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Severe Virus Curbs in South America as WHO Blasts EU Vaccine Rollout

South American nations severely tightened coronavirus travel curbs including shutting their borders with Brazil, where infections are spiralling, as the WHO slammed Europe's "unacceptably slow" vaccine rollout.

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WHO: Europe Vaccine Rollout Unacceptably Slow, Case Surge Worrying

The World Health Organization on Thursday slammed Europe's "unacceptably slow" vaccine rollout and said the region's surge in coronavirus infections was "worrying."

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Iraqi Health Minister Arrives in Beirut with Medical Aid

Iraqi Health Minister Hassan Tamimi arrived Wednesday in Lebanon on an official visit.

The National News Agency said Tamimi arrived aboard a plane belonging to Iraqi Airways and carrying medical aid.

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Gaza Sees Spike in Coronavirus Cases

Gaza's health ministry said Wednesday that more than a thousand cases of coronavirus were recorded over the previous day, the highest daily infection toll in several months.

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World Leaders Call for International Pandemic Treaty

More than 20 heads of government and global agencies on Tuesday called for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations.

But there are few details to explain how such an agreement might actually force countries to act more cooperatively.

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Betting on Tests, German City Reopens despite Covid Surge

Germany may be battling a third wave of the pandemic but life feels almost normal in the city of Tuebingen, where anyone with a negative Covid test can enjoy a day of shopping, culture or outdoor dining.

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Expert Report Finds Covid Likely Jumped to Humans from Bats through 'Missing Link

An international expert mission to Wuhan concluded in a report seen Monday that Covid-19 likely first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, with investigators all but ruling out a laboratory leak.

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Chinese Firm to Make 60 mn Doses of Russia's Sputnik Vaccine

Russia has agreed a deal for more than 60 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to be produced in China from May, the jab's developer said on Monday.

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Israelis Gather for Passover, Celebrating Freedom from Virus

A year ago, Giordana Grego's parents spent Passover at home in Israel, alone but grateful that they had escaped the worst of the pandemic in Italy. This year, the whole family will get together to mark the Jewish feast of liberation and deliverance from the pandemic.

Israel has vaccinated over half its population of 9.3 million, and as coronavirus infections have plummeted, authorities have allowed restaurants, hotels, museums and theaters to re-open. Up to 20 people can now gather indoors.

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Global Jabs Pass 500 Million as Europe Vaccine Feuds Deepen

Health officials have rolled out more than 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses around the world, according to an AFP tally on Friday, as European rows over hoarding and supply issues escalated dramatically.

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