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    According to Johns Hopkins University, over 120.5 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus across the world, while the global death toll from the pandemic has now reached 2.67 million.

    The US remains the worst-hit country in the world, confirming over 29.5 million infected and 536,000 deaths. The nation is followed by Brazil with 11.6 million cases and a death toll of over 282,000.

    India has the third-highest number of cases (11.4 million infections, over 158,000 fatalities), while Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world (over 194,000 deaths, with 2.1 million cases having been detected in the country).

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    • 01:05

      Quarter of US Remote Workers Want to Remain Off-Site After Pandemic, Poll Shows

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - One in four remote workers in the United States prefer to remain in that mode after the pandemic is over, a Gallup poll revealed.

      "A quarter of all US workers (26%) would now ideally prefer to continue working remotely, if given a choice, when society fully reopens," a press release accompanying the poll said Wednesday.

      78 percent of US workers say they perform their job differently in order to avoid exposure to the coronavirus with 41 percent who say it is not hard and 37 percent who say the opposite.

      As regards preparedness to work in new conditions, the poll results show that today less than a half of US workers strongly agree they are prepared to do their job with this number being 54 percent for those aged 55 and older.

    • 23:35

      COVID-19 Case Tally in Jordan Tops 500,000

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jordan has exceeded 500,000, the kingdom's Ministry of Health said in a statement.

      The ministry said that over the past day, a record 9,535 cases of infection had been identified in Jordan, and another 56 patients had died.

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jordan has exceeded 500,000, the kingdom's Ministry of Health said in a statement.

      The ministry said that over the past day, a record 9,535 cases of infection had been identified in Jordan, and another 56 patients had died.

    • 22:00

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Rises by Record 90,303 to Over 11.69Mln

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by record 90,303 to 11,693,838 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Wednesday.

      The death toll has risen by 2,648 to 284,775 people within the same period of time.

      More than 10.28 million patients have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

    • 19:46

      Fauci Predicts Next Generation COVID-19 Vaccines Administered With Nasal Spray or by Mouth

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A new generation of vaccines for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses will likely target mucosal surfaces in the nose and elsewhere in the respiratory system, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci said in a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

      "This will be the second and third generation vaccine and there’s research already going on that we are supporting at the NIH [National Institutes of Health] level," Fauci told a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

      Future inoculations against respiratory viruses could likely be administered with nasal sprays such as the flu mist or even taken orally, Fauci said.

      Fauci pointed out that new inoculation methods most likely will not be available until after the present pandemic is under control, but could be used in future pandemics and possibly on COVID-19 if the virus lingers for "the next year or so."

    • 19:33

      Biden Admin. Commits $150Mln for COVID-19 Antibody Treatments in Underserved Communities

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Treatments of COVID-19 victims in minority communities with monoclonal antibodies will expand with a $150 million investment announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday.

      “This new effort will speed assistance to hard-hit communities to increase administration of monoclonal antibody treatments to prevent hospitalizations and deaths,” HHS said in a press release. “Assistance may include additional staffing, infusion center capacity in traditional and non-traditional health care settings, and equipment to administer the intravenous infusion treatments.”

      The initiative reflects a Biden administration commitment to “health equity” and is based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finding that COVID-19 is “affecting underserved communities and ethnic minorities disproportionately, largely due to poverty and uneven access to health care,” HHS said.

    • 19:30

      US Has Disbursed $242Bln of COVID-19 Relief Package, Treasury States

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Biden administration has so far disbursed $242 billion of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan for the COVID-19, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

      "As announced last week, Economic Impact Payments are rolling out in tranches to millions of Americans in the coming weeks," the Treasury said. "In total, this first batch included approximately 90 million payments, which are valued at more than $242 billion. The first batch of payments were mostly sent by direct deposit, which some recipients started receiving this past weekend."

    • 18:35

      Biden Administration Provides Schools $122Bln to Reopen

      US schools will receive more than $120 billion to facilitate reopenings and mitigate the impact of the pandemic, the Education Department said in a release on Wednesday.

      "The Department announced the allocation that each SEA [State Educational Agency] will receive under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund, totaling $122 billion in relief for K-12 schools", the release said on Wednesday.

      The Education Department said the ARP ESSER funds can be used to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 by purchasing protective equipment and obtaining additional space for social distancing in classrooms.

      The release also added that the current announcement coincides with the Health Department's unveiling of about $10 billion in funding for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening testing of teachers, staff and students in schools.

      The American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President Joe Biden on 11 March including funds to be allocated to schools of elementary, secondary, and higher education.

    • 18:09

      Federal Reserve Maintains Asset-Buying Pledge as Pandemic Keeps US Rates Near Zero

      The Federal Reserve kept up on Wednesday with its pledge to buy more assets to support the pandemic-hit US economy as it left interest rates unchanged at near zero.

      "The Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent", the Fed said in a statement issued after the conclusion of its two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the first for the year.

      The central bank added that it will continue to increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $80 billion per month and of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $40 billion per month "until substantial further progress has been made toward the Committee’s maximum employment and price stability goals".

    • 17:51

      UN Spokesman: COVAX Brings 660,000 Coronavirus Vaccine Doses to Uzbekistan

      The COVAX facility delivered 660,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to Uzbekistan, United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.

      "In Uzbekistan, our team there says the first batch of 660,000 doses of the vaccine arrived today via COVAX", Dujarric said.

      The shipment represents about a third of more than 2.2 million doses scheduled to be delivered to the Central Asian country under the COVAX distribution plan.

      The spokesman said the the World Health Organisation has helped to provide training to health workers in the country for the vaccination rollout.

    • 17:31

      Czech Hospitals Report Highest Ever Number of COVID-19 Patients

      Czech hospitals are treating 9,401 people for COVID-19, the highest number seen since the start of the outbreak, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.

      "Updated Monday data puts the number of hospitalized people at 9,401. It is the largest figure reported since the start of the pandemic", a statement read.

      Of those, 2,045 patients are on mechanical ventilation. Further 13,934 people tested positive for the virus in the past day. The number of people being treated for COVID-19 rose to 188,012.

      The central European nation began mass vaccination in December. A tenth of its 10 million strong population has been inoculated at least once, the majority of those vaccinated are over 80 years old.

    • 17:20

      Palestinian Authority Receives 61,440 Vaccine Doses Through COVAX, UNICEF Says

      Earlier in the day, Palestinian health ministry spokesman Kamal al-Shakhra said that 38,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and another 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be delivered to the Palestinian Authority from 17-18 March.

      The vaccine rollout will begin on Sunday, the spokesman added, noting that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be stored until there is a scientific conclusion on its suitability by the World Health Organisation. The vaccine's use was halted in several countries worldwide after reports on several cases of post-inoculation side effects such as thrombosis. The matter is under investigation by the European Medicines Agency.

      In February, the UAE sent 20,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine to the Gaza Strip.

      Meanwhile, more than 60,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were delivered to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday in a first shipment organised by the COVAX facility, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing.

    • 17:04

      Russian Athletes to Get Vaccinated Voluntarily Before Olympics

      Russia has decided that vaccination of the country's Olympic team prior to the Games will be voluntary and that the Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) is working on the issue together with the athletic federations, Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Wednesday.

      "We have decided on voluntary vaccination for the Russian team's athletes. FMBA experts are working [on it] together with the federations. For us, this situation is the main challenge ahead of the Olympics", Matytsin told reporters.

      Originally scheduled for 2020, the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are currently planned to take place from July 23 to 8 August. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has reiterated that vaccination is not required for competing in the games.

    • 16:59

      UK Faces Major Vaccine Supply Cut at End of March, Letter Says

      "The Government's Vaccines Task Force have now notified us there will be a significant reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers beginning in week commencing 29 March, meaning volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained," a letter sent around the state-run health service said on Wednesday.

      "They now currently predict this will continue for a four-week period, as a result of reductions in national inbound vaccines supply".

    • 16:32

      Israeli Supreme Court Declares Entry Quotas for Israelis Over COVID Violation of Basic Law

      The Supreme Court of Israel on Wednesday ruled that the government's decision to limit the amount of Israelis allowed to enter the country daily over the coronavirus pandemic violated the country's Basic Law.

      Earlier in March, the government allowed Israeli citizens and permanent residents to enter the country, as part of measures to exit the nationwide lockdown but limited the total number of these people to 3,000 per day. The measure is set to expire on 20 March.

      "The limitations on arrivals or departures are in violation of the Basic Law", the judges said, as cited by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

      The court barred the authorities from extending the limitations beyond its expiration.

      Israel lifted its third coronavirus lockdown on 7 February but kept many restrictions in place in a bid to avert the import of new variants of the virus.

      Earlier this week, Israel resumed flights with all countries, but the Ben Gurion airport is allowed to receive only up to 3,000 people per day.

    • 16:14

      Italy Reports 23,059 New Cases, 431 Fatalities

    • 16:13

      UK Registers 5,758 New Cases, 141 Deaths

    • 16:09

      Florida Tax Preparer Charged With $2.3Mln COVID-19 Relief Loan Fraud

      Florida tax preparer Leonel Rivero has been charged with COVID-19 fraud scheme to obtain 118 relief loans under the US government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Department of Justice said in a release in Wednesday.

      "According to the allegations in the information, Leonel Rivero, 35, of Miami, owned a tax-preparation business and submitted approximately 118 fraudulent PPP loan applications on behalf of himself and his accomplices. Combined, the 118 PPP loan applications sought more than $2.3 million in PPP loans", the release said.

      The Justice Department said in the release that Rivero and his conspirators obtained about $975,582 in PPP loans by falsifying the applicant’s prior-year income and expenses and submitting false tax forms.

      If convicted, Rivero faces a prison term of up to 20 years, the release said.

      Earlier this month, the US government charged four persons in Los Angeles, California, for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to commit fraud with COVID-19 relief funds in the amount of $21.9 million.

    • 16:08

      Russia Develops Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate

      Russia is developing a draft vaccination certificate in Russian and English languages for people who received Russia-made COVID-19 vaccines, the Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Wednesday.

      "The Russian Foreign Ministry is taking part in interdepartmental work to agree on the issue of issuing certificates to persons who have been vaccinated to prevent a new coronavirus infection with Russian vaccines, as well as the international recognition of these documents", the ministry said.

      The Foreign Ministry added that the Health Ministry is in charge of implementing these tasks.

      "The development of a draft certificate of vaccination in Russian and English for persons vaccinated with Russian vaccines is ongoing. Further international negotiations on free border crossing on the basis of this certificate will follow", the ministry said.

      The ministry also said that, at the same time, work is underway in the World Health Organisation to create "technical specifications for an international digital certificate of vaccinations."

      "Russian experts participate in this [work]. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, supports this work", the ministry added.

    • 15:26

      UEFA Confident That Champions League Final Can Be Held With Spectators, Reports Say

      The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is confident that the 2021 Champions League final in Istanbul will take place with spectators present at matches, the ESPN broadcaster reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

      Although some games of the last 16 of the competition were played at neutral venues, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Union of European Football Associations is hopeful that the later stage of the tournament will take place as usual on a home and away basis, according to the US sports channel.

      The UEFA is hoping that as the vaccination campaign in Europe is gathering steam, a small number of fans will be allowed to view the final game, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul on 29 May.

      Last year's final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain took place in Lisbon at an empty stadium.

    • 15:21

      Ex-Bavarian Justice Minister Faces Bribery Charges in Mask Scandal, Reports Say

      Alfred Sauter

      Ex-Bavarian Justice Minister Faces Bribery Charges in Mask Scandal, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Bavarian prosecutors are investigating former regional justice chief Alfred Sauter on suspicion he was bribed to lobby a multimillion euro contact for a textile firm to supply masks to the state health ministry, media said.
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    • 14:25

      India's Modi Urges to Put Immediate Stop to Second Wave of Pandemic

      India has to take quick and decisive steps to put a stop to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic amid a surge of confirmed cases in Maharashtra and Punjab regions, the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

      According to the prime minister, 70 districts of the country reported a 150 percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.

      "If we do not stop the pandemic right now, it can lead to a nationwide outbreak. We must put an immediate stop to the emerging second peak and take big decisive steps", Modi stated during a video call with chief ministers.

      He urged local authorities to scale up RT-PCR testing in smaller cities and keep it over 70 percent overall, as well as to step up vaccination efforts while avoiding vaccine wastage. Modi also warned about the potential spread of the pandemic in the countryside.

      "This is food for thought — why some districts have lower testing and vaccination rates. I believe these times are a good test of our management abilities. Our confidence should not turn into overconfidence. Our success should not turn into negligence", Modi stressed.

      To respond to the emerging crisis, district authorities are allowed to create micro-containment zones wherever necessary, prime minister noted.

      The most affected districts currently are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Out of over 28,900 confirmed new cases reported in the country over the past 24 hours, Maharashtra accounts for 61.8 percent, or 17,800 cases, Indian Ministry of Health said.

    • 14:15

      Poland Introduces Nationwide Lockdown Due to Coronavirus

    • 14:02

      WHO Recommends to Continue Using AstraZeneca Vaccine, Says Benefits Outweigh Risks

    • 13:45

      Bosnia Intends to Purchase Sputnik V Vaccine

      A medical worker holds an ampoule of Russian Gam-COVID-VAK (trademark Sputnik V) coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela.

      Bosnia Intends to Purchase Sputnik V Vaccine

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian part of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina, decided on Wednesday to buy 500,000 Sputnik V doses.
      Read more
    • 13:32

      EU to Seek Mutual Recognition of COVID Vaccine Certificates With Third Countries - Source

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Union will seek mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates with third countries, a source from the EU told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday.

    • 13:24

      Top Norwegian Medic Says Apart From Probe Into Safety AstraZeneca Vaccine Use Questioned Due to Delays in Deliveries

    • 13:21

      Spanish Drug Regulator Probes Death of Woman Vaccinated With AstraZeneca

      In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, laboratory technicians work at the mAbxience biopharmaceutical company on an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and the laboratory AstraZeneca in Garin, Argentina.

      Spanish Drug Regulator Probes Death of Woman Vaccinated With AstraZeneca

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Spanish medicines agency is looking into the death of a woman who suffered a brain bleed caused by a blood clot days after getting an AstraZeneca shot, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.
      Read more
    • 13:02

      Norwegian Health Minister Warns Third Wave of Coronavirus Will Come

    • 13:00

      Greece Will Recognise Russia's Sputnik V on Par With European COVID-19 Vaccines

      Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19

      Greece Will Recognise Russia's Sputnik V on Par With European COVID-19 Vaccines

      ATHENS (Sputnik) - Minister of Tourism Harry Theocharis said in an interview with Sputnik that Greece will recognise Russia's Sputnik V vaccine before centralised recognition from the bloc.
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    • 12:56

      Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Says He Has Maximum Number of COVID-19 Antibodies

    • 12:43

      Global Oil Demand to Return to Pre-COVID Levels Only by 2023, IEA Forecast Shows

      A flame from a Saudi Aramco (the national oil company) oil installation known as Pump 3 burns brightly during sunset in the Saudi Arabian desert near the oil-rich area Al-Khurais, 160 kms east of the capital Riyadh

      Global Oil Demand to Return to Pre-COVID Levels Only by 2023, IEA Forecast Shows

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The global oil demand is forecast to bounce back to the levels of 2019 only by 2023 after it experienced a huge decline last year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.
      Read more
    • 12:27

      UK PM Boris Johnson Says He Will be Using AstraZeneca Vaccine Himself

    • 11:58

      Google Says Took Down Nearly 100Mln Coronavirus Ad Scams in 2020

      In this Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris.

      Google Says Took Down Nearly 100Mln Coronavirus Ad Scams in 2020

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Out of 3.1 billion "bad ad"' removed from Google in 2020 due to company policy violations, over 99 million were related to COVID-19 scams, revealed the latest Ads Safety Report published by Google on Wednesday.
      Read more
    • 11:51

      Europe to Introduce 'Green Digital Certificate' by Mid-June

      The European Commission has proposed to introduce 450 million coronavirus passes for its residents by summer to allow them free travel across all 27 member states.

    • 11:39

      Cow Blood, Pork, Infertility: Rumour-Mongering Hits COVID Vaccination Hardest in India’s Haryana

      An elderly woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a private hospital in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 4, 2021

      Cow Blood, Pork, Infertility: Rumour-Mongering Hits COVID Vaccination Hardest in India’s Haryana

      India launched its immunisation drive on 16 January with the goal to inoculate 300 million people by July, even though the population remains divided over the efficacy of vaccines.
      Read more
    • 11:11

      Biden Says 4 July Goal Won't Be Reached Unless Americans Follow Pandemic Guidelines

    • 11:07

      Syrian President Assad, His Wife on Way to Recovery After Contracting COVID-19

      "Indicators of laboratory and X-ray tests are gradually returning to normal and cause no concern for the medical team supervising their treatment. Bashar and Asma Assad are getting better", the presidential press office said.

    • 10:16

      Philippines Says Death of Vaccinated Patient Down to COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Philippine Department of Health on Wednesday ruled out vaccination as the cause of a health worker's death, saying the patient came down with COVID-19.

      "The death was caused by COVID-19 itself, not by the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause COVID-19", a statement read.

    • 10:12

      Japan to Terminate State of Emergency for Tokyo Region, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japan is planning to lift the COVID-19 state of emergency in the Greater Tokyo area on Sunday as planned, Kyodo reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

      Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga plans to meet with government ministers, including Health minister Norihisa Tamura, on Wednesday evening to discuss the issue, the news agency continued.

    • 09:13

      Some Britons Seeking to Cancel AstraZeneca Vaccination Over Blood Clot Fears

      Nurse Zenub Mahood prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Bradford Central Mosque, amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Bradford, Britain, February 25, 2021

      Some Britons Seeking to Cancel AstraZeneca Vaccination Over Blood Clot Fears

      A whole array of European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, have already suspended inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine amid reports of blood clotting as one of the drug's side effects.
      Read more
    • 09:04

      I Do... But I Can't: Up to 7,000 Weddings May be Dropped in UK Amid COVID Restrictions Confusion

      The bride in the wedding palace in Moscow

      I Do... But I Can't: Up to 7,000 Weddings May be Dropped in UK Amid COVID Restrictions Confusion

      The United Kingdom is expecting to ease pandemic restrictions, however, the number of infected is growing across the country, reaching 4.2 million, while the death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 125,000, becoming the fourth-highest in the world.
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    • 08:03

      Russia Registers 8,998 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      "Over the past day, 8,998 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,018 cases (11.3 percent) without clinical symptoms", the coronavirus response centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 4,418,436, with the rate of increase at 0.2 percent.

    • 07:35

      Ukraine Confrims 11,833 New Coronavirus Infections

    • 07:23

      Too Early for Inquiry Into Pandemic Handling by UK Cabinet, Business Minister Says

      "It seems premature to launch an inquiry when the pandemic is still all around us", Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News.

    • 07:01

      Greece to Open Borders for Russian Tourists on 14 May or Even Earlier, Minister Says

      "We take a risk when we make plans [to open borders] amid a changing situation, but we keep track of sanitary data. We say with confidence that we have plans to open the borders with Russia on 14 May, we confirm this", Minister of Tourism Harry Theocharis said in an interview with Sputnik.

    • 05:57

      Philippines Suspends Entry for Foreign Nationals to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Variants

    • 05:38

      Philippines May Tighten Lockdown Amid New COVID-19 Spike

      "If nothing changes and cases continue to rise, then the possibility of a more widespread lockdown is strong", Health Secretary Francisco Duque told the news channel ANC, also expressing hope it could be averted in the coming days.

    • 05:27

      Norwegian Prof: It's 'Reasonable to Believe' in Connection Between AstraZeneca Jab and Blood Clots

      Prepared syringes of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen at the Clinique de l'Estree - ELSAN private hospital in Stains as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, March 5, 2021.

      Norwegian Prof: It's 'Reasonable to Believe' in Connection Between AstraZeneca Jab and Blood Clots

      A total of 20 countries have put inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine on hold, with Sweden reversing its course and becoming the most recent addition, following reports of blood clots and other blood-related side effects.
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    • 04:57

      India Registers 28,903 New COVID-19 Cases, Highest Increase in 3 Months

    • 04:53

      'It Works Incredibly Well': Trump Urges Those in Doubt to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

      Former U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges people as he gets in his SUV outside Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 9, 2021.

      'It Works Incredibly Well': Trump Urges Those in Doubt to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

      Trump, who contracted COVID-19 in October and was treated with an antibody cocktail, was reportedly vaccinated together with his wife Melania Trump with an unspecified vaccine in the last days of his term in the White House.
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    • 04:40

      Italy, France Ready to Return to Use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine - Statement

      ROME (Sputnik) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the suspension of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine by a number of European states, and indicated that their countries were ready to continue using the vaccine shortly after, the Chigi government palace said in a statement.

      "This is a temporary precautionary measure, which will last until 18 March, pending the announcement of the results of additional tests by the EMA. The preliminary statements from the EMA are encouraging," the statement said.

      "In case of a positive outcome," Italy and France are ready to quickly return to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the two leaders indicated.

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