The Tokyo Olympics will allow spectators who live in Japan, but with restrictions.

Domestic spectators will be allowed to attend Olympic events in Tokyo this summer, the president of the Games announced on Monday, ending months of speculation that athletes could be deprived of a live audience in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The decision settles the last major

Flushing taps, washing hands: Experts have advice for reopening offices safely.

As offices across the United States prepare to reopen, the risk of contracting the coronavirus has fallen significantly, especially for those who are fully vaccinated, though it has not disappeared entirely. But there are some clear, evidence-based steps that employers can take to protect their workers — and that workers

European leaders back efforts to strengthen the W.H.O.

Leaders of France and Germany voiced support on Monday for making the World Health Organization more independent and building up its ability to respond to global health crises. President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany spoke at the opening of the weeklong annual policymaking assembly for

The U.S. vaccination story varies widely across regions.

By Adeel Hassan Almost half of Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. But the U.S. vaccination story varies widely across regions, with New England surging ahead of the national average and much of the South lagging far behind. In five of the six New England

Dracula’s castle is now a vaccination site.

The needles at Bran Castle in the Transylvania region of Romania won’t be drawing blood — instead, they’ll be administering a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Vaccines will be available every weekend in May without an appointment at the castle, which says it is “the only castle in all of

The leaders of Emergent, whose factory spoiled vaccine doses, will testify before a U.S. House panel.

Two top executives of Emergent BioSolutions, a previously obscure Maryland biotech firm whose Baltimore plant ruined millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine, have agreed to testify on Capitol Hill next week as part of a congressional investigation into their company, a politically connected federal contractor. Fuad El-Hibri, the company’s founder

Turkey’s second major wave has begun to recede, though its lockdown is far from tight.

By The New York Times ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health ministry on Saturday reported fewer than 20,000 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, a first since mid-March and 10 days into a lockdown. The health ministry data shows 18,052 new cases and 281 new Covid deaths. The country’s seven-day

To address vaccine hesitancy, Singapore tightens restrictions and drafts a comedian.

As Singapore’s coronavirus infections tick up, the government is tightening restrictions. It’s also fighting vaccine hesitancy on social media — by ordering corrections and posting whimsical content. Singapore said on Tuesday that it had recorded 64 cases of community transmission over the past week, up from 11 cases the previous

With U.S. school districts making their own rules, children with special needs miss out.

Perhaps no one feels the strain of remote learning more acutely than the youngest, highest-need students, whose ability to access in-person early intervention classes, targeted behavior analysis and speech therapy is considered key to their academic success. In New Jersey, school districts in two towns five miles apart — with