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Over 4B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered worldwide

Over 4B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered worldwide

July 29, 2021, 8:47 pm

ANKARA – Over four billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide, with Turkey ranking among the top 10 countries in the total number jabs given, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University. China leads the global count with over… Read More

Thailand registers record number of daily Covid-19 deaths

Thailand registers record number of daily Covid-19 deaths

July 29, 2021, 5:26 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Thailand registered a record number of daily coronavirus fatalities Thursday as 165 people died over the past day, taking the country’s death toll to 4,562. Cases also jumped to a new single-day high of 17,669 in the last 24 hours as the more infectious Delta variant… Read More

Tokyo's virus cases surge to record high just days into Olympics

Tokyo's virus cases surge to record high just days into Olympics

July 28, 2021, 2:42 pm

ANKARA – Coronavirus cases in Tokyo have shot up to a record high just four days after the start of the Olympics, local media reported on Tuesday. Japan’s capital reported 2,848 new cases – its highest daily figure to date – as a wave of infections driven by the contagious Delta variant… Read More

EU meets 70% vaccination target by July

EU meets 70% vaccination target by July

July 28, 2021, 1:20 pm

BRUSSELS – The European Union reached its target of vaccinating 70 percent of its adult population with at least one jab by July, the bloc’s top official confirmed on Tuesday. “The EU has kept its word and delivered,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission,… Read More

Delta variant poses increasing threat to unvaccinated Americans

Delta variant poses increasing threat to unvaccinated Americans

July 24, 2021, 1:48 pm

WASHINGTON – Covid-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to surge among the unvaccinated across the United States, fueled by the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. More than 91 million people live in a county considered to have high Covid-19 transmission, according… Read More

Jailed adviser of Myanmar's Suu Kyi dies of Covid-19

Jailed adviser of Myanmar's Suu Kyi dies of Covid-19

July 21, 2021, 7:29 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia  – A senior adviser to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned since the Feb. 1 military coup, has died of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) on Tuesday, his party said. Nyan Win, 78, died at a hospital where he was shifted last week from Yangon’s… Read More

Delta variant accounts for 83% of US Covid cases as deaths rise

Delta variant accounts for 83% of US Covid cases as deaths rise

July 21, 2021, 1:58 pm

CHICAGO, United States – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that the Delta variant of the coronavirus accounts for 83 percent of new cases, up significantly from two weeks ago as deaths spike. As of July 3, the variant, considered more easily transmissible… Read More

PH important, trustworthy partner of Vietnam: PM

PH important, trustworthy partner of Vietnam: PM

July 20, 2021, 6:09 pm

HANOI – Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính spoke with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over the phone late Monday, affirming that the archipelago nation is always an important and trustworthy partner that shares many concerns and strategic interests with Vietnam. Chính said… Read More

Fewer women than men to regain employment during Covid recovery

Fewer women than men to regain employment during Covid recovery

July 20, 2021, 2:38 pm

GENEVA – Inequalities between women and men in the job market that have been exacerbated due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will persist and there will be 13 million fewer women employed in 2021 than in 2019, while men’s employment will have succeeded in recovering, an… Read More

Floods in Germany leave more than 150 dead

Floods in Germany leave more than 150 dead

July 18, 2021, 4:38 pm

BERLIN – More than 150 people were killed and over 650 injured in flooding in western Germany, officials said on Sunday. At least 110 people lost their lives in the hard-hit Ahrweiler district of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, the Koblenz Police Department said in a statement. It also reported… Read More

Death toll from Germany floods rises to 106

Death toll from Germany floods rises to 106

July 17, 2021, 4:53 pm

BERLIN – The number of people who died in floods in western Germany rose to 106 on Friday, officials confirmed in Rhineland-Palatinate. At least 63 people have died due to severe flooding, the Koblenz Police Department said in a statement, while in the neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia region,… Read More

World in early stages of Covid-19 third wave: WHO head

World in early stages of Covid-19 third wave: WHO head

July 15, 2021, 3:02 pm

GENEVA – The world is currently in the early stages of a third wave, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. In his opening remarks at the 8th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee on Covid-19, Ghebreyesus said in the past week, cases of… Read More

Covid-19 cases soar in US amid falling vaccination rates

Covid-19 cases soar in US amid falling vaccination rates

July 13, 2021, 1:35 pm

WASHINGTON – Covid-19 cases rose in more than 40 US states over the past week as the vaccination rate has slowed down and the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread. The country is averaging about 19,455 new cases over the last seven days, a 47 percent increase from the week… Read More

Global hunger, malnutrition rose in 2020 mainly due to Covid: UN

Global hunger, malnutrition rose in 2020 mainly due to Covid: UN

July 13, 2021, 1:34 pm

ANKARA – World hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a multi-agency UN report released on Monday. UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health… Read More

Vietnam reports record high of new Covid-19 cases

Vietnam reports record high of new Covid-19 cases

July 12, 2021, 7:22 am

HANOI – For the fourth day running, Vietnam has recorded a record high of new Covid-19 infections. Sunday saw 1,953 new cases in the daily tally including eight imported cases and 1,945 locally transmitted infections. Of the new local cases, Ho Chi Minh City reported 1,397, bringing the total… Read More

Pfizer to develop booster Covid-19 jab; CDC says it's unnecessary

Pfizer to develop booster Covid-19 jab; CDC says it's unnecessary

July 10, 2021, 7:24 pm

WASHINGTON – US drugmaker Pfizer on Thursday revealed its plan to develop a booster dose of its coronavirus vaccine to better protect people from growing variants, heightening hesitancy of the unvaccinated population and sparking confusion around the United States on whether a booster shot is… Read More

 Cuba OKs emergency use of homemade Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba OKs emergency use of homemade Covid-19 vaccine

July 10, 2021, 5:21 pm

HAVANA - The Cuban Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices on Friday gave emergency use authorization to Abdala, one of five vaccines against Covid-19 being developed by Cuban scientists. The regulatory body said in a statement it granted emergency use authorization to… Read More

Global food prices fall for 1st time in 12 months: UN body

Global food prices fall for 1st time in 12 months: UN body

July 9, 2021, 8:18 pm

ANKARA  – World food prices fell in June for the first time in 12 months, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. Following 12 consecutive monthly increases, the FAO Food Price Index slipped 2.5 percent from May, averaging at 124.6 points this June. The figure was… Read More

Pfizer developing Covid-19 booster shot to target Delta variant

Pfizer developing Covid-19 booster shot to target Delta variant

July 9, 2021, 5:50 pm

WASHINGTON – Pfizer and BioNTech said they are developing a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) booster shot intended to target the highly transmissible Delta variant, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. Concerns continue to rise as the Delta strain has already become the dominant… Read More

Haiti prexy assassinated at his residence: official   

Haiti prexy assassinated at his residence: official  

July 7, 2021, 11:08 pm

ANKARA – Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his residence while the first lady was injured, the country's interim prime minister said on Wednesday. According to a statement by Claude Joseph, a group of unidentified people, including those speaking Spanish, attacked the private… Read More