Latest information on the global spread of the coronavirus
* The European Union and South Africa are in “intense discussions” on how to increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries, potentially breaking a year-long global deadlock on the subject an EU official said on Thursday.
* Russia has called on retired medics who resigned during the pandemic for safety reasons to return to work as authorities reported a record number of cases in one day as well as a record number of death.
* President Joe Biden on Thursday touted the success of mandates to boost vaccination in the United States, but said more needed to be done to ensure that the 66 million eligible but still unvaccinated people get vaccinated.
* The US Treasury said early reports showed US states had allocated or budgeted 45% of federal COVID-19 relief funds available to them as of July 31, with a greater proportion of funds likely allocated in the last two month.
* A panel of expert advisers from the United States Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend booster shots of Moderna Inc’s vaccine for Americans 65 years of age and older and those at high risk of serious illness .
* A panel of external advisers from the U.S. health regulator will meet at the end of next month to discuss whether to approve Merck & Co’s investigational antiviral drug COVID-19, the agency said Thursday.
* Verison Communications said Thursday that approximately 30,000 non-union U.S. employees must show proof of vaccination by Dec. 8 under President Biden’s federal executive order.
* Three self-test kits with approximately 97% accuracy will soon be hitting drugstore shelves in Australia.
* Melbourne will emerge months of lockdown next week ahead of schedule, aided by a quicker-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Thursday, even though daily infections hit a record high on the same day.
* New Zealand reported its biggest increase in the number of infections in six weeks, with all cases detected in Auckland, opening up prospects for a further extension of lockdown restrictions in the country’s largest city in – beyond next week.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* Nigeria has received 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the French government through the COVAX vaccine sharing center, a senior health official said on Thursday.
* President Joe Biden said on Thursday visiting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta that the United States will donate more than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union one-time, the White House said.
* Poland donates one million doses of AstraZeneca to Iran, the latest foreign delivery to be made from Europe’s largest emerging economy after its vaccination program slows.
* World Trade Organization chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Thursday that formal negotiations on a temporary waiver of intellectual property rules to improve access to vaccines were “stalled,” but informal talks s ‘intensified.
* Hungary will this year receive the technology to produce the Russian vaccine Sputnik V at a Hungarian plant currently under construction, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Thursday in Moscow, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
* The pandemic has caused such extreme unemployment and poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean that a “statistical rebound” in growth this year will not be enough to overcome it, regional UN organizations said in a report on Thursday. .
* Consumers are starting to feel the effects of the soaring costs that are going through the global economy. The rebound as restrictions are relaxed has exposed supply chain shortages threatening the nascent economic recovery.
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