Kim Jong Un orders tougher virus steps after North Korea shuns vaccines

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered officials to wage a tougher epidemic prevention campaign in “our style” after he turned down some foreign Covid-19 vaccines offered via the UN-backed immunization program. During a Politburo meeting Thursday, Kim said officials must “bear in mind that tightening epidemic prevention is the task of paramount importance which … Read more

Coronavirus digest: Singapore is now the most vaccinated country

Singapore has fully vaccinated 80% of its population against the coronavirus, the health minister said on Sunday. This makes it the world’s most inoculated country, as several parts of the world struggle to control the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. “We have crossed another milestone, where 80% of our population has received their … Read more

Nepal allows late-stage trials for Chinese mRNA vaccine candidate – Xinhua

Nepal has allowed China’s Walvax Biotechnology to conduct phase 3 trials for the company’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, citing a Nepal health official. The ARCoV vaccine was jointly developed by China’s Suzhou Abogen Biosciences, the Institute of Military Medicine under the Academy of Military … Read more

Radio host who regretted vaccine scepticism dies of Covid

A conservative talk radio host from Tennessee who had been a vaccine sceptic until he was hospitalised from Covid-19 has died. He was 61. Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed Phil Valentine’s death in a tweet Saturday. Valentine had been a sceptic of coronavirus vaccines. But after he tested positive for Covid-19, and prior … Read more

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