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    The global death toll from the coronavirus has reached 3.86 million, while over 178 million cases of the infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.

    The US remains the worst-hit nation, with well over 33.5 million coronavirus cases, while at least 600,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. It is followed by India, where the wave of COVID is thinning out after a surge in May, with over 29.8 million cases and over 386,000 deaths. Meanwhile, Brazil has the third-highest number of COVID-19 infections (at least 17.9 million cases) and the second-highest reported number of deaths (496,000).

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    • 23:47

      Colombia's Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100,000, Health Ministry Says

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Colombia has risen by 648 over the past day to 100,582 people, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement.

      It said the overall number of cases increased by 23,239 over the past 24 hours to 3,968,405.

    • 19:18

      India Hits Record 8 Million People Vaccinated in a Day, Health Ministry Says

      Motiar Rahman, a villager, receives a dose of COVISHIELD vaccine, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, during a door-to-door vaccination and testing drive at Uttar Batora Island in Howrah district in West Bengal state, India, June 21, 2021.

      India Vaccinates Record 8 Million People Per 24 Hours, Health Ministry Says

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Over eight million people received a vaccine against COVID-19 in India on the first day of free vaccination for the entire elderly population, the country’s health ministry said on Monday.
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    • 19:07

      MSF Calls on BioNTech to Share COVID-19 Vaccine Technology With Developing Countries

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday called on the German biotechnology company BioNTech, which produces an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, to urgently share its vaccine technology and knowledge with manufacturers in developing countries with vaccine shortages.

      "Ahead of tomorrow’s @BioNTech_Group shareholder meeting, we call on the company to immediately and openly share its vaccine technology and knowledge with able manufacturers in developing countries! Make it a #PeoplesVaccine now," Lara Dovifat, Campaign and Advocacy Advisor for MSF’s Access Campaign, tweeted on Monday.

      According to MSF, some African countries would be able to produce an mRNA vaccine if the technology were shared and financial assistance provided to them. The mRNA vaccine technology of BioNTech has advantages for manufacturing in that it is possible to store it at standard refrigerator temperatures for one month, it is adaptable to new variants, and able to be produced at smaller production sites having no experience in vaccine production.

    • 17:03

      English Football Players Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount Self-Isolating After Contact With Scotland's Billy Gilmour

    • 16:53

      Fully Vaccinated Arrivals in Canada Allowed to Forego Quarantine Starting 5 July, Minister Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Fully vaccinated individuals coming into Canada will no longer be subject to quarantine requirements as of 5 July, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said on Monday.

      "Beginning on 5 July, fully vaccinated travelers, who are permitted to enter Canada, will no longer be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine", Hajdu said during a press briefing.

      Additionally, fully vaccinated travellers can forego testing on the eighth day following arrival, Hajdu added.

      However, Canada will not be adjusting requirements for partially vaccinated travellers, as was recommended by the government’s hand-picked expert panel, and unvaccinated children will be required to abide by the quarantine measures.

      Hajdu explained that the measures will remain in place for most groups of travelers to protect the public from imported cases.

      Hajdu also reiterated that Canada will not be scrapping the controversial hotel quarantine mandate, which forces air arrivals into the country to quarantine at state-designated hotels, citing the risk posed by the Delta coronavirus variant, which was first detected in India.

      Although the Canadian government is constitutionally prohibited from barring citizens from leaving the country, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has used the enhanced border security measures to discourage international travel amid the pandemic.

      All entrants in Canada must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. As of 25 March 2020, Quarantine Act violators may be subject to a fine of up to $537,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

    • 16:25

      White House: US to Share With Other Countries 55Mln Coronavirus Vaccine Doses

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      White House: US to Share With Other Countries 55Mln Coronavirus Vaccine Doses

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is going to share with countries throughout the world some 55 million coronavirus vaccine doses, the White House said on Monday.
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    • 16:24

      WHO Mulling Creation of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub in S. Africa

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) is planning to set up a technology transfer hub in South Africa for the country to produce its own messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines and provide necessary training to local manufacturers, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

      "Today, I'm delighted to announce that WHO is in discussions with a consortium of companies and institutions to establish a technology transfer hub in South Africa. The consortium involves a company Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines which will act as the hub, both by manufacturing mRNA vaccines and by providing training to a second manufacturer called Biovac. In time, Afrigen could provide training to other manufacturers in Africa and beyond", Tedros told a press briefing.

      South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in turn, noted that Africa was now close to being able to manufacture vaccines and medicine-related products on its own.

      "Through this initiative and others, we will change the narrative of an Africa that is a center of disease and poor development", Ramaphosa said.

      So far, 43 African countries have joined the WHO-led COVAX facility, which aims to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines globally. Africa aims to vaccinate at least 20% of the population by providing up to 600 million doses by the end of 2021.

    • 16:15

      WHO Epidemiologist Warns About Vaccine-Resistant 'Constellation' of Virus Mutations in Future

    • 16:10

      Half of COVAX Beneficiaries Don’t Have Enough Vaccines for Mass Immunisation Programmes, WHO Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Half of the beneficiaries of the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility do not have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to continue their mass immunisation programmes, Bruce Aylward, the senior adviser at the World Health Organisation (WHO), said on Monday.

      "What we're hearing is a mix of things ... Some countries saying that they've run completely out of vaccines, and others saying that they are holding back some vaccine to have just in case the other shipments are delayed or continue to be delayed ... but, I would say, of the 80 AMC [Advance Market Commitment] countries, at least well over a half of them would not have sufficient vaccine to be able to sustain their programs right now", WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward said at a press briefing.

    • 13:00

      COVID-19 Vaccine EpiVacCorona Can Be Used for Re-Vaccination Multiple Times, Russia's Consumer Rights Watchdog Says

    • 12:17

      India to Boost Vaccinations As Free Vaccines Authorised for People Over 18

    • 12:14

      UK PM Johnson Says Easing COVID-19 Restrictions on 19 July ‘Looking Good’

    • 11:17

      South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, and Nigeria Considered as Regional Vaccine Manufacturing Hubs, WHO Head Says

    • 11:13

      Russia's Sputnik Light COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available Soon, Health Minister Says

    • 10:40

      Hong Kong to Reduce 14-Day Quarantine on Arrival for Vaccinated Residents, Reports Suggest

    • 09:34

      Scottish Midfielder Billy Gilmour Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Will Miss EURO 2020 Match Against Croatia

    • 09:20

      Early COVID-19 Lockdown Lifting 'Unlikely' Despite Vaccine Rush – UK Minister

      Early COVID-19 Lockdown Lifting 'Unlikely' Despite Vaccine Rush, UK Minister Says

      LONDON (Sputnik) – UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said that it is very "unlikely" the government would lift the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England any time sooner than 19 July, despite the opening of the vaccination programme to all adults in the United Kingdom
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    • 08:17

      Russia Records 17,378 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

    • 07:30

      China Urges Washington to Refrain From 'Political Manipulation' After US Sends Vaccines to Taiwan

    • 07:12

      Pademic Restrictions at Olympics Apply to All, Including Those Vaccinated, IOC Chief Says

    • 06:25

      Russia to Start Sputnik V Trials for Teens Aged 12-17

    • 05:57

      Olympics May Be Held Without Spectators If Tokyo Under State of Emergency, Japanese PM Suga Says

      "If a state of emergency is declared then we can't rule out not having spectators", Suga told reporters during a tour of a vaccination site in Tokyo.

    • 05:51

      Indonesia Will Tighten Pandemic Restrictions for 2 Weeks Amid New COVID-19 Wave

    • 04:57

      India Confirms Lowest Daily Increase of Coronavirus Cases in Almost Three Months

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