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    The global COVID-19 tally now stands at 129.5 million cases, with the number of fatalities recently surpassing 2.8 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The US is the most affected nation, with around 30.5 million cases of coronavirus, and the death toll from the pandemic reaching 553,000. It is followed by Brazil with around 12.8 million cases and over 325,000 deaths.

    India currently has the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases (12.2 million infected and almost 163,000 deaths), while Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world - over 203,000 fatalities, with around 2.2 million coronavirus cases.

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    • 01:46

      UN Secretary-General Calls on All Nations to Protect Education Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on all countries to protect education amid the coronavirus-linked lockdown.

      According to the secretary-general, about 1 billion students are currently suffering from school closures and other restrictions linked to COVID-19.

      “At this pivotal moment, I call on all countries to protect education and use the recovery to narrow access divides, expand digital connectivity & reimagine learning,” Guterres wrote on his Twitter page on late Friday.

    • 23:20

      German President Warns About ‘Serious Restrictions’ Over COVID-19 in Upcoming Weeks

      BERLIN (Sputnik) – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the country may introduce serious coronavirus-linked restrictions within the upcoming weeks.

      “The next several weeks will again require serious restrictions, you know that as well as me,” Steinmeier said in a televised address to the German people on Friday.

    • 22:53

      France Records Two Fatal Cases of Trombosis After AstraZeneca Vaccine Shots

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      France Registers Two New Fatal Thrombosis Cases After Vaccination With Astrazeneca Drug

      PARIS (Sputnik) – Two people died in France between March 19 and March 25 over thrombosis following getting a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus, the National Agency for Medicine and Health Product Safety (ANSM) said.
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    • 18:27

      EU 'Indirectly Forcing' Prague to Buy Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine, Prime Minister Says

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      EU 'Indirectly Forcing' Prague to Buy Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine, Prime Minister Says

      PRAGUE (Sputnik) - The EU has been inadvertently pushing the Czech Republic with its recent vaccine distribution schemes toward negotiating contracts with Russia for the Sputnik V vaccine, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis stated on Friday.
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    • 16:52

      Turkey Sets Another Daily Record With 42,308 New Cases

    • 16:30

      Russian Embassy Says Moscow Filed Sputnik V Application With EMA in January, Not March

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      Russian Embassy Says Moscow Filed Sputnik V Application With EMA in January, Not March

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sputnik has already been authorised for use in 59 countries, ranking second worldwide in terms of the number of approvals. According to the medical magazine Lancet, its efficacy against COVID-19 stands at 91.6 percent.
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    • 15:30

      AstraZeneca Vows to Work With Dutch Authorities to Tackle Vaccine-Related Questions

    • 15:19

      EU Says Benefits of All Approved Vaccines Outweigh Risks Amid AstraZeneca Safety Concerns

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      EU Says Benefits of All Approved Vaccines Outweigh Risks Amid AstraZeneca Safety Concerns

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - All four vaccines approved for the EU market have a positive benefit-to-risk ratio, the EU Commission's Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (SANTE) stated on Friday.
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    • 14:53

      Netherlands Suspends Use of AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine for People Under 60, Report Says

    • 14:18

      Several Countries Will Accelerate Sputnik V Production in April, RDIF CEO Tells President Putin

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      Several Countries Will Accelerate Sputnik V Production in April, RDIF CEO Tells President Putin

      The RDIF head and the Russian president held a meeting earlier today when they discussed the fight against COVID-19 and the fund's work in producing and promoting the Russian vaccine.
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    • 13:21

      Delhi Records 3,594 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours

    • 12:56

      German Health Minister Plans Consultations on Replacing Second AstraZeneca Shot for Under-60s

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      German Health Minister Plans Consultations on Replacing Second AstraZeneca Shot for Under-60s

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - German Health Minister Jens Spahn said he plans to talk to regional health authorities on Wednesday about a recent recommendation of the national vaccination agency not to administer a second AstraZeneca shot to those under 60.
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    • 12:37

      Marine Le Pen Calls the 3rd COVID Lockdown in France Result of 'Vaccination Waterloo'

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      Marine Le Pen Calls the 3rd COVID Lockdown in France Result of 'Vaccination Waterloo'

      On Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron ordered France into its third national COVID-19 lockdown to prevent a possible third wave of the coronavirus. The restrictions, in particular, stipulate the closure of schools for at least three weeks.
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    • 12:31

      Germany Confirms 21,888 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 11:40

      India Stresses It Has Not Imposed Export Ban on Coronavirus Vaccines

    • 11:33

      Putin Has No Side Effects 10 Days After Vaccination Against Coronavirus

      President Vladimir Putin facing reporters at the annual Q&A session

      Kremlin: Putin Has No Side Effects 10 Days After Vaccination Against Coronavirus

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has no side effects 10 days after the first injection of a two-component Russian vaccine against the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Friday.
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    • 11:02

      Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar Hospitalised With Coronavirus

      "As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalised", Tendulkar said on Twitter. "I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone".

       

    • 10:45

      UK Adds Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh, Philippines to England's COVID-19 'Red List'

      "Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England’s red list to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19), at a critical time for the vaccine programme", the Department for Transport said in a statement, citing the strains first identified in South Africa and Brazil.

    • 10:31

      Poland Registers Over 30,500 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 10:03

      Putin to Hear RDIF Head's Report on Exports of COVID-19 Vaccines

    • 10:00

      Sputnik V Vaccine Protects Against South African Coronavirus Strain, Developer Says

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      Sputnik V Vaccine Protects Against South African Coronavirus Strain, Developer Says

      The mutated variants of COVID-19 from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil previously raised concerns across the globe amid the new wave of the pandemic in many countries, prompting more anti-coronavirus measures.
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    • 08:57

      Russia's Gamaleya Institute to Test Antibody-Based COVID-19 Drug on People Late in 2021

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      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Gamaleya research institute will start clinical trials of its antibody-based drug against the coronavirus on people at the end of the year, the medication should help significantly reduce mortality from COVID-19, institute chief Alexander Gintsburg said in an interview with Sputnik.
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    • 08:27

      Top Disease Expert Fauci Says US May Not Need AstraZeneca Vaccine Even If It's Approved

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    • 08:17

      Russia Registers 8,792 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      "Over the past day, 8,792 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,138 cases (12.9 percent) without clinical symptoms", the coronavirus response centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 4,563,056, with the rate of increase falling to 0.19 percent.

    • 08:01

      Russia's Gamaleya Institute Starts Pre-Clinical Trials of Intranasal Coronavirus Vaccine

      "We have obtained a patent for an intranasal vaccine. In fact, we are now launching pre-clinical trials", Gintsburg revealed.

      The intranasal vaccine that is currently under development will not cause side effects such as fever and headache, the head of the institute assured.

      "Even those minor side effects that are now present, such as headaches and, possibly, increases in body temperature, will obviously be absent in case of intranasal injection, as it is applied topically and it cannot cause systemic reactions in the form of fever", Gintsburg explained.

    • 07:31

      Sputnik V Developer Says 60% of Russians to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 by Summer End

    • 07:19

      Australia Probes Blood Clot Incidents, Possibly Linked to AstraZeneca Vaccine

      "Investigators have not at this time confirmed a causal link with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, but investigations are ongoing", the deputy chief medical officer, Michael Kidd, told a televised briefing.

      According to ABC News, 44-year-old man, who was inoculated on or around March 22, is now being treated in a Melbourne hospital.

      "He had low platelets, but he had clots in his liver, in his spleen and in his gut in general. So, he fits the description of vaccine-induced pro-thrombotic thrombocytopenia. He fits the case description", Dr Norman Swan, the host of the Coronacast podcast, told the broadcaster.

    • 06:50

      Pandemic Wipes Out 6 Mln Jobs in EU, Young Workers Hit Hardest

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      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The pandemic has wiped out about six million jobs in the European Union, about half of which were employing young workers, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit told Sputnik on Friday.
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    • 06:27

      Swedish Researcher Warns COVID-19 Will Be 'a Fond Caress' in Comparison With Next Pandemic

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    • 06:25

      Pakistan Sets Daily Record With 5,234 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 06:22

      Phase 3 Clinical Trials of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V to End in June - Developer

    • 06:12

      Russia's Gamaleya Chief Confirms COVID-19 Antibodies Transmit From Mothers to Babies

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    • 05:42

      Russia's Gamaleya Centre Creates Technology to Update COVID-19 Vaccine Within 2 Days

      "Now, we are actually developing two technologies: one of them has been already developed, this is the same technology, based on adenovirus vectors where based on a spike protein sequence with a modified primary structure, literally, a new sequence is synthesised within a day, and the next day it is inserted into the already used vector, and practically you have a genetically engineered construction for a vaccine ready", director Alexander Gintsburg said in an interview.

    • 05:27

      Peru Reports Over 5,900 New COVID Cases

    • 05:10

      Ukraine Confirms Almost 20,000 New Coronavrius Infections

    • 04:51

      UK Records 30 Thrombosis Cases After Vaccination With AstraZeneca Drug, Medicines Agency Says

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      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom has registered 30 cases of blood clots following vaccination with the AstraZeneca drug, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said.
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    • 04:41

      New Virus Surge Is Just Around Corner as UK COVID-19 Strain Becomes Prevalent in US - Report

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      The UK COVID-19 strain, called B.1.1.7 by scientists, reportedly accounts for 4% to 35% of coronavirus cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the variant could be accountable for 26% of cases across the country.
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    • 04:34

      Sultan of Brunei Becomes 1st Citizen of Country to Get Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine – Reports

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