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Copa America opens in Brazil against backdrop of COVID crisis

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

‘Non-working week’ declared in Moscow as COVID-19 cases jump

Mayor says the spread of the coronavirus infection ‘has sharply deteriorated’ in the Russian capital.The mayor of Moscow has announced a “non-working” week in...

Paraguay publishes names of the vaccinated to stop COVID cheaters

The South American nation’s public database lists each person’s name, place of vaccination, type of vaccine and number of doses so citizens can see...

What are G7 countries promising on COVID vaccines?

Pledges of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses to poor countries are seen as an effort to counter China’s widening vaccine diplomacy.Group of Seven...

Rural Philippines pays price for ignoring COVID warnings

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

The politics of Japan’s Taiwan vaccine donation

Tokyo, Japan – The Japanese government has injected itself into the increasingly tense confrontation in the Taiwan Straits. Last Friday, Japan sent Taiwan 1.24 million...

Europe by ‘no means out of danger’ in fight against pandemic: WHO

International health agency issues caution as just 17 percent of Europeans are fully vaccinated while the Delta variant spreads.The World Health Organization has urged...

US to provide 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations

Vaccines to be donated to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union over the next year.The Biden administration has reached an agreement with the...

How world’s top vaccine maker stumbled in its COVID dose drive

Around the world, from Bangladesh to Nepal to Rwanda, vulnerable hotspots have been grappling with stalled Covid-19 vaccination programs as they run out of...

‘Joints for Jabs’: US state allows free cannabis to promote shots

Washington becomes the latest US state to offer a creative way to encourage COVID vaccinations.With the pace of COVID jabs slowing across the United...

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