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Somali President underscores need for COVID-19 vaccines for all

New York: Despite the heavy impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somalia has continued on the path to economic reform, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said in a pre-recorded speech to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccine equality, ‘most pressing issue of our times’ – UN chief

New York: The remarkable and rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines offers “great hope” that the devastating pandemic can be overcome, the UN chief told the first International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation on Thursday, but everyone must be reached everywhere, “as quickly as possible”.

US President Biden says COVID booster shots not needed now

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: US President Joe Biden said individuals do not need to get a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine right now but it might be needed later.

UN chief urges G20 finance chiefs to support global COVID vaccine plan, climate finance

New York: UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday urged the world’s largest economies to spearhead a global COVID-19 vaccination plan, expand debt relief to developing countries battered by the pandemic, and step up funding for climate action.

Beijing gifts 700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Kabul: Reports

Moscow/Sputnik: A batch of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines has been handed over to Afghanistan during an official ceremony in Kabul, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Give us money, not COVID-19 jabs: Afghanistan refugees tell Pakistan govt

Claiming that their camps were not hit by COVID-19, Afghan refugees in Pakistan’s southern provinces have demanded they want money from the Pakistan government and not vaccine jabs.

Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli inoculated with Indian COVID vaccine

Kathmandu/UNI: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was vaccinated against the COVID-19 with the Indian-made Covishield vaccine here on Sunday.

Health Canada approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, to receive 500,000 doses by March-end

Ottawa/IBNS: Health Canada has approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca on Friday morning after reviewing two-dose vaccines for safety and efficacy since October, Health Canada reported.

Australian Prime Minister gets vaccinated against COVID19 marking 'comeback' from pandemic

Moscow/Sputnik: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was among the first people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus in the country on Sunday.

Over 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in United States: CDC

Washington/Sputnik: More than 50 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Joe Biden will purchase extra 200mln vaccine doses to reach 600mln by summer: White House

Washington/Sputnik: The Biden administration is working to purchase additional 200 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to reach 600 million doses this summer and vaccinate 300 million people, the White House said in a press release.

First Nations in Western Canada hit hard by COVID-19

Canada/IBNS: Canadian federal officials are alarmed by the rising curve of COVID-19 outbreaks in people of First Nations in Western Canada, making up half the number of hospitalizations in some provinces.

Health Canada approves Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for people above 18 years

Canada/IBNS: Health Canada authorized on Wednesday the second COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Moderna for use in the country for people 18 years of age or older, marking a critical step in ensuring the availability of additional vaccines to all Canadians.

COVID-19: Avoid ‘nationalistic footrace’ in choosing vaccines

New York: As governments move to secure COVID-19 vaccines for their populations, choosing these treatments should not be viewed as “some kind of nationalistic footrace”, with some countries winning and others losing, a senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Friday.

Health Canada, FDA closely watching for any adverse reactions of Pfizer vaccine

Canada/IBNS: Health Canada and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being cautious for any unexpected side effects of COVID-19 vaccines after a health worker in Alaska (US), with no history of allergies, had a severe anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine, and after Britain reported two similar cases last week, media reports said.