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Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

Health
ROME -- Italy entered a three-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown Saturday to deter Easter travel and get-togethers even as the country's variant-fueled spike in new infections began to wane.The government had announced last month that it would place all regions into the strictest “red zone” lockdown over the Easter weekend to limit the chances of contagion, taking the same precautions it enforced over Christmas and New Year’s.Travel between regions and visits to relatives were being limited through Monday. Nonessential shops were closed and restaurants and bars were only open for take-out.“People are tired, but they are aware that protecting health is essential in these times,” said Maj. Fabio Palletta, a Carabinieri military police officer manning a checkpoint in Rome on Saturday, one of...
Johnson & Johnson enters deal to supply Africa with 220M COVID-19 doses

Johnson & Johnson enters deal to supply Africa with 220M COVID-19 doses

World
March 29 (UPI) -- Johnson & Johnson announced Monday its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical has entered into an agreement with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust to make available up to 220 million doses of its one-shot COVID-19 candidate vaccine. The company said in a release delivery of the vaccine to the African Union's 55 member states will begin in the third quarter of the year if the one-shot regimen is granted approval by the various national regulatory authorities. Advertisement "From the beginning of this pandemic, Johnson & Johnson has recognized that no one is safe until everyone is safe, and we have been committed to equitable, global access to new COVID-19 vaccines," said Alex Gorsky, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson. An additional 180 m...
Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, enters NWSL Draft

Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, enters NWSL Draft

Sports
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Washington State University forward Trinity Rodman, the daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, has registered for the 2021 National Women's Soccer League Draft. Rodman's name was among 50 listed Tuesday by the NWSL for the draft, which streams at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday on Twitch. Advertisement Rodman, 20, scored eight goals and had six assists for the United States Youth National Team in March at the 2020 CONCACAF Under-20 women's championship. She is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Stanford's Kiki Pickett and North Carolina's Emily Fox and Brianna Pinto also are expected to be first-round picks. Racing Louisville FC has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Sky Blue FC have three of the first eight selections.[embedded content] Denni...
Vaccination drive enters new phase in US and Britain

Vaccination drive enters new phase in US and Britain

Health
The first Americans inoculated against COVID-19 began rolling up their sleeves for their second and final dose Monday, while Britain introduced another vaccine on the same day it imposed a new nationwide lockdown against the rapidly surging virus.New York State, meanwhile, announced its first known case of the new and seemingly more contagious variant, detected in a man in his 60s in Saratoga Springs. Colorado, California and Florida previously reported cases of the mutant version that has been circulating in England.The emergence of the variant has added even more urgency to the worldwide race to vaccinate people against the scourge.In Southern California, Helen Cordova, an intensive care nurse, got her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center alon...
Sorrell enters post-Brexit era with double US takeover swoop

Sorrell enters post-Brexit era with double US takeover swoop

Business
The marketing services tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell will this week swoop to make two US additions worth more than $ 200m (£146m) to his digital advertising empire.Sky News understands that S4 Capital - founded by Sir Martin in the wake of his departure from WPP Group - will announce on Monday that it is buying Decoded Advertising, a creative agency, and Metric Theory, a data-driven digital agency. The purchases will be the latest in a blizzard unveiled by S4 since its launch less than three years ago, and will take the group's total workforce to more than 3,500 people.Insiders said that Decoded and Metric Theory would become part of S4's MediaMonks and MightyHive divisions respectively.Decoded, which has offices in New York and Los Angeles, serves clients including T-Mobile, Visa and SC Johns...