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China will pay close attention to variants of coronavirus in the long term, focusing on their transmission capability, pathogenicity and ability to evade immunity, a Chinese disease control official said on Thursday.

The White House said on Tuesday it will ensure Americans continue to have easy access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and testing to contain the fast-spreading Omicron BA.5 subvariant that now makes up a majority of cases in the United States.

The Biden administration will drop pre-departure COVID-19 international air testing requirements effective June 12 at 12:01 a.m. after heavy lobbying from airlines and the travel industry, a senior administration official told Reuters.