US FDA advisers recommend change to COVID vaccine composition for fall

June 28 (Reuters) – Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended a change in the design of COVID-19 booster shots this fall in order to combat more recently circulating variants of the coronavirus. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 19-2 that the next wave of COVID booster … Read more

G7: China must press Russia to stop Ukraine war

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 28 (Reuters) – G7 leaders urged China on Tuesday to use its influence with Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine and drop “expansive maritime claims” in the South China Sea, in unprecedentedly tough criticism of Beijing’s policies and human rights record. They called on China to press Russia to pull forces … Read more

Abortions can resume in Texas after judge blocks pre-Roe v. Wade ban

June 28 (Reuters) – Abortions can resume in Texas after a judge on Tuesday blocked officials from enforcing a nearly century-old ban the state’s Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the nationwide procedure. The temporary restraining order by Judge Christine Weems in Harris … Read more

US Supreme Court sides with doctors challenging opioid convictions

June 27 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday gave two doctors found guilty of misusing their licenses in the midst of the US opioid epidemic to write thousands of prescriptions for addictive pain medications another chance to challenge their convictions. The justices ruled 9-0 in favor of Xiulu Ruan and Shakeel Kahn, who … Read more

Roe v Wade ruling disproportionately hurts Black women, experts say

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a constitutional right to an abortion is expected to have a disproportionate impact on Black women and other women of color, who have traditionally faced overwhelming costs and logistical obstacles in obtaining reproductive healthcare , experts said. The reversal of Roe v Wade … Read more

Large US law firms mostly quiet on abortion ruling, are walking a ‘tightrope’

June 26 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. law firms did not take a public stance following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade on Friday, diverging from the approach of some major companies that have made statements on the closely watched abortion case. The high court’s 6-3 Dobbs decision upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi … Read more

Abortion clinic challenges Louisiana ‘trigger’ ban after US Supreme Court ruling

June 27 (Reuters) – A Louisiana clinic on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging laws banning abortion in the Republican-led state that took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion nationwide. Louisiana is one of 13 states with “trigger laws” designed to ban or severely restrict abortions once … Read more

Democratic women call on Biden, Congress to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Leading Democratic women called on President Joe Biden and Congress on Sunday to protect abortion rights nationwide after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, in a ruling that has heightened political tensions between the federal government and states . Two Democratic progressives, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria … Read more

At least 22 young people die in South African tavern

CAPE TOWN, June 26 (Reuters) – South African authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 22 young people found inside a popular tavern in the coastal town of East London, provincial health officials and the presidency said on Sunday. State broadcaster SABC reported the deaths resulted from a possible stampede, but was scant on … Read more

Beijing to reopen schools, Shanghai declares victory over COVID

People wearing masks walk in a street in Beijing’s central business district (CBD) during morning rush hour, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in China December 8, 2020. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SHANGHAI / BEIJING, June 25 (Reuters) – Beijing on Saturday said … Read more