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90-year-old woman becomes first patient in UK to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Margaret Keenan, from Enniskillen, said she felt “so privileged” to receive the jab at University Hospital, Coventry. A 90-year-old woman from Northern Ireland on Tuesday became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine — marking the start of the UK’s mass vaccination programme against the deadly disease. Margaret Keenan, from […]

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Nations must address barriers against access to affordable medicines, new technologies: India at UN

The 193-member General Assembly decided by consensus to proclaim December 27 as the ‘International Day of Epidemic Preparedness’ India has underlined the need for the global community to chart out long-term strategies and roadmaps to deal with future pandemics and their impacts, emphasising that barriers to equitable access to affordable medicines and new technologies must […]

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Japan’s economy grows 22.9% in 3Q, bouncing back from COVID-19

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces an additional stimulus package worth about $700 billion Japan’s economy expanded at a 22.9% annual rate in the last quarter, as businesses and personal spending recovered from COVID-19 pandemic-related shocks in the spring and early summer. Economists said the upward revision released Tuesday was in line with forecasts and suggests […]

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U.S. designates Pak., China as countries of particular concern for violation of religious freedom

The U.S. will continue to work tirelessly to end religiously motivated abuses and persecution around the world, says Mike Pompeo The United States has designated Pakistan and China among eight other countries that are of particular concern for violation of religious freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Pakistan and China along with Myanmar, […]

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U.S. approves Taiwan arms sale

The State Department on Monday said it had approved a $280 million sale to Taiwan of advanced military communications equipment The Trump administration has approved a new major arms sale to Taiwan. The move is sure to draw a firm rebuke from China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province. Also read: U.S., Taiwan step […]