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1st vaccines reach arms in S. Korea, Hong Kong

South Korea administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities Friday, launching a mass immunization campaign that health authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year. The rollout of vaccines come at a critical time for the country, which has seen its hard-won … Read more

Israeli DM moves to halt plan to share virus vaccines

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister on Thursday called for an immediate halt of plans to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of friendly nations, suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using vaccines to wield international influence “behind the backs of relevant bodies.” Netanyahu’s plan has illustrated how at a time of global shortages, … Read more

China OKs 2 more virus vaccines for wider use

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China has approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use, adding to its growing arsenal of shots. It gave conditional approval to a vaccine from CanSino Biologics and one from state-owned Sinopharm. Both are already used among select groups of people under an emergency use authorization. China now has four vaccines to … Read more

North Korea hacked Pfizer because it wants to sell bootleg COVID vaccines on the international black market, sources say

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a ceremony for the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS North Korea wants “to decide which [vaccine] will be the easiest to bootleg and transport for the black market,” said an official. The nation has a long history of counterfeiting, … Read more

Ghana is 1st nation to get vaccines from COVAX

ACCRA, Ghana — Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, with a delivery Wednesday of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. The vaccines shots, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and are part of … Read more

Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccines

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery Wednesday of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. The vaccines, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport early Wednesday and … Read more

WHO scheme Covax delivers first vaccines to Ghana

The Daily Beast First Capitol Riot Hearing Only Raised More Questions About Jan. 6 Andrew Harnik/GettyNearly seven weeks after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the people tasked with protecting the building on Jan. 6 testified for the first time about the failures that allowed a pro-Trump mob to overrun the seat of American … Read more

EU coronavirus vaccines strategy is a failure, says Hungary’s Viktor Orbán

Viktor Orbán said Budapest would now go it alone rather than wait for the EU scheme to provide jabs. – Reuters Britain’s vaccination strategy has been far more successful than the European Union’s failed and slow response to the coronavirus pandemic, Hungary’s prime minister has said. Viktor Orbán said Budapest would now go it alone … Read more