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People queue in line to wait for the coronavirus testing at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

People holding leaflets distributed by Funeral Parlours Association watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Supermarket employees holding leaflets distributed by Funeral Parlours Association watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

People holding leaflets distributed by Funeral Parlours Association watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

People holding leaflets distributed by Funeral Parlours Association watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Funeral parlor hearses drive in a convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the catchy slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

People holding leaflets distributed by Funeral Parlours Association watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

People watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Funeral hearses drive in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

People holding leaflets distributed by Funeral Parlours Association watch hearses drive by in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A woman watches hearses drive in convoy through Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021. Over 40 hearses took part in what was a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign, with the slogan: "We not in a hurry to see you!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Tuesday its official workweek will move to Monday to Friday, a significant change that brings the Islamic nation home to major financial institutions in line with Western schedules.

GENEVA (AP) — Experts at the World Health Organization recommended Tuesday against using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for patients with the illness, saying evidence has not shown the costly, time-consuming transfusions to be effective in preventing…

DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — Recent travel bans imposed on South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the discovery of the omicron variant in southern Africa have hammered the country's safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic.

A health worker checks the body temperature of a passenger arriving at a railway station as a precaution against COVID-19 before allowing her to enter the city, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A health worker collects a swab sample from traveler at a railway station to test for the coronavirus before allowing her to enter the city, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A health worker checks the body temperature of passengers arriving at a railway station as a precaution against COVID-19 before allowing them to enter the city, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A health worker checks the body temperature of a passenger arriving at a railway station as a precaution against COVID-19 before allowing him to enter the city, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A health worker checks the body temperature of passengers arriving at a railway station as a precaution against COVID-19 before allowing them to enter the city, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A visitor wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks through light and shadows in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Travelers wait for the coronavirus testing at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec, 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

Quarantine officers wearing protective gears wait to guide travelers at the arrival hall of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec, 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

A quarantine officer wearing protective gears waits to guide travelers at the departure hall of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec, 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

Quarantine officers wearing protective gears guide travelers at the departure hall of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec, 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

Travelers wait for the coronavirus testing at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec, 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

A woman wearing a face mask walks in downtown Lisbon, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe, with 86.6% of its 10.3 million people inoculated, Portugal is scaling up its pandemic response amid the emergence of the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

People wearing face masks ride a tram in downtown Lisbon, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe, with 86.6% of its 10.3 million people inoculated, Portugal is scaling up its pandemic response amid the emergence of the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

People wearing face masks walk in downtown Lisbon, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe, with 86.6% of its 10.3 million people inoculated, Portugal is scaling up its pandemic response amid the emergence of the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

LEDs shine inside a Christmas tree made of empty vaccine containers at a vaccination center in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Staff at one of the largest COVID-19 vaccination centers in Bucharest, Romania, have built a three meter tall Christmas tree out of 19 thousand empty vaccine COVID-19 containers, some with colored LEDs placed inside them, they collected since March 2021 for the project. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Six-year-old Emilia Gutierrez comforts her brother Vicente before he was to get his first dose of China's Sinovac at a vaccination center in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. In the end Vicente was too afraid and was not able to get his shot. Children between of the ages of three and five are being vaccinated against COVID-19 in Chile as the country advances in inoculating adults with the booster dose. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 as they walk past a store illuminated as part of Christmas lightings, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 as they walk past a store illuminated as part of Christmas lightings, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 as they take pictures of a store illuminated as part of Christmas lightings, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

LONDON (AP) — One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may be more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats.

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 as they walk past a store illuminated as part of Christmas lightings, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 as they walk past a store illuminated as part of Christmas lightings, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)