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    The global coronavirus tally is now well over 140 million, with the COVID-linked death toll recently surpassing 3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    The US tops the list of the most affected nations, confirming over 31.6 million coronavirus cases, while at least 566,000 people have died in the country during the pandemic. India has the second-highest tally - more than 14.5 million infected and 175,000 deaths, while Brazil has the second-highest death toll - over 371,000 deaths and 13.9 million coronavirus cases.

    Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world with over 212,000 fatalities and almost 2.3 million infected.

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    • 22:15

      Over Half of American Adults Inoculated With at Least One Coronavirus Vaccine Shot, CDC Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine has been administered to 50.4 percent, or nearly 130 million, of the US population over the age of 18, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

      A total of 209,406,814 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, according to CDC data released on Sunday. At least one dose has been administered to 129,988,985 people aged 18 and over.

      In total, 131,247,546 people in the US, or about 39.5 percent of the population, have received at least one vaccine dose, while 84,263,408 (over 25 percent of the total population) have been fully vaccinated, according to CDC.

      Overall, more than 264.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been delivered in the US.

    • 17:51

      Macron Doubts Russia's Sputnik V Could Accelerate Vaccination in EU

      French President Emmanuel Macron does not believe that the Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine can currently contribute to accelerating the vaccination pace in the EU as the Russian drug has yet to obtain approval from the European health regulator.

      "At this stage, the Russian vaccine is not recognised by our authorities ... So I don't think that the Russian vaccine today is a solution to an acceleration because it will take time to have the authorisation of the European agency and it will take time to produce on our continent such a vaccine", Macron told CBS News in an interview.

      On Tuesday, Renaud Muselier, the head of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region in southeastern France, said that he had pre-ordered half a million shots of the Sputnik V vaccine, pending approval at the European level.

      The French secretary of state for European affairs, Clement Beaune, has expressed dissatisfaction over this decision. According to the official, it is necessary to wait for the decision of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the Russian vaccine.

      Last week, Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the far-left France Untamed political party and a former presidential candidate, said that Paris had been aware of the high efficacy of Sputnik V since November, but refrained from procuring it owing to ideological considerations.

      In the meantime, the EMA has been evaluating Sputnik V since 4 March. However, several EU countries, including Slovakia and Hungary, have already approved its use without waiting for EMA authorization. Overall, the Russian vaccine has been approved in 60 countries worldwide.

    • 15:49

      Italy Registers 12,694 New Cases, 251 New Deaths

    • 15:21

      UK Records 10 Deaths From COVID, Lowest Since September

    • 15:18

      South African Drug Regulator Recommends Resuming J&J Vaccine Rollout

      South Africa’s health watchdog SAPHRA has recommended resuming the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, days after it was paused over blot clotting concerns.

      South Africa stopped administering the US-made vaccine after the US Food and Drug Administration said that six women aged 18 to 48 had developed a rare and severe type of blood clots. One of them died.

      "Based on their review of the available data, SAHPRA has recommended that the pause in the Sisonke study be lifted, provided that specific conditions are met", a statement read.

      It recommended informing people about possible adverse effects prior to the vaccination and monitoring those injected with the J&J shot if they are deemed at high risk of a blood clotting disorder.

      SAHPRA chairperson Helen Rees argued that the risk of developing blood clotting complications was small and protecting yourself against COVID-19 was advisable.

      "Nobody wants to get COVID-19. The sooner we can vaccinate people the better. We want to build public confidence and hope that next week we will get response from the Research Ethics Committee", she said.

      Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said on Tuesday that more than 289,000 health care workers in South Africa had received a J&J shot. The country has amassed 30 million J&J doses on top of 30 million Pfizer doses.

    • 13:50

      Malaysia Reports 2,195 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 13:11

      Saudi Arabia Says Coronavirus Vaccination Required for Umrah Pilgrimage

    • 12:58

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      Residents of the state of New York were particularly "lucky" in spotting mysterious objects in the sky. According to the US National UFO Reporting Centre (NUFORC), reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena nearly doubled in 2020 to 300 compared to the previous year.
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    • 11:44

      Canada Reports 2nd Blood Clot Case After AstraZeneca Covishield Vaccine

      A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the 2-million AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ontario, Canada March 3, 2021.

      Canada Reports 2nd Blood Clot Case After AstraZeneca Covishield Vaccine

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A second case of rare blood clots has been found in a patient in Canada who received Covishield, an AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in India, the Canadian government's Health Department said on Sunday.
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    • 10:13

      India Axes $67,000 Insurance Scheme For Families of Doctors Who Died While Treating COVID Patients

      A doctor wearing a hazmat suit holds a tube containig a sample for testing the COVID-19 coronavirus during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Srinagar on April 30, 2020.

      India Axes $67,000 Insurance Scheme For Families of Doctors Who Died While Treating COVID Patients

      The revocation of the federal scheme for doctors and other healthcare workers comes at a time when India is in the grips of a second COVID wave, having recorded more than 200,000 new infections on four consecutive days. Authorities in various states are already complaining of crumbling medical infrastructure and overworked doctors.
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    • 09:25

      Philippines Confirms Over 10,000 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 08:59

      Labour Party Urges UK PM Johnson to Cancel Visit to India Due to New COVID Strain There

      "I can't see why the prime minister can't conduct his business via Zoom", Shadow Communities Secretary Steve Reed said, stressing that Boris Johnson should not travel to India at the moment.

    • 08:10

      Russia Confirms 8,632 New Coronavirus Cases

      "Over the past day, 8,632 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 83 Russian regions, including 1,094 cases (12.7 percent) that were detected among people showing no clinical symptoms", the coronavirus response centre said.

    • 07:06

      As COVID-19 Rages in Lebanon, Authorities are Struggling to Establish a Steady Supply of Jabs

      A patient who is suffering from the Covid-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus is treated at the intensive care unit of the Geitaoui hospital in the Lebanese capital Beirut, on January 14, 2021.

      As COVID-19 Rages in Lebanon, Authorities are Struggling to Establish a Steady Supply of Jabs

      So far, Lebanon has vaccinated only 2.2 percent of its citizens. But to reach a herd immunity, it will need millions of vaccines and an impressive sum of money, cash that Beirut does not have.
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    • 06:21

      Indian PM Draws Backlash for Holding 'Superspreader' Election Meetings Amid Record COVID Surge

      A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wearing a face cutout of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a public rally being addressed by him during the ongoing fourth phase of the West Bengal's state legislative assembly elections, at Kawakhali on the outskirts of Siliguri on April 10, 2021.

      Indian PM Draws Backlash for Holding 'Superspreader' Election Meetings Amid Record COVID Surge

      The second COVID wave in the country has been particularly devastating, with the nation recording more than 100,000 infections on a daily basis in recent weeks. Amid the record surge in infections, PM Narendra Modi's election meetings have been described as "superspreader" events by opposition parties, contributing to the worsening situation.
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    • 04:51

      Germany Registers 19,185 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 04:34

      India Confirms 261,500 New Coronavirus Cases, Setting New Daily Record

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