Monday, October 18, 2021

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Merck Covid-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries

The US has already locked up 1.7 million courses with an option for 3.5 million more by January of 2023 at about US$700 per course.

Israel expects ‘2,000 rockets a day’ in any war with Hezbollah

The Home Front Command says preparations have been made for any incidents on the border with Lebanon.

Russia reports record daily virus cases again

While several Russian-developed jabs have been available for months, many people remain vaccine-sceptic.

Melbourne to ease world’s longest Covid-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of five million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling nearly nine months since March 2020.

Russian crew return to Earth after filming first movie in space

If the project stays on track, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project announced last year by 'Mission Impossible' star Tom Cruise together with Nasa and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

US panel votes to authorise J&J Covid vaccine booster

The single shot J&J vaccine was never as effective as its double-shot mRNA counterparts, but some evidence suggests it is less susceptible to waning than Pfizer and Moderna, because of the viral vector technology behind it.

Deadly surge in Indian Kashmir violence leaves 6 more dead

At least 28 people, including nine civilians, have been gunned down in the past two weeks.

Russia tops 1,000 daily virus deaths for first time

A lack of tough restrictions has allowed the virus to spread unchecked, though a number of regions have re-introduced QR codes for access to public places.

Asean excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move

A non-political figure from Myanmar will be invited to the Oct 26-28 summit, after no consensus was reached for a political representative to attend.

3 killed, 7 injured in Bali quake

Two people died when the quake triggered a landslide that buried their house in Bangli regency while another person was killed in the port town of Karangasem.

US to reopen borders to vaccinated travellers

Land and air borders will be reopened to fully vaccinated foreign visitors from Nov 8.

WTO again fails to agree on Covid vaccine patent waiver

South Africa and India have called for intellectual property rights to be temporarily lifted for Covid-19 vaccines during the pandemic but the idea has met with fierce opposition from pharmaceutical giants and their host countries.

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