Coronavirus pandemic


What you need to know about the coronavirus right now 

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now 

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:

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UK study finds vaccines offer high protection against hospitalisation from Delta variant 

UK study finds vaccines offer high protection against hospitalisation from Delta variant 

COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca offer high protection of more than 90% against hospitalisation from the Delta coronavirus variant, a new analysis by Public Health England (PHE) showed on Monday.

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Delta variant doubles risk of COVID hospitalisation: Scottish study 

Delta variant doubles risk of COVID hospitalisation: Scottish study 

The Delta coronavirus variant doubles the risk of hospitalisation compared with the previously dominant variant in Britain, but two doses of vaccine still provide strong protection, a Scottish study found on Monday.

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S.Korea eases COVID-19 restrictions on concerts, sports games 

S.Korea eases COVID-19 restrictions on concerts, sports games 

South Korea began easing restrictions on large concerts and sports events on Monday after announcing last week it would loosen a series of coronavirus curbs as the country pushes ahead with its vaccination drive.

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India cuts taxes on medicines and equipment to treat COVID-19 

India cuts taxes on medicines and equipment to treat COVID-19 

India on Saturday cut taxes on medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators and drugs used to treat COVID-19 infections, after widespread criticism over healthcare costs during a devastating second wave of the virus in April and May.

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Biden to donate 500 million Pfizer doses, urge others to join in 

Biden to donate 500 million Pfizer doses, urge others to join in 

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries, while calling on the world's democracies to do their part to help end the deadly pandemic, the White House said.

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Indian state sharply raises COVID-19 death toll prompting call for wide review 

Indian state sharply raises COVID-19 death toll prompting call for wide review 

An Indian state has raised its COVID-19 death toll sharply higher after the discovery of thousands of unreported cases, lending weight to suspicion that India's overall death tally is significantly more than the official figure.

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UK health minister defends COVID-19 record after allegations by former PM aide 

UK health minister defends COVID-19 record after allegations by former PM aide 

British health minister Matt Hancock rejected allegations by a former top aide of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying there was never a national shortage of protective equipment and the government followed clinical guidance on care homes.

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Tokyo vaccination centre to offer shots to younger people as Olympics loom 

Tokyo vaccination centre to offer shots to younger people as Olympics loom 

The main coronavirus vaccination centre in the Japanese capital of Tokyo will begin booking shots for people under 65 from Saturday, media reported on Thursday, as it ramps up inoculation efforts before the 2020 Olympics open next month.

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U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to poor nations 

U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to poor nations 

The United States will spend $3.5 billion to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to some of the world's poorest countries, it said on Thursday, urging other G7 nations to follow suit.

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