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Russia's Sputnik vaccine takes key step to EU approval

Den Haag - Europe's drug regulator launched a review of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, putting it on course to be the first non-Western jab used across the 27-nation EU.

Row in Spain after king's sisters get virus jab in UAE

Madrid - Spain's royal family came under fire Wednesday after King Felipe VI's sisters confirmed they were vaccinated for the coronavirus while visiting their father in the UAE, sidestepping Spanish immunisation protocols.

Novavax hopes to file for US vaccine approval in 2nd quarter of 2021

Washington - US biotech company Novavax said Monday it hopes to file for British approval of its Covid-19 vaccine at the start of the second quarter of 2021, and to do the same soon after in the United States.

EU to propose vaccine 'green pass'

Apo - The European Commission will propose rules for an EU vaccine "green pass" this month, as the bloc prepares to ramp up its Covid-19 immunisation drive, commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Monday.

Over 20 million get first dose of covid vaccine in UK

London - Britain announced Sunday that it has given more than 20 million people at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with the rapid rollout providing hope in a country with Europe's highest death toll.

Prince William warns social media 'awash' with vaccine lies

London - Prince William has warned that anti-vaccination messages are rife on social media and urged those eligible to get jabs, following a similar appeal by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

UN adopts resolution urging equitable access to vaccines

New York - The UN Security Council gave unanimous approval Friday to a resolution calling for improved access to Covid-19 vaccines in conflict-hit or impoverished countries, diplomats said.

Hong Kong and South Korea start coronavirus vaccination drives

Fpo - Hong Kong and South Korea kicked off coronavirus vaccination drives on Friday, as momentum builds for inoculation rollouts across the Asia-Pacific region.

The Negev Bedouin: Israel's vaccine blind spot

Deep in the Negev desert, Bedouin residents of a village deemed illegal by Israel say more houses have been demolished than people vaccinated, despite the Jewish state's world-beating coronavirus inoculation drive.

UN votes on vaccine equity resolution: diplomats

New York - The UN Security Council was voting Thursday on a resolution on improving the availability of Covid-19 vaccines in conflict-wracked or impoverished countries, diplomats said.

Bangladesh vaccinates sex workers at largest brothel

Dhaka - Bangladesh has begun administering coronavirus vaccines to sex workers from the country's largest brothel, a vast warren of shacks home to around 1,900 prostitutes.

Bulgaria scraps vaccine priority lists after low take-up

Sofia - Bulgarians of all ages, some as young as 20, joined long queues at hospitals this weekend after low uptake on priority lists led the government to open up vaccinations to everyone.

IMF chief warns pandemic leaving some countries behind

Washington - The crisis caused by the pandemic is leaving many economies lagging behind, increasing the plight of the poor, a problem made worse by "uneven" access to vaccines, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Wednesday.

Ghana receives world's first doses of free Covax vaccines

Accra - Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute Covid inoculations for free for poorer countries.Launched last April, Covax said it planned to ship two billion doses by year's end.

EU chief upbeat as AstraZeneca flags supply chain issue

London - European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen insisted Wednesday that problems dogging vaccine supplies to the EU can be resolved, after AstraZeneca said it could deliver only half of its expected amount in the second quarter.

Australia administers first Covid-19 vaccines

Sydney - Australia's Covid-19 vaccine rollout began Sunday, with top officials among a small group receiving the first jabs a day before the vaccination programme starts in earnest.

Britain pushes at UN for rich states to share vaccine with poor

New York - Britain has circulated a draft resolution to members of the UN Security Council calling on rich countries to donate doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to poorer and war-torn states, according to a text of the draft seen by AFP Friday.

Argentina president tells health minister to quit over vaccine line-jumping

- Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez asked his health minister to resign Friday after it emerged that friends of his had skipped the line for a Covid-19 vaccination.

Venezuela kicks off Covid vaccine program

Caracas - Venezuela started immunizing health care workers against the coronavirus Thursday with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, as the government said it intended to inoculate 70 percent of the population by year end.

Hong Kong fast-tracks approval for China's Sinovac vaccine

Fpo - Hong Kong's government on Thursday approved the Chinese-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine after a panel of experts fast-tracked its recommendation despite comparatively low efficacy and limited published data.

UN urges global Covid vaccine plan, warns of dangerous inequity

New York - The United Nations on Wednesday led calls for a coordinated global effort to vaccinate against Covid-19, warning that gaping inequities in initial efforts put the whole planet at risk.

UN urges global Covid vaccine plan, warns of dangerous inequity

New York - The United Nations on Wednesday led calls for a coordinated global effort to vaccinate against Covid-19, warning that gaping inequities in initial efforts put the whole planet at risk.

UN chief urges global vaccination plan for Covid-19

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for a global plan to vaccinate against Covid-19, warning that inequities in initial efforts risked both the world's health and economy.

First 1,000 Covid vaccine doses to enter Gaza Wednesday: Israel

Jerusalem - An initial batch of 1,000 coronavirus vaccine doses donated by Russia will enter Gaza on Wednesday, Israel's defence ministry told AFP, after it had blocked a shipment earlier this week.

Brazil's Covid shot campaign gets off to chaotic start

Rio De Janeiro - In hard-hit Brazil, hope unleashed by the first Covid-19 shots is giving way to frustration that the government's vaccination campaign is beset by the same chaos that has marked its pandemic response.

Peru names 6th FM in under a year as vaccine scandal grows

- Peru on Monday appointed its sixth foreign minister in less than a year following a fresh resignation over a growing coronavirus vaccinations scandal.

Vaccine shortage forces Rio to suspend Covid jabs

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro will suspend its Covid-19 vaccination campaign until next week because the Brazilian city has run out of doses, Mayor Eduardo Paes said Monday."I have been informed that the new doses did not arrive.

India producer to send Canada Covid-19 vaccines 'within a month'

New Delhi - The world's biggest vaccine manufacturer said Monday it would deliver Covid-19 shots from India to Canada "in less than a month", days after a phone call between the two nations' leaders following a diplomatic row over protests by farmers.

Peru foreign minister resigns over early vaccination scandal

- Peru's foreign minister resigned Sunday, the second top official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving Covid-19 vaccinations well before the general public.

No end to pandemic without equal vaccine access: experts

Paris - Developing new Covid-19 vaccines will fail to end the pandemic unless all countries receive doses in a fast and fair manner, disease experts warned Saturday.
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OUCH: A nurse vaccinates U.S. President Barack Obama against the H1N1 flu at the White House in 2009.
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