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Brazil records highest single-day deaths from COVID-19

Brazil reported its highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day amid worsening health system and spluttered vaccination rollout. Some 1,641 people died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to Health Ministry data, surpassing the previous single-day high of 1,595 deaths recorded in late July 2020. More than 257,000 people have died of the […]

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Joe Biden invokes wartime law to build coronavirus vaccine stock

US President Joe Biden has promised to have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every adult in the country by the end of May. During a news conference at the White House, Biden said he had invoked a wartime production law to require pharmaceutical company Merck & Co to help produce a newly approved vaccine made […]

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US states lift Covid-19 rules despite fourth surge warnings

The Republican governed state of Texas will lift its mask requirement and allow businesses to reopen at full capacity next week, Governor Greg Abbott has announced. Mr Abbott issued an executive order that revoked most of the coronavirus measures he imposed earlier in the pandemic. The new executive order, which is to take effect on […]

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Sri Lanka allots remote island as burial site for Covid-19 victims from Muslim and Christian communities

The Sri Lankan government chose a remote island as the burial location of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities. The government previously forced minorities to cremate their dead in line with the practice of the majority Buddhists. It claimed burials would contaminate ground water. But the government backed down months after international […]

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India opens Covid-19 vaccination to wider population

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received his first coronavirus jab as the country opened its vaccination programme for the wider population. India launched its vaccination drive on 16 January, but it was limited to healthcare workers and frontline staff. Now, people over 60 and those who are between 45 and 59 but have other […]

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AstraZeneca cashes in on Moderna in the midst of Covid-19 vaccine success

UK’s Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has sold its 7.7% stake in Moderna for more than USD $1 billion after the US biotechnology company’s shares soared on the back of its coronavirus vaccine breakthrough. The Times reported that it was not clear over what period British-based AstraZeneca sold its holding in Moderna. AstraZeneca is however retaining partnership […]

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United States approves Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine for mass use

The United States authorized Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine for emergency use, giving the nation a third shot to battle the outbreak that has killed more than 500,000 Americans. The single-shot vaccine is highly effective in preventing severe Covid-19, including against newer variants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said before giving it a green […]

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Australian Open fans who booed Covid-19 vaccine rollout face criticism

Fans on the stands of the Australian Open tennis finals who loudly booed the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout were criticised by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack on Monday. “I don’t like booing at any event, and certainly any sporting event,” he told reporters. “This vaccine is going to get our country back to some sort […]

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Florida county commissioner manipulated vaccine list to include herself and wealthy zip codes

A commissioner who provided special “VIP” access to coronavirus vaccines at a state-run site in Manatee County apologised. Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh had worked with the governor’s office to set up a pop-up vaccination site for residents in the 34202 and 34211 zip codes, two of Manatee County’s wealthiest areas. Normally, Manatee County’s wait […]

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United Nations chief calls out rich nations for ‘unfair’ vaccine distribution

The United Nations chief criticised the “wildly uneven and unfair” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, pointing out that just 10 countries have administered 75 percent of all vaccinations. Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations said 130 countries have not received a single dose of vaccine. “At this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral […]

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London woman and her kids drink their own piss to cure Covid19 after getting fake WhatsApp forward

A woman following a bizarre fake WhatsApp forward that claimed to cure coronavirus drank her own urine for four straight days along with her children. The woman, a resident of London, drank her own urine after she watched a dubious video she received in a WhatsApp forward from her friend. According to reports, the woman […]

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Covid-19 New Zealand: 1.6 million residents in Auckland go into lockdown

New Zealand recorded no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases a day after three people tested positive in Auckland that sent the city into a snap lockdown. The Ministry of Health said there were no new cases recorded on Monday but five cases of COVID-19 were reported in managed isolation facility. An Auckland couple and their […]