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Covid 19 World News – 4 September  2021

  1. Delta Variant Does Not Cause More Severe Childhood Covid, Suggests US Study Washington: US pediatric Covid hospitalizations have surged since Delta became predominant, but a new study that offers a first look at the relevant data suggests that fears the variant causes more severe disease are unfounded.
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  2. Covid: Australia to get Pfizer doses from UK in vaccine swap
    Australia says it has secured an extra four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the UK in a swap deal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the extra vaccines would help his country come out of its lockdowns sooner.
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  3. EU and AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine row
    The EU and UK-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca have settled a row over a shortfall in coronavirus vaccines that affected the European rollout earlier this year. AstraZeneca has agreed to deliver 200 million doses of its vaccine, which had been promised under a contract, to the EU by the end of March 2022.
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  4. Afghanistan Crisis Updates: Taliban Indicated They’d Be Reasonable In Addressing Our Concerns, Says India
    New Delhi: India and the US are closely watching Pakistan’s actions in Afghanistan, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday, reported news agency PTI.
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  5. UK Panel Against Giving COVID-19 Jabs To Healthy Children Aged 12-15
    London: The UK government’s independent advisory body on vaccines said Friday it would not recommend jabbing all 12- to 15-year-olds against coronavirus, arguing the benefits were “too small”.
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  6. Britain Distributing Coronavirus Vaccines To Climate Talks Delegates
    London: Britain has started shipping COVID-19 vaccines to delegates attending global climate talks it is hosting next month who cannot access them at home, with the first shots to be delivered next week.
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  7. Covid Lockdown, Travel Restrictions Slightly Improved Air Quality: UN Agency Geneva: Pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions caused dramatic but short-lived improvements in air quality and drops in pollution, the UN said on Friday, but warned the blip was no substitute for long-term action.
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  8. UAE Sends Plane Carrying “Medical And Food Aid” To Afghanistan: Report
    Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates sent a plane carrying “urgent medical and food aid” to Afghanistan on Friday, the official WAM news agency said, nearly three weeks after the Taliban’s takeover.
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  9. Italy could soon make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, says PM
    Italy’s prime minister has announced his government could make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, sparking a row in the country that has seen a recent rise in protests and violence from anti-vaxxers.
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  10. Kim Jong-un rejects Covax vaccine offer as North Korea fights pandemic in ‘our style’
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered officials to wage a tougher epidemic prevention campaign in “our style” after he turned down some foreign Covid-19 vaccines offered via the UN-backed immunisation program.
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