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Biden Doubles Vaccine Pledge, Says Plans to Run again

US President Joe Biden on Thursday promised 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine would be administered in his first 100 days in office, doubling his initial goal, as he said at his first news conference that he intended to seek another term.

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Covax Vaccines for Poor Countries Delayed by Indian Export Hold-up

Covid-19 vaccines destined for poorer countries are being held up due to problems obtaining Indian export licences, the Covax facility's co-leaders Gavi said Thursday.

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Half of Israelis Fully Vaccinated, Palestinians Lag

More than half of Israel's 9.2 million people have received both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19, the health ministry said Thursday. 

With more than 4.6 million residents vaccinated, Israel continues its world-beating campaign that sent infection rates plummeting and allowed for some limited loosening of restrictions. 

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AstraZeneca Says Vaccine 76% Effective in Updated U.S. Trial Data

British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca on Wednesday revised down by three percentage points the effectiveness of its Covid vaccine after American authorities raised concerns that results reported from its US trial were outdated. 

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EU Races to Catch Up on Covid-19 Vaccines as Brazil Deaths Cross 300,000

The European Union will look for ways to end its vaccine struggles at a summit on Thursday, as a Covid-19 surge takes the death toll in Brazil past 300,000.

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First Batch of AstraZeneca Vaccine Arrives in Lebanon

The first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Beirut on Wednesday.

The government had said it would delay administering them until the vaccine was cleared for use by international health regulators following concerns about possible blood clotting.

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Syria Sends Oxygen Aid to Lebanon as Hassan Visits

The Syrian government Wednesday offered 75 tons of oxygen to neighboring Lebanon during a visit by its caretaker health minister in response to a request for Covid-19 assistance.

"We will supply Lebanon with 75 tons of oxygen in instalments of 25 tons a day for a period of three days," Syrian Health Minister Hasan al-Ghabbash told reporters after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, Hamad Hassan.

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EU Tightens Rules on Coronavirus Vaccine Exports

The EU on Wednesday tightened its rules on Covid-19 vaccine exports, making authorizations contingent on destination countries behaving fairly in return -- particularly vaccine-producing ones.

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Sutton Says Football Chiefs Too Slow to Act over Dementia Fears

Former England international Chris Sutton has accused football authorities of turning their back on the issue of brain injuries, three months after his father died with dementia.

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AstraZeneca May Have Included 'Outdated' Data in U.S. Vaccine Trials

AstraZeneca may have included out-of-date drug data in information provided during US trials for its Covid-19 vaccine, a regulator said late Monday, citing concerns from a monitoring board.

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