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    The global coronavirus tally is now well over 153 million cases, and the global death toll has surpassed 3.2 million, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.

    The United States is currently the worst-hit nation, with over 32.4 million infected, while the death toll in the country is at 577,500. Next comes India, which is now facing a major surge in COVID-19 numbers and a lack of medical equipment, with more than 20 million cases and 218,000 deaths. At the same time, Brazil has over 14.7 million infected and around 408,000 deaths.

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    • 20:22

      US to Ship Overseas 10% of COVID-19 Vaccines - Biden

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will in the coming two months share with the rest of the world around one tenth of its supply of vaccines against COVID-19, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday.

      “We have already committed... to send 60 million doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines to other countries starting this month and ending in June. That means of all of the vaccines we will have produced for the United States at that time we will have given about ten percent to the rest of the world,” Biden said.

      He described it as “a significant humanitarian commitment” in addition to US funding of COVAX, an international mechanism of purchasing vaccines for underprivileged countries.

      The US prioritizes domestic consumption with foreign commitments limited to Astra Zeneca vaccines that failed to win authorization for use inside the country. The White House admitted that it currently has no Astra Zeneca vaccines, but expects to receive soon 60 million doses.

    • 18:13

      US Working to Send $20Mln Worth of COVID-19 Medications to Brazil

      The United States is working to send $20 million worth of novel coronavirus medications to Brazil to help fulfill hospital shortages of supplies in the Latin American country, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.

      "We are working to partner with the government of Brazil and the Pan American Health Organisation to finalise access to $20 million worth of intubation medications needed to save Brazilian lives", Psaki said in a press briefing.

      Moreover, Psaki said the US administration hopes to have 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine available for global supply in the coming weeks, as well as an additional 50 million more available in the coming months.

      Brazil comes second in terms of global death toll following the United States with more than 575,000 fatalities, and third in terms of the number of confirmed cases after the US and India.

    • 18:12

      Trudeau Slams Anti-Lockdown Protests for 'Prolonging' Health Measures, Pandemic

      Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 5, 2021.

      Trudeau Slams Anti-Lockdown Protests for 'Prolonging' Health Measures, Pandemic

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said anti-lockdown protests are prolonging the duration of the restrictive public health measures and the coronavirus pandemic itself.
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    • 17:07

      Armenian Security Council Head Gets Vaccinated With Sputnik V

      Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan has been inoculated with Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, the council's press service told Sputnik.

      "Today, on 4 May, Armen Grigoryan has received a shot of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19", the statement said.

      Grigoryan followed suit of Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, who got a Sputnik V shot earlier in the day.

      As part of the fight against the coronavirus, Armenia has introduced quarantine until 11 July. The country with a population of about 3 million people has recorded over 217,000 COVID-19 cases to date, including more than 4,100 fatalities.

      Armenia plans to vaccine 700,000 nationals by the year-end, using Sputnik V, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.

    • 17:04

      Nearly Half of Americans Want Facemasks Worn by All, Even The Vaccinated, Poll Shows

      A near majority, 49 percent of US adults, believe those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should continue wearing masks in public, a Rasmussen Reports poll said on Tuesday.

      “The good news is that half of Americans now believe we are winning the war against COVID-19. The bad news is, nearly half still want you to keep wearing a mask, even if you’re vaccinated against the virus”, a press release explaining the poll said.

      In addition to the 49 percent who want the faces of vaccinated Americans covered in public, 54 percent say masks should be worn by those who have contracted COVID-19 and recovered, the release said.

      Many US states have ended facemask requirements for fully vaccinated people when outdoors and away from crowds, although mask rules in most cases remain in places for shoppers inside stores and at other indoor locations.

      The poll also revealed 50 percent now believe the US is winning the war against COVID-19, up from just 28 percent in January. Another 26 percent say the nation is losing the war while 25 percent are not sure.

      Despite the optimism, 58 percent of Americans expect they’ll be required to wear masks in public places for at least another six months, including 25 percent who expect mask mandates to last 18 months or longer, according to the release.

    • 16:52

      Catalonia Will Cancel Curfew, Open Borders on 9 May

      The government of Spain's autonomous community of Catalonia will not prolong the coronavirus curfew after 9 May, and will reopen the borders of the region for all arrivals, Catalonia's acting president, Pere Aragones, said on Tuesday.

      On 9 May, Spain will abandon the high alert regime which was imposed in late October. This includes the cancellation of curfews introduced in various regions, though the authorities of autonomous communities may decide to prolong curfews in their territories and introduce other restrictive measures approved by the country's Supreme Court.

      "After analysing the epidemiological data and taking into account a good pace of vaccination, starting on Sunday, 9 May, night curfews will be cancelled, and entry and exit from Catalonia will be restored", Aragones said at a press conference.

      Since the beginning of the pandemic in Spain, more than 3.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, and over 78,200 have died. A high-alert regime has been introduced in Spain, a curfew is in effect, and movement between autonomous communities is restricted.

      Aragones noted that sanitary measures may be revised again in case the epidemiological situation worsens.

    • 16:50

      Poland Finds COVID Case Clusters Linked to Indian Mutant Strain

      Two clusters of coronavirus cases caused by the Indian mutant strain have been identified in Poland, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Tuesday.

      "We have two confirmed outbreaks related to the Indian virus mutation", he told a news conference.

      The clusters are located in Warsaw and Katowice. The variant was found in 14 samples from these locations.

      A Polish diplomat who was evacuated from India last month together with his wife and four children also tested positive for the Indian variant.

      Niedzielski said that people arriving from India, Brazil and South Africa will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined for longer than the usual 10 days.

    • 14:00

      UK Reports 1,946 New Cases, 4 New Fatalities

    • 13:14

      Hundreds of Drivers Queue in Mumbai as First Drive-In Vaccination Centre Opens in Dadar

    • 12:45

      Further COVID Aid From US to India ‘Delayed’ As Modi Criticised Over Foreign Relief Allocation

      A U.S. Air Force aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief supplies from the United States at the Indira Gandhi International Airport cargo terminal in New Delhi, India

      Further COVID Aid From US to India ‘Delayed’ As Modi Criticised Over Foreign Relief Allocation

      There is growing resentment in India, which is battling a devastating second wave of COVID, over how hundreds of tonnes of medical supplies from foreign countries in the past few days are being allocated. Several state governments which have been facing shortages of medical oxygen and medicines say they haven't received any aid as yet.
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    • 12:02

      Sweden Registers 14,950 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 11:50

      By the Books: As Global Gambling Rebounds Post-COVID-19, How Will Countries Spend Their Casino Cash?

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      By the Books: As Global Gambling Rebounds Post-COVID-19, How Will Countries Spend Their Casino Cash?

      Gambling is slowly becoming a major industry across numerous global economies, but just how much of the funds spent in the betting agencies goes back into businesses and local governments?
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    • 11:45

      New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Every Resident Who Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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      New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Every Resident Who Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19

      Authorities in the northeastern state are not the only ones getting creative in terms of how to convince residents to get vaccinated. Officials in West Virginia have offered residents aged between 16 and 35 a $100 bond if they get a jab.
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    • 10:48

      EMA Starts Reviewing Chinese Vaccine Sinovac

    • 10:37

      Indian Badminton Legend Prakash Padukone Hospitalised After Testing Positive for COVID-19

      Veteran Indian badminton player and father of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, Prakash Padukone, has tested positive for COVID-19 along with other family members, including his wife Ujjala and second daughter Anisha.

    • 10:26

      Asiatic Lions in Hyderabad Zoo Test Positive for COVID-19

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Eight Asiatic lions at an Indian safari park have tested positive for the coronavirus, the first such case in the country, the media said.

      There are twelve lions in the forty-acre safari area of the Nehru Zoological Park in the southern city of Hyderabad, according to The Times of India. Four males and four females have been infected.

      Zookeepers first noticed symptoms of a respiratory disease in the big cats on 24 April, the paper cited sources as saying. Veterinarians took swabs for PCR testing that came back positive.

      A laboratory will do genome sequencing to determine whether the virus came from humans. The paper said that over 25 zoo employees recently tested positive. The zoo was closed to the public last week.

    • 09:45

      North Korean Daily Argues Vaccines 'No Panacea' Amid Supply Crunch

      "The situation in many countries shows that vaccines are far from a panacea", an article in the official paper of the ruling Workers' Party said.

    • 09:39

      India's Top Production House Yash Raj Films Seeks to Vaccinate 30,000 Bollywood Members

      FILE PHOTO: Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi//File Photo/File Photo

      India's Top Production House Yash Raj Films Seeks to Vaccinate 30,000 Bollywood Members

      As the Indian government kickstarted the third phase of the mega COVID-19 vaccination drive from 1 May for all those above 18 years old, there have been several reports of vaccine shortages. The government and pharma companies are making efforts to increase vaccine availability amid skyrocketing cases in India.
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    • 09:23

      Canada Recommends Use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine for People Aged 30 or Older

    • 08:44

      Thailand Confirms 1,763 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 08:03

      Russia Registers 7,770 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      "Over the past day, 7,770 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 82 Russian regions, including 945 cases (12.2%) without clinical symptoms", the coronavirus response centre said, adding that the rate of increase was at 0,16%.

    • 07:32

      World's Largest Vaccine Manufacturer to Invest $333 Million in UK

       A health official draws a dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India

      World's Largest Vaccine Manufacturer to Invest $333 Million in UK

      The investment by the Serum Institute of India in the UK is part of a wider package of £1 billion ($1.388 billion) in investment deals by Indian companies that will create 6,500 jobs in Britain. The vaccine manufacturer's plans were unveiled by Boris Johnson ahead of his virtual talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
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    • 07:18

      Mexico Starts COVID-19 Vaccination of People Over 50

    • 07:16

      Brazil Ready to Support Dialogue With Russia on Sputnik V Certification Amid Vaccine Spat

      A woman wearing a face mask and shield to protect herself from the spread of the new coronavirus, takes part in a protest against racism and police violence during a Black Lives Matter demonstration amid in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

      Brazil Ready to Support Dialogue With Russia on Sputnik V Certification Amid Vaccine Spat

      RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) - The Brazilian foreign and health ministries are willing to continue the conversation about Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V so it can be authorised for use in the country.
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    • 07:12

      Denmark to Open Schools, Theatres, and Indoor Sports Compounds This Week

    • 06:28

      Indian Opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi Urges Modi to Introduce Nationwide Lockdown to Curb COVID

      FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside the casualty ward at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, in New Delhi, India, April 24, 2021.

      Indian Opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi Urges Modi to Introduce Nationwide Lockdown to Curb COVID

      Over the last month, India has faced a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases, leading to massive criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government's handling of the pandemic.
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    • 06:08

      UK Working With WTO to See if It Can Ramp Up Vaccine Supply Around the World, Trade Secretary Truss Says

    • 06:00

      India Confirms 357,000 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 05:35

      Ukraine Confirms 2,472 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 05:26

      First Cases of Infection With Indian Coronavirus Strain Registered in Morocco, Algeria

      Medics in Algeria

      First Cases of Infection With Indian Coronavirus Strain Registered in Morocco, Algeria

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The first cases of infection with the Indian strain of the deadly coronavirus have been registered in Morocco and Algeria.
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    • 05:21

      Sweden Donates One Million AstraZeneca Doses to International Vaccine Programme

      A vial with the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is pictured in Berlin, Germany, March 16, 2021.

      Sweden Donates One Million AstraZeneca Doses to International Vaccine Programme

      Earlier this spring, Sweden, together with many nations across the globe, paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of serious blood clotting and haemorrhages among its recipients, only to later resume its use for people aged 65 or above.
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    • 05:20

      Herd Immunity Against COVID-19 in US Cannot Be Reached in Foreseeable Future, Experts Say

      Dashon Bates, 28, receives his coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as vaccine eligibility expands to anyone over the age of 16 at the Bradfield Community Center through Health Partners of Western Ohio in Lima, Ohio, U.S., March 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Megan Jelinger

      Herd Immunity Against COVID-19 in US Cannot Be Reached in Foreseeable Future, Experts Say

      The United States has fully vaccinated more than 100 million people against COVID-19, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. During the early stages of the pandemic, experts said 80 percent of people with COVID-19 antibodies is required to obtain herd immunity that would allow restrictions to be lifted.
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