Coronavirus pandemic

AstraZeneca vaccine: Where does the world stand on suspensions?

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Several countries have paused or limited use of the shot amid concern over reports of rare blood clots in recipients.

Mexican president says he will get COVID-19 jab next week

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Mexico began vaccinating adults aged 60 and over last month and plans on inoculating most of the elderly by April.

As COVID cases spike, many Chileans fear toll of another lockdown

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Despite successful vaccination drive, infections are increasing across Chile, exacerbating deep-seated inequalities.

Yemen receives first batch of COVID vaccines: UN

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Yemen's COVID committee has urged the gov't to declare a public health 'state of emergency' amid a surge in infections.

Russia registers ‘world’s first’ COVID-19 vaccine for animals

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The shot is hoped to help prevent the spread of virus mutations and mass production could begin as early as April.

IMF chief predicts faster global recovery, warns fight isn’t over

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The United States' $1.9 trillion rescue package and rising vaccinations were primary reasons for the forecast upgrade.

Scientists warn new COVID mutations in a year as vaccines stall

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Leading researchers say humans have a year or less before the virus mutates and vaccines are 'rendered ineffective'.

Berlin suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine for below-60s

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German state halts use of COVID vaccine amid resurgent fears of blood clots as a rare side effect.

World leaders, WHO back treaty to prepare for future pandemics

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'World cannot afford to wait until the pandemic is over to start planning for the next one,' says WHO director.

Celebrities urge Black Britons to take COVID vaccine

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Plea comes after gov't data showed a lag in vaccine uptake among elderly Britons of African and Caribbean ancestry.

US official warns of ‘impending doom’ amid rise in COVID cases

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US is averaging 63,000 new daily infections as of Monday, as coronavirus vaccine distribution continues.

Canada pausing use of AstraZeneca vaccine for those below 55

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Health officials cite 'substantial uncertainty' around rare blood clots and say a risk assessment is under way.

Brazilians thrown back into poverty as COVID aid dries up

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A nearly $60bn burst of basic income assistance softened the economic blow of the pandemic, but it expired months ago.

Turkey tightens COVID restrictions after surge in infections

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Turkey, which relaxed measures a month ago, has recently been reporting an average of 30,000 new infections each day.

My liberation from COVID-19 is near

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The privilege to get vaccinated allowed me to think of my future again.

US COVID deaths could have been ‘decreased substantially’

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Deborah Birx, coordinator of Trump's COVID task force, says the previous government's pandemic response was lacking.

UAE to manufacture Chinese COVID vaccine in Abu Dhabi

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The new plant, a joint venture with Sinopharm, will have a production capacity of 200 million doses a year.

WHO report says animals likely source of COVID: AP

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Draft copy of long-awaited WHO study into COVID origins says lab leak extremely unlikely, The Associated Press reports.

Chile postpones constitutional assembly poll as COVID cases spike

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President Pinera says election scheduled for April will now be held in May to combat the rise in coronavirus infections.

Pakistan continues to grapple with third wave of coronavirus

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Pakistan tightens social distancing and travel restrictions as it bans gatherings in areas with a high number of cases.

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