Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus – Metro US

Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled “Coronavirus
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled “Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine” along with a medical syringe in front of a Chinese flag in this illustration

(Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday China will strive to provide 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries in 2021, state broadcaster CCTV reported.


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* Russia has administered COVID-19 vaccines to 38.9 million people, about 27% of its population, health minister Mikhail Murashko said on Thursday.

* France’s highest court upheld a new law requiring the public to hold a health pass to access bars and restaurants and health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-September, saying it complied with the republic’s founding charter.


* The Indian government has asked state authorities to impose restrictions ahead of festivals across the country, warning that overcrowding could lead to “super spreader” events and a new surge in infections.

* Some members of a Japanese government expert panel warned that a recent surge in COVID-19 cases was severe enough to impose a nationwide state of emergency.


* The number of new COVID-19 cases climbed to a six-month high in the United States, with more than 100,000 infections reported on Wednesday as the Delta variant ravages Florida and other states with lower vaccination rates.

* Brazil’s northeastern states suspended plans to import Russia COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V due to the conditions set by the country’s health regulator Anvisa, Piauí state’s governor, Wellington Dias, said on Thursday.

* The United States is working to give additional COVID-19 booster shots to Americans with compromised immune systems as quickly as possible, as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise, top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said.


* Senegal’s Institut Pasteur of Dakar (IPD) has reached a deal with U.S. company MedInstill for the bottling of COVID-19 shots, an EU document shows, marking a step to becoming a fully-fledged maker of coronavirus vaccines for Africa.


* In vaccinated patients with “breakthrough” COVID-19 infections, the disease may not affect the lungs as much as in unvaccinated patients, new data from India suggests.

* Moderna Inc said its COVID-19 vaccine was about 93% effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial.


* Oil prices rose more than 1% on Thursday on increasing Middle East tensions, but gains were capped as fresh restrictions to counter a surge in COVID-19 cases threatened the global energy demand recovery.

* A key architect of the Federal Reserve’s new policy strategy said he feels the conditions for raising interest rates could be met by the end of 2022.

* Indonesia’s economy grew 7.07% in the April-June quarter compared with a year earlier, beating market estimates and marking its first expansion in five quarters.

(Compiled by Ramakrishnan M., Devika Syamnath, Anita Kobylinska and Shinjini Ganguli; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Maju Samuel)

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