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    So far, over 159 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide, with the global death toll from the pandemic surpassing 3.3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The US is the most affected country, with over 32.7 million cases, while the coronavirus death toll there stands at 582,800.

    Next comes India, which is experiencing a record-high surge and lack of medical equipment, with 23.3 million cases and over 254,000 deaths. Brazil has confirmed over 15 million infected and around 425,500 fatalities from the pandemic.

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    • 23:46

      US Army Tops 1 Million Service Members, Families Vaccinated Against COVID-19

      In this March 9, 2021, file photo, Army health specialists fill syringes with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Miami.

      US Army Surpasses 1Mln COVID-19 Vaccination Milestone for Soldiers, Families

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - More than 1 million coronavirus vaccines have been given to soldiers, family members and Defense Department civilian employees, the US Army said.
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    • 21:00

      WHO Boss Gets Coronavirus Vaccine Shot in Geneva

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The head of the World Health Organization received a shot of a coronavirus vaccine at a university hospital in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday.

      "Today it was my turn to get vaccinated [at] Hopitaux_unige against #COVID19. Vaccines save lives," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted.

      He did not name the vaccine brand. Switzerland uses Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in its immunization program.

      The 56-year-old Ethiopian went on to call on those who live in a country where coronavirus vaccines are available to "please get vaccinated when it’s your turn."

    • 20:19

      Ecuador Eyeing Agreement on Supply of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine, President Says

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Ecuador intends to sign an agreement on the supply of the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, President-elect Guillermo Lasso said on Wednesday.

      "Vaccination is a priority. We are going to sign an agreement on the supply of Sputnik V vaccine with Russia to strengthen our [vaccination] plan. We thank the Russian authorities for their willingness and openness," Lasso tweeted.

    • 20:05

      Norway Officially Drops AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine From Immunization Program - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Norwegian authorities on Wednesday officially removed the UK-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccine from the country's COVID-19 immunization program, The Local newspaper reported, citing the prime minister.

      An expert group on Monday recommended that the government stop administering AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

      According to the media outlet, the use of the J&J vaccine in Norway is still suspended, but citizens have the option of getting vaccinated on a voluntary basis.

      "The government has considered whether people can take the vaccines voluntarily. The government concluded that only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be offered voluntarily," Prime Minister Erna Solberg told reporters, as quoted by The Local.

      The decision was made due to the adenovirus-based vaccines' "rare but serious" side effects, the media outlet added.

    • 18:45

      White House: Biden to Nominate 'Qualified, Experienced' Ambassador to Israel in Coming Weeks

      Flags of the US and Israel in Jerusalem, where the ceremony of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem took place.

      White House: Biden to Nominate 'Qualified, Experienced' Ambassador to Israel in Coming Weeks

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden will nominate in the coming weeks a well qualified and experienced ambassador to Israel, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.
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    • 17:59

      UN Would Welcome Approval of Sputnik V Vaccine by WHO, Guterres Says

      "We would very much welcome the Sputnik [V] vaccine being recognised by the WHO. And I know that the process, the dialogue is taking place. I am very grateful for the fact that the Russian Federation has made available the Sputnik [V] vaccine to UN staff. And we believe that the Sputnik [V vaccine] is one of the key elements in being able to address this challenge", Guterres said following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

    • 13:45

      Angola Approves Use of Russian Single-Dose Coronavirus Vaccine Sputnik Light

      Angola Approves Use of Russian Single-Dose Coronavirus Vaccine Sputnik Light

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Angola registered Russian single-dose coronavirus vaccine Sputnik Light, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Wednesday.
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    • 13:30

      UNICEF Urges UK to Share 20% of Available COVID-19 Vaccines With Low-Income Countries

    • 13:24

      Dutch Parliament Backs COVID-19 Test Pass - Reports

    • 13:04

      Boris Johnson Says Public Inquiry Into COVID-19 Response Will Likely Begin in Spring 2022

    • 12:25

      EMA Experts Are Beginning Sputnik V Manufacturing Inspections - Official

      "The good clinical practice inspections of the Sputnik clinical trials in Russia have recently completed. EU inspectors are just commencing the good manufacturing practice inspections. The results of both of these sets of inspections are then integrated into the assessment process as it goes on", Fergus Sweeney, the head of the EMA's Clinical Studies and Manufacturing Task Force, said.

    • 12:09

      PM Johnson Says Looking at All Possible Solutions Amid Indian Strain Surge in Bolton

    • 11:42

      Pregnant Indian Doctor Succumbs to Coronavirus, Husband Shares Heartrending Last Video Message

       She breathed her last on 26/4/21 and our unborn child a day earlier. She got covid positive on 11/4 and even during her suffering she had made the above video on 17/4 warning others not to take this covid lightly

      Pregnant Indian Doctor Succumbs to Coronavirus, Husband Shares Heartrending Last Video Message

      Dimple Chawla (Dipika), a doctor, was in the seventh month of her pregnancy when she tested positive for COVID-19 on 11 April. After suffering with the disease for more than two weeks, she lost her unborn child on 25 April before losing her own battle against the virus the very next day. She is survived by her husband and three-year-old son.
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    • 11:37

      Boris Johnson Says Public Inquiry Into COVID-19 Response Will Likely Begin in Spring 2022

      Boris Johnson Says Public Inquiry Into COVID-19 Response Will Likely Begin in Spring 2022

      Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that "we should be mindful" of the scale and resources the inquiry requires so that it doesn't inadvertently distract NHS workers "at the peak of our struggle against the disease".
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    • 11:33

      Russian Vaccines Are Effective Against Indian Coronavirus Strain - Deputy Prime Minister

      MOSCOW, May 12 (Sputnik) - Russian vaccines are effective against the coronavirus strain originating in India, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova assured on Wednesday.

      "Research shows that we are protected", she told reporters.

    • 11:24

      Sweden Delays Ease of Coronavirus Restrictions for Public Gatherings Until 1 June

    • 11:13

      Russia Has Not Registered Any Cases of Indian COVID Strain, Deputy PM Says

    • 11:12

      India's Congress Appoints Member Critical of Party Leadership to Head COVID Taskforce

      Indian politician of the Indian National Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad gestures as he leaves the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after an all party meeting called by Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi on February 26, 2019

      India's Congress Appoints Member Critical of Party Leadership to Head COVID Taskforce

      Ghulam Nabi Azad had led a group of senior Congress leaders, known as G-23, to write a letter demanding free and fair organisational election in the party. The G-23 had blamed the Congress leadership for the continued organisational weakness of the party evident in electoral losses in state after state and parliamentary polls. 
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    • 10:48

      Indonesia Registers 4,608 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 10:27

      Finland Confirms 25 Cases of Indian Coronavirus Strain, 5 Cases of English Strain

    • 09:40

      Norway Won't Use AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine, Report Says

    • 09:25

      Over 30,000 Vaccine Side Effects Reported in Sweden, With AstraZeneca Undisputed Leader

      Vials labelled AstraZeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

      Over 30,000 Vaccine Side Effects Reported in Sweden, With AstraZeneca Undisputed Leader

      Healthcare professionals put the "exceptional" spike in reports down to the undivided media attention to the vaccination programme, as well as the campaign shifting to younger people who are more tech-savvy and have a higher propensity to report.
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    • 08:08

      Corpses of Suspected COVID Victims Surface in Indian River After Dead Bodies Found in Ganges

      In this aerial photograph taken on May 5, 2021 funeral pyres of Covid-19 coronavirus victims are seen in a cremation ground along the banks of the Ganges River, in Garhmukteshwar

      Corpses of Suspected COVID Victims Surface in Indian River After Dead Bodies Found in Ganges

      Photos and videos showing the devastating second wave of coronavirus in India have shocked and scared the world. With the death toll due to COVID crossing over 4,000 per day, many Indian cities, including Delhi, have run out of cremation spaces.
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    • 07:24

      Over 24Mln Russians Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19 - Prime Minister

    • 05:45

      Ukraine Confirms 4,538 New Coronavirus Infections

    • 05:07

      COVID Passports in EU Must Be Temporary Measure, European Tourism Association Head Says

    • 04:50

      Germany Confirms Almost 15,000 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 04:41

      Dracula’s Castle Becomes New Hot Spot for COVID-19 Jabs

      Bran Castle towers above Bran commune, in Brasov county, Romania, May 8, 2021. Picture taken with a drone.

      Dracula’s Castle Becomes New Hot Spot for COVID-19 Jabs

      Bran Castle, located on the Transylvanian side of Romania, is said to fit the description of Dracula’s Castle in Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror novel. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Romania has recorded more than one million infections and has recently approved the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.
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