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Brazil passes 500,000 COVID deaths as anti-gov’t protesters rally | Coronavirus pandemic News

Thousands protest President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response as Brazil’s COVID death toll, the second-highest in the world, passes 500,000. Thousands…

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US sends 2.5 million COVID vaccines to Taiwan | Coronavirus pandemic News

Delivery more than triples Washington’s previous allocation of shots for the island, amid simmering US-China tensions. The United States has…

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Uganda imposes new COVID restrictions as cases surge | Coronavirus pandemic News

Uganda is among some African countries seeing a dramatic rise in the number of infections amid a vaccine shortage. Uganda…

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Milkha Singh: India’s ‘Flying Sikh’ dies of COVID aged 91 | Coronavirus pandemic News

Singh, a four-time Asian Games gold medallist, passed away at a hospital in the north Indian city of Chandigarh. Milkha…

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In COVID hit Asia, mixed messages on refugee vaccinations | Coronavirus pandemic News

Medan, Indonesia – Earlier this month, dozens of Rohingya refugees landed on a deserted island off the coast of Indonesia’s…

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AstraZeneca and EU both claim victory in vaccine battle | Business and Economy News

A court ruled on Friday that AstraZeneca was in breach of its contract with the EU and ordered it to…

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Fed mulls 2023 rate hike, COVID Olympic fears, and a sea drone | Arts and Culture News

THE WEEK IN NUMBERS We gather the numbers to know from the week’s biggest economic news stories so you can…

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As India switches COVID vaccine policy, shortage of jabs remains | Coronavirus pandemic News

Starting from Monday, every Indian adult can get a COVID-19 vaccine dose, that was purchased by the federal government, for…

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Maradona death probe: Argentina prosecutor questions star’s nurse | Coronavirus pandemic News

An Argentinian prosecutor began hearing evidence on Monday in a case involving seven people accused of contributing to the death…

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Nearing 600,000 COVID deaths, US continues vaccination push | Coronavirus pandemic News

Across the United States, governments are loosening social distancing rules and relaxing mask mandates, and businesses are fully reopening amid…

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Oil holds near multi-year highs as vaccine rollout pushes demand | Aviation News

Americans are becoming more comfortable meeting friends, returning to offices and attending large events, as per a survey. Oil prices…

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Copa America opens in Brazil against backdrop of COVID crisis | Coronavirus pandemic News

Long-delayed football tournament comes amid still-surging pandemic in Brazil, which has registered more than 486,000 deaths. After uncertainty over what…

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Faith on the COVID Frontline | Close Up

What can the doctor son of British immigrants teach us about social justice and economic inequality during the pandemic? All…

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‘Non-working week’ declared in Moscow as COVID-19 cases jump | Coronavirus pandemic News

Mayor says the spread of the coronavirus infection ‘has sharply deteriorated’ in the Russian capital. The mayor of Moscow has…

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Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Hajj due to COVID | Coronavirus pandemic News

Saudi Arabia says this pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 citizens and residents. No foreign travellers will be allowed to…

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Paraguay publishes names of the vaccinated to stop COVID cheaters | Coronavirus pandemic News

The South American nation’s public database lists each person’s name, place of vaccination, type of vaccine and number of doses…

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Delta COVID variant 60 percent more transmissible, UK gov’t says | Coronavirus pandemic News

The variant first identified in India currently accounts for more than 90 percent of Britain’s new COVID-19 cases. Health authorities…

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This Indian village refused COVID vaccines, fearing a god’s wrath | Coronavirus pandemic News

Malana, Himachal Pradesh – On May 22, a team of health workers trekked for about 5km (3.1 miles) on foot…

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What are G7 countries promising on COVID vaccines? | Coronavirus pandemic News

Pledges of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses to poor countries are seen as an effort to counter China’s widening…

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Rural Philippines pays price for ignoring COVID warnings | Coronavirus pandemic News

Mindanao, Philippines – They gathered shoulder to shoulder, many without masks, yelling in unison to welcome 2020’s Christmas season. But…

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The politics of Japan’s Taiwan vaccine donation | Coronavirus pandemic News

Tokyo, Japan – The Japanese government has injected itself into the increasingly tense confrontation in the Taiwan Straits. Last Friday,…

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Biden announces ‘no strings attached’ global vaccine donation | Coronavirus pandemic News

United States President Joe Biden has announced a donation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the…

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Paytm, Infosys offer India help in COVID vaccine bookings: Report | Coronavirus pandemic News

About 15 state agencies and private firms, including healthcare giants Apollo and Max, seek approval to provide online bookings, Reuters…

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High Court finds UK gov’t acted unlawfully over COVID contract | Coronavirus pandemic News

Officials showed ‘apparent bias’ in dealings with a company run by associates of Dominic Cummings, judge rules. The United Kingdom’s…

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‘Joints for Jabs’: US state allows free cannabis to promote shots | Coronavirus pandemic News

Washington becomes the latest US state to offer a creative way to encourage COVID vaccinations. With the pace of COVID…

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WHO says can’t force China to give more info on COVID origins | Coronavirus pandemic News

A top World Health Organization official has said the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on the origins…

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Why are calls growing to investigate the Wuhan lab leak theory? | Coronavirus pandemic News

There is growing public support among the world’s scientific community for fully exploring the possibility the coronavirus may have emerged…

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Brazil COVID inquiry staffers urge postponing Copa America | Coronavirus pandemic News

Senate commission staffers are latest to raise concerns about Brazil hosting tournament amid COVID-19 pandemic. Staff members of a Brazilian…

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Lab leak reloaded: The media brings back COVID origin debate

The idea that COVID came from a Chinese lab was dismissed as a conspiracy theory but is now back in…

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Can COVID-stricken Brazil host Copa America? | Coronavirus pandemic News

Belo Horizonte, Brazil – It is fitting that the underused Estadio Mane Garrincha football stadium in Brasilia sits almost within…

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Australia’s Victoria reports Delta COVID variant in new outbreak | Coronavirus pandemic News

New variant has not been linked to any sequenced cases elsewhere in Australia but patients had travelled to New South…

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Benefits or bottleneck? US restaurants struggle to hire workers | Business and Economy News

Eva Johannesdottir has gone through six kitchen workers since reopening her restaurant The Cliff last May. Each time, she invested…

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Slow to start, China steps up the pace on vaccination | Coronavirus pandemic News

In the span of just five days last month, China gave 100 million shots of its COVID-19 vaccines. After a…

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India’s child victims of COVID-19 | Child Rights

Last year, Shyam*, 17, became one of the thousands of children in danger of living on the streets of India.…

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Indian doctors fighting COVID ‘overworked, stressed, frightened’ | Coronavirus pandemic News

Low pay, 24-hour shifts and severe shortages of staff and protective gear have left many doctors on the front lines…

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Japan PM Suga seen calling snap election after Olympics: Report | Coronavirus pandemic News

Most likely scenario is for the Japanese leader to dissolve parliament after the end of the Paralympics in September. Japanese…

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