World News in Brief: September 6

Monday, 2021-09-06 21:03:23
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Britain's vaccines minister said a decision had not yet been taken on whether healthy children aged 12-15 should be vaccinated.
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The Philippines will relax some restrictions in the Manila region from Wednesday and also intends to outline plans to shift to smaller, localised lockdowns to support the economy, the presidential spokesperson said.

* Guinean government officials are barred from travel until further notice, and must hand over their official vehicles to the military, special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya, who ousted President Alpha Conde on Sunday, told a government gathering on Monday.

* India aims to ramp up its medical oxygen production capacity to 15,000 tonnes per day before a potential third wave of coronavirus infections that is expected to hit the country as soon as mid-September, an industry executive said.

* Qatar will soon resume funding for civil servants and poor families in the Gaza Strip under a new mechanism involving the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the United Nations, the Gulf state's aid envoy said on Monday.

* China administered about 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Sep 5, bringing the total number of doses administered to 2.107 billion, data from the National Health Commission showed on Monday.

* Global shares posted their longest winning streak in three months, aided by hopes US interest rates would stay low for longer and talk of more stimulus in Japan and China, while oil slid as the Saudis cut prices for Asian customers.

* US President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in New Jersey, days after Hurricane Ida caused intense flooding that killed dozens in the US Northeast.

* Europe's medicines regulator said on Monday it was evaluating data on a booster dose for Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, to be given six months after the second dose in people 16 years of age and older.

* Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer booster shots made by Pfizer, although the Moderna booster could take a little longer.

* Australian job advertisements slipped in August as lockdowns spread from Sydney to Melbourne and Canberra, though the drop was minor compared to the losses seen during the first stage of the pandemic last year.

* Denmark has cancelled plans for a public tender to establish a national COVID-19 vaccine production facility as it bets on a vaccine already under development by a Danish firm.

* New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said nationwide curbs would be lifted, bar in the biggest city of Auckland.

* A soccer World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil was suspended on Sunday after Brazilian health authorities accused several Premier League players of violating the country's quarantine rules.

* Venezuela this week will receive the first vaccines obtained via COVAX, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday, following months of stalled attempts to obtain inoculations through the global vaccine programme.

* Israel will allow small foreign tour groups from selective countries to visit from Sept. 19 under a pilot programme to kick-start tourism.

* Armenia has authorised Russia's single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine, said the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which markets the shot abroad.

* Indian drug developer Hetero said it has received emergency use approval from health authorities to make a generic version of Roche Holding's COVID-19 drug.

* Several thousand people protested across France for an eighth consecutive weekend on Saturday against the country's COVID-19 health pass.

* Ten bulls charged through the streets of Villaseca de la Sagra in Spain on Sunday in pursuit of hundreds of runners as the first bull running fiesta was held in Spain since the start of the pandemic.

* Nearly half a million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Australia overnight, the first batch of a swap deal with Britain that Australia is using to speed up its inoculation programme.

* Israel this month will present data from an extensive roll-out of vaccine booster shots to the US Food and Drug Administration, which is weighing White House plans to begin a booster drive in the United States.

Reuters