austin: Pentagon chief says China ops near Taiwan resemble ‘rehearsals’ – Times of India

austin Pentagon chief says China ops near Taiwan resemble rehearsals

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday that recent extensive Chinese military operations near Taiwan resembled “rehearsals” and he reaffirmed Washington’s strong support for Taipei. President Joe Biden’s Pentagon chief said the United States remained committed to supporting “Taiwan’s ability to defend itself.” In a speech devoted largely to an array of challenges posed … Read more

biden: China’s communists bash US democracy before Biden summit – Times of India

biden Chinas communists bash US democracy before Biden summit

BEIJING: China’s Communist Party took American democracy to task on Saturday, sharply criticising a global democracy summit being hosted by President Joe Biden next week and extolling the virtues of its governing system. Party officials questioned how a polarised country that botched its response to Covid-19 could lecture others and said that efforts to force … Read more

omicron: Omicron could displace Delta, says WHO – Times of India

omicron Omicron could displace Delta says WHO Times of

The WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Friday the Omicron variant could become dominant because it is highly transmissible, but that a different vaccine may not be needed. She told the Reuters Next conference that it was too early to say whether Omicron is milder than other variants and cast doubt over its origin, … Read more

Omicron spreads in US, Australia – Times of India

Omicron spreads in US Australia Times of India

WASHINGTON: The United States and Australia announced their first locally transmitted cases of the Omicron variant as authorities worldwide rushed Friday to stem the spread of the heavily mutated strain of Covid-19. The World Health Organization has said it could take weeks to determine whether Omicron is more transmissible and whether it causes more severe … Read more

Omicron scare: What are the rules for travelers entering the US? – Times of India

Omicron scare What are the rules for travelers entering the

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden’s latest measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 will increase the hassle factor of flying into the United States, even for American citizens returning from overseas. Beginning next week, travelers heading to the US will be required to show evidence of a negative test for the virus within one day of … Read more

Omicron Covid-19 variant found in three US states – Times of India

Omicron Covid 19 variant found in three US states Times

WASHINGTON: Three US states have found cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant — California, Colorado and Minnesota — among patients who were fully vaccinated and developed mild symptoms, health officials said on Thursday. The Minnesota patient is the first known US case of community transmission of the Omicron variant, found in a fully vaccinated man … Read more

Biden’s winter plan: Push for Covid-19 boosters but no new restrictions on daily life – Times of India

Bidens winter plan Push for Covid 19 boosters but no new

BETHESDA: With rising numbers of Covid-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed to the Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the new Omicron variant through wider availability of vaccines and shots, but without new major restrictions on daily life. Biden wants to require private insurers … Read more

biden: Biden to launch winter Covid-19 booster, testing campaign – Times of India

biden Biden to launch winter Covid 19 booster testing campaign

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden is set to kick off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get the Covid-19 booster shots as he unveils his winter plans Thursday for combating the coronavirus and its Omicron variant with enhanced availability of shots and vaccines but without major new restrictions. The plan includes a requirement for private … Read more

omicron: Omicron fears prompt Hong Kong to expand travel curbs; Australia reports 5 cases – Times of India

omicron Omicron fears prompt Hong Kong to expand travel curbs

HONG KONG/SYDNEY: Hong Kong expanded a ban on entry for non-residents from several countries as global health authorities raced to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, while Australia’s cabinet will review on Tuesday containment steps after five travellers tested positive. Singapore’s health ministry said two travellers from Johannesburg who tested positive for the variant … Read more

Pentagon plans stronger US posture toward China, Russia – Times of India

Pentagon plans stronger US posture toward China Russia Times

WASHINGTON: The US military will re-inforce deployments and bases directed at China and Russia, while maintaining forces in the Middle East adequate to deter Iran and jihadist groups, the Pentagon said Monday, referencing results of a review. The US Defense Department will be upgrading and expanding military facilities in Guam and Australia, underscoring its focus … Read more