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Biden bans most travel to US from India to limit Covid-19 spread

US President Joe Biden on Friday imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of the Covid-19 epidemic, barring most non-US citizens from entering the United States.

The new restrictions, which take effect on Tuesday, May 4 at 12.01am ET (12.01pm Singapore time), are on the advice of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and were imposed because “the magnitude and scope of the Covid-19 pandemic” in India was “surging,” the White House said.

Biden on Friday signed a proclamation implementing the restrictions, which were first reported by Reuters.

The proclamation said India “accounts for over one-third of new global cases” and added that “proactive measures are required to protect the nation’s public health from travellers entering the United States” from India.


WHO gives emergency use listing to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, the agency said on Friday, the fifth to be given the status meant to expedite countries’ own approval of shots.

“The objective is to make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics available as rapidly as possible to address the emergency,” the WHO said in a statement.

Moderna announced this week an expansion plan for its production network to boost its capacity to up to three billion doses in 2022.


Singaporean Shou Zi Chew named new CEO of video app TikTok

TikTok, the popular short-video app, named ByteDance chief financial officer Shou Zi Chew as chief executive officer, filling the top leadership position after the departure of Kevin Mayer last year.

Chew, who joined TikTok parent ByteDance last month, will remain in his post at the Chinese company, according to a statement on Friday.

Previously, Chew spent several years as CFO and international business president of Xiaomi Corp, where he took the gadget maker public in one of the largest-ever Chinese tech listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.


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