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Moderna says vaccine facility in Montreal suburb could be operational by end of 2024

Moderna says vaccine facility in Montreal suburb could be operational by end of 2024

MONTREAL — Moderna says construction of its new mRNA vaccine factory in the Montreal area will begin later this year, with production expected to begin by the end of 2024.
Cineplex posts strongest quarterly results since COVID-19 pandemic began

Cineplex posts strongest quarterly results since COVID-19 pandemic began

TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. says it generated positive net income for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The movie theatre company says net income amounted to $1.
Mask mandates return in New Delhi as COVID-19 cases rise

Mask mandates return in New Delhi as COVID-19 cases rise

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital reintroduced public mask mandates on Thursday as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.
North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong Un’s sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus.
WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

LONDON (AP) — The number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable, according to the latest weekly pandemic report released by the World Health Organization Wednesday. The U.N.
Abrams tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

Abrams tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has COVID-19, her campaign said Wednesday.
Cathay Pacific losses narrow as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Cathay Pacific losses narrow as COVID-19 restrictions ease

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday that losses in the first half of the year narrowed as a relaxation in quarantine rules boosted passenger numbers.
Top commander defends military's vaccine requirement, says 'tweak' in the works

Top commander defends military's vaccine requirement, says 'tweak' in the works

OTTAWA — Canada's top military commander said he will "tweak" the vaccine mandate for the Armed Forces in the next few weeks but defended vaccine requirements as necessary to keep the military ready to respond to any emergency.
China closes Potala Palace after COVID-19 reported in Tibet

China closes Potala Palace after COVID-19 reported in Tibet

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have closed Tibet’s famed Potala Palace after a minor outbreak of COVID-19 was reported in the Himalayan region.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic governor said in a statement that she tested positive for the virus Monday evening and is experiencing mild symptoms.