Delta to account for 90 percent of EU coronavirus cases in August

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says ‘very important to progress with vaccine rollout at a very high pace’ to stop spread of highly contagious variant. By the end of August, the highly contagious Delta variant of the new coronavirus is expected to account for 90 percent of the new COVID-19 cases in the […]

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Explainer: What is the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19?

Scientists worry the mutation, coupled with other existing features of the Delta variant, could make it more transmissible. India on Wednesday said it has found about 40 cases of the Delta coronavirus variant carrying a mutation that appears to make it more transmissible, and advised states to increase testing. Here is what we know about […]

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India says COVID Delta Plus ‘variant of concern’, 22 cases found

DEVELOPING STORY Variant, first identified in Europe, now found in India’s Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh states, health ministry says. India has declared a new coronavirus variant to be of concern after nearly two dozen cases had been detected across the country so far. The variant AY.1, identified locally as Delta Plus and first identified […]

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Brazil probes vaccine contract with India’s Bharat Biotech

Prosecutors cite the drug’s high price, speedy talks and pending regulatory approvals as red flags for the contract. Brazilian federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into a contract worth 1.6 billion reals ($320m) for 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine made by India’s Bharat Biotech, according to a document seen by Reuters. The prosecutor-general’s […]

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WHO concerned about easing COVID restrictions around Euro 2020

The World Health Organization has said it was concerned about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by nations hosting Euro 2020 matches, noting that some were already seeing rising cases. “WHO is concerned about easing of restrictions in some of the host countries,” Robb Butler, an executive director at WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, said in […]

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US Justice Department launches strike force to fight gun crime

Gun crime continues to see steady increase across the US as country emerges from COVID lockdown. The US Justice Department is launching a new strike force aimed at cracking down on illegal firearms trafficking, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said on Tuesday. The strike force will be focused on reducing violent crime by targeting activity […]

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Angela Merkel receives Moderna dose after first AstraZeneca shot

Several countries have allowed switching COVID vaccines for second doses and several medical studies are under way. German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a Moderna coronavirus vaccine as her second jab, after getting the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. The 66-year-old took her first dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in April, […]

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Russia registers highest daily COVID death toll since February

Health authorities record 546 deaths in 24 hours amid a new wave of infections driven by the Delta variant. Russia has registered its highest number of COVID-19 deaths for a single day since early February as a dramatic rise in infections fuelled by the Delta variant grips the country. The 546 deaths recorded on Tuesday […]

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