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Iran unveils second homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

TEHRAN Iran on Sunday unveiled its second homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, based on a recombinant protein that can be injected or inhaled, authorities said. The COV-Pars vaccine, developed by the country's oldest...

Bangladesh starts nationwide COVID vaccination drive

DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladesh on Sunday began a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the immunization from Dhaka on Jan. 27. Officials including Health Minister Zahid Maleque,...

Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism

ANKARA The world's richest countries would do well to hurry in supplying and distributing vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as failing to do so would eventually harm their economies more...

'1 dose of vaccine for virus survivors will save jabs for millions more'

ANKARA A Turkish medical expert voiced support for a recent study that suggested a single shot of coronavirus vaccine can be preventive enough for coronavirus survivors, saying it would also...

Pfizer withdraws emergency use application in India

NEW DELHI, India US-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer has withdrawn its application for emergency-use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in India after the drug controller demanded additional information. “In pursuance of the...

UK authorizes Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

ANKARA Britain’s drug regulator on Wednesday approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in the UK, according to an official statement. Starting today the National Health Service “will prioritise giving the...

Nigeria: COVID-19 fatalities nearly tripled in 1 month

ANKARA The number of people who died of COVID-19 in Nigeria this month has more than doubled compared to the figure in November, amid a second wave of the virus,...

Singapore confirms 1st case of new coronavirus variant

JAKARTA, Indonesia Singapore has confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus variant, which first emerged in the United Kingdom last week and is said to be more contagious.  In a...

South Africa reports over 14,000 new COVID-19 cases

JOHANNESBURG South Africa reported 14,046 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, its highest-ever single-day increase, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed infections to 954,258.    “This indicates that the virus continues to...

Namibia imposes curfew to curb spread of COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG  Namibia imposed a nationwide curfew Wednesday as it battled a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.   Movements are restricted from 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) to 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) in...

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Thousands protest in Madrid against pardoning jailed Catalan leaders

OVIEDO, Spain Around 25,000 people poured into the streets of Madrid on Sunday to protest the Spanish government’s impending move to pardon several jailed Catalan...

Accused terrorist nabbed while trying to enter Turkey

ANKARA  A terrorist wanted with a red notice was among a dozen people arrested while trying to enter Turkey, said the National Defense Ministry on...

Mortar kills 5 civilians in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan A mortar shell fired by Taliban hit a residence in Afghanistan’s Lagman province killed five civilians, according to Afghan Army.The 201st Selab Corps...

UAE, Rwanda ban flights from Uganda due to rise in COVID-19 cases

KAMPALA, Uganda The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Rwanda have banned with immediate effect all flights from Uganda due to reports of rising COVID-19 cases...

Zimbabwe’s albinos entangled in AIDS woes

HARARE, ZimbabweAgnes Humure has been forced to battle with albinism since the day she was born, when her mother was kicked out of her...