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Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Masks off the minute you step inside. Bars packed and pulsing like it’s 2019. Social media stars waving bottles of champagne. DJs spinning party tunes through multi-...

Lebanon signs with Pfizer for 2.1 million vaccine doses

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon finalized a deal with Pfizer on Sunday for 2.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine amid surge in infections that has overwhelmed the country's health care system. ...

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow start — ov...

Coronavirus digest: India vaccinates 190,000 people in first day

India's Health Ministry hailed a successful first day of the world's largest vaccination program, which was launched on Saturday. More than 190,000 people received their first jabs and nobody...

China pandemic control goes rural ahead of Lunar New Year

BEIJING (AP) — China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the Lunar New Year festival while the country combats its most ...

Brazil finds China's Sinovac vaccine only 50% effective

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Clinical data released from late-stage trials in Brazil reveal that the vaunted Wuhan coronavirus vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd is only 50 percent effective. ...

Full list of adverse reactions from China's Sinopharm vaccine revealed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid increasing concern about the efficacy and safety of China's Wuhan coronavirus vaccines, the full list of the adverse side effects of the Sinopharm jab surfaced la...

UAE cycling team of Tour champ Pogačar gets COVID-19 vaccine

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The riders and staff of the cycling team fronted by Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar have received a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the start of the 2021 season....

Seychelles to start vaccinations with Chinese-made Sinopharm

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles says it will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday with the 50,000 doses it has of the Chinese-developed Sinopharm ...

China seals off two cities following COVID outbreaks

Chinese authorities imposed strict measures on two cities in Hebei province, just south of Beijing, on Friday in order to curb a new outbreak of coronavirus. Almost 20 million people were barred from...

Brazilian study says Sinovac COVID-19 jab 78% effective

SAO PAULO (AP) — A vaccine candidate made by China’s Sinovac is 78% effective in protecting against COVID-19, according to results of a study announced Thursday by Brazilian state health officials see...

Kenya says 1st AstraZeneca vaccine doses to come next month

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s health minister says the country is expected to start receiving 24 million doses next month of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as cou...

South Africa buys 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it will import 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to inoculate the country's health workers. This is South Africa’s first announcement of the purchase o...

Morocco approves use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has approved the emergency use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, jointly developed with the U.K.’s Oxford University. The country’s Health Ministry ...

China's Sinopharm vaccine 'most unsafe in world' with 73 side effects

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese vaccine expert is referring to the vaunted Sinopharm vaccine as the "most unsafe vaccine in the world," after it was found to produce 73 side effects. ...