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    So far, over 160 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 32.8 million cases and a death toll in excess of 583,000.

    Next comes India, which has been experiencing a major crisis in the last few weeks, with 23.7 million cases and over 258,000 deaths. Brazil has confirmed over 15.3 million infected and around 428,000 fatalities from the pandemic.

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    • 20:49

      FBI Notifies of Identity Theft Threat From Online Images of COVID-19 Vaccine Cards

      This undated photo provided by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows a fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination card.

      FBI Warns of Identity Theft Threat From Online Images of COVID Vaccine Cards

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Vaccinated Americans should avoid posting images of their vaccination cards online due to the threat of identity theft, the FBI said on Thursday.
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    • 20:39

      Fear of Contracting COVID-19 Hits New Low for US Adults, Poll Reveals

      Croix Hill, 15, left Ava Kreutziger, 14 and Lilly Gorman, 15, wait to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ochsner Center for Primary Care and Wellness, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer vaccine for use in teenagers ages 12 to 15 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., May 13, 2021.

      Fear of Contracting COVID-19 Hits New Low for US Adults, Poll Reveals

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Just three in ten Americans say they are worried about catching the novel coronavirus, the lowest level of fear in the past year, a Gallup poll said on Thursday.
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    • 19:49

      US Supports Ongoing Investigation of COVID-19 Origins, Blinken Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US is not satisfied with the initial investigation of COVID-19 origins and supports the ongoing probe into the causes of coronavirus pandemic, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.

      “[US is] not satisfied with the original investigation. Yes, [US] supports an ongoing investigation to get to the bottom of what happened with COVID-19,” Blinken said during a briefing. “This is so important because we need to understand what happened, if we are going to have the best possible opportunity to prevent it from happening again.”

    • 19:27

      Correspondents' Association Says White House Mask Requirement Lifted Effective Immediately

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The White House has officially lifted its mask-wearing requirement effective immediately for individuals who have been fully vaccinated, the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) said on Thursday.

      "Effective immediately, pursuant to the new CDC guidance, mask-wearing requirements are lifted at the White House complex for those who are 14 days after their last required dose of one of the COVID-19 shots," the WHCA said in a statement.

    • 19:22

      US Allocates $742Mln in COVID-19-Related Aid to Homeowners in 42 states, Treasury Says

      An advertising sign for building land stands in front of a new home construction site in Northbrook, Ill., Sunday, March 21, 2021.

      US Distributes $742Mln in COVID-19-Related Aid to Homeowners in 42 states, Treasury Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US government has provided nearly $750 million in aid to homeowners in 42 states and five territories as part of the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan, the Treasury Department said on Thursday.
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    • 18:32

      US Scraps Indoor and Outdoor Mask-Wearing Requirements For Fully Vaccinated People

      "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing", said CDC director Rochelle Walensky.

    • 17:42

      China Supports WTO's Proposal to Waive COVID-19 Vaccine Patents

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China supports the proposal of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to waive intellectual property protection for coronavirus vaccines, Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said on Thursday.

      "The members of WTO are currently discussing the global accessibility of vaccines. China believes that WTO can play a positive role in this issue. China supports the WTO's proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines and other anti-epidemic products and proposed to move the stage of textual consultation", Feng said.

      The head of WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and US President Joe Biden also recently lent support to waive coronavirus vaccine patents. Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday, she expects that WTO member countries will make a decision to waive coronavirus vaccine patent at the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) which will take place from 30 November to 3 December in Geneva. According to her, an urgent solution must be found as to the waiver for COVID-19 vaccines in order to speed up vaccination around the world.

      A proposal to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines was offered by India and South Africa at WTO in 2020. It was supported by almost 60 countries. It gained momentum after the US backed it last week. It is argued that the waiver of patents will increase access to doses in poorer countries. On the other hand, some European countries such as Germany, France, Italy officially oppose the proposal to waive patents. They affirm that patents encourage firms to invest and produce COVID vaccines in record times.

    • 17:24

      Canada’s Ontario Extends COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order ‘At Least’ Until 2 June

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - The Canadian province of Ontario is extending the province-wide stay-at-home order until June 2, at the earliest, Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday.

      “We need to maintain the stay-at-home order and all public health measures until, at least, 2 June”, Ford said during a press briefing.

      While Ontario’s public health officials have seen declining numbers of new COVID-19 infections since the stay-at-home order was introduced more than a month ago, provincial hospitals remain at capacity and resources are stretched to the limit.

      Extended public health measures will allow the province’s vaccine rollout to make additional headway, Ford noted.

      Ontario’s public health authorities are recording an average of 2,500 new cases daily since the introduction of a third province-wide lockdown since the onset of the pandemic. Experts estimate that variants - particularly the B.1.1.7 one first identified in the United Kingdom - now make up the vast majority of all new cases.

      To date, Ontario has reported 502,171 cases and 8,405 virus-related deaths since the onset of the pandemic a year ago.

    • 14:14

      Putin, Guterres Discuss Building Up Collective Efforts to Combat COVID-19, Kremlin Says

    • 13:40

      UK PM Johnson 'Cautiously Optimistic' COVID-19 Indian Variant Will Not Delay Lockdown Easing

      "I think we have to wait a little bit longer to see how the data is looking but I am cautiously optimistic about that and provided this Indian variant doesn't take off in the way some people fear, I think certainly things could get back much, much closer to normality", Johnson told broadcasters during a visit to a primary school in County Durham, northeast England.

    • 13:18

      Indonesia Confirms 3,448 New Coronavirus Infections

    • 12:50

      US Weekly Jobless Benefits Down 7% in Continued Rebound From COVID-19 - Labour Dept.

      "In the week ending May 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 473,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised level", the department said in a statement. "This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,500".

    • 12:23

      Russian Watchdog Says No Grounds to Conclude Russian Students Have Indian COVID-19 Strain

      "According to experts' data, the analysis of the genome sequences of the coronavirus isolates found in the students does not allow attributing them to the 'Indian' strain, which people are now commonly afraid of. There is no data from which it could be concluded that these particular isolates from the Ulyanovsk students pose a greater danger than the regular coronavirus", the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology said in a statement.

    • 12:13

      IOC Confident of Hosting Tokyo Olympics Despite Public Unease Over Rising COVID-19 Cases in Japan

      The Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower are illuminated with Olympic colours to mark 100 days countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan April 14, 2021.

      IOC Confident of Hosting Tokyo Olympics Despite Public Unease Over Rising COVID-19 Cases in Japan

      The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is "moving fully ahead" with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics despite widespread public unease in Japan over the spread of the coronavirus. A state of emergency was extended in Japan this week after COVID-19 cases swelled, but the IOC is hopeful that the virus will be contained.
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    • 12:00

      Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine Registered in Maldives

    • 11:37

      Sputnik V Will Be Available for Purchase in India Starting Next Week

    • 11:18

      Sputnik Light Vaccine Will Be Ok for Elderly Patients, But Additional Trials Needed for Authorisation, Developer Says

    • 11:08

      PM Johnson Announces Meeting to Consider Action Against Indian COVID Variant

      "We are anxious about it [the Indian strain] - it has been spreading," Johnson said, adding that there would be meetings later on Thursday to discuss what to do.

      "We're ruling nothing out," Johnson added. "At the moment I can see nothing that dissuades me from thinking we'll be able to go ahead on Monday and June 21 everywhere".

    • 11:05

      Russia's Gamaleya to Test Sputnik V Effectiveness Against Indian Coronavirus Strain

      A medical worker holds a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19, at the San Marino State Hospital, in San Marino, Friday, April 9, 2021

      Russia's Gamaleya Institute to Test Sputnik V's Effectiveness Against Indian Coronavirus Strain

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Gamaleya research institute has received a sample of the Indian strain of the coronavirus and plans to test the Sputnik V vaccine's effectiveness against this variant of the virus. The results are expected to be available by the end of the next week, institute director Alexander Gintsburg told Sputnik on Thursday.
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    • 10:36

      Czech Republic Registers Six New Deaths Possibly Linked to Vaccination Against COVID-19

    • 10:30

      Oxford, Pfizer COVID Vax Cocktail Prompts More Frequent Yet Mild Side Effects, Study Says

       Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021

      Oxford, Pfizer COVID Vax Cocktail Prompts More Frequent Yet Mild Side Effects, Study Says

      Earlier this month, the European Medicines Agency launched an inquiry into cases of a rare autoimmune disorder from AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. In March, numerous countries suspended the use of this inoculation over serious side effects, including blood clotting.
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    • 09:29

      Daily COVID Death Toll in India Surpasses 4,000

    • 09:14

      Philippines Confirms 6,385 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 08:24

      Russia Registers 8,380 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia registered 8,380 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, up from 8,217 the day before, taking the overall tally to 4,913,439, the coronavirus response centre said on Thursday.

      "Over the past day, 8,380 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 84 Russian regions, including 1,347 cases (16.1 percent) without clinical symptoms", the centre said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.17 percent.

    • 08:10

      Russia Registers Its First Cases of Indian COVID Strain

    • 07:34

      Taiwan Reports 13 New Domestic COVID-19 Cases

    • 07:01

      Not Enough Jabs? Indian State Governments to Float Global Tender for Coronavirus Vaccines

      3D-printed small toy figurines, a syringe and vial labelled coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine are seen in front of India flag

      Not Enough Jabs? Indian State Governments to Float Global Tender for Coronavirus Vaccines

      According to India's federal Health Ministry, it has provided 180 million COVID vaccine doses to the states and union territories for free, and has nine million more doses in stock. Only 2.7 percent of India's 1.3 billion population has received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine so far.
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    • 06:45

      India Greenlights Phase II and III Clinical Trials of COVAXIN for Children Aged 2-18

    • 06:19

      Indian Authorities Recommend Increasing Gap Between Two Doses of Covishield Vaccine to 12-16 Weeks

    • 06:12

      Boris Johnson Mulls Three-Pronged Defence Strategy in Face of Public COVID-19 Inquiry

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a 'thumbs-up' gesture as he arrives at the G7 foreign ministers meeting in London on May 5, 2021

      Boris Johnson Mulls Three-Pronged Defence Strategy in Face of Public COVID-19 Inquiry

      On Wednesday, Boris Johnson announced that an independent public inquiry into the government's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely begin in the spring of 2022.
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    • 06:00

      Germany Registers 17,419 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:58

      Ukraine Confirms 6,813 New COVID-19 Cases

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