fifth COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the country. johnson and johnson ( JNJ ) Modern (mRNA), and astraZeneca (AZN). South Korean vaccine developer SK Bioscience Company said it would produce the Novavax vaccine.

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In other news, the US Food and Drug Administration announced Amendment The fact sheet for the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) COVID Vaccine includes a rare risk of immune thrombocytopenia, a bleeding disorder. “Reports of adverse events following the use of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization suggest an increased risk of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) during 42 days after vaccination,” the FDA said.

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it would increase the number of free COVID-19 tests available schools In an effort to keep classes open amid a rise in Covid infections.

In Australia, Novak Djokovic continues his fight to stay in the country as the government deports him. On Wednesday, the tennis star admitted to “errors” in her travel papers and violation of isolation rules after testing positive for Covid-19 last month.

“On the issue of my travel declaration, it was submitted on my behalf by my support team – as I told immigration officials upon my arrival – and my agent checked the wrong box about my previous travel before I arrived. Sincere apologies for the administrative mistake in doing Australia,” said Djokovic Statement Posted on Instagram.

“It was a human error and certainly not intentional. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can happen,” he said.

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