- 4 billion Covid vaccine doses administered across world
More than four billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered around the world, eight months after the vaccination drive started, according to an AFP count on Thursday.
- Beijing reports first Covid case this year
A Covid-19 outbreak that started at an airport in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing is testing China’s zero-tolerance measures, which are some of the most sweeping and comprehensive in the world. Beijing reported its first locally transmitted infection in six months on Thursday.
- Israel to be first country to offer Pfizer booster shot to those over 60
Israel will begin offering a third shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to people aged over 60, a world first in efforts to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. PM Naftali Bennett, launching the campaign, said President Isaac Herzog would be the first to receive the booster, on Friday.
- US backs WHO’s Covid origins probe again
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met the head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in Kuwait on Wednesday where he pledged his support to the UN agency’s investigation in China into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
- $4 b pledged in push to repair Covid’s education damage
International governments and companies have pledged more than $4 billion to educate 175 million children around the world and prevent a generation’s chances of being blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- New Covid cases hit record high in Japan
Tokyo/Cairo : Japan hit a record number of new virus cases on Thursday as Tokyo Olympics organisers defended their Covid-19 countermeasures and dismissed any link to the nationwide surge.
- Fourth wave of Covid-19 hits Middle East, WHO sounds alarm over delta variant
Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, and Libya are the countries worst hit by the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the Middle East. Meanwhile, only 5.5% of the region’s population has been fully vaccinated.
- Saudi Arabia to reopen to vaccinated tourists after 17-month Covid closure
Saudi Arabia announced Friday it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists after a 17-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state news agency said.
- UK lifts quarantine for US, EU travellers; India still on red list
The United Kingdom on Wednesday gave relaxations to fully vaccinated travellers from the United States and European Union (EU) countries by removing the mandatory 10-day quarantine. The new rules will come into effect from Monday.
- Bhutan fully vaccinates 90% population in one week, Unicef lauds ‘success story’
Bhutan started vaccinating its population with the second dose of the Covid-19 shot from July 20 and within seven days i.e. by July 27 (Tuesday), 90% of the entire population had been fully vaccinated, said the country’s health ministry.