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G20 commits to 'full financing' of WHO scheme to buy Covid vaccines, drugs

G20 commits to 'full financing' of WHO scheme to buy Covid vaccines, drugs

Leaders of G20 nations are to commit for the first time to fully fund a World Health Organization scheme to distribute Covid-19 vaccines and drugs to poorer nations, the draft conclusions of a summit show, in a move that would unblock nearly $20 billion.

EU ready to discuss Covid vaccine patent waiver, says von der Leyen

EU ready to discuss Covid vaccine patent waiver, says von der Leyen

The European Union is willing to discuss a proposal, now backed by the United States, to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

Tokyo set to seek extension of emergency until May 31

Tokyo set to seek extension of emergency until May 31

Japan's capital will seek to extend until May 31 its state of emergency aimed at curbing coronavirus infections, Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday, a move that could spark more questions about its ability to host the Olympics.

GAVI welcomes Biden move on vaccines, urges US manufacturers to transfer know-how

GAVI welcomes Biden move on vaccines, urges US manufacturers to transfer know-how

The GAVI vaccine alliance on Thursday welcomed US President Joe Biden's support for waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and also urged Washington to help manufacturers transfer know-how to boost global production.

Philippines' Duterte orders arrest of mask violators

Philippines' Duterte orders arrest of mask violators

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest anyone not wearing a mask properly, including below the nose, as the country battles to contain surging coronavirus infections.

SpaceX Starship rocket prototype achieves first safe landing

SpaceX Starship rocket prototype achieves first safe landing

A prototype of SpaceX's Starship rocket soared into the south Texas sky in a high-altitude test launch on Wednesday, then flew back to Earth to touch down safely for the first time, after four previous return-landing attempts ended in explosions.

Covid curbs reinstated in Sydney as Australian officials trace mystery case

Covid curbs reinstated in Sydney as Australian officials trace mystery case

Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair's ‘travel bubble’ on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of Covid-19 could spur a significant outbreak.

Covid spreading in rural India; record daily rises in infections, deaths

Covid spreading in rural India; record daily rises in infections, deaths

India reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside.

Floyd murder convict seeks new trial

Floyd murder convict seeks new trial

Derek Chauvin, the white ex-policeman convicted of murdering African American man George Floyd, has asked for a new trial on claims of jury and prosecution misconduct.

Town builds giant squid with Covid relief funds

Town builds giant squid with Covid relief funds

A Japanese coastal town in the western part of the country has drawn ire on social media for using some of the coronavirus relief funds it was given by the government to build a statue of a giant squid in the hopes of boosting tourism.

India warned to brace for new Covid waves

India warned to brace for new Covid waves

India, gripped by one of deadliest coronavirus surges seen by any country, will have to be ready for new waves and badly needs more oxygen from other countries, officials said yesterday.

Facebook oversight board upholds Trump ban

Facebook oversight board upholds Trump ban

Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld yesterday a ban on former United States president Donald Trump while ordering further review of the case, in a decision with a potentially far-reaching impact on the regulation of online speech.

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