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Live Updates: Pfizer and AstraZeneca Deny Coronavirus Vaccine Shortage in UK

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At the moment, over 121 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across the world, while the global death toll from the pandemic has now reached 2.68 million, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

The US tops the list of the most affected nations with over 29.6 million infected and 538,000 deaths. It is followed by Brazil with around 11.7 million cases and a death toll of over 284,000. At the same time, India has the third-highest number of infections (11.4 million cases, over 159,000 fatalities), while Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world (over 195,000 deaths, with 2.1 million cases having been detected in the country).

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22:38 GMT 18.03.2021
France to Resume Vaccination Against COVID-19 With AstraZeneca From Friday, PM Says

PARIS (Sputnik) – France will resume the massive vaccination with the AstraZeneca drug starting from Friday after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had found no evidence that the vaccine was associated with increased risks of blood clot events, Prime Minister Jean Castex said.

“Starting from tomorrow’s morning, the National Authority for Health … will actualize its recommendations on the AstraZeneca vaccine, so that we could resume the vaccination campaign immediately after that, starting from the afternoon,” Castex said on late Thursday.

The prime minister added that he would get a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine himself on Friday.

21:21 GMT 18.03.2021
More Than Half of Federal Prison Employees in US Reject Getting Their COVID-19 Vaccine Shots
A guard watches over an inmate on a ventilator from a nearby prison as he is treated for COVID-19 inside the intensive care unit at Kent Hospital, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Warwick, R.I. - Sputnik International, 1920
Over Half of US Federal Prison Employees Refuse Coronavirus Vaccinations
20:56 GMT 18.03.2021
Baby Born in US Has COVID-19 Antibodies After Her Mother Was Vaccinated While Pregnant - Report
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US Baby Born With COVID-19 Antibodies After Mother Vaccinated During Pregnancy
20:35 GMT 18.03.2021
First Shipment of Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Expected to Arrive in Lebanon Next Week
A medical worker demonstrates ampoules containing the Russian Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine at the El Menza Sports Palace in Tunisia, which has been converted into a hospital.  - Sputnik International, 1920
Lebanon Set to Receive 1st Batch of Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Next Week
18:50 GMT 18.03.2021
Ireland's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Defends Decision to Suspend AstraZeneca Rollout

"I believe that the right decision was made. We acted swiftly and in the best interest of the population but also in the interests of the vaccination programme", Ronan Glynn told a press briefing.

18:16 GMT 18.03.2021
Spain Will Reportedly Resume Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine Next Week
18:09 GMT 18.03.2021
Prime Minister Castex Announces Four-Week Lockdown in 16 Deparments
17:56 GMT 18.03.2021
French Prime Minister to Receive AstraZeneca Jab on Friday, Reports Say
17:22 GMT 18.03.2021
Delay of Vaccine Supplies From Serum Institute is Due to Technical Reasons, UK’s PM Johnson Says
17:01 GMT 18.03.2021
Hungary Plans to Speed Up Vaccine Rollout to Reach Full Coverage by June, PM's Chief of Staff Says
17:00 GMT 18.03.2021
Gov’t Considers Putting Paris Under Four-Week Lockdown, Report Says
16:43 GMT 18.03.2021
EMA Confirms Safety of AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine, Risk of Blood Clots Not Ruled Out
The logo of the German branch of British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is pictured in Wedel near Hamburg, Germany, March 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller - Sputnik International, 1920
EMA Confirms Safety of AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine, Risk of Blood Clots Not Ruled Out
16:42 GMT 18.03.2021
Spain Mulls Resumption of Inoculations with AstraZeneca
15:33 GMT 18.03.2021
Biden Invites Bolsonaro to Join Efforts to Fight COVID, Tackle Ecological Issues, Reports Suggest
15:18 GMT 18.03.2021
Half the Adults in England Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine, Gov’t Says
15:07 GMT 18.03.2021
Russian Embassy Receiving Inquiries About Sputnik V Vaccine From Polish Citizens, Diplomatic Mission’s Spokesman Says
14:46 GMT 18.03.2021
AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Does Not Cause Blood Clots, UK’s Health Regulator Announces
The logo of the German branch of British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is pictured in Wedel near Hamburg, Germany, March 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller - Sputnik International, 1920
EMA Confirms Safety of AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine, Risk of Blood Clots Not Ruled Out
13:37 GMT 18.03.2021
Mexican Authorities Seize Batch of Fake Vaccine Imitating Sputnik V, RDIF Says
13:06 GMT 18.03.2021
Britain Voices Concerns as EU Might Break Law on Vaccine Contracts, Warns of Consequences
12:47 GMT 18.03.2021
UK Expects Supplies of Moderna in Coming Weeks, Health Secretary Hancock Confirms
12:42 GMT 18.03.2021
UK to Vaccinate People With Second Doses Within 12 Weeks, Spokesman for UK PM Says
12:41 GMT 18.03.2021
Delay to India’s Serum Vaccine Delivery Contributed to Supply Squeeze, UK Health Secretary Says
11:49 GMT 18.03.2021
Pakistani Prime Minister Khan Gets Sinopharm Jab
11:32 GMT 18.03.2021
EU to Send AstraZeneca a Letter as Part of Conflict Resolution Amid Vaccine Delivery Crisis
11:27 GMT 18.03.2021
WHO Continues to Work With Russia on Sputnik V’s Emergency Use Listing

"We need to increase… the portfolio of the vaccines. That's why the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is eagerly awaited and then we continue to work also with the Russian Federation very closely on the emergency use listing of Sputnik V", Hans Kluge said at a press briefing.

11:23 GMT 18.03.2021
WHO Official Urges Int'l Community to Maintain Confidence in AstraZeneca Vaccine

"We need to keep the confidence. If it's lost we need to restore it, particularly for AstraZeneca, which is the big supplier to the COVAX facility, which is the only facility which is really looking at equitable access", Regional Director for Europe Hans Henri Kluge said at a briefing.

11:08 GMT 18.03.2021
Care Homes Were 'Petrified' by Cuomo's 2020 Order to Take in Crowds of COVID-19 Patients, Exec Says
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A nurse Kenia Georges wearing a protective mask puts on a glove during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at NYC Health + Hospitals Harlem Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 25, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920
Care Homes Were 'Petrified' by Cuomo's 2020 Order to Take in Crowds of COVID-19 Patients, Exec Says
10:53 GMT 18.03.2021
Vaccination Coverage in European Region Ranges From Under 1% to 44%, WHO Official Says

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The vaccination coverage in countries of the World Health Organization's European region ranges from less than 1 percent to 44 percent, WHO regional director Hans Kluge said Thursday.

"With vaccination coverage in the region ranging from less than one percent to 44 percent, it is… far too early to demonstrate the effect of vaccines on overall COVID-19 hospitalisation and deaths", he said at a press briefing.

09:27 GMT 18.03.2021
Hungarian PM's Chief of Staff Warns Peak of Pandemic's Third Wave is Near
09:02 GMT 18.03.2021
Germany Confirms 17,504 New COVID-19 Cases
08:09 GMT 18.03.2021
Russia Registers 9,803 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

"Over the past day, 9,803 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,170 cases (11.9 percent) without clinical symptoms", the coronavirus response centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 4,428,239, with the rate of increase at 0.22 percent.

07:09 GMT 18.03.2021
UK Has Enough Vaccines to Meet Targets, But Supply Issues May Occur Next Week, Housing Secretary Jenrick Says

"The vaccine rollout will be slightly slower than we might have hoped but not slower than the target", British Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said. "We have every reason to believe that supply will increase in the months of May, June and July".

06:29 GMT 18.03.2021
Pfizer and AstraZeneca Deny Coronavirus Vaccine Shortage in UK

The two pharmaceutical companies have rejected NHS claims that Britain is facing a COVID-19 vaccine shortage, according to Sky News.

We have an agreement with the government to supply 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to the UK by the end of the year. While the details of this agreement are confidential, we can confirm that Q1 deliveries remain on track and continue to progress in line with the monthly schedule, agreed in advance with the Vaccines Taskforce", Pfizer said in a statemment.

At the same time, AstraZeneca confirmed that "Our UK domestic supply chain is not experiencing any disruption and there is no impact on our delivery schedule".

06:20 GMT 18.03.2021
UK Foreign Secretary Raab Warns EU Against Brinkmanship in Dealing With COVID Vaccine Supply
Vials of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine are prepared at the vaccination centre set up at St Columba's church in Sheffield, northern England, on February 20, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920
UK Foreign Secretary Raab Warns EU Against Brinkmanship in Dealing With COVID Vaccine Supply
05:41 GMT 18.03.2021
Number of COVID-19 Cases in India Rises by 35,871 Over Past 24 Hours

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India has confirmed 35,871 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected having reached 11,474,605, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.

The death toll from the disease has reached 159,216 people, with 172 new fatalities recorded over the past day. More than 11.06 million people have recovered in India since the start of the outbreak.

05:13 GMT 18.03.2021
Norwegian Politicians Calling to Cut Sputnik V Vaccine Deal Amid Record-High Infections
In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia - Sputnik International, 1920
Norwegian Politicians Calling to Cut Sputnik V Vaccine Deal Amid Record-High Infections
04:33 GMT 18.03.2021
Poland and France Call to Stop Exporting COVID-19 Vaccines From EU

"Today we are dealing with a situation when Europe has a lot of vaccines, but a significant part is exported outside of Europe... Together with Mr. President Macron, we urged not to export the vaccine", Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said upon his return from Paris, where he met with the French head of state.

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