Botswana removes mask mandates

A health worker receives a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Francistown, Botswana, on March 26, 2021. (MONIRUL BHUIYAN / AFP) GABORONE / MOSCOW – Wearing masks is no longer mandatory in Botswana, announced an official press release on Wednesday. All other remaining COVID-19 protocols, like social distancing in...

Spanish PM tests positive for COVID-19

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addresses a press conference to present his government's results since the beginning of the year, at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on July 29, 2022. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) MADRID / MOSCOW - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday morning. Sanchez...

EU regulator backs wider use of AstraZeneca COVID therapy

This photo shows a general view of the offices of British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC in Macclesfield, Cheshire on July 21, 2020. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP) JOHANNESBURG / BERLIN / LOS ANGELES / LONDON - Europe's medicines regulator has backed using AstraZeneca's preventative COVID-19 therapy as a treatment...