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India hails 'life saving' Covid-19 vaccine rollout

New Delhi - India's Covid-19 vaccination drive had a successful start with more than 224,000 people receiving their first jabs and just three people hospitalised for experiencing side effects, the health ministry said Sunday, as reports emerged about concerns over...

Flowers, hope and consent forms for India's huge vaccine rollout

New Delhi - Hospitals were decked out with flowers and one politician planted a tree as India began Saturday its colossal coronavirus vaccine drive, desperately hoping to end a pandemic that has killed 150,000 of its people.

Sri Lanka sticks to cremation of Muslim Covid-19 victims despite uproar

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government insisted Friday on the cremation of all coronavirus victims, rejecting international pleas and recommendations from its own experts to allow the Muslim minority to bury their dead in line with Islamic custom.

How can universities adapt to the coronavirus pandemic? Special

Universities and colleges are now adapting plans for 2021 amidst the uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis. This means further uncertainty for universities around the globe. However, there are actions that can be taken.

California wants pandemic cases info from Amazon

San Francisco - California on Monday accused Amazon of failing to adequately comply with subpoenas demanding details about coronavirus cases and protocols at its facilities here.

Peru suspends clinical trials of Chinese Covid vaccine

- Peru has temporarily suspended clinical trials of a Covid vaccine made by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm after detecting neurological problems in one of its test volunteers.

COVID-19: Round up developments in pathophysiology

How does the novel coronavirus affect the brain and is it correct that air pollution makes COVID-19 symptoms worse? These are some of the research topics appearing in recent weeks. Digital Journal presents a news round-up.

'Believe in miracles': Spiritual cures soothe Covid-hit Albania

- From Christianity and Islam to animal sacrifices and pagan charms, Albanians have all their spiritual bases covered when crisis hits.

Pandemics, climate change 'intensify' global health threats

Paris - From small island states to urbanised powerhouses, every country on Earth faces "multiplying and intensifying" threats to human health as climate change renders future pandemics and system collapses ever more likely, a major study concluded on Thursday...

Devastating effect of COVID-19 pandemic on TB response

A side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic is the impact upon other diseases and conditions. One prime example is tuberculosis, where cases have been increasing in different regions of the world.

'Catastrophic': Balkan healthcare overwhelmed by virus surge

Belgrade - Not enough beds and not enough doctors: a skyrocketing coronavirus caseload is pushing hospitals in the Balkans to the cusp of collapse, in chaotic scenes reminding some medics of the region's 1990s wars.

OPEC and the pandemic has broken the U.S. shale market

OPEC’s oil ministers have a few challenges to consider at a crucial summit next week, but for the first time in years, the U.S. shale boom won’t be at the top of the list.

Frankfurt pharma hub prepares for Covid vaccine task

Frankfurt Am Main - As a string of Covid-19 vaccines near approval, Frankfurt Airport staff are gearing up to handle the unprecedented logistical challenge of transporting millions of life-saving doses worldwide.

Migrants who fled Greek camp blaze face harsh winter

The new camp for migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos was supposed to be a temporary solution for the thousands who escaped a fire that destroyed the infamous Moria camp over two months ago.

Thousands attend Serbian patriarch's funeral, coronavirus victim

Belgrade - Thousands of mourners paid homage Sunday to Patriarch Irinej, leader of Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), who died of Covid-19 during the country's record surge in coronavirus cases.

Pfizer/BioNTech seek early vaccine approval as second virus wave hits hard

Washington - US giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech confirmed they would seek approval on Friday to roll out their coronavirus vaccine early as surging infections forced New York to shut schools and California braced for nighttime curfews.

From 'Grey's Anatomy' to 'This Is Us,' Covid infects TV plots

New York - With Covid upending every aspect of viewers' lives, some TV shows -- from the obvious medical dramas to sitcoms -- have woven the pandemic into their latest seasons' storylines, but a handful have avoided it altogether.

Op-Ed: 2021 — The year of global famine? World food supply warnings

Sydney - We’ve had the plague, now for the famine. The World Food Program is warning of severe food shortages which could impact 40 countries. The mix of pandemic and environmental disasters has trashed the food supply, putting multiple nations at risk.

Greece shuts down all schools as hospitals are overwhelmed

Athens - Greece announced on Saturday the closure of its primary schools, kindergartens and daycare centres amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has saturated the national health system.

BioNTech's founders: scientist couple in global spotlight

Frankfurt Am Main - Progress on a Covid-19 vaccine has propelled the modest husband-and-wife team behind German firm BioNTech into the global limelight, with attention inevitably focussing on their background as the children of Turkish immigrants.

California becomes second state to hit one million virus cases

California has become the second state in the U.S. to top a million Covid cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state reached the grim milestone just days after Texas reported a million cases.

Chain reaction: virus darkens future of Albania's chromium miners

Bulqiz - With mountains of chromite piling sky high on the docks of the port behind him in the Albanian city of Durres, logistics manager Henri Kurti explains the hold up.

Saeb Erekat, veteran fighter for Palestinian cause, dies aged 65

Jerusalem - Saeb Erekat, a veteran chief negotiator for the Palestinian cause, died Tuesday of coronavirus complications at the age of 65, in a death mourned as a "great loss" for his people.

Delhi battling dual crises of pollution and coronavirus

New Delhi - India's capital is reeling from the double impact of the coronavirus and severe air pollution, New Delhi's chief minister warned Thursday, as the megacity reported a record jump in cases and its worst smog in a year.

Pandemic-hit Mexico marks somber Day of the Dead

Mexico - In Mexico death is usually a cause for celebration during the Day of the Dead festival, but this year parades are canceled and cemeteries closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most Canadian businesses recognize they need more scalable IT

Prior to the disruption caused by the pandemic, the pace of digital transformation in Canada was lagging behind other parts of the world, according to Vanson Bourne and Dell Technologies. Is this about to change?

Coronavirus thrives in Karabakh's bomb shelters

Stepanakert - Close quarters, poor ventilation and no masks: in the cellars of Stepanakert, the capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province, residents who have not fled fierce fighting may be safe from shelling, but not coronavirus.

Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid

Manila - A Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster's blade sliced his femoral artery, an official said Tuesday.

Coronavirus thrives in Karabakh's bomb shelters

Stepanakert - Close quarters, poor ventilation and no masks: in the cellars of Stepanakert, the capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province, residents who have not fled fierce fighting may be safe from shelling, but not coronavirus.

India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

New Delhi - New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to "severe" levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as "filthy".
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For many, the COVID-19 crisis has shown how fragile our civilisation is
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