When it was reported last week that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that there would be no COVID vaccination mandate at the Oscars in March, online backlash was swift. It appears that the Academy’s response was equally swift, as the organization has revised its rules for the upcoming ceremony. While there will still be no vaccination requirement for performers and presenters, nominees and guests will need to be vaccinated to attend. The New York Times, who first reported the news, said that every attendee will be required to show negative PCR tests.
Iran’s Shifa Pharmed Industrial Group announced the success of its Omicron-targeted vaccine in animal studies, saying the jab showed 100 percent effectiveness against the highly contagious coronavirus variant.
Ottawa police vowed to crack down on an "increasingly dangerous" protest by hundreds of truckers who have shut down the center of the Canadian capital for eight days to demand an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
The American dictionary of reference Merriam-Webster on Monday revealed “vaccine” to be its word of the year for 2021, reflecting both the hopes and deep divisions sparked by vaccination as the world wrestled with year two of the COVID-19 pandemic.