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COVID: Indian hospitals overwhelmed by new virus wave

India is currently facing the world's worst surge in coronavirus infections, reporting about one in three of all newly confirmed COVID cases worldwide over the past few days. On Tuesday, the In...

Asia Today: India overtakes Brazil as 2nd-worst hit country

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to overtake Brazil as the second-worst hit country. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24...

The Latest: NZ requiring border workers get doses this month

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is requiring that all border workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of the month. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday th...

Is China using COVID aid to increase influence in Sri Lanka?

Over the past few months, China has been boosting its vaccine diplomacy efforts, pledging and shipping increasing numbers of COVID vaccines to a number of countries worldwide, particularly in Asia. ...

Greece rolls out free self-testing kits for COVID-19

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Kits for self-administered coronavirus tests began arriving in Greek pharmacies Wednesday, with each resident entitled to one free of charge per week as part of efforts to tackle...

Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh city researchers make COVID-19 prevention, control products

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 2 April 2021 - Students and scientists at the Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) have carried out extensive research and developed products tha...

German club Cologne suspends training because of virus case

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — German soccer club Cologne canceled training Wednesday after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The club said it made the decision after s...

Coronavirus: German vaccine shortage 'over soon'

Germany's sluggish vaccine roll out will speed up significantly in April, the head of the country's Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) said on Saturday. Thomas Mertens told the Augsbur...

The Latest: China gives broader approval for Sinovac vaccine

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine. The decision on the Sinovac vaccine was announced Saturday. It expands who can re...

Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected in war- ravaged Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The success of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in war-ravaged Syria depends on their availability and distribution and may initially cover only 3% of the population, a World He...

UK tests house-to-house in hunt for new COVID-19 variant

LONDON (AP) — England has begun house-by-house COVID-19 testing in some communities as authorities try to snuff out a new variant of the virus before it spreads widely and undermines a nationwide vacc...

Venezuela power struggle impedes delivery of COVID vaccine

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s political conflict has claimed another casualty: relief from the coronavirus pandemic. The socialist government of Nicolás Maduro and the U.S.-...

Zimbabwe arrests 2 men for selling fake COVID-19 results

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police have arrested two men for selling fake COVID-19 test results. Zimbabwe has begun opening its borders and travelers are required to produce cer...

The Latest: Germany says vaccinations to start in early Jan.

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help ...

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

In the early days in Wuhan, the first city first struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery. Throughout the Chinese city in January...